Victorian Splendor

A 1000 piece Springbok puzzle depicting various highlights of lovely Victorian era homes. Missing just one tiny piece! I definitely love this era of architecture, so much detail and whimsy, when they are brightly coloured like these ones, they can be so stunning. (If a tad busy)

In true Springbok fashion, there is a poem on the back of the box called Victorian Visions by Hazel Haupt.

“ If I could select any house in the world for the dwelling that I would call home, how quickly I’d pick a Victorian manse, a house with a high stained-glass dome!

I’d surely want turrets and towers, all rounded and stretching straight up to the sky, and right on the top of the tallest of all my personal banner would fly.

Each window would sing out the artisan’s praise, beveled panes would be etched with designs all drawn from the heart of a fantasy world with the lightest, most delicate lines.

Gingerbread fretwork would grace the veranda while brass knobs embellished each door, and mantels of marble from Pisa and Florence would frame cozy hearths on each floor.

Then down in the garden where roses would wind ‘round a latticework trellis just so, there’d be a gazebo with wicker setees where I and my callers might go.

And just for the times when I need to retreat and leave behind everyday cares, I’d have a small room just for daydreaming in at the top of some steep, hidden stairs.

Yes, if I could choose any house in the world, I know that’s just what it would be — a showplace designed in Victorian times, the perfect reflection of me!”

I’m not sure I feel the same way as Hazel but this had me thinking what kind of house I’d want (if I could have anything) and even though I love this mid-century bungalows…. I think 1940s streamline or Art Moderne is the style for me!