From Track House to Our Modern Victorian Home

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We have officially been in Indiana for a year now! I can’t believe how fast this year has flown and how much we love our new city and state. If you didn’t follow alone our move, make sure to check out my blog on the MakeMyMove program where I shared how we were paid to move from California to Indiana.

We bought a track home built in 2020 and it is very much sad biege. Except we didn’t even have that- the walls were WHITE. The walls, counters, backsplash, everything is a very dull white. Which makes a great starting point but can drive you a little crazy along the way.

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Turning a house into a home takes time, money, and patience. We lived in the home for about 6 months before deciding what design and aesthetic we wanted. Now that we know we are going a modern vintage decor route, we are  in that super awkward stage where we are collecting decor, but don’t have a clear spot for them just yet. Everything’s sort of camped out on our buffet table, which is kind of a vibe if I do say so myself. But everything here will eventually have their forever home.

Let’s dive into our Victorian home decor haul, where we found these treasures, and some tips for starting your own collection.

3 modern victorian art from Artfully Walls

Artfully Walls Victorian Framed Art

Artfully Walls

We want to decorate with gold ornate frames and haven’t been able to find anything in stores until I FINALLY stumbled upon Artfully Walls that had EXACTLY what we were looking for. At Artfully Walls you can customize any piece of artwork. From the size and frame to the matting. On the smaller framed art from Artfully Walls in a float mount with deckled edge and it came out even more beautiful than I imagined.  I’m literally obsessed with these pieces! We initially thought they’d be perfect for our gallery wall, but now? Well, we might just have to get a few more because every corner seems like it could use one of these beauties. Decisions, decisions… 🤌🏽🤌🏽 10/10 would recommend! Our order arrived super quick, I want to say the same week we ordered, and was protected in the box. No damage to any of the frames or art. If you are looking for framed art, Artfully Walls has so much to choose from and I highly recommend!

Laura Ashley Dinnerware Set

Laura Ashley Dinnerware Set Midnight Pinstripe design in a Heritage Collectables gift box

Laura Ashley Dinnerware Set

I’m absolutely obsessed with creating the perfect tablescape. From choosing the right dinnerware to picking out napkins and crafting a stunning centerpiece, it’s all so exhilarating! I haven’t pinned down the exact design yet, but I’ve already fallen head over heels for this incredible Dinnerware Set from Laura Ashley. The set, part of their modern Victorian collection, is truly breathtaking in person—especially the Midnight Pinstripe design, which comes in a charming Heritage Collectables gift box. We love to have family dinners and holidays at our house and this is the perfect Dinnerware Set that matches our aesthetic and is high-quality enough to use time and time again! (Plus they are microwave and dishwasher safe and the best part is the entire set is under $60!)

Lenox Demitasse Tea Cups 

Lucky for us, we have moved to a town that is over 200 years old with generations of families living here. That means there are so many antiques and hidden treasures in thrift stores, antique shops, and yard sales. I grew up with my parentings collecting Lenox and as I became an adult, I carried on the tradition. We were on Facebook marketplace one night and these vintage Lenox Demitasse Tea Cups popped up for only $85! This was a MUST HAVE item and I am so excited we scored them. The silver cups have little feet on them and it’s just such a unique and beautiful Lenox Demitasse Tea Cups set. 

Vintage Lenox Demitasse Tea Cups Silver

Lenox Demitasse Tea Cups Vintage

West Elm Dining Table

We are still searching for a rug to go under our table and we actually bought the table when we were going a more mid century  modern dining room theme. I wrote a blog on it like 3 months ago, ordered art, furniture, and decor and then we decided on turning our home into a victorian manor and went a totally different direction.

The good news is our table from West Elm still works PERFECTLY! We ordered the Anton Solid Wood 86″ Dining Table, Burnt Wax and it’s so beautiful. The dining table has lasted 6 months of family dinners with kids and we haven’t had any scratches or damage which is really impressive. For the chairs, again this was during our mid century modern phase but we found them from Wayfair. They are the Aunnika Upholstered Walnut Dining Chairs in green. They sit everyone in our family comfortably, have been easy to clean on any spills/stains, and feel very heavy duty. 

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Modern Victorian Home Decor Mood Board with Black French Interior Doors, West Elm Dining Table, Blueprint Lighting Light Fixture, Artfully Walls framed art, and more!

Modern Victorian Home Decor Mood Board with Black French Interior Doors, West Elm Dining Table, Blueprint Lighting Light Fixture, Artfully Walls framed art, and more!

What’s Next?

Our dining room is nearly complete! We just need to add a few finishing touches: a victorian rug, get rid of the white paint on the walls, swap out the main wall artwork on the other wall, introduce some greenery, set up a bar cart, and arrange a stunning tablescape. It sounds like a lot, but we’re close! We’re taking our time to ensure every element is something we absolutely adore and fits our vision before making the final commitments. I’m also toying with the idea of installing black French doors off the entry, it would create such an elegant, statement-making entrance to the space.

I’ve got to say, setting up a home like this is like putting together a puzzle without the cover art—exciting, a bit nerve-wracking, but oh so rewarding. And I can’t wait to see how it all turns out! Make sure to stay tuned for more updates and to see how we piece it all together. You can follow along on Instagram at @pickingdaisiesblog.

I’m dying to know, what’s your favorite piece so far? Or do you have any vintage must-haves that you think would be just perfect for our new space? Drop a comment and let’s chat about all things vintage and homey!
XOXO,

Mariah

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