Happy Halloween!

After Hours, Design & Designers

I was scrolling through old photos looking for something else when I came across this Halloweeny picture:
Griffin Helmet Fitting Nat Mus Denmark

It’s a griffin-shaped metal item, probably a helmet fitting. It was found in Roman period Denmark, 2nd to 3rd century, and is currently in the collection of the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. Photo by Husband.

Happy Halloween to those celebrating!

Steampunk Style at Helsinki Bike Show

Arts & Crafts, Design & Designers, Geek out!

It’s easy to see why this steampunk-style motorcycle was the showstopper at the Helsinki Bike Show, held June 13, 2015, in Helsinki, Finland. The look and details are incredible!

Helsinki Bike Show Steampunk1

Eija Kyllönen / Motouutiset.fi.

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Eija Kyllönen / Motouutiset.fi.

The maker, who only goes by the moniker Jaarni, used a Ukrainian K-750 with a sidecar as the base for the rebuild. Some of the details are reported in Motouutiset.fi by Eija Kyllönen (in Finnish):

“A water-cooled engine stays faithful to the bike’s steampunk vibe. Steampunk combines the age of steam engines with the modern day and latest technology. Emerged in the 1980s from science fiction literature, steampunk embraces concepts and fantasy based on late 1800s industrialization and the Victorian era. This popular art movement has its own small yet dedicated fandom in Finland, so much so that in January this year, a steampunk bar was opened in Helsinki. […]

“The bike is filled with interesting details. The headlight was a veritable find from a 1930s gangster-Citroen, the position lamps come from a 1920s Buick, a genuine steampunk pocket watch is attached to the top of the tank, and so on. The list is endless.

“So far the bike has already won several awards. In this year’s Helsinki Bike Show, it was voted audience favorite and gained second place in the custom build category.”

(translation by Eppu Jensen)

See Motouutiset.fi for more photos!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Subtle Steampunk Sanctuary

House Tours, Inspiration

These two photos of a loft apartment stopped me on my tracks:

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Scott Gabriel Morris.

SGM Photography Industrial Loft2

Scott Gabriel Morris.

The industrial elements – metal, rivets, exposed pipes and brick – plus the patina of the wood and corrugated metal, combined with chunky leather sofas and a few large plants, deliver a certain old-world sentimentality. The result contains a subtle hint of steampunk while retaining modern comforts. Beautifully done! From the residential interiors photo collection by Scott Gabriel Morris at SGM Photography; found via Desire to Inspire.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: DIY Steampunk Jewelry Tutorial

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Fabrics & Materials

If you’re into jewelry making and/or steampunk, you might want to have a look at the tutorial for making an embossed pendant by Adrianne:

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Adrianne at Crafts Unleashed.

See Adrianne’s tutorial at Crafts Unleashed for more!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Geeky Color Combos: Star Trek TOS Klingons

Colors, Geek out!, Inspiration, Movies & TV

You know those design recommendations that urge you, especially when hesitant, to start with a picture and base your color selections on it? Here are some ideas on how to achieve it with a geeky starting point. I’ll select a photo, a painting, a still, a screencap or the like that is geeky in some way, and use mainstream photos to illustrate how a color combination pulled from that model image might work in real life.

Klingons are a race from the Star Trek universe that have been through several iterations. Star Trek the original series kept their version of Klingons simple: basic humanoids with ample facial hair but without prosthetics, which would define Klingons in later series. Colorwise, the ST:TOS Klingons mostly wear black and gold.

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Screenshot from ST:TOS episode “Day of the Dove”. Wikipedia.

Like other dark hues, black can be a challenging color for interiors. Combined with gold (or other metals) it’s luxurious, however. For example, the library below is inviting and doesn’t feel claustrophobic because of the white ceiling and smaller amounts of white in the bookshelves:

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From the home of Mark Badgley James Mischka; via Elle Decor.

From the home of fashion designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka; via Elle Decor. Note how they included gold inside the chandelier shades and miniature trophy antlers on the walls.

Tweaking the wall color towards dark grey like in the photo below will create a similar impact with a little more light in the room. Instead, the ceiling and floor are painted black.

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Excerpt from the book Great Fashion Designers at Home; via The Aestate.

Excerpt from the book Great Fashion Designers at Home; found via The Aestate.

This next room is perhaps a bit of a stretch. The walls and ceiling are white, but the golden hardwood floor, the table lamp base, golden-hued mirrored cabinet and the leopard print armchair definitely nod towards a black and gold combination. And I just couldn’t resist including it because of the fur bedspread – it brings to mind Worf and Jadzia’s bedroom in Deep Space 9.

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From the home of Angela Dunn and Colin Radcliffe; via The Aestate.

From the home of model Angela Dunn and designer Colin Radcliffe; again, via The Aestate.

It’s especially easy to introduce black and gold with smaller accents:

Black Gold Decor Collage

Clockwise from top right: gold & black decorative pillow cover by CodyandCooperDesigns on Etsy; pencil holder by LekaArt on Etsy; Greek key end table from decorpad.com; black & gold print by Penny Paper Co.; and Art Nouveau style floorcloth by kate4decor on Etsy.

The combination of black and gold also makes a sumptuous look to wear:

Black Gold Wearables Collage

Clockwise from top right: Tolani black gold paisley scarf from ilovethatgift.com; Metal Henri Flats by Christian Louboutin; Sony on-the-ear headphones; black nails with gold tips by unknown, via Anne Kyrouac on Pinterest; gold baby headband by PoppyBows on Etsy; Theia cocktail dress from Lyst; and Tom Ford men’s gold/black aviator sunglasses from Overstock.

P.S. Access other posts in the series with the geeky color combos tag.

Close Quarters: Medieval House in Modern Belgium

Colors, House Tours

Rooigem is a Belgian interior decoration and antiques company headed by Jean-Philippe Demeyer. Rooigem House was built in the Early Middle Ages as a moated courtyard house just outside Bruges. After being restored, it’s now both a home and place of business for Mr. Demeyer.

There is an abundance of incredible spaces. While the past is unquestionably there, it’s not overwhelming. Neither is the present, which asserts itself in the strong colors and bold motifs.

Tudor front door:

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Tudor door. Jean-Philippe Demeyer.

Entrance porch:

Rooigem entrance porch

Jean-Philippe Demeyer.

The north room:

Rooigem Chinese room

Jean-Philippe Demeyer.

The orangerie:

Rooigem orangerie

Jean-Philippe Demeyer.

The hall:

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Jean-Philippe Demeyer.

What makes these rooms stand out is the care with which Mr. Demeyer fills – or, strictly speaking, doesn’t fill – the areas: there is a pleasing amount of unclaimed space, rather like an art gallery. Additional oomph comes from the consistent use of massive historical and modern furnishings, fearless combination of old and new and, of course, the colors.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Geeky Room Re-do: Eddard Stark’s Office in King’s Landing

Geek out!, Moodboards, Movies & TV, Stunt Double

I’m excited that season 3 of the Game of Thrones is available on disc now! To celebrate, here’s a room re-do from season 1: the room in King’s Landing that Eddard Stark used as his office when he was King’s Hand.

Like all the GoT sets, the space is gorgeous. Unfortunately, the room doesn’t get much screen time, but some clear details emerge. The walls are mostly bare stucco (or the like) in a muted yellowish tone. There are no rugs, drapes or curtains. The doorway to the balcony is bare like the windows, and large planters with greenery are seen through the opening. Apart from the windows, light comes from candles on a multitude of metal candlesticks.

The furniture is ornate and made of golden brown or dark wood. A desk with inlay decoration around the edges and on its legs sits in front of the windows. Compared to the elaborate chair inlays, however, the desk is staid. There are papers, supplies and knick knacks on the desk. There are also two other chairs that don’t feature prominently: a visitor’s chair in front of the desk with what looks like turned, Renaissance-style wooden legs and a wooden arm chair to the side of the room.

The details of the back of Eddard’s chair, the edge of the desk and the floor candelabra can be briefly seen in episode 6…

Game of Thrones, Season 1, episode 6. HBO.

Game of Thrones, Season 1, episode 6. HBO.

…while a wider view of the room, including the desk and a small glimpse of the chair legs, is visible in episode 7:

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Game of Thrones, Season 1, episode 7. HBO.

The main problem with a re-do of Eddard’s office is furniture styles. Comparable pieces found today are almost exclusively antiques, which are not only hard to come by but expensive. My re-do is therefore approximate and includes some DIY elements.

GoT ES Kings Hand Room Re-do Collage

  1. An Indian-style mother-of-pearl inlay wood chair, via Bonhams, $300-$500. An almost exact match to Eddard’s chair!
  2. Table accents: small wood chest, BrightwoodLane on Etsy, $18; antique toy – primitive horse with rider, YourHeart on Etsy, $38; vintage 4-arm Baldwin Brass candelabra, LampAndLightingDecor on Etsy, $95. You could add pretty much as many candlesticks as you’d like.
  3. Wall paint: Behr Premium Plus Ultra Beacon Yellow. There are also several other muted pale yellows that would work quite well.
  4. Table with DIY-stenciled Indian-style inlay decorations around the edge and down the legs: Bishop double extension dining table, World Market, $700; Indian inlay furniture stencil kit by Kim Myles, Cutting Edge Stencils, $35. Large bone inlay desks are hard to find, and if you do find one, they tend to be expensive antiques. Painting small decorations on a modern dining table is a cheap alternative.
  5. A 13-light tree floor candelabra, Koch Originals, $300
  6. Planter with lavender: Marchioro 15.75-inch terracotta planter pot, Home Depot, $25; 10 Lavender Lady seedlings, Garden Harvest Supply, $5 each. Those with a green thumb could easily plant their own lavender.
  7. Large pot with black & white DIY chevron pattern: white 17-inch fiberglass planter, Fiberglass depot via Amazon, $75; black Rustoleum plastic spray paint, Home Depot, $25; thin chevron stencil, TheStencilCloset on Etsy, $23
  8. A smattering of candles everywhere!

 

How did I do? 🙂

Geeky Color Combos: House Baratheon Sigil

Colors, Geek out!, Inspiration

You know those design recommendations that urge you, especially when hesitant, to start with a picture and base your color selections on it? Here are some ideas on how to achieve it with a geeky starting point. I’ll select a photo, a painting, a still, a screencap or the like that is geeky in some way, and use mainstream photos to illustrate how a color combination pulled from that model image might work in real life.

House Baratheon is the royal house in Westeros at the beginning of George R. R. Martin‘s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire and the popular tv adaptation Game of Thrones. The house sigil is a rearing (or rampant) stag with a crown around its neck on a field of gold. The visual created for the HBO tv series is probably the most commonly seen version of the sigil, here on a cookie from the official online store:

HBO Shop Baratheon Cookie

House Baratheon Sigil Cookie. HBO Shop.

In heraldry, gold is often depicted with yellow. I will, therefore, include both gold-black and yellow-black combinations below.

The combination of gold and black is luxurious. It can also be overwhelming if overdone. Choosing a neutral background like white, cream or tan and using gold (or yellow) and black as accent colors will deliver just enough of a punch, but not a “Hulk smash!” – like in the white, yellow and black bathroom by Cerasa, for example:

Cerasa; image via Home Designing.

Cerasa; image via Home Designing.

This gorgeous library below by Jerry Jacobs Design actually uses both yellow and gold in addition to black:

Jerry Jacobs Design San Fran Library

Jerry Jacobs Design.

Sherri and John at Young House Love added red brick to the mix when they painted their front door, with great results:

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Sherri and John at Young House Love.

Apart from adding other colors, you can also tone down the intensity of the yellow towards softer shades, or substitute dark greys instead of black. Or, like in the living room below, use dark metals to incorporate black:

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Martha Stewart; image via Centsational Girl.

Smaller home accents work particularly well, since the amount of color will be limited:

Gold Black Decor Collage

Top row: Mini black with gold interior drum shade from The Accessory Store; custom knobs by Alison Brent on Etsy; color block pillow by Mazizmuse on Etsy. Center: Painted credenza by Kathy at Petticoat Junktion. Bottom row: tiger lily photograph by Audrey; gold and black garland by HoopsyDaisies on Etsy.

You can of course also carry the Baratheon sigil colors on you:

Gold Black Wearables Collage

Clockwise from top right: Baratheon eye makeup by Thedethlands; fingerless gloves by Anna Richardson for The Yarn Cafe Blog; custom felted baby shoes by Shannon at The Kitty Pad; Kate Spade Rainey dress; tie from GentlemanJoe; Sears gold bowtie vest suit; Arkel backpack / bike pannier from Universal Cycles.

What do you think – a keeper combo or not?

P.S. Access other posts in the series with the geeky color combos tag.

Geeky Color Combos: Senator Amidala’s Coruscant Bedroom

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Geek out!, Inspiration

You know those design recommendations that urge you, especially when hesitant, to start with a picture and base your color selections on it? Here are some ideas on how to achieve it with a geeky starting point. I’ll select a photo, a painting, a still, a screencap or the like that is geeky in some way, and use mainstream photos to illustrate how a color combination pulled from that model image might work in real life.

For the second post in the series, I chose Senator Amidala’s bedroom in Coruscant, seen in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. This beautiful photo of the set comes from Wookieepedia:

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Padmé Amidala’s apartment. Wookieepedia.

The main color is navy blue, with touches of white, tan/beige, pale aqua and gold. Navy and gold make an especially rich, lush combination. Besides pure gold tones, golden browns like tans work quite well with navy. Also light, warm wood tones like golden oak make a beautiful complement to navy.

Apart from the ubiquitous naval connotation, navy blue and gold can be found as event decor colors, especially for weddings. Below is a delightfully atypical wedding setup with navy and gold tones. It’s styled by Kimberly Watt at Petal Pixie and photographed by Alixann Loosle Photography; found via Ruffled.

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Hidden Forest Wedding. Styling & floral: Petal Pixie, photo: Alixann Loosle Photography; found via Ruffled.

Navy and gold also make great base colors for present wrapping:

Emily & Sarah at Boxwood Clippings

Emily & Sarah at Boxwood Clippings.

Emily & Sarah at Boxwood Clippings.

The combination of navy and gold can be brought into interiors even in real life. Christy’s bedroom below introduces a little pale aqua, just like Padme’s:

Christy Grubbs bedroom

Christy Grubbs.

…and the bedroom below keeps to the color combo, but instead of the bedding, includes the tans and browns in the chair and rug:

Canadian House & Home

Canadian House & Home; photo via Delight by Design.

Canadian House & Home; photo found via Delight by Design.

Padme’s bedroom has gold mouldings running from floor to ceiling reminiscent of a rib vault. In real life, moulding like that is rare, but you could introduce golden tones in other upright elements, like book cases…

Amy Morris for the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles showhouse

Amy Morris for the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles showhouse; found via Delight by Design.

Room by Amy Morris for the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles showhouse; photo via Delight by Design.

…or curtains:

Chicago Homes & Garden

Chicago Homes & Garden; found via Delight by Design.

Chicago Homes & Garden; photo via Delight by Design.

In interiors, brass is an easy alternative to incorporate the color of gold without having to pay an arm and a leg. Just look at the cabinet handles in this navy kitchen:

Elegueller Arquitetos

Elegueller Arquitetos; photo via Eat Well 101.

Elegueller Arquitetos; photo via Eat Well 101.

Don’t forget the smaller touches:

Navy Gold Decor Collage

Top row: Moroccan pouf by fezart on Etsy and side table by Ashley at Dirt Stains and Paint. Bottom row: Moscow Lineposter Screen Print, Navy/Gold, by lineposters on Etsy.

…or wearables:

Navy Gold Wearables Collage

Clockwise from top right: Toddler Baby Boy Bow Tie by StringfellowJane on Etsy; Koko Navy & Gold Geometric Maxi Dress from Lovedrobe; navy and gold speck nails by The Posh Polish; Script Designer Islamic Long Navy Tee from Artizara; Men’s Gold Moon Shirt by alittlelark on Etsy; Skullcandy 50/50 earbuds.

Any additional innovative uses of navy and golden tones? Please share!

P.S. Access other posts in the series with the geeky color combos tag.

Happy Halloween!

Colors, Inspiration, Thumbs Up

For Halloween, here are a few arresting, interesting, stunning dark spaces. Halloween decor easily gets tacky, but these tricks / spaces have wider appeal. Enjoy!

Nina had an understated but elegant idea for a table:

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Nina at Stylizimo.

Found via Husligheter. (Oh good grief, my brain just went there – “Nana nana nana nana bat fork!” 😀 )

A detail on a desk clad for the fall by Therese:

Desk detail

Therese at Eye on Details.

Black & white & wood in a kitchen:

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Architects at Sawyer | Berson.

From an apartment designed by architects at Sawyer | Berson. If I were a fan of dark wood, this would be the tone. 🙂

Open kitchen shelving:

Residence Henrik and Lotta Imberg Furillen

Photo Pia Ulin, styling Cilla Ramnek; Residence 6/2013.

From the home of architects Henrik and Lotta Imberg. Again, via Husligheter.

Who says a dining room hutch can’t hold shoes?

DSponge Jessie Artigue Gerard Brown

Photo by Sara Kerens Photography; design*sponge.

From the home of Jessie Artigue and Gerard Brown. Because when your clothing is awesome, why hide it? Featured at design*sponge (with so many more intriguing photos than this!).

Happy Halloween!

P.S. Three additional links: Nicole Balch (from Making it Lovely) created a fantastic feature on dark walls for Babble. There’s also a great collection of photos of a converted public library and a set of interiors with black & gold at Desire to Inspire. Check them out!

P.P.S. Two additional spaces at my Playfully Grownup Tumblr. This is my official self-promotional moment for the day. 🙂