Monday, August 30, 2010

Finds from Pottery Barn

It's that time of year again -- all the fall catalogs are coming in the mail. Here's what Pottery Barn has this season that is steampunk influenced or appropriate to a steampunk home.

First, the best two styling ideas from the fall catalog.

The gold, browns, and greys in this gallery wall really appealed to me. (I've been searching out well done gallery walls for ideas for my house, and this one has the eclectic mix of framed art and more tactile items, united by a good color scheme, that I like.)

Halloween-y, but I liked the idea of stacking books under a glass cloche.

Lastly, a kaboodle list with my choices -- some new, some have been around a while.

Friday, August 27, 2010

TOPP's Globular Office

Yesterday's lights by Rejuvenation reminded me of this office I ran across on Design*Sponge.

this space houses the offices of the open planning project (topp) – a nonprofit founded by mark gorton, which develops tech tools for mapping and geospacial applications.

I love the use of globes and globe shapes to echo the function of the organization!

The designers, Ashley DeVries and Christine Dalsass, say:
We used a globe/mapping theme throughout the office, since it relates so closely to Topp's work. Almost all of the globes we used are vintage and each one is different. There are about 500 globes in the office, and we are always buying more!

Read more at Design*Sponge.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rejuvenation Gas Style Industrial Lights -- to win!

Rejuvenation is giving away one of their new industrial gas light style fixtures.

I like how they both have an industrial vibe, and the spherical shape echoes globes, one of my favorite decorating themes...

Enter here until September 7th.

Thanks, Richard!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Poke Acupuncture!?!

Poke Acupuncture is a very non-traditional acupuncturist office -- just take a look!

Acupuncturist Russell Brown says:

What I am, and what I want my office to reflect, is an eclectic and stylish mix of fine and creative arts, and culture, and knowledge and music. I love birds, and vintage medical equipment. I like paint-by-numbers and photographs that tell stories. All my good friends know that I love the smell of old books and holding them always makes me cry. I want to showcase the tremendous talents of some of the great artists who have donated pieces to my “gallery” and I much prefer the sound of a great melancholy band to the tinkle of a mechanical fountain that just makes me have to pee. I think most of us feel better when we’re cozied up in our living rooms than in a cold medical office and I want that for my patients when they come here.

To that end, I have created this office for my patients, to relax in, to let go of their day, and to be transported into another world where they might be nourished not just by alternative healthcare, but an alternative environment to receive that care.

Via Apartment Therapy, thanks to Jesse Hayes.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Leather Flooring

Leather is one of those materials that "fits" steampunk very well -- it has vibes of the Victorian American West, is a softer counterpart to too much metal, yet is tough enough to be used by the gentleman explorer. Outside of upholstery or accessories, however, it's hard to incorporate into your home -- until now!

Jaimie left a comment about these leather floor mats from Ting made from recycled belts, and I'm loving how they look.

There are some ideas on how to make your own, here.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A stationary travelling tub...

@thaumata saw this and thought of us...

Yep, it's a leather wrapped bathtub. I love how it resembles an antique travelling trunk, but could do without the fleur di lis. (And couldn't they antique all the shiny brass?)

From French company Condor. More pictures here.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Blend Studios Office

Blend Studios is a "creative collective" in Milwaukee, Wisconsin specializing in 2D, 3D, and sound media. I suspect they should also consider interior design gigs -- their offices are unique and very personalized.

The office that has the most steampunk vibe is Nick's -- largely due to the mix of industrial salvage and antique wood used by his brother Jordan to make the desk and shelving.

Design notes:
  • fabric curtains to soften the industrial edges
  • damask wallpapers
  • dark colors -- especially grey
  • Edison bulbs
  • leather furniture
  • soft throws

(One of the challenges I'm finding to using a lot of harder materials like metal and stone is keeping it soft enough to be comfortable. Office space perhaps doesn't have to be as comfortable as a home, but I like how they use fabric drapes, upholstered furniture, throws, and wallpapers to soften the feel.)

See more pictures and read more about it at Apartment Therapy and the Blend Studios website.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Reversing Books

Elizabeth from One Must Shock the Bourgeois* is a frequent reader here, and I was browsing her blog after a recent comment (I do read them *all*, even if I don't reply) and found this intriguing idea: She flipped most of the books in her bookshelf spine side in.



On pure aesthetics, it's a total win: The colors are more muted, more similar in tone. It's less distracting and cluttered. Her accessories are part of the same color scheme. It's lovely.

However there's no way it would fly at my house -- library organization was one of the most fraught negotiations of our early marriage, and not being able to see what books you have would defeat all organizational efforts -- but I thought it was interesting, nonetheless. Would you do this to your books?

*Just for the record, I'm firmly in the bourgeoisie, as defined by Wikipedia: part of the middle or merchant classes, and derived social and economic power from employment, education, and wealth. And not shocked by Elizabeth's blog--it takes more than reversed books to shock me. :)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Liquid Lights

One of the things I love about steampunk is that it blends opulence -- antiques, velvet, dark saturated colors -- with industrial roughness. These lights by Tanya Clarke are a good example -- she combines recycled plumbing pieces with hand sculpted glass drops and lights the whole thing with LEDs.

Whimsical and fun!

Find more at Liquid Light.

Friday, August 6, 2010

A Perfect Library

Loved this library, designed by Sills Huniford Associates.

The ladder, the desk, the balloon curtains, the glass fronted bookshelves... they are just perfection.

via Things that Inspire.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Cargo Hold Restaurant

My sister took these pictures of the Cargo Hold restaurant at the aquarium in Durban, South Africa, knowing it was just my style.

The designers based it on the idea of a ghost ship, attacked by pirates, that drifted to shore.

A couple more pictures and a review from Kim's South Africa.

And one final exterior shot by StefanieInez on picasa.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Incredible Gypsy Caravan Images

In my research on gypsy caravans, I ran across this incredible collection of caravan images.

Warning: Color attack below! This is a lot more bohemian than most of my posts!


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