If you’re not following Sarah Ferguson on Pinterest, you really ought to be. I’m re-posting several of my favorite Victorian parlor designs that she has collected:
I’m absolutely in love with this dark, Queen Anne arm chair for sale by Taylor Llorente. The price is rather out of my ballpark, but what a great idea for a do-it-yourself project with a little wood, velvet, leather, and ingenuity. Here’s what the vendor has to say about this item:
Couture and stylised high back armchair. The highly stylised and exaggerated ‘Queen Anne’ style shaped back and wings on a shaped base with pronounced and stylised cabriole legs. Solid wood base finished in antique gold leaf. Other finishes from the collection available on request to include silver and copper leaf. Upholstery available on COM (customer’s own material) or alternatively in leathers and fabrics from our main collection. On request. This collection is also available as sofas, single armchairs and as a double bench. Coffee tables with stylisation in keeping also available.
James Watkins’s 2012 thriller/horror movie “The Woman in Black” stars Daniel Radcliffe and takes place in a gloomy little Victorian era English burg. The story revolves around a mysterious figure–a woman shrouded in black–whose appearance always foreshadows the death of an innocent child. The movie isn’t as scary as I would like it; it depends more upon shock and surprise than psychological thrill. Daniel Radcliffe’s character seems to just stumble from one creepy surprise to another, as though he were going through a haunted house attraction at Halloween. There’s little storyline or mystery to solve, and many of the frightening signs that Radcliffe witnesses are gratuitous. The atmosphere, however, is positively beautiful, and the decaying old mansion in which most of the film takes place is gorgeous. I recommend watching the film, if only for the mere beauty of it. It’s not a bad film by any means. Just don’t expect to come away from it severely disturbed.
Take a look at this regal, black and white bedroom design posted on BuildingScheme.com. The beautiful use of full length curtains and wrap-around drapery makes the room seem tall, while the busy, intricate patterns on the wallpaper and bedding make the room seem narrow and cozy. The foot and head boards on the bed are covered in a wonderful, soft, black cushioning with patterns reminiscent of Chesterfield furniture. The use of antique-ish furniture and plush adornments create a living space suitable for a Victorian aristocrat.
Thinking of buying a pool table, chess table, or poker table? Emmanuel Couture creates beautiful, medieval/gothic style game tables. See for yourself.
The ever-tasteful Sarah Ferguson has gathered a collection of delightful dark and vintage bathroom designs from around the web. Take a look and be inspired:
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Paris, France’s museum, Musée d’Orsay, offers an exciting exhibition on Crime & Punishment. As part of this exhibit, they recently added a vintage 1872 guillotine. The contraption stands 14 feet tall, and is the first guillotine to be publicly displayed in France since France’s abolition of the death penalty in 1981. The controversial but morbidly fascinating item is a powerful reminder of an era now gone. The side of the wooden bed nearest the blade is stained an ominous reddish-brown, no doubt from years of active usage.
“The Widow” is not the only reason to visit the Musée d’Orsay. Other mesmerizing paintings and displays, featuring many portrayals of suffering, death, and decapitation, tell the story of crime and punishment in France from the Revolutionary to the modern era. Get a taste of what they have to offer on their website.
Seal your envelopes and packages in style! It may be the twenty first century, but you can still purchase and use wax seals on your letters. Putting your distinctive emblem on your correspondence will make it easily recognizable from the other junk mail people receive, and will show the respect and dignity with which you hold the person to whom you are writing.
Some good places to buy wax seal kits are:
M. Markley Antiques has acquired quite the collection of antique armoires and display cabinets, particularly of the Renaissance, Louis XIII, and Louis XIV eras. These beautiful pieces can be used to hold your wardrobe, to display books or heirlooms, or even to conceal more sinister things. The woodworking is exquisitely intricate and the material is of undeniably high quality.
Whether it’s for display in your main hall or for wearing around the house, an authentic suit of Medieval armor is a great investment and can be passed down as an heirloom in your family for many generations. MedievalCollectibles.com sells a wide variety of suits, from Gothic to Tournament to Samurai. They range in price from $1900 to $11,000. A bit pricey, but at least they’re high quality.