12/08/2014

Victoria




Hello! Waiting for us today is an 1850 Virginia home "ready for renovation," as the listing says.  

Once I saw this entry I was eager to see its potential as a Christmas cottage.



A little color switch-a-roo, and now it's as crisp as a candy cane.

The entry includes this stately staircase:


Of course a staircase like this needs a little Christmas garland:

{Phoebe Howard, garland by AttaGirlSays}

The kitchen, I'm afraid, is definitely ready for renovation:


But just look at the wow we could pack into the space:

{Better Homes and Gardens}

The house has two rooms with fireplaces across the hall from each other:


This room could be our dining room...

{Gil Schafer}

...beautifully ready to be set for Christmas dinner, while this room:


...becomes our cozy, period living room.

{John B. Murray}

Ordinarily the room would look like that above, but for Christmas, let's add in some of the wonderful antiques below:

Let's do the same in the basement, as well:


{source unknown}

We'll wrap up our tour in this cozy upstairs bedroom:


{Coastal Living}

Cozy and cute in our Christmas cottage.

Remember our recent tour of a reader's potential home for Yvonne's son and daughter-in-law?  Yvonne reports that they moved in right after Thanksgiving and are already at work making it theirs.
Here was the living room inspiration photo:

{Debbiedoo's}

...and here is what they've done so far:


Pretty neat, huh?  The black door and tile look so sophisticated.  
Here's to lots of happy holiday memories in their new home!







6 comments :

  1. That is a big project... But wow! It could be so amazing with the right touches. I love the "Christmas cottage" feel! So cute! xo Kristy

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    1. Hi Kristy-- I think it was "The Holiday" movie that has me thinking about Christmas cottages. No holiday stress- just a perfectly decorated place to escape to with a cup of hot cocoa!

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  2. Vicki,
    There are so many rooms in this piece that are my very definition of the word "cottage". That kitchen image with the 2 stacked baskets and the little plein air painting, oh my! I think I'm ready to curl up with a cup of cocoa and a good book in any of these spaces, well, except for the dining room...I'll move there when its time for lunch! :-)
    I hope your days are filled with Christmas cheer this month.
    xo,
    Karen

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    1. Hi Karen- This was a fun one to do. Lunch in that dining room would be fantastic-- it would seem like an occasion no matter what!
      I'm finally wrapping some presents now, and appreciating the inspiration you featured!

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  3. This could be your best design yet! Absolutely love it! Knowing that you had one of my favourite movies in mind just is the icing on the cake. :)

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    1. Hi Kirstin- Yes, that movie cottage was the best, wasn't it? Wouldn't it be fun to be able to fix this house up (and shop for those antiques!) :)

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