Friday, February 6, 2015

Love is in the Air!

Hello everyone, I have more romantic views to share with you this Valentine's week. Most of the photos are taken of  things around the house that are always there, not just seasonal.  As many of you know I am a true lover of Victoriana and it just happens to be so pretty and romantic that it is perfect for the occasion. Enjoy!

This is a corner of my foyer, photo taken from the stairs so you could see the antique cranberry glass hanging lamp. The natural lighting made the painted walls look two different colors when actually they are all taupe. The antique walnut hall stand dates to probably 1860's or so.


Here's a brighter picture with the lamp on...



To add a little romance, I added this hanging heart decoration that I bought at Michael's a few years ago.


and then I saw in my hallway this cross stitched piece that I stitched a long time ago...


and added it to the romance...


Moving on in to the parlor I found more Victorian romance to get you in the Valentine mood.
This is a little brass piece that was missing its clock and so I added this cranberry dish to it.
In the background is a putti statue...


and here she is up close in all of her sweetness...


up above her is this corner wall shelf that houses one of a pair of pink bristol glass vases...


and over to the left is more sweetness in the form of this early 1900's framed lithograph...


and still more sweetness, sitting on the little shelf of my pier mirror is this antique German porcelain shoe. (the poor little cherubs have lost their wings) The little hook that I have the heart hanging from is actually to hang a pocket watch from. I am still on the look out for one of those though. :)



Hanging from the Christmas stocking hook on the mantle, only for the occasion, is this heart beaded tassel. A Michael's purchase.


and on the mantle are more putti on this one of a pair of antique candle stick holders with more sweetness...



Below is my comfy chair that I sit in for my Bible reading and quiet time and when watching Road to Avonlea.


On the parlor table I added a velvet chocolate box, an antique postcard and an antique sailors Valentine box, the shell box stays on this table all the time. The little heart with the shredded silk used to be a pin cushion.



Okay back to the corner...



beyond the fringed lamp shade is a flower jardiniere on a plant stand behind the sofa, and on the wall hangs a shadow box with a wax orange blossoms bridal headpiece with the veil AND the wedding photo of the bride wearing it! How cool is that, right?


Above the sofa is another corner wall shelf with the other pink bristol glass vase on top shelf and the bottom shelf holds a satin glass ewer/pitcher with a hand painted bird on it.


while down on the sofa is this needlepoint rose pillow...



On another wall is an oil painting of this lovely lady with a reddish pink background perfect for Valentine's Day.



And down in the corner next to the pier table you'll find more roses on this jardiniere on its matching stand.



On the pier table, for Valentine's Day, I added the cherub rose scented candle tin and stand up Valentine card.



To the side of that is one of a pair of side chairs with a rose on its crest and a bell pull behind it.



On the library table is this small little heart candy tin and a sweet little baby from yesteryear.



Over on another stand is this beauty with a lovely little Valentine ornament...



that she swiped from this box of chocolates, oops I mean this box of ornaments. These are store bought ornaments that I added lace trim and embellishments too to make them prettier.



Okay, that is it for the parlor but I have a view to show you in the china cabinet in the dining room...



And in the seashell themed powder room I have framed four Valentine seashell related postcards that stay hanging up all year round,


and then over on this wall is a towel rack with vintage linens, and above that...


is this very romantic framed watercolor picture. This is a watercolor version of the early 1900's lithograph picture that is named "Anxious". I wonder which is the anxious one, him or her?



And last of all, I have a few  views to show you on my dresser's glove boxes.
On this side is a small oval frame with a picture of a lady painting a portrait of the other lady and a tussie mussie with dried flowers from yesteryear.



On the other glove box is this cranberry glass perfume bottle, a stick pin holder, a pin tray and a framed picture of my maternal great grandmother Lydia, who is my daughter's name sake.


And that is it! Wow, that was long wasn't it? Sorry about that. I do hope you enjoyed seeing more of my "stuff". Thanks so much for visiting and have a wonderful week!


I am joining these parties for the week...
AMAZE ME MONDAY with Cindy
A RETURN TO LOVELINESS with Kathy
INSPIRE ME TUESDAY with Marty
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME with Maria Elena
LET'S TALK VINTAGE with Jillian
VINTAGE INSPIRATION PARTY with Betsy
WHAT'S IT WEDNESDAY with Patti
HOME AND GARDEN THURSDAY with Kathy
HOME SWEET HOME with Sherry
SHARE YOUR CUP THURSDAY with Jann


21 comments:

  1. I just loved seeing all the wonderful and exciting things you shared with us today. Your home is truly beautiful. It must be wonderful to live with all those treasures. You do a great job with all your collecting and decorating. I loved the Home Sweet Home Framed Picture; and I also love the towel rack with vintage linens. There were just so many things that caught my eye.

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  2. Loved all of your Valentine and romantic touches! You have some lovely antiques and the touches of Valentines in your house. Your cranberry lamp is truly a treasure! And I love that Home Sweet Home picture there -- it's perfect!

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  3. Gina I really believe you and I were meant to be born in the Victorian Era! Although we have dispersed most of our Victorian collections my heart swoons when I see your beautiful collection. Have a great weekend!

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  4. I always enjoy the personal tour of your beautiful home. Your cross stitch piece is just lovely too. Valentine hugs!!

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  5. You have some wonderful Victorian items. I enjoy seeing how you decorate with them. I too love Victorian decorating and am slowly replacing my reproduction pieces with antiques. You house is always an inspiration, thanks for sharing with us.

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  6. Hi Gina,
    Oh how I would love to visit your home! It is so gorgeous and I do think we would have a lot in common. I can imagine you greeting me at the door in your beautiful Victorian gown. Mine would be pink. Lol. Happy Valentine's Day! Karen

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  7. I always love seeing your stuff as it is so Victorian and romantic! I have a few things like that and my parlor is cranberry and pink. That is probably all the Valentine decorating I will do!

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  8. You have such a lovely home and treasures within! :)

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  9. Gina, you have such a pretty home! Your Victorian items are so pretty!

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  10. You have a lovely home and adding a little romance is always nice! Enjoy your week! Hugs!

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  11. You have the best of both worlds, Gina! A new house with all the charms of an old one without the drafty rooms and and ongoing issues!

    Beautiful pictures of all your gorgeous goodies!

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  12. Beautiful as always! The lithograph is gorgeous!!!!

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  13. Thank you for the tour of your home, so many beautiful treasures. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

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  14. So many beautiful things! Your home, with all it's romantic victorian touches, is the perfect setting to celebrate Valentine's Day!
    Thank so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  15. Gina, lovely workmanship in your "Home Sweet Home" cross stitch! You have a very romantic home.
    Happy Valentine's Day,
    Debra

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  16. Always so many treasures you have to share, love seeing them all. I had to put up so many things here because of little grandchildren. They would want to touch every piece.
    I like the idea of framing post cards such as you have. So nice to be able to enjoy them that way.
    betsy

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  17. Oh Gina,
    It all looks so beautiful and romantic! I just adore the Victorian period! My previous home of 17yrs. was decorated in a Victorian style, but when my husband and I moved we sold pretty much everything. You have done a beautiful job of capturing that romantic feel! And yes it is funny that we both used that title for our post ;-) for some reason, I missed seeing this post till now. Hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day!
    Teresa
    sugar, spice and whatever's nice

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  18. Happy Sunday Gina.

    What a wonderful tour through your lovely home. So many Victorian treasures. You have an amazing home and it is a true tribute to the Grand Victorian homes that we all love so much.

    Janet

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  19. Gina, your home is truly filled with love and romance! When I visit I feel as though I am in the home of a sweet friend, Amanda. She loves the same things you do and has wonderful Victorian antiques. Love the stick pin holder and many many more things! Lots of LOVEly eye candy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  20. Forgot to say how cute the box of chocolates (ornaments) were! lol!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  21. You have made your HOME so lovely. It's a treat to see the beauty.
    d

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