Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wokingham Town Hall

I ran across this fine example of Victorian Gothic style on the website of Ridge Property Consultants in the UK. Love the rafters!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Mason Jar Light

If french jam jars aren't quite your style, how about a Mason jar light instead? I like how these have a country feel.

Don't think Mason jars are steampunk enough? You've obviously never seen the alchemical and mechanical ingenuity it takes to make moonshine...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Gearhead Desk

via Gizmodo, a $21,000 desk by Dale Mathis with gears that actually move. Really. Go watch the video.

Mason Jar Light

If french jam jars aren't quite your style, how about a Mason jar light instead? I like how these have a country feel.

Don't think Mason jars are steampunk enough? You've obviously never seen the alchemical and mechanical ingenuity it takes to make moonshine...

via Design*Sponge.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Jam Jar Light

I saw this lamp, and thought it would be easy for a steampunk to reproduce. I see it outside, around a picnic table.

Or it's at Dee Puddy for £34.00.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Eclectic Traditional

I ran across this room setting on The Rug Company's website, and thought you would like it for it's traditional gothic feel, but also for it's not-so-strict interpretations -- the 40s style couch and arts and crafts style rug mix wonderfully with the more gothic and traditional elements. And it uses blue, which we don't see enough of in steampunk settings.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Steampunk at Restoration Hardware

This has been mentioned before, but Jon McDougal just mentioned the Steampunk finds currently on offer at Restoration Hardware again, and I thought it merited a post of it's own. One of the neat things about this line is that RH is spotlighting the artisans who design or make these pieces.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Happy Birthday, Steampunk Home

Can you believe I've "been at" The Steampunk Home for two years today?

From my very first posts in April of 2007, and thanks to all of your wonderful suggestions, I've never lacked for material, only for time.

This blog is a labor of love -- it brings me such joy to find fun things, and to make friends in the process.

Ok, enough romantic sentimentality. I thought it might be fun to take a look at some stats about the last two years to go along with it:
  • 316 posts over the last 2 years: 30 this year, 129 in 2007, and 157 in 2008.
  • We've gone from 100 daily website visitors in August of 2007 (when I started counting) to 1000 daily visitors on a regulary basis
  • 2500 of you subscribe via RSS

Thank you all, for taking the time to read and share your finds.

What's been your favorite part of the last two years?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Winner: London Particulars

The winner of the London Particulars giveaway is Mikki who recommended Edinburgh as the most steampunk city.

Thank you all for the creative and enlightening answers to the question of what is the most steampunk city -- from the major Victorian cities around the world to many others that I didn't realize had that "vintage industrial" feel -- I enjoyed reading each and every one, and hope you all did too.

Mikki, if you would email me (saracarl at gmail dot com) your shipping information, Derrick of London Particulars will send you your print and ring.

Kunstformen der Natur

Ben just pointed me to a fabulous collection of scientific prints at WikiMedia Commons. 100 plates of Ernst Haeckel's Artforms of Nature
from 1904.

Are they not the most beautiful, vibrant scientific plates? I love the symmetry of each print.

These are on the Wikimedia Commons, which means they can be freely reused without permission. In other words? Go crazy. I want to see these printed and framed around someone's office. What about using them for a bathroom? (Something about having scientific prints up to study while taking care of life's necessities appeals to me... )

What about using them for fabrics? Printed on pillows? Screened onto plates? Someone more crafty than I should do *something* with them -- and then send me pictures and links to share...

Go see the whole collection -- one is sure to appeal.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Giveaway: London Particulars

After I featured his artwork on The Steampunk Home earlier this year, Derrick of London Particulars contacted me and offered a print as a giveaway to you, my dear readers! So we're having a contest to see who wins The Professor and the House of Lords, a moody 8"x12" Photographic Artwork:

But wait, there's more. London Particulars has also thrown in one genuine adjustable steampunk ring.

Like all of London Particular's work, part of its charm is in the Professor Thistlequick narrative that places it in the same world as the print:

Professor Aubrey Thistlequick's niece, Fiona Stickclick was a very curious girl.
Not curious as in strange or unusual, but curious like a particularly inquisitive cat.
Once, on a Sunday afternoon visit, the Professor found her sat before a trunk in his hidden study rifling through one of his most secret collections.
"What are all these?" she asked, holding up a small keyhole.
"Ah, well that escutcheon contains the lock that secures one of the many hidden secrets of the universe" replied the Professor.
"Oh my! Are they all secrets Uncle?" cried Fiona.
"Yes, my dear" said the Professor "and I've been collecting them for many years".
"Can I have the keys please Uncle?" asked Fiona.
"Well no, because no-one should be given the keys to the universe, my dear, besides, everyone needs an element of mystery in their lives!"
"But I only want to see just one of the universes deepest secrets!" protested Fiona petulantly.
"Ah, well the other thing is that I've lost the keys. It's a bit of a bind really as I never even got to use them." said the Professor "With all the people searching for the keys to the universe, the thing which has always perplexed me is...what on Earth were they planning to do with them if they could not find the keyholes?" the Professor exclaimed with a heavy sigh and then he gave an excited squeak "There it is! I've been looking for this jar of blackberry jam for weeks!"
"Is it magical?" asked Fiona.
"No, I'm afraid it’s not. But it's pretty dashed tasty, and just in time for tea!"

Win it! Comment below and answer the question "What's the most steampunk city you know of, and why?" and Monday evening I'll pick the winner using a true random number generator.

Bonus: Derrick has also offered the readers of The Steampunk Home a 10% discount on purchases from his shop. Just mention "Steampunk Home" in the "Messages to Seller" section when making a purchase and he'll refund 10% via PayPal.

update: the contest is finished, but you are welcome to continue to add your favorite steampunk cities in the comments below.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

M & Co's Tips for an Eclectic Interior

The web is wonderful for serendipitous discoveries. Today's is a blog called M & Co, which had a nice set of tips on creating an eclectic interior. The author is lucky enough to live in her grandparents' house, with an attic full of stuff to explore. (This is my fantasy. Really.) I'm going to paraphrase her here, but go read it.
  1. Use your color scheme as a canvas to unify disparate elements. Hers is white, grey, and black, and dark wood. Mine is cream, dark wood, white, and gold.
  2. It's about layering/choose an accent color. (I think this is 2 tips....) I think layering is the "stuff" you carefully find an add to your home, always a big challenge to get right. My accent color is red.
  3. Furniture gives structure to interiors so pay attention to scale, balance, and quality. (I learned this from the book Use What You Have Decorating.)
  4. Keep the principles of design in mind.
  5. Source from everywhere and anywhere. (I'm a fan of thrift shops and have been known to scavenge from my dad's or father in law's workshops...)
  6. Take your time.
  7. Make a list. (in other words, don't buy needlessly.)
  8. Use humor and surprise. (Isn't this what steampunk is, to most people?)
  9. Trust your taste. (This is always hard for me, but I find the more effort you put in, the better it gets.)

Pics from the M&Co blog.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

T.C. Donobedian's Paris Flea

T. C. Donobedian's Paris Flea occupies the penthouse of an ultramodern building in San Francisco's Jordan Park. Inside, however, it's a different story, full of taxidermy, antiques, obscure decorative pieces and and gorgeous antique lights.

Look familiar?

University library cabinet juxtaposed against a French wrought iron table.

Eclectic? Bohemian? I'm not sure, but I like it, especially the French etched glass doors.

Donobedian has a an online storefront at 1stdibs. The photos and everything I could find about the shop and it's owner was in this article on 1stdibs as well.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Linden Street at JCPenney

It always surprises me where you can find furniture appropriate to a steampunk home. Case in point? JC Penney. Their Linden Street line has a surprising number of industrial, scientific, or just plain neat pieces that would suit at very affordable prices.

Telescope $63.99

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Knob and Tube

Here's some interesting kitchen lighting by Parisian designer Columbe Stevens. It reminds me a bit of knob and tube wiring.

via Desire to Inspire.


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