How the Victorians Celebrated–and Decorated for–Christmas

Every Christmas season, the finest example of Greek Revival residential architecture in the western United States takes on a nostalgic … Continue reading


Receive a Victorian Reception at Riverside’s Heritage House

When Catharine Bettner built a new home in 1891, she wanted it “to be noticed,” according to Lynn Voorheis, museum … Continue reading

Photo by Jaimee Itagaki.

A Victorian Home Office, Part 2

Located on the second floor of her c. 1899 Colonial Revival home in Pasadena, California, Marcia Sola’s office is an … Continue reading

With its ornamental crown, this fainting couch, which resides in the second parlor of Tony and Wilma Burton’s 1893 Queen Anne, is an ode in oak to Eastlake. It is defined by simple, angular lines that curve only at the crest of the headrest, and its distinctive decoration is placed for maximum effect.

Eastlake-style Furniture

Wilma and Tony Burton have included several pieces of Eastlake furniture in their 1893 Queen Anne painted lady in Riverside, … Continue reading


Paint Your Walls in the Victorian Style

Karen Bateman has always “loved Victoriana and became a collector in high school”; when she and her husband redid their … Continue reading


Furnishing a Victorian Guestroom

While contractors busily adapted his 1878 Queen Anne to his 21st century lifestyle, homeowner Chris Mullen indulged one of his … Continue reading


Seashore Memories

Victorians’ love of the sea meant gathering shells and using them in decorative ways. Playing in the sea was such … Continue reading


DIY Tip: How to Faux-Grain

Decorative painter Karen Bateman spent months faux-graining the woodwork in her 3,100-square-foot house. Karen faux-grained the side lights around the … Continue reading