I believe that Steampunk is more than just brass and watchparts. It's finding a way to combine the past and the future in an aesthetic pleasing yet still punkish way. It's living a life that looks old-fashioned, yet speaks to the future. It's taking the detritus of our modern technological society and remaking it into useful things. Join me as I search for items for my house that combine the scientific romanticism of the Victorians with our real present and imagined future.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Simple Library from Cottage Living
Last October's Cottage Living had this simple "library nook" that had a lot of steampunk appeal -- leather club chairs, brass reading lamps, and a bookshelf that's been on the Steampunk Home Kaboodle List for a couple months now -- the Railroad Tie Bookshelf. I like this bookshelf -- it's made of recycled railroad ties (railroads -- cutting edge Victorian industrial technology, in case you forget...) . They are more rustic and modern that our traditional steampunk fare, but given their provenance, I think they would fit nicely into a steampunk room. The nautical knots used as bookends are also a nice touch.
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Who has that few books on their bookshelf? :P
Yeah, I agree with you, Larisa! (I've seen some really obscene things done to bookshelves in the name of decorating -- like turning them all around so all you see are the page ends so they look the same!)
Love The Steampunk Home. Now I finally know where my husband and I fit in! We've been decorating (on a small scale) like this for years. Please, keep up the awesome work!
Z'rrza -- Do share some pictures if you have anything you'd like to show off!
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