Holiday Decorating Style Spotlight: Victorian Christmas

Many of our beloved holiday traditions began in the Victorian Era—decorating the Christmas tree, giving gifts, sending Christmas cards, and even hanging stockings. Helped along by England’s royal family, these traditions were enhanced with intricate designs that sparkled and shone. The traditional holiday palette originates from this era as well: red, green, gold, silver, and white.

To decorate your own home in the luxurious Victorian Christmas style, string garland through a bannister, around a doorway, or across the mantel. Pull in a pop of traditional red with poinsettia wreaths and velvet ribbons, and add a shimmer with glass ornaments and glittering accents.

Let Touch of Class® help you bedeck your home in the magnificent opulence of a Victorian Christmas! Here are a few items to get you started:

Welcome guests with vintage vibes and bold reds. Hang a wreath bursting with red berries on the door and center a vase overflowing with greenery and ribbons on a console table. Frame the centerpiece with lighted lanterns and woodland animal figurines for a homey touch. Finally, hang a wall tapestry alight with fiber optics and depicting a lovely winter cottage to finish the look with timeless flair.

Victorian Christmas Entryway

Swathed in classic hues, the Holly Ribbon Table Linens bring exquisite taste to your dining room. Tablecloths, placemats, and runners depict the favorite Victorian decorations on sheer fabric with gold damask borders. Underscore the gold hue with the Winter’s Elegance Sleigh Centerpiece. Perfect for displaying glittery trinkets, this accent has scrolling golden metal and ivory capiz shells.

Holly Ribbon Holiday Table Linens Winter's Elegance Sleigh Holder Centerpiece

Give your bedroom an extra flourish. Santa and Mrs. Claus celebrate the Golden Years dressed in gold coats trimmed with ornate detail and white faux fur. Displaying presents in a jacquard bag, this limited edition Possible Dreams® Clothtique™ features hand-sewn clothing and hand-painted expressions. The Enchanting Medley Wall Pocket, a Touch of Class® exclusive, ushers in elegance with antique gold acanthus leaf designs. A spray of faux silk greenery, golden pine cones, burgundy hydrangeas, openwork shimmering leaves, and gleaming baubles spills from the pocket.

Golden Years Clothtique Santa and Mrs. Claus Figurine Enchanting Medley Holiday Wall Pocket

Originally used to gift fruit and nuts, stockings are always hung by the chimney with care. The Christmas Present Velveteen Stockings, exclusive to Touch of Class®, honor these traditions with classic colors, braided rope bows, and a velveteen fabric signifying royalty. The Winter’s Elegance Angel Figurines top off your mantel and watch over Christmas cards sent by family and friends. The simplistic ivory capiz shell and scrolling gold metal design enhances the yuletide greetings.

Christmas Present Velveteen Stockings Winter's Elegance Angel Figurine Set

 

 

Unique Wedding Gift Ideas Under $50

Have you been invited to a summer wedding this year? Is the invitation still sitting on your
table, like an ever-present reminder that you still haven’t found a great gift for that special couple?

Let these unique wedding gift ideas nudge you (sweetly, of course) in the right direction. Each affordable wedding gift is under $50, making it friendly to your budget and a memorable way to wish the couple many years of wedded bliss.

Click here to view over 20 fabulous wedding gift ideas from Touch of Class® (prices are shown after you click on the link).

The Love That Lasts Figurine features a 1920s-style couple in intricate dress. The Our Hearts As One Sculpture depicts two interconnected hearts in an openwork design.

Love That Lasts Figurine Our Hearts As One Sculpture

The LOVE Letters Wall Art will look lovely alone or as part of a photo collage. The Star Gazing Figurine features an ethereal, romantic scene of a couple sitting on a crescent moon.

Love Letters Word Wall Art Star Gazing Figurine

The Loving Hands Table Sculpture is a wonderful representation of closeness. The Papillon Wall Photo Frame will flutter its way into the couple’s heart with its butterfly and blossom design.

Loving Hands Table Sculpture Papillon Butterfly Wall Photo Frame

Glam It Up with Art Deco and Art Nouveau Home Decor

Is your home decor looking lackluster—or simply missing that je ne sais quoi? Perhaps what it needs is a marriage of modern and vintage panache. The Art Deco style is the cat’s meow! Popular in the 1920s and ‘30s, this aesthetic remains one of the most appealing styles in architecture and home decor. Bold color duos like black and gold and clean geometric lines reflect the Art Deco sensibility. Stark, repeating motifs of triangles and rays also hark back to the period.

If you yearn for a more romantic look, select home decor with intricate details, swirling curves, and ornamental beauty. These shapely pieces will lend an Art Nouveau quality to your decor.

Click here to view an array of home decor in these styles, or click on the images below to learn more about each item.

Beauty Bath Accessories Exquisite Composure Lady Figurine
DeAndra Stained Glass Table Lamp Square framed wall art set with cool-toned medallion designs
Giorgianna Pearl Mirrored Wall Sconce Pair Elegant lady figurine with 1920s era woman in a glittery gown

New Clothtique Santa Figurines for 2017

Is Santa the ultimate Renaissance man? Though nothing will top his delight in delivering presents, his interests aren’t limited to the toy shop. You might be surprised to find that Santa knows his way around the kitchen, he appreciates a fine wine, and he’s an avid fisherman—and that’s just the beginning! From Possible Dreams®, the Clothtique™ figurines depict Santa engaged in all his various hobbies or simply spending time with his loved ones. Most of the Clothtique™ Santa figurines are designed by Ann Dezendorf, and each has special details: handpainted resin features and a hand-sewn, specially stiffened cloth costume.

Click here to view over 50 Clothtique™ Santa figurines, including the new 2017 introductions shown below.

Wine enthusiasts will adore the Santa’s Classic Vintage Clothtique™, an exclusive figurine available only at Touch of Class®! This holiday accent depicts Santa leaning against a Touch of Class® wine barrel, enjoying a glass of red wine.

Santa is quite the romantic, and he always appreciates a good holiday tradition, so some sweet Mistletoe Kisses might be in his future. He and Mrs. Claus wear costumes with embroidered, metallic gold accents.

Santa's Classic Vintage Wine Clothtique Mistletoe Kisses Clothtique Santa Figurine

Santa certainly gets his fill of cookies on Christmas Eve, but sometimes he can’t wait until that special night! That’s why he and his little helper are preparing batches of Homemade Cookies—shaped like snowmen, of course.

Nothing says quality time like making the caroling rounds with Mrs. Claus and a “deer friend.” The Clauses’ elegant red coats are embroidered with “A Merry Christmas” messages, and Santa’s lantern lights up. This darling figurine trio is a limited edition!

Homemade Cookies Clothtique Santa Figurine A Merry Christmas Clothtique Santa Figurine Set

Remember Dad’s Day! Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day has come and gone, and that must mean it’s time to start thinking about Dad’s special day! Here are just a few ideas to make this June 18th a wonderful and memorable day.

Click here for some unique Father’s Day gift ideas, including the items mentioned below.

For the film buff:
Spend some bonding time with Dad by watching his favorite show or movie with him. Don’t forget a container of gourmet popcorn as a treat, plus this handy remote control organizer.

For the sports fan:
Surprise Dad with a rally towel or a new cap from his favorite team. If he has quite a collection of caps, give him a convenient place to hang them all with this cap display rack.

For the avid fisherman:
You can’t go wrong with a framed photo of Dad with his prized catch, plus the Fishing in the Wild Table Sculpture. This detailed accent depicts a fisherman and is finished in metallic and verdi hues.

For the hunting enthusiast:
Gift your outdoorsy father with a camo print furniture cover (he can dream of hunting season as he dozes in his chair) and this Deer Head Drink Coaster Set.

Remote Control Organizer Caddy Cap Display Rack
Fishing in the Wild Table Sculpture Deer Head Drink Coaster Set

Shelf Sitters You’ll Love

A decorative shelf sitter is a unique addition to your home decor. While a traditional figurine sits entirely on your shelf, a shelf sitter typically features an overhanging part—so it looks like some elegant lady just perched there to rest, or a curious cat climbed up and is peering down at his domain below.

Are you wondering where to place a shelf sitter? Here are just a few ideas:

  • Wall-mount shelf
  • Flat-edge shelf on a baker’s rack
  • Kitchen shelf
  • Entryway table
  • Bookcase
  • Wall organizer
  • Mantel

Click here to view the decorative shelf sitters featured below, as well as a variety of other styles.

Poised with Style Lady Figurine Shelf Sitter Pixie Dust Fairy Figurine Shelf Sitter
Curious Cat Shelf Sitter Rooster and Hen Shelf Sitter

Beautiful Home Decor Gifts for Mother’s Day

May 14th is on the way! Are you struggling to find a beautiful present for Mother’s Day this year? Why not surprise your mom with a home decor gift that she’ll treasure for years to come?

Click here to view a variety of unique Mother’s Day gifts, including the items featured below.

For the book lover:

Treat her to the latest books from her favorite authors, as well as the You Are So Loved Throw Blanket. Take over some of Mom’s tasks so she can curl up beneath this throw and read to her heart’s content.

For the new mom:

Remind her that for all the chaotic moments, there are tender, quiet ones too. The Created by Love Shelf Sitter depicts a mother and father gently cradling their newborn child.

For the pet owner:

Replace that worn furniture cover with something pretty and spring-like. The Butterfly Furniture Protector has a lovely nature-inspired design. It’s snag- and soil-resistant, as well as water-repellent!

For the nature enthusiast:

Spend some time outdoors with Mom, participating in her preferred activity. Bring a little bit of nature indoors with the Magnolia Charm Accent Clock, perfect for a dresser or mantel.

You Are So Loved Throw Blanket Created by Love Shelf Sitter
Butterfly Furniture Protector Magnolia Charm Accent Clock