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Welcome to the General Advice area of The Victorian Emporium. Here you can view and read all of our advice articles on their various subjects.

20 Jul 2018

Fireplaces can be beautiful centrepieces in all rooms of your Victorian house but they are enhanced incredibly as a period feature if they work and provide a source of heating too. We'll help you achieve that with this article which focuses on bringing your Victorian fireplaces back to life. It would be unusual to have a working fireplace in a bedroom nowadays as people typically want their bedrooms to be cooler than their reception…

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17 Jul 2018

The first distinguishing feature that defines a Victorian bedroom is that it would have a fireplace , unlike this room in both the period before and the period after. In the preceeding periods, inhabitants would rely on thick blankets to keep warm and later in history, on cast iron radiators and electric heaters. The location of this fireplace may determine where furniture will sit comfortably so that the fireplace can be viewed as an…

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16 Mar 2017
​At The Victorian Emporium, we offer a service which helps you source period features and products needed in order to recreate a Victorian interior you may have seen and wished to reproduce in your own home or indeed on a film, TV or photographic set.

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23 Feb 2017
Owning a Victorian home is a responsibility. It existed long before you did and will probably be around well beyond the date of your death. For these precious architectural beings, you should see yourself as merely the custodian/caretaker, tasked with looking after the property until it becomes someone else’s.

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29 Jun 2016
Choosing a Victorian colour scheme to decorate your home can be tricky, but with a bit of background information, you should be able to narrow down what is right and wrong for your house. Here, we provide you with ideas on how to pay homage to the historic period.

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24 Jun 2016
If you have recently purchased a period property you could well be considering extending your house. People often look to extend their house because they need more space, often after they’ve had children and realised that kids stuff takes up lots of room.

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25 May 2016
During the Victorian era, fashionable gardeners created a wide range of artificial landscapes from rock gardens and ferneries to elaborate water gardens. A Victorian rockery embodied their passion for travel, plant collecting and gardening. It brought together many elements of Victorian interests and passions such as garden design, landscaping, botany, geology and innovation in materials and techniques. As rockeries becomes increasingly…

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24 May 2016
The size of the garden of a Victorian house can really vary and tends to depend on what type of house you live in. In urban areas, most terraced and semi detached Victorian houses have a small strip of garden the width of the house but often really long with room for borders, a pathway, a seating area and a compost heap! On the other hand many city terraces may have just a small yard with space for a couple of chairs.

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11 May 2016
If you live in a Victorian house with a spacious bathroom, there are many different bath options for you and you may feel overwhelmed by the choice of different styles, sizes, shapes and depths of baths available as well as the different materials these baths are made from. Depending on your space, a Victorian roll top bath could be a great option. 

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05 May 2016
If your house was “modernised” in the 1970s or 1980s, you may have the unenviable task of having to replace all of the period features that have been ripped out of your house to give it back some authentic personality. This can seem like a daunting task but it is easily achievable and there are loads of authentic imitation products on the market. These may end up costing you quite a large sum of money but a house with beautiful and well…

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