Updating the Victorian Parlour

I’ve always wanted a special room, with Victorian furniture. Since I enjoy reading authors like Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, I’d like to look up from a book to see a room with the same atmosphere. I share this desire with a friend and, even though neither of us have completed a Victorian room, we’ve discussed our plans.

Modern Wingback Chairs, expensive chairs worth every penny

Authentic Victorian furniture is pricey, so I’d look for modern pieces with that same feeling. Freshome.com has published budget sparing decorating ideas that blend modern furniture with restored and modern, Victorian-like pieces. My friend invested in a love seat to serve as her room’s anchor piece. She managed to save money by getting her love seat while it was on sale! I’ll probably wait, find an old piece from an estate sale, then reupholster it with modern fabric in muted colours, unless I think it is a candidate for the Antique’s Roadshow. I am already looking for salvaged window frames or wood doors to use as table tops, and I have my eye on tapestry remnants to use for accent pillows. Beaded lamps will sit next to a pair of modern wingback chairs.

My room should be useful, artistic and the envy of the neighbourhood. Best of all, my friend and I can indulge our tendency to compete with each other, without hard feelings. In the end, we’ll both have what we need, and want. Have you ever wanted a special reading room?