Tuesday, July 30, 2019

How To Create A Victorian Period Cottage Kitchen

My dear friend, 

Won't you pour a cup of tea and let us visit. As many of you know, I have begun the transformation of converting our Florida stucco home into an accurately Victorian period cottage. 

I have also had a lovely epiphany about my home. I am at a constant when it comes to delving into the psychological, spiritual aspect of what all my life experiences are teaching me through the law of attraction. That includes one of the most essential things in our lives as human beings; our homes.

I was meditating yesterday and really sought to flush out the feelings of unsettledness with regards to my home, and attempting to console my feelings of uncertainty. Have you ever struggled with this yourself? I find that presently, as my dear husband is unemployed, I ponder the idea of uprooting and selling our home. However, then I wonder if we should stay put for the moment, as I wouldn't want us to make a decision in haste. So, for the moment we are waiting for put. Tomorrow may result in a new arrangement, as we are going by the spirit and feeling our way through choices based on our finding the feeling of joy.

Even though I am at a mental standstill, I'll continue to follow my bliss with focused thought. I continue to draw and map out the desires of my heart. I have a little sketchbook that has all my happy drawings of our forever farm with a beautiful victorian cottage and many animals. I wanted to share with you a few of my book recommendations for creating a victorian period cottage. There are many ways to duplicate this style. You have to know the overall essentials in getting this distinct look. I shall inspire you to discover your own style by going over a few essential design techniques. I also took some photos of one of the episodes of Downton Abbey. I feel the set designers/decorators were very accurate in their period creations. For me personally, I am especially fond of the cottage of Daisy's father in law {Mr. Mason's} farm and also the farm home of The Drewe family.

I love the victorian, but feel a bit less stuffy in a more modest country cottage. How about you? What do you lean towards?

Below I've posted some images, and we shall go through them to give you a few ideas that really showcase what a period victorian cottage is.

 The most common particular is that there was never overhead cabinetry. The way that most things were utilised in this period was to have shelving. They used pieces of furniture in place of full cabinetry. For instance, they would use a pie safe, old cupboards, armoires and tables for kitchen prep, storage and simple decorative measures.  
Might you notice the simplicity of the pieces of furniture and all things were to be practical? Not very much fluff at all. Everything that was in a country cottage was used up. 

I shall give you a few suggestions if you'd like to begin the transition of creating a humble period cottage home for yourself. 

1. Begin by clearing away the extra things that are more decorative than utilitarian. If you aren't quite ready to release them into the universe, pack them away in cardboard boxes. If you notice that you haven't missed them in six months, proceed to donate them. The trick to this task is not to open the boxes once you've taped them up. When you pack them, to begin with, write a detailed description on the outside and let that be it. Otherwise, your mind will take you to the emotions of the objects, and you will pull them out and place them back as before. This is something I taught with my certifications in Interior Design psychology. As you know, most everything has a psychological nature to it, including and most distinctively our homes and the objects within.

2. Select your favourite pieces. Might it be a ceramic bowl, baskets, cast iron skillets, kerosene lamps, wooden spoons? Those are a few off the top of my head.  
3. Now, perhaps cut out, sketch, draw, or take photos of some ideas you may have from Pinterest. Select some colours from one of the suggested books I have linked for you. You can find the manuals for very little through the used section on Amazon. I have collected many, however, I listed the ones I feel are packed with the most information.

Another one of my favourites is entitled Victorian Interior Decoration/ American Interiors 1830~1900 by Gail Caskey Winkler and Roger W. Moss.

I surely hope you found a wee bit of value in this post. Oh my! It's one of my favourite topics.

What style of home do you hope to create? 

Most affably yours til my next swim, Raquelxxx 


  1. So tell me, do you buy multiple copies so when one is soaked in drool, there's a spare (heehee). Beautiful indeed. I've come to like less and less in my kitchen - even parted with the kitchen aid, toaster, electric mixer etc. Too many gadgets just made it cluttery. What I have gets used and I can get to things much easier.

    1. Hahaha! You mean my books? I have too. I have begun an even more thorough cleaning of my kitchen. I have so much that needs to be donated to the charity shop. I think it has to do with me feeling like in order to receive abundance I must rid myself of the old lingering possessions that I no longer hold dear, nor feel they serve me any longer. I am trying to hold to the notion that I will one day find my forever home. I'm working through it a day at a time.


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