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A Return to Loveliness For decades, Victoria has served its readers as a treasured guide for classic elegance and traditional style, featuring the most charming and perennial décor, antiques, and table settings. In this issue, our readers share what Victoria means to them and the ways it has influenced both their lives and surroundings. Victoria has always fed my soul, from its very beginning. Thank you for bringing this wonderful magazine back to life and making it better than ever! Your latest issue was sublime; I never wanted it to end! Page after page of beautiful homes, gardens, and antiques just sang to me. Now, in the autumn of my life, I find I must downsize, which means getting rid of many cherished antiques and collections. Fortunately, Victoria has shown me how to incorporate what I will keep into a warm, cozy, and welcoming—though smaller—home. For that and all else, I thank you. KATHLEEN THOMPSON Standish, Maine

When my husband-to-be

table. I can do that, I think, and I do! Great and doable, lovely things. I am transported, energized, happy—an ordinary person, an ordinary life, enhanced by extraordinary things to lift the spirits high and create a happy, inspirational atmosphere in my own home. I’m looking forward to my next Victoria. It is always a tremendous joy to receive. MARLYS JENSEN Rochester, Minnesota

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the declining sensibilities of beauty, order, and civility alive. I love sharing it with my tween daughters as an alternative to the overall crassness of our culture. transported—an

took me to an empty wooded lot “I am he owned, to my surprise, at the ordinary person, an ordinary front of the property was a NORA EDINGER charming old mailbox with the Wheeling, West Virginia life, enhanced by extraordinary red flag raised. Inside was the things to lift the spirits high and I’ve been an avid reader current issue of Victoria that he had purchased for me. That of Victoria since 1995. My older create a happy, inspirational sealed the deal! A marriage was daughter first subscribed to atmosphere in my own home.” it, and when she married and about to happen, and a house was certainly going to be built. moved out of state, I continued —Marlys Jensen Victoria was my inspiration for with it. Home decorating has decorating our new home and planting and gardening been my favorite section. The beautiful décor is breathin our lush yard. Victoria will always be my favorite inspi- taking. I also love to read about the travels to so many ration for all things beautiful and creative as I continue parts of the world. I get such joy and contentment from to decorate my life. Thank you, Victoria magazine. reading Victoria. ELLEN CRAFT Tinley Park, Illinois

Each issue of Victoria has been my favorite at the time. I reopen them often and feel transported. I want to step into the picture—a fire in the fireplace, a lovely teapot, a beautiful cup and saucer filled with tea, fresh flowers, pretty yarn and knitting needles on the coffee table, and an inviting rocking chair beside it. I am there, in my mind. On to the next page—lovely lace pillows on the bed, beautiful soaps, and lace-trimmed cloths on the bedside 11 Victoria October 2017

GLORIA VÁSQUEZ San Benito, Texas

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! The winter holidays are a time for warm and cheerful gatherings of friends and family, a time for sharing and spinning yarns by the hearth. Do you have any storytelling traditions or treasured tales worth the retelling, year after year? We would love for you to share your stories with us. Send correspondence to victoriamagazine@hoffmanmedia.com or Victoria Reader-to-Reader, 1900 International Park Drive, Suite 50, Birmingham, AL 35243; you can also submit online at victoriamag.com/ calling-readers/. Victoria reserves the right to edit any letters published.

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