This January marks a new chapter in my life for various reasons. First, I have taken in one and one eighth boarders! My charming older brother moved in on the 10th to Diamondleaf Cottage along with his tea-cup applehead Chihuahua, named Juno/Junie. She is the one eighth, I speak of. Seriously, she’s so tiny! My brother whom, I am tempted to refer to as Mr. Davis, but the formality strikes the wrong chord for someone of his . . . “unique disposition.” Perhaps, Charming Brother will have to do (He suggested being called “Good Sir”. . . I promptly vetoed the idea.)
Charming Brother and itty bitty excuse of a canine plan to stay on for two or three years, while he recovers emotionally and financially from his divorce. He also wants us to bond more, “because when Mom and Dad die, you’re all I’ve got.”– His power of persuasion could use some brushing up, but I cede his point.
This should be a very interesting and snarky two years! He is a night owl and I am a morning lark. He has been here for almost two weeks and already has plans to gut and revamp my backyard because it does not suit him. On the bright side, he is beginning to speak of world take overs. NOW he is talking my language! We had a . . . tumultuous relationship as children and in many ways we have not grown up which is both amusing and annoying. Ah, sibling love . . . Hold on to your hats, Dear Readers, this is bound to be a wild ride!
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This month is just blurring by! Really? A fortnight already?! Heavens to Betsy, time certainly flies. Luckily, this does not pertain to our first news post of the year at 19th Century Modern. Naturally there are some political tie-ins with America’s Presidential Inauguration by peeking into the “Trump of the Past.” It seems marginally optimistic. Only history will tell how our new President did. In the same vein, an article on mini-bios (a fan favorite topic) of 19th century female pioneers made the list. As a micro-shopping post in its own right, there is a curated short list of Jane Austen inspired candles from various companies to include as part of your new Hygge routine. Another literature inspired headline incorporates innovative library art. There is also a vignette on half a dozen scandalous news of the 19th century. News on News? This is getting practically, meta! An entire 19th century village for sale, a piece on the famous selfie obsessed celebrity from the 1800s and a special time capsule reveal, round out the other offerings this January.
Of course Polly does! What parrot, wouldn’t? –Enter Polyvore! If you are unfamiliar with this shopping site, it is okay, it has only been around for a decade and far more inspiring and shop-worthy than Instagram. I was first made aware of it about seven years ago. It is wonderful to scroll through specially curated editorialized sets, where you can shop the entire set and see other sets that use the same item in various ways outfits, makeup schemes, or rooms. This is what Polyvore has to say about itself (directly from the source):
Polyvore disrupts the traditional e-commerce model by giving everyone everywhere a voice in shaping today’s trends and influencing purchases. Our global community of stylists share tips on how to mix and match looks to make the most of your closet and predict trends before they hit the mainstream.–Polyvore simplifies online shopping by bringing together all the stores in one convenient place. Then we curate it all into a personalized boutique just for you, making it even easier to discover and shop for looks you love.–We’re a social site that drives sales to retailers.
Consider this a 19th century modern twist to the whole shopping experience post. The eight Victorian-esque sets below are linked back to the Polyvore website for more inspiration. Tip: When searching change the drop down menu from Products to Sets, then type your key word(s). Voila!
For the Modern Victorian Lady
Victorian Inspired Parlor. To be fair, the demilune console table here is more Rococo but I do not believe the average person cares. This is just my Interior Design degree coming forth.
Ah, men upon the Hunting Party! Yes, 2017 is the year we shall see more gentlemanly things on 19th Century Modern! Guys, this is your first Rep of the new year! Can I get a Huzzah?!
Steampunk meets Disney?! I can’t even!
Steampunk for Him Collection
Who does not adore a beautifully ‘punked out room? Personally, I am drawn to the exposed old brick with wainscoting and herringbone wood floors. It is very on point for setting the ambiance of the office!
For downright gorgeous glamour (and serious Downton Abbey Vibes), one can never go wrong with Edwardian flair. Note: The Gibson shoe by American Duchess, hands down my favorite shoe she stocks (although the all her other Victorian/Edwardian kicks are just as enviable–Basically, I want them all. Not going to lie.)
Lastly, for something edgier for the New Victorian. This set also folds in elements the coming Chinese New Year. Perfect end note!