Google+ House Revivals: G is for Gingerbread

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

G is for Gingerbread

Don't you just love gingerbread?  No, not the cookie kind.  Well, okay, the cookie kind is pretty great, but I'm talking about gingerbread trim. Like the trim on this Key West cottage.

Made popular during the Victorian era, gingerbread 
trim work includes fancy scroll work, elaborately pierced bargeboards and friezes, fancy brackets and arch braces,
as well as elaborate balusters. 
And check out the trim on this New Orleans shotgun style house.


And on this cottage on Martha's Vineyard.
 

You can find a great article on gingerbread trim at This Old House.  Aren't these beautiful examples?





In recent years, designers and artisans have begun to recognize the value and craftsmanship found in antique gingerbread, and are working to save these architectural pieces from the wrecking ball. You may be able to purchase antique pieces for your own home from sites such as Wood Natural Restoration, found here.



If you can't find antique pieces to fit your project, there are some terrific custom woodshops out there that can help you with your project.  One such place is the Victorian Woodshop. Below are some examples of their work.

Above is a before and after of one of their projects. 
Isn't it amazing how the simple addition of just a little scrollwork can make such a huge difference in the curb appeal of this home?
This post is being linked to Colorado Lady's Vintage Thingie Thursday, and  Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday.




















28 comments:

  1. Be still my beating heart! These are glorious specimens!!!!! Oh the romance of it all!!

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  2. Lovely gingerbread! For some reason it makes me think of silhouette artwork and fairy tales. Thank you for sharing this.

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  3. Gingerbread makes a house look so much warmer.

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  4. oh wow, I LOVE gingerbread, you found some great photos. I love your blog background paper (or fabric)

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  5. Oh, Yes! I have always loved those houses, so very beautiful. The before and after picture illustrates this especially well. Peace, Stephanie

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  6. Those houses are great!! One of my neighbors has some gingerbread trim on their house & it's so pretty!

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  7. What a difference the gingerbread made on that last house! These are really great examples. I especially like the colors in the Key West cottage.

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  8. that gingerbread is just yummy! i love the cottage at Martha's Vineyard ... oh so pretty!

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  9. Would the trim on my Bross cottage count as gingerbread? Didn't quite know what to call it when describing it to others...but I loved it. That place was unique, and the trim was part of the charm. You found some wonderful examples to show us. Thanks!

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  10. Yes...this is just beautiful! I wish I had a house that had this on it as well....so pretty! Have a great VTT!

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  11. I love all that gingerbread trim!!

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  12. Oh what G orgeous G ingerbread trim.

    I love houses embellished so festively.

    Thanks for sharing this lovely G post!

    A+

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  13. i love all things gingerbread...including trim!!!
    great photos!

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  14. Oh I am such a sucker for gingerbread trim! I love it! Thank you for giving me such a big smile with these photos.

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  15. Martha's Vineyard is my most favorite place to see these gingerbread cottages; especially in August when they all put their paper lanterns out on the front porches. This is in Oak Bluffs...Great crashing beaches too....extremely worth the ferry ride with the van and camper. We stayed at an oak tree covered campground which was so much fun!!

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  16. It just looks like you step into another time. Just lovely.

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  17. oh so pretty...wonder how gingerbread would look on my 90's contemporary ranch style home? lol i so wish i had an old house I could trim that way. thanks for sharing the eye candy.

    -brightest blessings-
    Karina

    thasnifty.blogspot.com

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  18. every bit of the gingerbread houses are just Gorgeous!!!!! I love the bright turquoise one......

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  19. No gingerbread on this house, but I have gingerbread envy!
    We used to visit Key West in the 70's and I think that's where I caught the Gingerbread bug.

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  20. House Architecture is my other love! Thanks for sharing those pics, they're lovely! And thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me some feedback!

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  21. Such pretty places! Thanks for the comment on my blog - I'm following yours now:)

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  22. Gorgeous gingerbread, great G post :) !

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  23. i read this 3x!
    Love this post...
    LOVE IT :)
    as a designer it speaks volumes to me!
    Applause!

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  24. fabulous details! great pics!

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  25. Thanks for stopping by. I love the look of gingerbread too.

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