Wallace Bridge Road, Victoria, Virginia

 Waiting for us today is an 1850 Virginia home "ready for renovation," as the listing says.  

Once I saw this entry I was eager to see its potential as a Christmas cottage.

A little color switch-a-roo, and now it's as crisp as a candy cane.

The entry includes this stately staircase:

Of course a staircase like this needs a little Christmas garland:

{Phoebe Howard, garland by AttaGirlSays}

The kitchen, I'm afraid, is definitely ready for renovation:

But just look at the wow we could pack into the space:

{Better Homes and Gardens}

The house has two rooms with fireplaces across the hall from each other:

This room could be our dining room...

{Gil Schafer}

...beautifully ready to be set for Christmas dinner, while this room:

...becomes our cozy, period living room.

{John B. Murray}

Ordinarily the room would look like that above, but for Christmas, let's add in some of the wonderful antiques below:

Let's do the same in the basement, as well:

{source unknown}

We'll wrap up our tour in this cozy upstairs bedroom:

{Coastal Living}

Cozy and cute in our Christmas cottage.

Remember our recent tour of a reader's potential home for Yvonne's son and daughter-in-law?  Yvonne reports that they moved in right after Thanksgiving and are already at work making it theirs. Here was the living room inspiration photo:


...and here is what they've done so far:

Pretty neat, huh?  The black door and tile look so sophisticated.  Here's to lots of happy holiday memories in their new home!

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