Soak in every detail of this beautiful 1902 Victorian Farmhouse Christmas tour, inspired by vintage beauty and age old simplicity.
Welcome to Stop 25 on the infamous Jen Rizzo Holiday Housewalk tour!
Boy, do I have a treat for you today! I’ve been at the edge of my seat excited for you to feast your eyes on the most dreamy old home, set in a picturesque countryside escape, and decorated for Christmas by the most visionary woman I’ve had the pleasure to know.
First, a warm welcome to you if you are coming to my blog TIDBITS by way of the Holiday Housewalk Stop 24 – the lovely Sheila from Maison de Cinq. She has such a way of stealing my heart with her soft touches of French dècor. Sheila has a heart of gold and it is a pleasure to know her!
Traditionally, for the Jen Rizzo Holiday Housewalk, I work at decorating my own home to share with you – which is such a joy.
But if you’ve been following along on our year of adventures, you’ve seen our first move into a rental, then move our family of 6 into our renovated RV for 6 months, followed by skipping around to Airbnb’s until our new pole barn home we’ve built ourselves was finished enough to be “liveable”. We are so thrilled to finally be in our home, but to say we are in a state of chaos would be an understatement. Dreams don’t come easy, my friends ;).
Because of all we have yet to do to create some order, I knew decorating for the Holidays would be the last priority. Sad, but true.
Just as I was about to tell Jen Rizzo I would need to step out this year, I had the thought to ask my dear friend, Hollie Keller, whom I met first on Instagram @vintagefarmhome, if she would like to share her home in my place. I was more than delighted when she said yes!
Hollie and her family have had a crazy year of their own with big changes, and I was so thrilled when I found out they were moving close to me! On my first visit to her beautiful old home, I was left in awe. Walking through and seeing the beauty of the origins of their home come alive was like walking into the home of my dreams. No one but Hollie and her kind husband could have honored the roots of this home so well . . . but I’ll let her share why.
Hollie has become a dear friend to me, and we laugh when we find out we bought the same light fixtures, or when she has sourced the perfect piece of vintage furniture for the exact spot I needed it – as if she knew all along. I find great joy in having a “real life” friend who shares the same love and passion for all things white, bright and beautiful. She even graciously opened her home for me to film and photograph the new launch of The TIDBITS Day Planner – when I had no pretty home to call my own.
If you happen to love “TIDBITS style“, I have a sneaking suspicion you will ADORE all the things Hollie shares, and you’ll want more!
WHERE TO FOLLOW HOLLIE?
Now sit back and soak in every detail created and captured by Hollie herself. Then please go visit and follow her along to see even more beauty! She has a gift for finding the most lovely vintage treasures to sell and share!
I’m delighted to now turn the rest of this post over to Hollie, to share her home and tips for adding a true Victorian Style Christmas to your own home.
A HOLIDAY TOUR AND TIPS FOR ADDING VICTORIAN STYLE TO YOUR CHRISTMAS
I am so honored (and excited!) to be guest posting for Cami today as part of Jen Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk.
Cami has become a very dear friend to me. She is so kind and incredibly talented and I feel so lucky to live close to her now! I know we’re going to have all sorts of creative fun in the future.
My husband and I moved our family to the beautiful mountains of Franklin County, Idaho this past summer.
We purchased a Victorian farmhouse and have been busy with all of the fun (and not so fun) projects that come with owning an old home.
This move was extra special for our family because the home we purchased was built by my husband’s great grandfather and his brother in 1902. It had not been family-owned for many years, but now there are Keller boys under the roof once again!
It has been such a joy for us to love this home back to life. Through all of the updating we’ve done inside the home, we’ve tried hard to honor its past. It’s been a fun process as we’ve gone along.
It has been such a treat to decorate this home for the holidays. In the past, I’ve really been drawn to French décor, but after a few months of living here, I have felt my style shift some.
This home has been begging for interiors to match her English origins, and I’m trying my best to listen!
Today, I’m sharing with you some photos of our parlor dressed up in her Christmas best.
This year, when decorating I was really drawn to deep greens, velvet blues, and rose-wine pink –the color of pepper berry.
I’ve loved European décor since I was a girl, so adding Victorian touches to my home has been so much fun for me.
For my historically traditional Christmas look, I tried to buy as few ‘brand new’ things as possible (i.e. I stayed away from the craft store!).
TIP 1: DECORATE WITH VINTAGE ELEMENTS
Decorating with vintage elements is a true joy for me. Being a vintage shop owner means I have lots of vintage finds at my fingertips, and I surely capitalize on this.
My favorite go-to items this time of year are vintage bells – sleigh bells, cowbells, whatever-kind-of- bells! Give me all of them! I love them so much and think they add the perfect charm to any Christmas vignette.
TIP 2: BRING THE OUTDOORS IN!
My second tip – bring the outdoors in! Fresh garland, fresh trees, fresh berries…all perfect for historically traditional Christmas décor.
TIP 3: USE REAL TEXTURES
My next tip: use real textures. When buying pillows, scarves, blankets, and ribbons, but with texture in mind.
I love velvet pillows and ribbons, and my favorite scarves and throw blankets are made with wool.
Textiles like these add warmth, interest, and tradition since these types of materials were used frequently in the past.
TIP 4: INCLUDE WOOD TONES
Lastly, for a true Victorian touch, incorporate some darker wood tones.
My most recent marketplace find is my beautiful Victorian upright piano (likely built the same decade as the house!).
It is a perfect fit for our parlor and I felt so much joy bringing a piano back into this old home.
Thank you for stopping here today, and thank you, Cami, for giving me the opportunity to share some Christmas glimpses with you. It was such a pleasure!
From our old home to yours, Merry Christmas!
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