Monday, November 1, 2010

~OLD IS NEW ONCE AGAIN~

 ~VINTAGE VICTORIA CHRISTMAS BOOKS~
1998-1999-2000-2001-2002

I had a little bit of down time over the weekend and decided to hunt down my vintage Victoria Christmas (Magazine) Books and retrieve them from their hiding place!  Even though I continue to hear the familiar sound of hammering (bang! bang! BANG!) from our on-going master bath remodel (YES!  It's STILL underway!) I was able to steal away a few moments and gather some inspiration while thumbing through all five of my now aging books...
~ORIGINALLY PURCHASED AT TJ MAXX for $3.99~

One of the things I loved most about the ORIGINAL Victoria Magazine was their timeless approach to decorating.  Long before Rachel and the Shabby Chic (TM) craze, the editors and decorators at Victoria successfully merged the old with the new...  I've been a huge fan of it ever since!

How about you?
 
 ~BEAUTIFUL WHITES CAN BE FOUND IN EVERY ISSUE~
~FABULOUS STOCKINGS~
 ~HUNG BY THE CHIMNEY WITH CARE~
 ~CREATING WITH ANTIQUE BUTTONS~
 ~WRAPPING WITH OLD BOOKS AND AGING BUTTONS~

You didn't think this idea was something new, did you?
 ~EMBELLISHED WITH VINTAGE KEYS~

How about this one?  Done before...and still breathtaking!

Timeless, classy and forever lovely!
 ~BEAUTIFUL HAT BOX DRESSED TO THE NINES~
 
 ~BERIBBONED DOOR WREATH~
 
 ~FILLED WITH WHITE PRETTIES~

This old china cabinet reminds me of the one I have minus the scrolly accents!
 ~CHAIRS WITH WHITE LINEN FLOUNCES~

Earlier this year I bragged about making new chair skirts for my dining room chairs.  I knew this idea had been around for a long time...just wondering what TOOK ME SO LONG to get with the program...

Bah!  I'm always running late for the party...
 
 ~OLD CREAMWARE and VINTAGE MITTENS~
~THE DELIGHTS OF SOFT WHITE~

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas!

So...do share!
 What will you be using for inspiration this year for your Christmas and Holiday decorating?
As you can tell I'm not looking too far from home...

Blessings for a lovely Monday!

Love to you...

22 comments:

chateau de fleurs said...

Hi Rebecca, this is the perfect reason why it's good to save old favorite magazines and books, there is always some new inspirations to glean from the old! Everything is so lovely, XO Christie

Terra said...

Your Victoria Magazines have timeless ideas, I can see, and are "keepers" for inspiration. Sometimes for inspiration I see a photo on a blog or even in an ad. Today I saw an ad for a jingle bell wreath that I like.

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, Love this, puts me in the mood for the holidays. I love all things Victorian in home decor-especially all you've shown.
Hope you have a lovely week.
Hugs, Noreen

C Pohl said...

I subscribed to Victoria when they 1st came out...so interesting to see you got your at TJ MAX...i have to check in my basement and see if i have (i think the 1st 5 years they were published) I may even have the original issue...thanks for the info ...now i have to check what i have...i have always love Victoria ...the photos were sooooooo beautiful

thanks again for sharing

C

Blondie's Journal said...

Sounds like you might have had some of these fabulous ideas in the back of your mind for quite some time! Thanks for a great share, sweet lady!

XO,
Jane

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I smiled when I saw the white Christmas tree. I have decorated my tree white and silver for many years...probably going on 10. My friend who comes and helps me now with it keeps saying I need to add a color to it....but my heart just loves my white billowy Christmas tree...I just can't change it.

Donnie said...

I love all the pictures you displayed. I think I would like to do a Florida tree and decor with shells and southern stuff. You offer a lot of inspiration there. Take care.

sonya said...

Hi Rebecca,
I just LOVE the Victoria magazine too. I've saved mine over the years and I can always go back to them and never tire of it. The beautiful photos are just timeless.
We've moved to a new home this last February. And I'm still not sure what I will do for decorating at Christmas time. I'm so excited I can't wait.But I will look at my Victoria mags for inspiration.
Thanks for reminding me...now I will go dig them out!
Blessings,
Sonya

Lee Laurie said...

I have saved my old Victoria magazines too. I pull them out from to time to time and always see something that I missed.

Thank you for stopping by with the sweet words after my grandmother's passing.


Hugs,
Lee Laurie

rosechicfriends said...

Hey Sweetie!
So sorry I haven't been by to say Hi lately...you KNOW, life kinda gets in the way! lol Glad to hear that your dear girl is better! I prayed for her!!

I do LOVE my vintage VICTORIA's that I have from the late 80's and early 90's. I cannot part with them and I also separated the Christmas ones out to puruse through during the Holidays...I also did that with my older Romantic Homes too! They all have so much inspiration in them. Nothing is New under GOD's handywork huh?

Much love and hugs sent your way!
Lorena

NanaDiana said...

I love those Victoria magazines too and have several. And..I think I have every issue of Romantic Homes ever printed. Love the sweet softness of them both. Hugs- Diana

Chambray Blue said...

Pretty!! Love the pictures...

Jean Tuthill said...

Oh, so pretty! I keep all my magazines and their "timeless" ideas, too. Love Christmas!

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

I had saved many Victorian magazines too Rebecca, and enjoy looking back at them from time to time. Great inspirations from classic victorian beauty that's for sure!

Hugs*

glenda said...

It's always refreshing to visit, I instantly relax and enjoy all the beauty...It is true. There is nothing new under the sun...it's all been done.
love,
glenda

Kerrie said...

I just love decorating with white and how wonderful it looks!

Gaia said...

I am a sucker for all things Classic. You never get tired looking at them and wish I could even create them. Unfortunately lacking in skill.

Sheila said...

This is a beautiful post. I love all the pictures. I am a BIG Vintage and Victorian pieces and decorating.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great evening.
Sheila

Shabby T said...

I LOVE TO LOOK AT OLD MAGAZINES AND BOOKS FOR WHAT I CALL "INSPIRED DECORATING".. i LOVE TO LOOK AT "NEW" OLD WAYS OF USING ITEMS I HAVE IN NEW WAYS BY THUMBING THROUGH MY OLD MAGAZINES BRINGING THE JOY BACK FROM THE 1ST TIME I OPENED THE LOVELY LIL MAG OR BOOK AND LOOKING AND JOTTING DOWN IDEAS AND TAKING MENTAL NOTES ON WHAT I FELL IN LOVE WITH ALL OVER AGAIN.. I'M QUITE A LUCKY GAL MY LOVELY SIL CALLED A FEW WEEKS BACK AND SHE ASKED IF I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE HER VICTORIA MAGAZINE COLLECTION.. HAS I TRIED TO HOLD BACK MY EXCITEMENT I YELLED OH YES I WILL BE RIGHT OVER.. I JUMPED IN THE CAR AND DROVE SUCH A LONG WAY A WHOLE MILE IN A HALF THAT IS WHICH SEEMED SO FAR CAUSE I WAS SO GIDDY ABOUT THESE MAGAZINES.. MY HUBBY THOUGHT I WAS CRAZY WHEN I BROUGHT THEM HOME.. BUT I'VE ENJOYED LOOKING AT THEM A FEW A DAY WHEN I CAN FIT IT IN.. AND YES I'VE BEEN PLOTTING MY X-MAS DECOR CAN'T WAIT TILL ITS TIME TO
D E C O R A T E...

Christmas Gal Chronicles said...

I enjoyed your post today! LOVELY soft whites on the tree. Beautiful pictures. A nice way to start November 1st! Wishing you a wonderful season!
XO-
Rebecca/ChristmasGalChronicles

sewingseedscraftylife said...

I keep my favorite Christmas decorating magazines and books together and start pulling them out in December. I love the ones with classic style...if I add a hot item it's usually just in small doses but it seems I always return to a more traditional style that suits me.

Dogmom Diva said...

Hi Rebecca..beautiful is all I can say..thank you for sharing!

Barb

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