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:
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.
The above picture is of a riad in the western Moroccan city of Essaouira, photographed by Christine Oakley. The riads of Morocco are traditional palaces with interior gardens or courtyards. Wikipedia explains the riad concept:
The riads were inward focused, which allowed for family privacy and protection from the weather in Morocco. This inward focus was expressed in the central location of most of the interior gardens and courtyards and the lack of large windows on the exterior clay or mud brick walls. This design principle found support in Islamic notions of privacy, and hijab for women. Entrance to these houses is a major transitional experience and encourages reflection because all of the rooms open into the central atrium space. In the central garden of traditional riads there are often four orange or lemon trees and possibly a fountain. The walls of the riads are adorned with tadelakt plaster and zellige tiles, usually with Arabic calligraphy, with quotes from the Quran.
I greatly enjoy this particular riad. Its use of dark royal purple curtains contrasts wonderfully with the trailing green of the hanging vines. The intricately decorated lamps, dangling from exaggerated chains, cast a nice subtle glow on the brown and black walls and hand railings. It has just the minimal amount of light, and every part of the scene is a carefully thought out work of art.
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:
(Click on each picture to view a larger version)
Have you gotten stuck with a boring, plain, modern house? You can easily turn it into a charming Victorian one. Here are some simple and effective ideas:
1. Install Exterior Trim
2. Put Up Crown Moldings
3. Surround the Property with an Iron Fence
4. Switch to Vintage Plumbing
5. Mount a Few Gargoyles
6. Use Wooden Doors
7. Vintage Light Fixtures
8. Build a Greenhouse Conservatory
9. Frame and Display Portraits of Your Ancestors
10. Use Victorian Window Frames
11. It’s All About the Wallpaper
The Galen C. Moses House was designed for Mr. Moses, a successful area bank president and philanthropist, by the architect Frances Fassett in 1874, and then redesigned in 1901 by John Calvin Stevens. Situated on “the handsomest residential street in the state of Maine,” this veritable museum of a home is on sale in Bath, Maine for $624,900.
With a new coat of nice grey paint, a well-sharpened wrought-iron fence, and some thorn bushes in the landscaping, this home would make a wonderfully haunting estate.
Upon viewing this outstanding property listed on OldHouses.com, one will instantly fall in love with it. If you’re looking to make your next home in Saratoga Springs, New York, look no further than the Historic Winans-Crippen House:
The Winans-Crippen House at 66 Franklin Street was built in 1871 by the Winans family. David Winans was a local merchant. The house was designed by Saratoga Springs architect J. D. Stevens, architect of several structures in the city, including the United States Hotel on Broadway (designed in partnership with Frelin C. Vaughn). Built in the Second Empire style popular around the time of the Civil War, the house was expanded by an addition to the north in about 1877. The house is a contributing structure in the West Side – Franklin Square Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is included within the City of Saratoga Springs’ Historic District.
Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill has made this Barcelona cement factory into a luxurious home, art studio and workspace. With 33,368 square feet of floor space, plus gardens, and a house area of 5,382 square feet, this grand project was completed in 1975. One has to admire the enormously high ceilings and the dark, rustic decor gracing the interior. The look, both inside and out, is akin to a Medieval gothic castle.
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