Christmas Past…

Robert Diamante photo

A shot from my Christmas Past…

In the 1990’s, I installed several Bradbury & Bradbury reproduction Victorian wall and ceiling paper roomsets for others. Subsequently, I attempted to mimic the effect of those gorgeous papers (which I could not remotely afford at the time) for myself on a budget of $500. This room was the result.

It was designed to look its best at Christmas, although it looked great without the tree and decorations. The trains are Lionel standard gauge from the 1920’s and 1930’s. I designed and built the tree stand to show off the metal Lionel station and allow the trains to run under the tree. This photo was taken for an article I wrote about it for Classic Toy Trains magazine.

I left this apartment 22 years ago, but I think of it every year at Christmas. I have always loved creating spaces that have a period feel to them, even if they are not “museum perfect.”

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