Personal Shopper: Steampunk style for Sarah T

Sarah T. writes: Hi Outblush! I love your website! I'm moving into a new apartment and I wanted to take inspiration from the popular "steampunk" style. What would be some cool pieces and accents to work with? Thanks!!

Hello there, Sarah! I, Rachel H., did some research and found some great pieces for you to work with. I always recommend this because it's just my thing but... scour your local thrift shops for old bronze-y and wooden picture frames and brick-a-brack, busts (like #11), and anything with gears. Burlap is very steampunk and also totally cheap, so try using burlap in your décor a la the curtains and basin pictured in #4 and #9, Giovanni James' awesome DIY flat screen TV makeover pictured in this article, and whatever else you can think of, maybe some throw pillows or a table runner? Then add a few Victorian touches, like the bed above (#5).

1 - Rusty Gears Wall Clock ($302)
2 - Brass Binoculars ($35, would look cool sitting on a bookshelf or mantle)
3 - Sakura Steampunk Garden iPhone Case ($75)
4 - Burlap Style Grommet Panel Curtains ($10, on sale)
5 - Coach House Moulin Noir Carved Bed (£1040)
6 - Steampunk Gears Wall Decal ($40)
7 - Newspaper Log Roller ($40)
8 - Steampunk Refrigerator Magnets ($15)
9 - Harry Mood Wash Basin/Champagne Bucket ($349)
10 - Tractor Seat Bar Stools ($190)
11 - Bust of David ($295)

Disclaimer: I knew very little about steampunk before researching this PS. If you are a steampunk aficionado and want to flame my choices or help Sarah out, please do so.

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Posted on 10.25.10 at 8:41 PM

While not specific to a product, check out for some serious Steampunk inspiration. Top to bottom, this couple has their Victorian home decked out. Wish I had the $$/skills/time to do anything near this cool.

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