How To Goth Up Your Home: Decorating With Antiques

People of a Certain Style

My overall style is unique, and it’s no different when I’m decorating my home. Victorian, gothic, medieval, and baroque elements fill my spaces. The vibe I aim for is dated, elegant, royal and oftentimes downright creepy. My goal is to create a home that feels a lot like you’re walking into a legitimately haunted house.

Do We Have To DIY It, Again?

The problem with styles like ours is the shopping aspect; where do we go for decor? When the going gets tough, the tough gets DIY’ing… but we don’t always have to.
The items you seek are out there, you just need to know where to look. Antique stores, thrift stores, garage sales and estate sales are prime picking spots for these kinds of items. A perfect example would be a local antique store called Betty’s Trash to Treasure. Let me give you an idea of what’s inside, and what to look for.


This cherub clock is a perfect example of some of the victorian elements available to fill your home.

I love aged brass (or ceramics painted like aged brass), and Victorian decor so I’m totally into this cherub clock. It’s a masterpiece!

There were a couple of woman-shaped jars (I’m not sure if they have a name of their own) that would be perfect for storing makeup brushes! The big one was $75 and the smaller one was $45. Beautiful, but I think my skull makeup brush holder better fits my vanity area aesthetic. 

I love cookie jars, too. I have three of them on my kitchen counter and I’m always looking for unique/rare/vintage ones. I haven’t bought one for a couple of years; when it comes to my home, I usually wait until I’m completely smitten with something before I buy it.  I love the antique store feel; I wish it felt like that walking into my house. Everything is interesting and has a story. I especially love the wrought-iron items and things that weren’t mass produced. Those were simpler times and everything felt real.

I’m not going to say that I wish I was born in a different era, because I don’t think I’d appreciate it like I do now. We don’t appreciate our modern cars all that much when we have them, but we do when they’re classics. Same with vintage clothes.

It’s always nice to look back and learn in places like antique shops and museums. There is only one store we visited, along a strip of them! There’s plenty more to be seen so when I visit the other ones I’ll take more pictures and post them. 🙂 Gives me crazy decor inspiration!




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June 17, 2016