Sunday, July 25, 2010

Cottage Monday and Victoria

The Victorian era has always fascinated me and when I discovered Victoria magazine, it helped to define some of the decorating ideas that were in my head.
With clips from Victoria, I'll show the influence the magazine has had to inspire the decor of our home.

For instance, crisp white linens and accessories weren't practical with young children but now they can be used without too much worry.

Victoria magazine clip

The white lace duvet cover doesn't get put on very often because of little paw prints.  As a matter of fact Topaz likes to think he's a goat somethimes and will head butt the pillows onto the floor.

Victoria magazine clip
These hats are perfect for an afternoon garden party. 

My favourite Bonnielle straw hat that I wear to garden parties.  Bonnielle is located in the Niagara region and I have another style of hat from her too.  Once I attended an afternoon tea where she was a speaker showing us how to, and not to, wear hats and brought lots of them for us to try on.  That was a lot of fun.
A decorated Victorian hat that hangs on a bedroom door here.

A bit of lace around the window and held by wrought iron hearts has a Victorian flare too and I use many wrought iron pieces for accent, especially outside which I'll show another time.

The chair in this photo is an antique we had recovered and represents the Victorian style very well I think with the feminine aspect of the heart shape and lace on the pillow.

Show off Your Cottage Monday is hosted by Cielo at The House in the Roses
Celebrating Victoria is hosted by Kathy on Tuesdays at A Delightsome Life


  1. Hello...

    Ohhh my...what a lovely bedroom you have! I must admit that I have just recently begun to enjoy all of those gorgeous white bed linens as well! It's like sleeping on a fluffy white cloud...don't you think? Hehe! I love your pretty white lace curtains and ohhh, that beautiful chair with the Victorian lace heart very pretty! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home with us...such a treat! I too am a long time fan of Victoria Magazine!

    I also wanted to thank you for stopping by and taking a peek at my Tea Rose bedroom! It was such a pleasure to visit with you!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  2. The Victorian style is so pretty isn't it! Now my kids are getting a bit older I might look into getting some white linen.

    Best wishes,

  3. Love your bedroom and the hats….I collect them, I think they are great to decorate with.
    Sweet Blessings,

  4. Good morning, Judith.
    I love the bedroom the way you've decorated it, and that hats are just a perfect addition. Wouldn't it be lovely to have all the hats featured in that Victoria Magazine photo? I haven't gotten a copy in a little while, I'll have to renew my subscription.

    I hope you have a lovely day,

  5. What a lovely setting & furniture Judith. I just created a lavender room last year.

    Have a beautiful day.
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  6. How lovely! Crisp white linens have always been my favorite...a big fluffy duvet and lots of pillows ...perfect! Love that straw hat with the black ribbon too.

  7. This is so lovely! You've captured some of the best essences of the Victorian era! Linens - Hats! - just the right touches in decor! The love for good things and taking time to enjoy them! Such lovely things you have!
    Thanks so much for joining me this week!

  8. I love that heart shape pillow on the last photo. My sister has a lot of heart pillows in her new house that she buy on philippine real estate. Thanks for sharing this inspiring photos. :)


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