'H' for Holidays Double Parlor Entryway The Victorian House

Merry Christmas!

The tree is up, the garland is draped over our banister, and the fireplace mantle decoration is a little lacking. It’s Christmas, 2017 style! Mostly good, but with some disappointments. Such is life!

(Honestly, the home feels warm and cozy, and will even more so when friends and family arrive.)

Oh Christmas Tree! (Making it Lovely's Library for Christmas)

Things are very much as they were last year. A few new ornaments that the kids made are on the tree, but the rest are the same. The background has changed slightly, as we have our lovely rugs in the double parlor and custom pink linen curtains behind the tree. I am planning to have a custom curved curtain rod made for that bow window, so the too-slender rods that are there now are only temporary, but the effect is still so pretty.

The presents under the tree are looking cute too. White wrapping paper with gold foil (Sugar Paper sent some over and I liked it so much I went and bought some more) plus ribbon in various widths and shades of pink, coral, and red complete the scheme.

Christmas in the Lovely Victorian Library | Making it Lovely

The library doesn’t need much more for Christmas, but I do tuck a some greenery and berries on top of the secretary on the other side of the room.

Things Will Work Out

The stairs look as they usually do this time of year. They’re at their best for Christmas.

Victorian Oak Staircase Banister with Christmas Garland | Making it Lovely

The fireplace, well. I was trying to work with the decorations we already had, but also to come up with something I haven’t shown before. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen the earlier incarnation in my Stories: white bottle brush trees a’plenty. I took them all away, changed it up to some greenery and my peacock, and called it a day. It’s a peacock forest scene? Not my best work, but what I really had in mind needed a beautiful, huge mirror.

Christmas Peacock

This was the vision.

Christmas Fireplace Mockup

Still weird, but a prettier weird. So I think a giant Louis-Philippe-style mirror is in our future? Time to make that fireplace really shine like I should have from the start. (Not just for Christmas, obviously. The mirror will be a welcome year-round addition.)

And then outside the house looks like this. Hey there, roofers!

Patching the Roof on a Leaky Victorian Turret

We have some house stuff to discuss, but that’s a story for another day.

Merry Christmas!

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  • Nena
    December 23, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Thank you so much for posting so close to Christmas. Moms (and dads) have so much magic to make for little ones around this time, so I appreciate seeing your decorations.Your tree looks lovely as does your dining room in the previous post. Merry Christmas to you & your family!

  • Marcee
    December 25, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Merry Christmas Nicole & family!
    It’s been awhile since checking in with you. Just busy as usual. Wow. Everything looks grand! Love the pale pink drapes. Black iron rods right? We changed all of ours. No more gold. Way outdated. Blue & white sofa is gorgeous. Always liked it. Hope the pink couch is still around! Have a wonderful holiday dinner!!

  • Shelly Mathes
    December 26, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Lovely home, lovely indeed! Merry Christmas.

  • goosefairy
    January 4, 2018 at 9:14 am

    I just love your style.

  • Amy Rives
    January 24, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Don’t you have some adorable black and white stockings? Where are those from?

  • Helen
    March 10, 2021 at 8:16 am

    Where are your pink chairs from ?

    • Making it Lovely
      March 11, 2021 at 8:15 am

      They were from Nate Berkus’ line at Target years ago.