Victoria Holiday Bliss 2017

In a frantic and hurried world, Victoria offers a respite from the chaos of everyday life. The pages are dedicated to living beautifully when entertaining, cooking, and decorating and even in artistic pursuits - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! With a distinct personality all its own, Victoria personifies feminity, passion, and an enterprising spirit. Each issue features decorating and entertaining ideas, recipes, travel stories, essays from inspiring women, and much more.

United States
Hoffman Media
7 Issues

in this issue

1 min
dear friends

With the coming of the holidays, the exterior of my home is adorned with fresh evergreen wreaths tied with generous plaid bows. Indoors, a single glowing electric candle is centered on every windowsill. The clean, sharp fragrance of cedar and pine fills the air. I have piled boughs on the mantel and gathered some in a stone container on the kitchen island. A towering blue spruce, harvested and shipped from the North Carolina mountains, adds majesty to our great room. Family tradition calls for decorating both the house and tree on the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving. We collect the tubs of ornaments from the attic and basement, and reminisce as we unwrap decorations that have been carefully selected over the years, giving special attention to those handcrafted by loved ones…

1 min
all is bright

2 min
treasured memories

When it comes to decking the halls, Janet Rooney has always been exuberant. “I suppose more is more,” she says with a laugh, “and more is better.” Treasures from relatives have sparked vignettes throughout her home. The dining room features a wedding present from her late husband’s parents—an exquisite tea set Janet displays with other vintage silver finds. Emphasizing the rich patina of the accoutrements, natural elements contribute Yuletide flair to the stunning grouping. More than twenty-five years ago, Janet’s brother gifted her The Old Curiosity Shop from the Department 56 Dickens’ Village Series. Charmed by the English architecture, Janet and her husband, Ralph, expanded their wee hamlet over the decades, adding buildings and accessories to the landscape of miniatures. Varying the placement of seasonal trimmings showcases their versatility. Europeanstyle Santas from the…

2 min
christmas in the clouds

Built in 1906 for the first permanent, yearround resident of this scenic mountaintop community, the beautiful sandstone house had all but lost its luster when Lisa and Scott Maclellan purchased it at auction in 2009. The once-grand structure had been converted to apartments in the 1930s and required a two-year renovation to restore it to its former glory. Terry Barker, senior partner of River Street Architecture, helped the couple turn an empty shell into a breathtaking residence, complete with Corinthian columns, a second-floor balustrade, and a circular staircase. Furnishing the home was a true labor of love for Lisa, who made all the design choices. She searched the country for the carved marble mantels, period mirrors, and exquisite chandeliers that give the mansion its French flavor. The dining room chairs are…

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nature’s décor

1 min
comfort in a rustic retreat