I came home the other day after a morning at the restaurant, only to find that my husband decided to be proactive on the bathroom renovation we'd discussed by demo-ing my tub surround. Now, there's a reason it was in the discussion stage, with the most important reason being that it is the ONLY bathroom in the whole house. There are no pretty little powder rooms, nor is there a jacuzzi tucked away in the master, since there is NO master. This is a 1200 square foot 1960's ranch, with no bells or whistles unless the girls manage to find the instruments I've hidden away.
So, if we take our bathroom apart, we better be prepared to put in a new one quick. Which brings us to the other reason I hadn't tackled the bathroom before this-- plumbing is not something I have a ton of experience with. Neither does my husband. Don't get me wrong. We've done a ton of stuff around the house, and I'll happily lay the new tile and put in the new lighting and cabinets. Even the plumbing fixtures and the toilet won't be a major issue, but I've got to admit the tub-thang is scaring me just a little. Anyway, at least the current tub still works, and with the addition of several shower curtains, the shower is still usable as long as you don't mind being attacked by multiple swirling sheets of vinyl sticking to your naked body. Yeah. Needless to say, the bathroom reno has been bumped up on the to-do list.
One of the finest examples of steampunk incorporated into everyday life is the steampunk home of Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum of ModVic Home Restoration in Sharon, MA. I've included several sites that have pictures, because it is truly that remarkable. Be sure to check out the 360 degree views available of some of the rooms here-- http://www.onlinepropertyshowcase.com/showcase/10328/
By blending natural elements, such as wood, copper, brass, and iron, with more decorative and whimsical touches reminiscent of the Victorian period, a steampunk feel starts to emerge. If you keep in mind certain aspects of steampunk, such as exploration and technology, and blend it with the Victorian aspects of nature and discovery, you'll start to capture the feel of it. Personally, I love anything that looks like it would belong in a turn of the century apothecary. Also, joints and moving parts, tend to be reminiscent of the mechanical and industrial aspect of steampunk. And though so much of it can be created if you're good with your hands and are so inclined, there is also a fair amount that can be readily purchased.
Restoration Hardware has some great pieces if you can afford them. This is a curious looking chair, and though it's not blatantly steampunk, it does remind me of a hot air balloon or dirigible.
They also have these great looking gears.
And who can say no this knob from Anthropologie of a Kracken pulling down a ship, or this chronograph knob. Love it!!
And though I'm not one for knick knacks, I can't resist this mechanical raven.
I must say I also have a soft spot for fixtures, since I think they always have such a huge impact on the aesthetic feel of a room. Conant Metal and Light have an amazing site loaded with original and reproduction lighting (amongst other cool and interesting things), like this carriage house harp light. And once again, back to Restoration Hardware for this industrial double pulley pendant.