Brit Wit!

Victorian style is having a modern resurgence—time to embrace some British intelligence.

  • 1. Train Spotting
    The recent re-opening of the completely refurbished, circa-1873 St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel has London buzzing. We love the Gothic, Sir George Gilbert Scott–designed architecture and guest rooms in the original structure.
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    2. Pour It Over
    There’s nothing like a spot of tea to soothe the soul. But why not sip from something with a little kick? Courtly Check teapot ($275) and teacups ($105), both by Mackenzie-Childs, from Ampersand, Galleria, 952-920-2118,
  • 3. Feel Like Fainting
    We might be made of stronger stuff today, but we still love to recline in style. Helena chaise lounge ($4,331), by Barclay Butera Home, from Traditions Classic Home Furnishings, 4245 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-285-2777,
  • 4. Take a Stand
    The Lucia stand from Century Furniture offers whimsical beauty and function. Curl up with a Jane Austen novel whilst employing this perch for Pimm’s Cups cocktails. Candle stand ($597), from Gabberts, Galleria, 952-927-1500,
  • 5. Clock Watchers
    Add some oomph to a tired mantel with Tiffany & Co.’s luxe brass Carriage clock. This Victorian-inspired piece works in the most traditional of homes or a modern masterpiece. Clock ($950), from Tiffany & Co., Galleria, 952-922-0066,
  • 6. Having a Ball
    The Victorians knew how to add some madcap whimsy to their décor. Bring your own high-flying élan to a bedroom or dining room. Wiggins orb chandelier ($990), by Currey & Company, also from Traditions Classic Home Furnishings
  • 7. Stand Proud
    Make an impact at your front entrance with the eclectic, attention-grabbing charms of this Victorian iron umbrella stand. Stand ($299), from Restoration Hardware, Galleria, 952-926-5557,
  • 8. Poster Child
    Ah, the elegant exuberance and ornamentation of those Victorians! Channel a little excess with the Victoria Falls bed. Bed ($13,275), from Ralph Lauren Home, available through Francis King, IMS, 612-604-0033,
  • 9. Skirting the Issue
    Instead of a run-of-the-mill cocktail table, rev up your living room with the multi-use tufted Victorian pouff from Hickory Chair. We love the dressmaker details and jaunty bows. Pouff ($1,399), also from Gabberts
  • 10. More, More Amour
    We welcome the cheeky-chic of designer Jonathan Adler to Minneapolis! We’re adoring the black-and-white Victorian Love pillow with its graphic good looks. Pillow ($165), from Jonathan Adler, 1439 W. Lake St., Mpls.,