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How-to tips on Victorian living

Welcome to the How-To Tips area of The Victorian Emporium. Here you can view and read all of our advice articles on their various subjects.

30 Jan 2014
Researching the history of your Victorian home can be a fascinating journey of discovery - unlocking some of the secrets of former residents and what the house may have been like in the past. Whether you’re renovating a Victorian house or simply a lover of the style, knowing the history can offer great insight into the way you view your home.

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26 Apr 2017
When undertaking period home renovations, there is a danger that any new products that are incorporated will look brand spanking new and at odds with the other interior elements. This is a common concern with our customers which is why we’ve put together a guide to creating and sourcing authentic looking period property features. Some of the products that we sell will help to recreate that 120 year old look that many good renovators…

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06 Jul 2016

Have you purchased a period house and are planning a restoration but don’t like the idea of living in a time warp? If so, here is our brief guide on how to restore your house with modern victorian interiors whilst also enjoying the original features of the house. This will help to complement the house without looking out of place or from the wrong architectural period.It is possible to create a stunning modern interior whilst still…

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27 Jun 2016

Do you have a room in your period property that you need to use for work or household administration purposes? It can be a wonderful space to transform into a Victorian style study. There are a few essential elements to look out for and if you can accommodate all of these, your room can become a sophisticated and calm place - ideal for working productively.In order to transform your room into a Victorian style study, first of all you…

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23 Jun 2016

Victorian architecture is a beautiful feature of many streets in the towns and cities of the UK. But did you know that other countries have a wealth of Victorian homes and buildings too? Here are some locations picked from around the world so that you can admire these beautiful buildings on your travels.BackgroundDuring the 18th century, a few English architects emigrated to the colonies, but as the British Empire became more…

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25 Sep 2015
Foresight is a great thing but not always possible in the minefield that is period house restoration. So we hope this picking of brains will prove useful as we ask our customers to tell us what was the best and worst thing they spent money on during their house renovation.

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27 Jul 2015
It’s always easy to be wise in retrospect. “If only I’d known”, you may often think to yourself when renovating your period house. But in truth as these customer testaments reveal, most renovators would not swap their money pit for a problem (and character) free new-build under any circumstances.

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22 Oct 2014

Plaster coving is best used on plastered surfaces i.e. walls and ceilings. Wooden coving is best used outdoors and is commonly used on porches and verandahs. It is also used to give a professional finish around the tops of kitchen cupboards and for making decorative curtain pelmets. Many people choose to use wooden coving on walls and ceilings instead of plaster because they perceive plaster coving as being heavy and messy and the…

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19 Jun 2014
The end result of your renovation will only be as good as the time, effort, and probably money you put into it. Here we give you some tips on how and where to find people that can help you and you'll find more tips about renovating a period property here in our article "Things I wish I'd known before purchasing a period house".

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15 May 2014
Wrought iron fencing can really add an authentic look to your Victorian or historic home. Though this type of fencing is extremely durable, over time the aesthetic appeal of wrought iron can degrade. Constant exposure to the outdoor elements, overgrown vegetation, and chemicals can cause wrought iron to rust and corrode. But don’t lose hope, some simple restoration tactics and periodic maintenance can help you to restore and clean…

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