The Victorian Trading Co

There’s a website I recently discovered that is sure to be of interest for Steampunks looking to outfit their abodes with a Victorian flair.  The Victorian Trading Company has all manner of goods inspired by Victoiriana.

The Victorian Trading Co was started in 1987 by Melissa and Randy Rolston in Dallas, Texas and now operates as a small company based out of Lenexa, Kansas outside of Kansas City.

From antique reproductions and fashion to outdoor living and accessories, The Victorian Trading Company is a great resource for finding items to match your Steampunk decor.  They even have free e-cards for you Steampunks wanting to send a message to your equally steamy friends. You can check them out here.

Gear Clocks

If there’s one thing that’s true about Steampunks, it’s true that we, as a subculture, love to stick gears on just about anything. It makes absolutely no difference whether said gears serve any sort of purpose; the more gears, the better.

An easy transition from gears is to the item in which we usually find them: clocks. Many an antique clock has been destroyed for its innards to be repurposed into fancy Steampunk gear. The Steampunk fascination with gears and other whirligigs found within an antique clocks is one of the main reasons why Clockpunk is often viewed as a subset of Steampunk.

And when the two are recombined, it makes for some excellent Steampunk decorating opportunities. The mainstream is catching on to our obsession for clocks and gears. When I was looking around for a new housewarming piece for my home in Seattle, I found this gear clock:

And this one:

And this one:

Wow. I honestly don’t know what to think of this. That’s a lot of different results for essentially the same thing. On the plus side, buying these would cover a lot of blank wall space with some Steampunk goodness that is pretty much on the mark with respect to the Steampunk aesthetic.

Kitchen Sync

Thankfully, the Steampunk aesthetic is not one of those looks you can find when you open up a home decorating magazine where everything is already prescribed. Steampunk home design and decor, like all aspects of Steampunk, is about incorporating one’s personal Steampunk aesthetic into the unifying look and personal preference for the aesthetic balance of Steam and Punk.

There are many bits and pieces that have been created to assist with the achievement of a particular look. If you aren’t an interior designer, but looking to do some remodeling, though, it can be somewhat difficult finding a place to start.

Fortunately, there is Kitchen Sync to the rescue. This blog by Kelly Morisseau, a CMKBD (Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer), and a CID (Certified Interior Designer) features some of the best in kitchen and bathroom designs. There’s lots of good stuff here on its own, but what makes Kitchen Sync special is that every Sunday she does a series called Steampunk Sundays.

Check out her latest post on various plumbing pieces to get an idea for what to expect from her posts.

So, if you’re thinking about redoing a room or an entire house into your version of the Steampunk aesthetic, do drop by the Kitchen Sync on Sundays for some great inspiration. Who knows, you might even find that perfect piece to complete the look you’ve been trying to achieve.

 

Marinemine- The Mine Furniture

I’m always hunting for interesting pieces for those Steampunks out there who love the culture so much that they want to furnish their homes entirely with the Steampunk aesthetic. Finding the perfect blend of Victoriana and post-apocalyptic industrial beauty is something of a challenge. Thankfully, our look doesn’t come prepackaged from Rooms to Go, so its up to individual Steampunk artists to create furniture and decor that would suit the Steampunk home.

Mati Karmin is one of Estonia’s best sculptors and is crafting positively incredible pieces that are sure to please any Steampunk created from the hollowed out containers of old Soviet deep-see mines between the 1940’s and 50s. So, while the time period of the material places this is the Dieselpunk area, the look of these creations could easily fit into a Steampunk setting.

That’s a fireplace that’s sure to bring a touch of the apocalypse a la Victoriana to any living room.

And here’s an aquarium and a patio swing. It’s truly incredible what Mr. Karmin has been able to do with the remains of weapons of war. He’s recycled them into something peaceful and beautiful, and totally fitting for a Steampunk home!

To see more of Mr. Karmin’s incredible work, please visit his website and take a look at the full line of mine furniture.

Mini Steampunk Lamps

The Instructables community has done it again! In a seemingly endless stream of Steampunk inspired projects, we have a new lesson on creating Mini Steampunk Lamps. This is an excellent project if you are wishing to add a bit more of a Steampunk flair into your home, but don’t have a budget for a full make over.

I’m not a fan of the excessive advertising that has found its way into Instructables (seriously, though, those put ups from the bottom of the screen that I get on occasion are hella annoying) but fortunately all of the information you will need to make your new lamp is there for the taking.

To get this project rolling, you will need:

  • Various small copper pieces
  • small LED
  • small coated wire
  • A small lamp shade
  • hot glue
  • tissue paper

For the full instructions for creating your lamp, please click here. Don’t forget that with a little creativity and modifications, you can make larger scale lamps as well.

The Corset Chair

Today, I have a very special piece of furniture for all of you who are looking to remodel your sitting room with a Steampunk flair. Gaze upon the beauty of the Corset Chair by Sarah Louise Dix.

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This chair has so much personality, and it looks very comfy too! I would love, love, love to own this chair, never mind my tendency for a nomadic lifestyle! It’s so unique and perfectly Steampunk. Unfortunately, its quite pricey, but someone is going to be very lucky indeed to have such a unique and feminine piece in their sitting room. If you are interested, you can click on the photo to view the chair’s Etsy listing.

You can also learn more about the artist, Sarah Louise Dix by visiting her website. She has a number of pieces of furniture that are built to look like different pieces of clothing. The Corset Chair is, I think, the best example of her work, and certainly the most likely to appeal to our Steampunk sensibilities.

Steampunk Gear Table

At present, I am not to the point in my life where I am buying furniture of any sort. I’m far too nomadic to be interested in laying down 700 dollars for a table. For those of you who are, however, I’d like to bring your attention to a spectacular little gem I discovered today while I was browsing Etsy for new components to my Steampunk wardrobe:

Ooh, ahh… This table is perfectly Steampunk. The gears are made from 15 layers of birch hardwood laminated together and the large gear is 30 layers which means this table should last. What really excites me about this table is that the gears actually spin via the handle on the left. How cool is that?

The table’s overall measurements are approx. 26 inches wide, 40 inches long, and 30 inches high. Shipping and pick-up options are  available to the very lucky Steampunk who elects to purchase this beauty. Consider me incredibly envious.

Tomorrow, I promise I’ll get back to posting material from A-Kon. I just wanted to let you know about this table before someone else snatches it away!