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This is one of my favorite pictures of interior  inspiration. I absolutely love Adam Wallacavage’s octopus chandeliers and pretty much any “other” chandelier of his. Swoon, swoon, swoon. This is a dreamy room complete with all of my favorite things. It doesn’t get much better than this. There is no reason for me to comment on this room. One day my house will be finished and it will be this fabulous.

I really need a white octopus chandelier or perhaps a vermilion one for the creepy great room. www.adamwallacavage.com

Now excuse me. I have been painting a dining nook to get it more appropriate for a spy drama set in a 1965  swank hotel in Hong Kong. Ghost Whisperer reruns are on and I have a 2 Buck Chuck chilling in the freezer. Have a nice evening.

-Victoria

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Thomas Paul Gothic Dessert Plates

Thomas Paul Gothic Dessert Plates

I have said for quite sometime that a raven and its imagery should be used more and more in home design. This being said I do some of my home shopping around Halloween so I can pick up some of these images. And Halloween products are already out, soon don’t you think? I really like these Thomas Paul Gothic Dessert Plates, um, not a Halloween product. (It is going to be a long time before I host a dinner party but I would love to have these). You can get the set for $28 from Velocity Art & Design. I like them all, I guess, but I would really be happy if I got 4 raven plates. These are made out of melamine (is that gothic?) so they are dishwasher safe (as always since I am the dishwasher) but not microwave safe.

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Cabaret-du-Chat-NoirI love oddities and curiosities. I also love old things. My dream home would be a mix of the Cabaret du Chat Noir in its prime and a bit of the Addam’s Family. I’ve always wanted a haunted Victorian to fix up. Well, I’ve got to start somewhere and this ’36 pad will do. Plus, I need many more years to collect my rarities. Such as that strange cougar/fish taxidermy thingie hanging from the ceiling of the Cabaret du Chat Noir. Geez, could you imagine being there in its prime, wild times. It even had a piano! (Scandalous. Illegal at the time, haha).

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A curious home in Florence.

I found this cool antiquarian home in Florence, a antiquarian shopping landmark even after the floods of ’66. One of my favorite rooms in the outstanding home is the living room. I hope that one day my home will have this polished but creepy vibe. Currently, the home we are renovating is creepy, but for all the wrong reasons. Washington really knows how to raise some spiders, hairy-legged spiders crawling up the basement walls…ughh, ick. Anyways…I love this room. It is very traditional but obviously the homeowner has a great eye for the odd and bizarre. I also love the smoky oyster shade of the walls. It’s the perfect backdrop for any collection. The carved arms/hands are the creepiest things ever. So, I’m going to make a list of things that I need to make my home creepier and polished:

crystal ball with an amazing stand, nothing cheesy and “goth” with chrome dragons with faux ruby eyes. I’m talking something used in Victorian occult. Victorian Trading Co. has a great one here.

Antlers, horns, and more antlers. These can be used anywhere to add some creepiness. I’m talking even those awesome antler mirrors or chandeliers. Horn candle holders, at least one antler/horn per room. I’m pretty sure this category also includes bones.

Taxidermy from land, sea, air. Need I say more?

Intricate birdcages without birds to provide a bit of a morbid feel.

-Apothecary jars filled with various objects from oyster shells, seashells, sea glass, sand, beach pebbles. Anything in an apothecary jar is just creepy.

Hourglasses and scales. This symbolizes time, judgment, you know all those creepy reminders of life/death.

Bird nests, hives, feathers, sticks, and stones. Every house needs creepy, natural elements. You want your home to look like you spend time outdoors, exploring. Even have bunches of dried herbs. Just the aroma of dried fennel is spooky.

Mirrors and mirrors.You know vampires don’t have a reflection. Ignore that Twilight crap.

Same room, different view

Same room, different view

These are the basics to a creepy home. Of course we all have our own special interests. I’m looking for fragrance antiques: chunks of exotic woods, ambergris, etc. I also love stereoscopes, viewers, and items related to vision. David loves maps and old recording items, what a nerd! It will take some time but I predict we will get our interesting house, someday it will be mine, oh, yes, it will be mine.

-Victoria

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I have no idea what is going on with me and pink lately. I have never disliked pink, but it has never been my favorite color. I seriously think I am trying to defeat the “guyness” of the house we are buying. I mean what chick would allow the cabinets to be covered in fur, a babe silhouette mural, or well, crazy amounts of sick mess? It’s like I am trying to balance the house by making everything pink. Anyways, I am thinking of painting the powder room downstairs, the half bath, the same shade of pink that I will do my boudoir with. It will help provide some flow of color on the bottom level. I don’t know yet but it is what I am leaning too currently.

I absolutely love this pink bathroom I found on a design blog. pinkbathroomOf course this bathroom is much larger than our powder room. I mean it even has a fireplace. But, I love what is going on in this bathroom. This ballet pink is the color that I have found for the boudoir. (Boy, do I ever hope it turns out like this shade). I have a mirror that looks very similar, which I will spray paint a white or putty. I was also planing on adding black accents if we painted the bathroom pink. It adds an edge and keeps it from being too nursery. I have a flashy frame that I have spray painted glossy black. It houses a H.G. Lewis autograph and “Paint Me Blood Red” print. I’ve got all of these accessories in storage: birdcages, black shelves, that certain gothic lolita type stuff. I can’t wait to pair it with pink. However, we are thinking of doing the floor in a light green composite linoleum tile that is an avocado green shade. It should work. Pink is one of my new favorite neutrals.

I also like this all white bathroom that has a bit of pink accents that I found shared on Flickr. I just want to add a bit of pink here and there for the house to know that a lady lives there. I feel that this second bath is a good compromise. It isn’t as offensive and can easily be changed. girlywhitebathroomHowever, it is still very romantic. And most importantly, it looks clean and fresh. I must confess that I probably just like it because it has painted hardwood floors and a clawfoot tub. That’s a winning combo by my standards.

So, these are a few pretty “pink” bathrooms that I wanted to share. I was really disappointed to be purchasing an older home to fix up that didn’t have pink bathroom fixtures. I have always dreamed of having a bathroom with a perfect pink tub, toilet, sink. This has been my dream since childhood. And yes, I would go all out. I’m talking pink flamingo accessories and mint green rugs. There is an awesome blog that I absolutely adore, www.savethepinkbathrooms.com. Well, I don’t have a pink bathroom to save (I’m trying to create one the best that I can) but I do have a pink kitchen to save and I’ll be sure to share that with all of you.

-Victoria

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Yep, I am in need of a moon garden. I want an all white garden with rich, overwhelming fragrance. I want it to be a little retreat to enjoy our crisp Northwest evenings with a fluttering wind bringing the smells of the shore and of course lots and lots of flickering candles. I’ll sip from a black flute, wear wine lipstick, and just relax. This is my fantasy. In real life, I know that I will rarely tend to it because I will fear that snails  may come out at dusk. I also know that gardening is hard work. And since we are re-doing the house, I will find little time to “relax” and pull weeds and garden. But, still this is something that I want someday. I want to smell Angel’s Trumpets, jasmine, and flowering tobaccos, I want to see 4 o’Clocks, Evening Primrose, and Moonflowers. I also want lavender for its relaxing aroma and I know that it does pretty darn well and is happy here in Washington. And pots of fragrant and icy leaved herbs. This is my plan. Of course, I want for mine to be creepier and more gothic than the one pictured below, more like an entrance into a catacomb (geez, it may be, who knows what it is buried back there!). Perhaps decorated with the stupid things that come out for Halloween as decorations from places like Z Gallerie, white stone skulls, etc. Things like a black birdbath, oyster shells, mossy rocks, creepy statues, stuff that I see around and like. A vampire garden. There is a great inspiration board for a “Corpse Bride’s wedding garden” on this blog. See, I must not be the only weirdo wanting a creepy garden.

-Victoria

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Moon garden from Domino

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