It’s afternoon in Port Townsend, Washington. While the Pacific Northwest sky is classically gray; it’s warm and cozy in Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman’s parlor, thanks to the heat emanating from the gas-powered heater.
The couple sit by the window. He, in pince-nez glasses, reads up on the natural sciences while she, in an elegant but simple high-neck blouse and long skirt, sits in a sewing chair while working on her latest sewing project, maybe something warm for the coming winter.
If you didn’t know better, this sounds like a scene from the 1890s, and in many ways, it is. The handmade clothing, the gas heater, and the beautiful but cozy furniture and rugs all come from another time. But this scene is happening right now.
The Chrismans have opted to live a Victorian life in the 21st century, cooking and eating the food, wearing the clothing, and using the technology (for the most part) of the 1880s and ’90s.
To them, the homemade meals and handmade clothing, as well as the slower pace of riding a bicycle over a car, represents a slower, more conscious, and mindful way of living.
And if you think the Victorian period, which covers the years between 1837 and 1901, was a stiff and dour time, think again. The Chrismans have plenty of fun, and there’s also plenty of historical evidence showing that just like today, people in the Victorian era loved to get silly.
Learn about how the Chrismans bring a little Victoriana into today’s world, and it might even inspire you to slow down and appreciate life in a timeless way.
[H/T: Messy Nessy Chic]