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Author Topic: Steampunk Interior Decoration [ in your home & castle]  (Read 8104 times)
Hurricane Annie
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« on: September 09, 2013, 03:04:49 am »

 You are all very remiss in not having a steampunk  style  interior decoration thread.

There are  a plethora of costume and gadgets  in print and on the net , but limited editions  of interior design.

 How many of the good citizens of Brass Goggles have abodes decorated in the  Steampunk design ?

 OK so I admit I was inspired for this thread by  reading several tomes on Irish and Scots castles and that will we hard to reproduce in my  wooden bungalow

-  although I do have some steampunk design  features in my  interior decoration.   ( Mostly  haunted castle cobwebs)
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2013, 02:01:28 pm »

As my lovely wife and I have been sailors for longer than Steampunk has been a recognizable "thing," our home is and has been decorated to resemble a seafood restaurant for several years. We have ship models, nautical-ish brassy bits, anchors and seashells all over the d_mned place.
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2013, 03:29:18 pm »

My ethos has always been "write steampunk, live cyberpunk"
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2013, 09:07:32 pm »

 I have long owned  a themed collection  of Edwardian antiques and foreign object d'art ( old 2nd hand stuff from the cheap side of town)  by necessity and aesthetics.  I must be very avante garde  Wink

 The nautical  theme  does have a good ring to it.  Is it "Tiki Moderne " style?

 Not sure I could live with robots but each to his own
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2013, 10:03:22 pm »

I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes interior and architectural stuff. I personally have very little, mainly due to the fact that my house caught fire six months ago and as a result I lost almost everything. My bedroom had a few survivors though, I have a green leather Chesterfield button backed arm chair, which looks great with a tartan blanket thrown over it. But the best thing to survive the great fire was my Victorian Brass Bed. I love it, its not one of these dainty looking wrought iron beds, its chunky golden brass (nightmare to clean).   
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2013, 10:12:40 pm »

My house is Victorian.  All modifications have been in character.  I have furnished it as though I have lived in it for generations, so it is faded, slightly tatty around the edges and has a mixture of ages in the ornaments (including me).
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2013, 01:28:31 am »

My place is very Victorian . It is getting more so each day. I suppose that the various steampunk projects  scattered about fall into the decorating  catagory. Close enough for me.
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« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2013, 05:15:55 am »

My house is early Edwardian but it accommodates Victorian style just fine. My house is furnished with a mix of stuff, the two receiving rooms (front room for best, backroom for everyday...) are a mix of some modern, mostly steampunk and genuine antique stuff. Same with my hallway. I have stained floorboards with a large central rug in each room. Bathroom is an odd mix based on actual Victorian styles, though using all modern materials, with a few quirks such as the top half of a glass fronted wooden corner display unit that holds antique tea sets - definitely more steampunk than Victorian. Grin

Bedrooms are standard modern stuff due to practicality  (monthly "lads night" with three drunk blokes, not good for antique stuff or steampunk styles...)


So yeah, my place is mostly steampunk. I make small improvements over time - next is to install a working coal open fireplace.  Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2013, 06:57:52 am »

All your homes sound real groovy.  So much potential.   That is the fortunate thing about  living in  older countries;  character homes and furniture going back centuries.  So much rich history.

  NZ is a young country and most homes don't go back before 1900 or mid century/ post WWll for that matter.  The best you get here is quaint. We just have to make do and mend.  But I still dream.

 The oldest standing building here goes way  back to the 1820s . I believe it is a mission house; in the "Whore House of the Pacific", Russel.  Shocked





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« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2013, 03:29:09 pm »

I have always thought these houses is Talgarth Rd (London) look very Steampunk. they were originally bachelor artists houses, hence the large lantern windows. Built in 1890, they each come with a basement flat for a house keeper. After all a young bachelor couldn't possibly fend for himself like a savage. 

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=st+paul's+studios+talgarth+road+london&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=NiovUunnGc6I7Aazx4DIAQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1138&bih=561
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« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2013, 07:50:05 pm »

I have always thought these houses is Talgarth Rd (London) look very Steampunk. they were originally bachelor artists houses, hence the large lantern windows. Built in 1890, they each come with a basement flat for a house keeper. After all a young bachelor couldn't possibly fend for himself like a savage. 

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=st+paul's+studios+talgarth+road+london&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=NiovUunnGc6I7Aazx4DIAQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1138&bih=561


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« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2013, 01:30:32 am »

How delightful ... as a designer of Architecture and assorted odd structures, this brings me joy!

We've got a small Victorian Bungalow that houses our son and family ... in a perpetual state of restoration (it'll get there someday).  And, we live in a recreation of a late 1800's timber frame mountain house - decorated mostly in what I've describes as Jules Verne mixed with the Jetsons (Steampunk more or less).  There is an assortment of mis-matched antiques, odd psuedo vintage lighting, etc.

I'll post a picture or two for your viewing pleasure when I find a few more moments.  And, looking forward to pictures from others as well.
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« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2013, 03:31:15 am »

As I looked at the studio pictures, I noticed that the Rat and Mouse site has a mile of Tube Station for sale.  That would make a wonderful Nautilus conversion for a Steampunk billionaire!
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« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2013, 03:33:42 am »

here is  a safari through my steaming tropical garden  c2010. It is in current need of restoration to its former glory






 There  is   too little attention given to steampunk gardening
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« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2013, 06:50:38 am »

Dear Lady,
Is that a penguin? So much more original than a gnome. Although our Auntie had a fascinating goldfish pond in her English garden, with a fishing gnome beside it and a little bridge. (She had also decorated her garden shed like Tutankhamon's tomb.)
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« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2013, 08:30:56 am »

There  is   too little attention given to steampunk gardening


I think I have that one cracked then - the garden area beside my garage is full of copper pipe, lead pipe + lead sheet, water tanks, metal bits, various building supplies, four rusted-solid Acro props (adjustable steel supports), three Victorian cast iron fireplace insets, two late Edwardian gates, and a rusting circa 1910 gas cooker (missing one burner but otherwise complete).  Wink

Doesn't get much steampunkier than that!  Grin Cheesy


(yes, I really need to weigh in my scrap metal before the scrap thieves get wind of it...)

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« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2013, 08:58:40 pm »

My living room is slightly steampunk, I have been making a bit of furniture, two cane stands, a television unit, small set of pedestal drawers, and a large display unit with drawer. They all display a similar design style, dark teak high gloss finish brass Victorian repro handles, card cases on drawers/doors. I have to build a second display unit to match the first (including drawers) and I want to build a bench with integral book case, and a top which lifts up for additional storage.

The TV and Sky box are sleeved in wood and brass, and the walls are adorned with taxidermy trophies, both real and surreal (such as my werewolf and fishman heads mounted above the blunderbuss and antique fishing rod and harpoon respectively). I have a nice selection of pictures in gilt frames on one wall.

Every surface is covered with stuff, brass gramophone, mechanical songbird in cage, bonsai triffid, animatronic fiji mermaid, stuffed owl in glass dome, steampunk Dalek, model time machine, working traction engine, Stirling engine, small plaster bust of Victoria, set of Samurai swords, stuffed Kestrel, animatronic Chameleon, antique repro radio, phrenology head with fez and brass goggles, steampunk tantalus' stuffed ermine, praxinoscope, stereoscope (and mild Victorian porn), plus a couple of gadgets I made.

I really need to steam it up a bit.
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« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2013, 09:17:28 pm »

Dear Lady,
Is that a penguin? So much more original than a gnome. Although our Auntie had a fascinating goldfish pond in her English garden, with a fishing gnome beside it and a little bridge. (She had also decorated her garden shed like Tutankhamon's tomb.)
C.W.

 why yes   Dear Heart  it is  ! a fairy penguin  , native to the Antipodes .   Good on your old Aunt and her eccentricities !  I painted my garden shed with moon and stars. my elderly neighbours with unpleasant childhood memories  [ and cruel tongues] refer to it as a giant outhouse. 

 MR Skumins -  how clever of you to arrange all that  scrap mettle and demo goods in such a carefully designed steampunk styling.


  Yes Mr Harrrow  - you  still require the full side show carnival experience ethos in your home to steam it up. 



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« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2013, 11:31:24 pm »

Dear Lady,
I imagine that many of us were living in Steampunk environments long before we knew what to call them.
My old room had a Camel and Tiger theme. You know those plush animal heads made to go on golf clubs? I had a camel one and a tiger one mounted on shield-shaped wooden plaques. The plaques originally had real foxes' heads on them - a gift from an old huntin'-shootin' friend in The New Forest - but I couldn't bear them. I took them off and donated them to the Honolulu Zoo.
I also had a Bedouin camel saddle, which I had bought as a Yak saddle from someone who didn't know. It did smell exotic.
I had a strange bag patched with Yak wool and Afghan leather, and an Afghan rug.
Also a wooden Tibetan carving of a lama with his arms cut off by Muslims who disapproved of the sacred gestures. . . .
A pith helmet and parasol. A mosquito net. A gramophone with horn.
And of course, the folding iron chair (1870s) with tasselled velvet cushions, patented to assume 55 different positions.
Well, I cannot compete with that wonderful Steam Room described above, but I was groping towards the same idea.
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« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2013, 05:08:56 am »

 C. W.

that is a  rather intrepid Safari room you describe.  Do you still  have any of those interesting  trinkets in your possession ?
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« Reply #20 on: September 13, 2013, 12:29:48 am »

Dear Young Miss Annie,
I do have rather a lot of camels in storage. (?). And the chair, which is on e-Bay at a price which is not for the faint-pursed. I now live on a boat, so iron furniture is not ideal.
As for tigers, I once had to spend some time alone in a room with the head of a tiger, no longer attached to the rug (too many seductions as in Elinor Glyn probably wore it out). It was large, and snarling, and while at first it seemed merely an object, gradually its presence became felt; finally it filled the room with menace. Not recommended.
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« Reply #21 on: September 13, 2013, 04:03:11 am »

 Dear Heart

 it would just not do to have that many animals on a boat. It would become a veritable Ark.   A menacing tiger head still stalking prey could be disconcerting to say the least.
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« Reply #22 on: September 13, 2013, 05:07:01 am »

four rusted-solid Acro props (adjustable steel supports



You need a couple of aeroplane props, surely...
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« Reply #23 on: September 13, 2013, 11:56:10 pm »



This was a derelict Spanish factory.  Now it is a beautiful home.  A castle, really. 
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« Reply #24 on: September 14, 2013, 12:33:58 am »

My Dear,
Ah, a factory in Spain. . . . (That is not quite as romantic as a Castle.) Lovely!
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