Houzz Tour: A Victorian Family Home That’s Made for Christmas

This vibrant Victorian terrace packed with period features is always beautifully dressed up for the festive season

Decorated with rich velvets and vivid colours, interior designer Emma Green’s Victorian terrace in south London is always particularly beautiful at Christmas time. When she and her husband bought the house, however, it looked very different.

‘It was all yellow walls and blue carpets,’ Green reminisces. ‘We’ve done it up gradually, in stages. First we concentrated on getting the place more liveable. We pulled up the carpets downstairs to reveal the beautiful original floorboards underneath, which we stained, then we re-carpeted upstairs and painted the whole place. A new kitchen was next, which we then went on to update with new fronts, and finally we converted the loft.’