Harvest Hearth: A Victorian ReVamp

There is perhaps nothing more autumn-y than the fragrance of cinnamon and allspice perching atop a fireplace mantle or perhaps Macintosh apples and butternut squash soup. Pumpkins are amid the décor, a cool breeze keeps them fresh; there’s a few well-pressed leaves that retain their rainbow of color as a garland on the hearth. So many of the traditions and stereotypes that we hold dear to the harvest season were romanticized in the Victorian era and the sense of gathering and unity has only since grown for the autumn season. The love of that old-timey seasonal bliss has been honed in on over the last few years especially.

Vermont Country Store, Victorian Trading Company, A Touch of Class, and other similar retailers offer a wide variety of goodies for the home to fashion your fall season. Whether you prefer the warm tones of cashmere browns and wine reds or long for woven tablecloths and soup recipes, we collected a tripartite of trifle treats that offer exactly what you’re looking for this equinox. Of the many retailers offering a strong sense of ‘classic cozy’ this chilly season, we wanted to highlight some of our favorites from these three picks. First up, the Vermont Country Store!

VCS offers a wide variety of diddles for the down-home country folk, homesick bones, and anyone in between. Whether you’re in the market for those fine woven table linens or a crock of homemade clam chowder, Vermont Country Store delivers. Of particular interest is their variety of savories and sweets in the likeness of traditions from across the world in their November and December catalogs. They capitalize on old-fashioned and nostalgic goods like candies and soups (yes, we emphasize the soup), timeless beauty products, and even old-fashioned clothing and home amenities. For even more of their goodies, check out their website at: Vermont Country Store

Victorian Trading Company offers a slightly different era of offerings. Year round, their catalog and website offer a splendid spectacle of Victorian style replicas for the home, hearth, and soul. Among the wintry treasures are fanciful flannel sheets, opulent pajamas for the ladies, felted hats for everyone’s taste, and cookware that’s sure to bring on nostalgia for the chilly months. In its thorough nature, this store also offers a variety of furnishings, stationary, and other unique gifts that are sure to stun all the antique lovers in your life. Our personal favorites were found in the gardening and desk sections! All the greatest in grandeaur is available at: Victorian Trading Co!

Last but not least, A Touch of Class catalog adds the essentials to your bold statement design elements from yesteryear. Between the timeless designs and revival styles like romanesque, victorian, and vintage vineyard, this place has something for every flavor of home. From our library of favorites, we encourage our readers to check out their sophisticated array of quilts and color-coordinated sets for both bed and bath. Need more ideas? They’ve got plenty! A Touch of Class

We are always looking for new places to find old things both online and in person. Please note that these retail locations are always suggested in addition to your local antiques stores. Support local businesses first if you are able. Be sure to tell us about your favorite ways to turn your house into an autumn cozy.

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