Black, High-Back Arm Chair

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.

Published in: on December 31, 2012 at 7:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

11 Ways to Make a Modern House Look Victorian

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

Published in: on December 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm  Comments (2)  

The Best of Dark Class

Thank you, dear readers, for helping make the Dark Class blog read by an average of 140 unique visitors every day!  To celebrate how far the blog has come, here’s the five most popular and well-trafficked blog posts on this website:

#1. The Ultimate Dark, Classy Lounge

#2. Watch “Oddities” Online Free

#3. Attracting Crows and Ravens

#4. Hidden Doors & Passageways

#5. Macabre Jokes

Make Your Own Jacob’s Ladder

One of the most mesmerizing and simple electrical experiments you can do at home is the classic “Jacob’s Ladder”: two metal rods bending away from one another, with arcs of electricity running repeatedly from the bottom to the top.  This fellow on YouTube has made a rather fetching version encased in a glass tube for his desktop:

To learn how to build your own Jacob’s Ladder, click here.

Published in: on February 1, 2011 at 6:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Learn to Fence

What sport could be more glamorous and elegant than bladed combat?  If you’ve been wanting to learn fencing, but haven’t gotten around to it, now’s the time.  Teach yourself a bit about the history of the sport, learn where to begin, enjoy comprehensive online fencing tutorials, and make sure you have acceptable gear.

Published in: on January 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Saveur’s Macabre Meal

Crafted to look like a meal fit for a vampire, this dish with a gruesome appearance is actually a spelt risotto with a full cup of deep red beet juice.  Click here for the full recipe!

Published in: on January 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Build Your Own Harpsichord

Wish you had a harpsichord in your living room, but can’t afford to buy one?  Well, perhaps you can afford to build your own!  You can get in touch with the Paris Workshop, which will send you the parts and instructions, allowing you to construct it yourself at a much lower price than you would pay to buy a fully assembled one.  They have a wide array of models to choose from, including French, Flemish, Neapolitan, Italian, Spinet, fretted, and unfretted.

Published in: on January 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm  Comments (1)  

Stained Glass Cookies

As a follow-up to yesterday’s gingerbread cathedral post, today I’ll share with you a recipe for scrumptious stained glass cookies.  You don’t have to use actual stained glass, of course, though some have been known to enjoy it.

  1. The first thing to do is to preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Next, mix 1/2 a cup of butter and, 1/2 a cup of sugar, and 1/4 of a cup of brown sugar in a bowl until the mixture is nice and fluffy.
  3. Pour in 1 tablespoon of molasses and 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.
  4. Now, add one egg to the mixture and stir until it is smooth.
  5. Then, put 2 cups of flour, a 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 3/4 of a teaspoon of baking powder into a container and sift them together.
  6. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and fold the two mixtures into one another.  Mix the entire substance until the flour is fully mixed in.
  7. Cut the dough in half and mash the two parts down into circular shapes.
  8. Wrap the two circles of dough in saran wrap, and refrigerate them for at least one hour.
  9. While the dough is refrigerating, take about 35 Life Saver or Jolly Rancher candies (or any hard sweets) and separate them into their own bowls by color.
  10. Use a Medieval spiked mace club (or if you don’t have one handy, a plain mallet will suffice) to crush the candies into tiny pieces.
  11. Place the two dough patties on wax paper and roll the dough until it is only 1/4 of an inch thick.
  12. Use cookie cutters to create the cookies, and cut out a smaller shape inside each cookie (for the stained glass to go).  Be creative with your cookie shapes!
  13. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  14. Transfer the cookies to the baking sheets.
  15. Pour crushed candy bits inside the inner cut-out shapes of the cookies (being careful to get all the crushed candy bits completely inside the hollowed out shape, and not sitting on top of the dough).
  16. Bake the cookies for 9 to 10 minutes, until the candy is melting and bubbling a bit.  The cookies will be slightly browned.
  17. Take the baking sheets out of the oven and allow them to cool for 10 minutes, at the very least.
  18. Bon appétit!
Published in: on December 21, 2010 at 11:10 am  Leave a Comment  

Gingerbread Cathedrals

Here are some real holiday masterpieces.  These food artists have carefully crafted beautiful, gothic cathedrals from gingerbread and other sweets: shows you the recipe and step-by-step of how to make your own gingerbread cathedral.

Published in: on December 20, 2010 at 1:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Build Your Own Guillotine

Have an old, wooden swingset?  Why not transform it into your own home guillotine? shows you how.  Of course, the online instructions only explain how to create a mounted, stationary blade, but if you want to have some extra fun with it, it wouldn’t be too hard to make it a functioning blade instead.  This chap did just that.  What better way to slice the Christmas ham?

Published in: on December 15, 2010 at 11:05 am  Leave a Comment  
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