The Victorian period is famous for, well, being Victorian! We've all heard about such eccentricities as putting skirts on tables and pianos to hide their "limbs." But the Victorian home wasn't necessarily a just pile of overwrought clutter. Here are some tips for Victorians on how to furnish, decorate, and care for their home and household (including tips on how to manage the household servants).
"To all girls I say, never marry a husband who has not a collection of books of more general interest than his cash-box and ledger!" This article also has plenty of advice for girls who are more interested in acquiring books than marrying them, including how to set up shelves, shop for used books, choose wisely, etc.