Anticipation rose as I walked onto the porch of a Victorian home in Spokane, Washington.
It was a B&B I would be staying at for the next three days.
The moment I stepped inside, I felt a peaceful reverence as I took in the details of the old-world charm.
Like the beauty of these stairs with the stair lamp.
Not to mention the mahogany wood that had the old patina that I love so much.
The owners told me that they would be away that evening.
They permitted me to feel free to use the downstairs.
I was all by myself inside these walls, and if you ever have done something you love so much, you get me.
I was in heaven.
That evening, I walked into each room downstairs, taking in all of the details that only a well-preserved historic home possesses.
I sat on an old victorian sofa to read a book but found myself just sitting in the moment, appreciating being there.
As I walked up the stairs that evening, I took a moment as I passed the other bedrooms to look inside.
It was so quiet with no guests, and the owners were gone.
My room was at the end of the grand hallway.
As I passed through, I admired all the details of the chair railing, window trim, hardwood flooring, and the thoughtfully picked antiques that fit perfectly throughout the home.
The room I stayed in had an adjoining bathroom that housed a clawfoot tub. Not to mention the nostalgic steam radiator that completed the look.
It was all a lovely experience.
I tell this story because it paints the picture of what the Victorian Farmhouse style means to me.
Even if I can’t live inside a beautiful Victorian home, I can replicate this style in my modern 1990s home.
And you can, too, wherever you live.
My love for Victorian Farmhouse style came full circle.
As you may remember, the Chip and Joanna Gaines weekly TV show called Fixer Upper was a big hit.
And boy, was it a big hit in my home.
I was inspired by Joanna Gaines ability to transform a rickety and beat-up house into a beautiful home.
She had a farmhouse style that resonated with me.
So off I went, replicating this by making over my home in the same way.
But as we all know, that show ended.
As time went on, what emerged was my true love.
While the farmhouse style has the rustic old look I love, I found that my true passion was the Victorian style.
Not wanting to fully abandon the rustic and chippy look of the distinct farmhouse style. I held onto that.
Merging both the Victorian and farmhouse style was liberating!
Taking the elegant pieces of the Victorian era and mixing it with the rustic chippy farmhouse style has awakened a unique and wonderous style that is truly who I am.
It fits my personality.
I’m one who loves to dress refined, if possible. With white lace cotton Victorian-inspired blouses. But I also love my chambray blue shirts and jeans.
It’s the mixture of both that defines my passions.
What makes my heart race?
When you love something, you spend time researching it.
You will go places to see it.
You’re always thinking about it.
Well, that’s how I feel about decorating with old antiques and vintage-inspired things.
Something magical happens when I walk inside an antique store or mall.
Side note: Sharing a video where I went to Snohomish, Washington. I take you through some amazing antique stores. It was the first video I put together for YouTube. Sarah, from She Hold Dearly, and a group of ladies and I were meeting up for a fun day of antique shopping. I was put in charge of organizing where we’d go, which is why I put this video together, sharing the shops we’d explore. And we did! It was a hit! The last store was the best off-the-path thrift store ever. It was a lot of fun. Here it is below.
All of life’s worries and concerns melt away at that moment while browsing through the aisles and aisles of antiques.
My mind takes me away while holding an old teapot or looking at the cracked and vintage reminders of a time long ago.
It’s like an escape to meander through all the things once owned by someone from another era.
To appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of a time when things were made so well that we still love them today.
It’s easy to look past the chippy, cracked pieces that were carried in wagons back in the pioneer days. And to see the beauty in these nostalgic gems.
It is with these pieces that I find at a thrift store, antique store, or online that I am slowly adding to my Victorian Farmhouse-styled home.
Incorporating the Victorian style is bringing a balance to what is really in my heart.
As we embrace our roots, it may be in how we decorate.
Or how we live our lives with authenticity.
We can know we are living life loving and appreciating those things we hold dear.
It has been a joy to incorporate a part of me into our city house.
To place within its walls a Victorian Farmhouse style that speaks of who I am and will hopefully encourage you to embrace your authentic self and go after your own dreams.
Even if that means making what you have into something amazing.
I hope this inspired you to find your roots and live your life outward by incorporating decorative things in your home that speak to your soul.
If this resonated with you, please comment below.
I’d love to hear from other fellow antique lovers who get me.
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