San Francisco Victorian Christmas village house: handmade of beautiful French papers, lovely with our Christmas village, folds to store

$52.00

Shipping to United States: Free



Who says a Christmas village needs to be, well, a village? This illuminated paper townhouse was inspired by San Francisco’s stately urban Victorians. Small enough to fit anywhere, yet detailed enough to create a striking statement, it’s just right to spark holiday joy or year-round delight. Bask in its cozy warmth after a long day, or send it to a loved one who could use a little extra light right now. LED tea lights are included with US purchases.

There's a story behind this paper luminary: When the 1906 earthquake struck San Francisco in the hours before dawn, my husband's great-grandmother was a little girl, asleep in her family home. As the house began to danced and shake, a cat suddenly appeared on the bed of one of the children. They never found out where it came from but they never forgot their brief friendship with that little cat, the perfect distraction on a very intense morning.

So I just had to put a cat in the window of my San Francisco Victorian, didn't I? And, because the paper Victorian is usually purchased in sets of two or more, I place the cat at different windows throughout the front of the house, just to keep things interesting.

Somehow, just like that original kitty, it has found its way into several of my other favorite pieces, too.

DESIGN

I use creamy, heavyweight watercolor paper, acid-free and very strong, as the foundation layer for each piece.

Then I assemble every piece by hand, adding layers of meticulously cut paper until every piece is literally ready to shine. These layers also enhance the strength and durability of each piece.

And I always cut with a blade, never a laser, so you will never see a “toasted” edge in my work.

Zoom right in to see every crisp, clean detail.

SET UP & STORAGE

Your pieces will arrive fully assembled. All you need to do is pop them up and put the tabs through the slots - no glue or tape is required. Tuck in the LED tea lights included with US shipments, and sit back to enjoy the glow.

At the end of the season, simply fold your luminaries back into their small shipping box and slip them into a drawer until next time. They take up almost no space, because no one needs more bulky stuff to store.

SUSTAINABILITY

Here in Northern California, sustainability is a way of life. Please see my FAQs or About section for information on my sustainability practices. Thank you.

I ship my luminaries in a thin plastic sleeve to protect from winter moisture. If you prefer a paper sleeve, just mention it during check out, and I will happily make that switch.

GIFTING

In need of a gift for someone special? I would be happy to wrap it for you, and even include a handwritten note -- just tell me what you would like it to say.

Got questions? Send them my way.

~Use flameless LED lights only. Do not bring into contact with flame.

© 2020 Anne Louvau, all rights reserved. Usage, reproduction, or altering of artwork is not permitted without permission. Each piece of artwork is an intellectual property and is protected by copyright law.

Shipping from United States

Processing time

1-3 business days

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

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Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations

Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery

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  • Conditions of return

    Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    How I make my paper houses

    I use creamy French watercolor paper, beautifully textured and very strong, as the foundation for each building.

    I cut meticulous details with a blade, not a laser -- this means every cut is crisp and beautiful, never "toasted".

    Everything is hand-assembled by me, with some luminaries having as many as nine layers, or close to 80 pieces.

    Finally the most delicate bits are reinforced until every house is, literally, ready to shine.

    The finished houses are folded flat for shipping and storage.

    Your paper lanterns may differ slightly from the photos. As each one is made especially for you, every building is unique.

    Set up instructions

    Your pieces will arrive fully assembled. All you need to do is pop them up and put the tabs through the slots - no glue or tape is required. Tuck in the LED tea lights included with US shipments, and sit back to enjoy the glow.

    At the end of the season, simply fold your luminaries back into their small shipping box and slip them into a drawer until next time.

    They take up almost no space, because no one needs more bulky stuff to store.

    The surprising durability of folding paper lanterns

    Far thicker than traditional card stock, my 140 pound French watercolor paper is not only beautiful, it is strong.

    With this mighty paper for a foundation, my buildings are designed to last for years. And unlike ceramic or wooden Christmas villages, these resilient paper lanterns are more likely to survive an accidental fall from a mantel, or from curious little hands.

    Storages tips

    Paper naturally absorbs humidity from the air over time, so it's important to stow your houses in a dry location with a constant temperature.

    An interior space, such as a closet or a small box under the bed, would be ideal.

    Then, when you pull your houses out next winter, they will be fresh and ready to go. Or, to glow!

    Belgian Paperworks is not able to ship to Germany

    Germany takes recycling seriously, and I applaud them for it. Their LUCID program ensures that all recycling costs associated with packaging and shipping materials are prepaid by the business where they originate. My little business is too small at this time to register with the LUCID program, so I am not able to ship to Germany.

    Sustainability

    Here in Northern California, sustainability is a way of life at home as well as in my business. I am proud to say that my studio is powered by 100% geothermal energy.

    I source papers only from climate-neutral mills sharing my concern for our planet, including papers that are FSC-certified, CO2-neutral, and Cradle-to-Cradle Certified Silver. These papers are also acid-free and archival, so they'll last for decades.

    My ornaments are created from the paper offcuts left after cutting larger pieces, allowing me to substantially minimize waste in the studio. And because my tea light houses fold flat and ship in a small box, they require significantly less shipping materials (and less transport space) as they make their way to

    Excellent and lovely. I will order more.


    The best ever craftsmanship & loves has been poured into each piece.❣️



    This is the second time I've ordered from this brilliant seller. The houses I've ordered are exquisitely beautiful! The workmanship is flawless- so detailed and much more beautiful than in the photos ( and they look great in the photos!) It took only two days for my order to arrive. Everything is packaged so nicely, with delightful paper and pretty ties- so fun to unwrap. She even sent me a surprise "extra" this time: a sweet little house ornament. Thank you so much- I couldn't be happier!


    My second purchase from Belgian Paperworks, I love this San Francisco Christmas village house, arrived promptly and packaged beautifully, Thank you Anne.


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