Steampunk House: Having never decorated a steampunk house before I used my imagine and I think it does look steampunk-ish. I tried to find as many items that looked steampunk. The only pieces of furniture in this room that are truly steampunk is the billiards table, the console table, the t.v. and I think the circular windows are. I do love those curtains tho. I move so many things around when decorating that final pics many times don’t look like the originals. Case in point. The first pic doesn’t match with the 3rd pic. But I still like the 1st pic.
Beveled mirrors, ornate carvings, and polished brass were the hallmarks of travel in a Pullman parlor car, such as the one depicted here from 1893. First-class passengers enjoyed plush swivel seats and could eat their meals in equaling lavish dining cars. The wealthiest Pennsylvanians owned their own luxuriously appointed private cars.
Credit: Courtesy of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
The more things change, the more they stay the same
Sir John Soane’s Museum, located in the heart of London at the architect’s former residence, is a beautifully preserved snapshot of 19th century British antiquarianism and collecting. Soane published what could be called an early guidebook to his house and collection in 1835, full of engravings of numerous treasure-filled rooms. The library of the Royal Scottish Academy holds a copy of one of these rare books (only 150 total were printed), made even more special by the fact that Soane himself signed and inscribed it.
It really is amazing to see how little has changed in the museum since the publication of the book- if the ghost of John Soane took to haunting the halls of the museum, I’m sure he would find his favorite artifacts right where he left them!