async='async' data-ad-client='ca-pub-1704385665578974' src=''/> December 2021 - Welch House 1900

A Very Victorian Christmas


Welch House is celebrating its 121st Christmas this year with a very Victorian Christmas in red!

I decided to deck the front and back parlors this year in a festive red Christmas! The mantel is completely decorated with all thrifted items. I found a very high end Christmas garland at the thrift store this summer, and only paid $9 for it. The garland was already embellished with red Christmas bulbs. To give the garland more volume, I spray painted a magnolia garland gold and added it in.

The ribbon is a beautiful gold color with a deep red velvet damask pattern scattered all about. I found that at the thrift store as well! Only $5 for a large roll.

Pretty velvet poinsettias tucked in here and there.

My centerpiece is a sweet garden statue that I adorned with a gold crown. I love the soft candlelight glow of my antique church altar candelabras. They are so special to me. I found them on Facebook marketplace this fall and only paid $50 each, which is such an amazing price!

Giant bows are a must on the ends of my Christmas garland! I love how they cascade down the fireplace mantel.

The gorgeous red velvet stockings were also thrifted. I love the shape of the toes on these stockings, they remind me of elf shoes.

The stockings really give a Victorian vibe to my Christmas decor.

I love sitting in front of the fireplace and enjoying the lighted mantel. I usually prefer a simple garland, but this year I felt like going a little over the top. lol

The statue on our library table got adorned with a sweet bow this year.

A festive red runner showcases my gold framed family photos.

A photo of my husband and I on our wedding day. We just celebrated our 15 year wedding anniversary this month.

The back parlor is very festive as well!

I truly love our red tree this year. As much as I adore my pink trees, the red tree is the most sentimental to me. These are the ornaments from my Husband's childhood, ornaments that I've collected since I was a teenager and of course the ornaments that we have collected since being married.

I will be having one red tree from this year on, its important to me to see our memories on the tree each year. I draped the tree with my thrifted ribbon and gold beads. Satin red ribbons were added, but still something was missing. I really wanted some lighted candles for this tree, and I found vintage set of 16 on Facebook marketplace for $6! They are really beautiful and flicker like a real candle, and for being 30 years old, they work amazingly! 


 I saw this vintage bear on wheels as soon as I walked into the thrift store, and I knew I was not leaving without him. He is absolutely darling with a cedar garland draped around his neck and a sweet old dolly on his back. I found the doll for a few dollars and dressed her up a bit with a red ribbon in her hair.

Look how adorable they are! Just the perfect touch for the front of our tree.

Of course our son's Polar Express train is set up under the tree as well...its a tradition around here.

A closer look at our ornaments. If you look close enough you might see an ornament with a paw print, our kitties made their own ornaments this year!

This darling snowman is actually a set of two, I found them at a garage sale, but they are Bethany Lowe designs!

On the piano is our reproduction "T'was the Night Before Christmas" book. I bought this while I was expecting my son.

I have a new print above the piano this season.

Found at the thrift store for around $5 is this amazing Victorian print of two girls with the most adorable snowman!

I love it so much! 

I added some cozy pillows to the tufted lounge.

And candlelight always adds some coziness.

I hope you enjoyed our Victorian style Christmas in red! Almost all of my decor was thrifted! I hope it inspired you to do a little thrifting and create beauty on a budget. Thank you to everyone who leaves me the sweetest comments and visits my blogs, it means the world to me! I love you all!

Also, I would like to share with you that I am a finalist in Cottages and Bungalows Magazine's Christmas tree contest! I was totally shocked to have been picked! I would love it if you would visit this link and vote for my tree, or the tree you love best! To be honest I'm extremely far behind in votes, but anything is possible right? The winner gets a spread in Cottages and Bungalow's magazine next year! This is the photo that I submitted.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! This week will be a busy one here at Welch house, lots of cleaning and baking! I'm also hosting Christmas this year! First time ever! I'm so excited!