A Victorian Christmas

Take a look at the homes featured in the 2016 Victorian Christmas Tea and Home Tour

“My thing is Victorian,” Catherine says, as she poses on the staircase of her heavily-decorated home.

The homeowner loves his location. “I run along the river, walk to Reds games and can see the city from the second floor.”

White pine and spruce branches are interwoven with silk hydrangea and berries to create the homage to Victorian fashion.

A stuffed turkey (not the edible type) mounted in the corner adds yet another conversation piece to the dining room.

Mark was part of the team that worked on the rehab of St. Mark’s Church. A memento from the experience hangs in the corner of his renovated kitchen.

Mark, who started refinishing furniture when he was 12, carefully restored much of the home’s original woodwork.

As a young buyer, Mark first found the home through his grandmother who was good friends with the owner when it was a rental.

An adjoined pair of towering Christmas trees heavily embellished with vintage glass baubles, tree-toppers and beads sets the stage in the front parlour.

In addition to the evergreen dress, Catherine’s friend Nancy Stover also helped style the chandelier.

The connection was immediate when Catherine first saw the home while house hunting with a friend who told her, “This house has your name on it.”

A wooly collection in the entry stands in front of a mirror, which reflects the intricate front door.

A miniature version of the dress stands in a second floor study, ready to showcase the owners love of fashion and the holidays.

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