Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Yesterday I went along with two other
bloggers (Gina and Janice) to take a
tour of the Elgin/Cottrell House on the
the Mississippi River town of Clarksville.

Every room in the house was vibrant in color and
held mostly authentic Victorian interiors.  These
were just a few of the wonderful chandeliers:

 These are pictures of Janice, Richard Cottrell, 
the home owner
with his dog Buddy and Gina.
  I caught Gina
enjoying a chocolate Richard put
out for us to enjoy!

The accessories in this house were amazing:

  Richard made the Victorian Style Paper ornaments on this tree:

He designed and made this needlepoint
mantle scarf after finding a piece of an
actual Victorian one which inspired him:

Richard made the large center house
 as a replicate 
of his home
and others are Bethany Lowe.

Now (below) in the kitchen - what a lovely window!

The kitchen was cozy and warm:

And in the pantry off the kitchen:

And now to the entrance foyer of the home:

I loved this shelf with lovely vases in the upstairs bathroom:

in Clarksville, Missouri on the Mississippi River:


Christina Paul said...

What a lovely tour! Your photographs are beautiful-
I've never visited there- maybe someday!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Bernideen, the photos turned out great! Isn't his house just wonderful! Had a fun time with you and Janice!

Anonymous said...

You gave us a wonderful tour Bernideen!

Vee said...

Wow. That is one amazing home. Does he live there? I love the dish closet...we all NEED at least one of those. So many ideas here that I am going back and walk through again.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

your state seems to have more than its share of lovely homes and beautiful towns. How lucky you are to have so much beauty available to you. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

Anonymous said...

Hi Bernideen! I so enjoyed the tour of Richard's lovely home. Did you know he was a former blogger? I don't think he blogs anymore but I follow him on FB. Y'all look like you were having so much fun!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Victorian Girl said...

Beautiful Victoriana!!!!!

Sandi Magle said...

I always love personally curated private collections---and the owners here certainly have some goodies. Lovely tour, and what a beautiful home. Thanks for another one to put on our list, Sandi

Curtains in My Tree said...

I never get tired of going to tour this house,I see something new each tour.
Bernideen your pictures are wonderful,like Richard said you have a fabulous camera.
I am so glad you enjoyed the day with Gina and me.I hope to go back one day this month so my daughter can see Richard's house all decorated for Christmas.
The way you arranged all his pictures they should be in Victorian homes magazine or another magazine that would appreciate your photography and subject.
Seeing these pictures makes me want to go back.

Also you was dressed so cute, like a Byers Christmas Caroler Doll

Janneke said...

So very Victorian, festive and beautiful!!!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Thank you for the tour, Bernideen. I haven't visited Richard's blog in quite a while but it was through blogging that I first learned about his fabulous home. It's lovely that you got to visit it personally. Thanks for sharing.

Christmas blessings,

Thelma said...

Thanks for the tour. All is beautiful.

Margie said...

So pretty! I always enjoy seeing historical homes in period decor. Thanks for taking us along on the tour.

jeanniemc said...

One of the prettiest houses I've ever seen..stunning..thank you for sharing!

Lady of the Manor said...

Beautiful tour! If you are interested in the Roslyn Heights house in Boonville, the Christmas Open House is going on this week.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Truly amazing! So kind of him to allow tours of his home throughout the year.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Richard's house is beautiful. I have been there but would love to see it at Christmastime.

Marilyn Miller said...

Wow! It is quite elaborate! Love the mantels and creativity on the trees too.

Karen said...

Wow! Such fun to tour Victorian homes. Wish I could go out with you and Gina.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a fabulous tour, Bernideen! I wish I could join you on these wonderful adventures.

Cynthia said...

What a gorgeous home! Thank you for sharing your tour, and thank you to Richard for showing his beautiful place. Has he ever thought about doing a book? For those of us who cannot get to MO, it would be wonderful to see more, and to read how he got started with this labor of love house. . .