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I've been thinking of redecorating my bedroom and had planned on a medieval motif. Then a friend asked if I'd help her redo her house in a Rivendell theme, and I decided (Elrond fanatic that I am) that I'd love to have that theme in my bedroom instead.
Now, I'm thinking that judicious shopping for/creating various Elvish and Art Nouveau sorts of items would do the job. There seems to be little to nothing out there in the way of home decor based on the actual movie props. I haven't been able to find anything, anyway.
Has anyone found any LoTR home decor items out there (aside from the actual props being auctioned off; too rich for my blood)? I wish they'd license some!
Is anyone else out there decorating in this theme?
01-21-2003, 11:23 AM
Originally posted by Rámë
Is anyone else out there decorating in this theme?
I am. :D And even though there are no licensed home decor movie replicas out there that I'm aware of (apart from sword reproductions, that is), it's actually surprisingly easy to recreate the Rivendell look.
Elvish decorating 101 tips:
First thing you should do is look through set and prop photos. Lots and lots of photos. Not only to get the general feel of it, but to pick out the key elements of the look.There are some very good images in the SEE DVD galleries, as well as in some fansites.
Look at the colors, the textures, the materials and fabrics used, the shape and make of furniture and accesories, etc. Break it all down. After doing this, you should have a pretty good idea of what you want and what would work with your space and budget.
Then comes the fun part... shopping! :D Hunt for nouveau style pieces (accent chairs and small tables/stands are particularly good at establishing the look without costing a fortune) in out of the way places like flea markets and consignment shops. Import stores are a good source of ironwork basics, such as candelabra and wall sconces, as well as hand-blown glasswork.
A lot of it you can do yourself on the cheap though, if you're so inclined. Paint, stains, faux finishes and your sewing machine are your friends. You could also experiment with Elvish calligraphy and inscriptions for a nice finishing touch. :)
01-21-2003, 11:20 PM
I doubt it's what you're looking for, but Lord of the Rings bedding sets (sheets, pillowcases, etc) have actually been made - you can find them on eBay sometimes.
Thank you both for your replies! Creating and painting are definitely on the agenda. And there's always good reason to go shopping, of course. Luckily I have a fair amount of Art Nouveau bits and bobs. Fabrics will also be important, I'm using lots of luxury fabrics.
Isyriel, I'd love to see some photos of your decor!
I am definitely going to include some of the Elvish weapon and armor repros in the decor. I am also considering making a replica Elven banner to hang or display.
I do wish one of the textile companies (Goodwin Weavers, etc.) would get the license and do some nifty 'tapestries' with LoTR themes. I can always paint on canvas if necessary, of course.
Rámë, I know you've already found our Stores in the Shopping forum, I noticed your post in another thread that you'd already purchased thru there (thanks again!). Perhaps you could poke around there some more for some of the accessories you may want? TolkienTown has some accessories like small votive candle holders (tho I'm guessing if you're going with an Elven motif, you're not interested in the Balrog one particularly ;)) and goblets and such.
If I could decorate my apartment any way I wanted (can't tho, as I may have to move soon), I'd do more of the dark end of Middle-Earth, tho Rivendell did remind me of some Goth type decorating I've seen at friends' homes. ;)
For painting techniques, you could try something that I did at my last apartment. I painted the walls in my bedroom a dark burgundy colour, then watered down a bubble-gum pink paint and wadded up a large piece of plastic and dipped that in the pink and blotched it sparingly over the burgundy. It gave it a kind of marble/granite kind of effect. My sister did something similar with yellow (base colour) and bronze (wash) in her living room, its absolutely stunning! It would work with pretty much any colour combination.
For candleabra accessories, second hand and antique shops are sometimes good. My apartment is full of candle sconces and holders and such. And gargoyles :)
I'll see if we can find any shopping sites that have decorating type accessories and post 'em here. I don't think there are any LoTR-ish specifically, but I know there are several Medieval vendors on the web that would do quite nicely for the look you want
(lets try to keep the thread on a collecting theme, rather than decorating specifically if we can. Would hate to have to move this to the Pony...but then we may get more suggestions that way...not as many regulars here in Collecting)
01-24-2003, 04:45 PM
I just saw a wonderful Rivendell-like bedroom suite in a local furniture shop! The headboard for the bed consisted of curved, interwoven metal bars, that looked quite stunning. There was also a nightstand, with a similar design, and another small table. I rushed in to see it in more detail, but it was unfortunately about R7,000 (converted into dollars, that's around $800), which seemed a little much for even my obsessive nature.
I will take my camera with next time I go past there and take pics - I think that design would be gorgeous for an Elvish decor.
Museum Replicas (http://store.museumreplicas.com/cgi-bin/www11650.filereader?3e320eb000ac3e982755d8f5a50206 75+EN/catalogs/1014) has some decor items on their site, not sure if any could be considered Elvish, but there might be something interesting there
and Excalibor (http://www.excalibor.com/showcase.asp?subtype=Banner) has some banners. Just 3, but the dragon one is kinda kewl :) (this is the Canadian page, but you can also get to the Europe and US page from there I think)
You could also do a search for Rennaisance Faire (or festival) there are a lot of different vendors that have website links thru them and SCA :)
Thanks, Reba, for letting this stay here--sorry if it's not quite right for this section, but I was hoping there were more officially licensed products out there! I did look at the Balrog candle holder, and it is cool. It wouldn't really go with an Elvish theme, but I might get one anyway!
Melancthe, that bedroom set sounds fabulous.
Also, thanks for the shopping ideas, guys. I have found several items at Design Toscano and Art & Artifact that would also work. Design Toscano has some really 'Elvish' looking wall sculptures of Art Noveau-ish women that really look like Rivendell to me.
Anyway, so we've figured out that there are, what, three licensed home decor items?
-Witch King candleholder
-LoTR bed linens
I suppose the weapon/armor replicas, and any art/photos/calendars would also be considered home decor...
01-25-2003, 12:39 PM
Rámë, I'll be happy to share photos on my project when I'm done, but it will be few long moths yet since I'm not just doing a room... I'm doing most of the house! New place, have a (mostly) blank canvas to work with, go me. :D
Dug around some more and found these licensed home decor items (though not in the Elvish theme) from The Noble Collection (http://www.noblecollection.com/catalog/catalog.cfm?catid=17) :
- Collector's Chess Set
- The One Ring Mirage Holographic Image Chamber
- Quest for the Ring
- At the Shire Pewter Goblet
- Assorted Sword Reproductions
I really wish someone would get a license to reproduce those gorgeous Elvish banners... and Lorien light fixtures! I'd love to have a couple of those for my patio. Come on New Line, there's an entire market you're not tapping here! :p
That's a good listing, Isyriel, thanks! I can't wait to see photos of your house when it's done.
I purchased a new ceiling fan for the bedroom the other day, and I must say that if Elves had ceiling fans, they would look like this. The blades are carved like leaves. It's a Hampton Bay fan, model 'Antigua'. I got it at Home Depot.
Also, I plan to order some of the wall sculptures from Design Toscano; some of them are very reminscent of the Elven statuary seen in Rivendell.
I agree, Isyriel, there *is* a market here to be tapped. If the LoTR films are influencing clothing (and I think they are), why not decor?
02-04-2003, 04:42 PM
Hey everyone! :)
All these ideas are great. I'm currently re-doing most of my house, too, and an LotR-theme seems like a good idea. (Although I'm pretty sure all the animals will be tearing things down just as fast as I can put it up- I caught one of the cats climbing my new bed-curtains the other day!)
I went a little crazy with the color green in my bedroom. I've had one of those el cheapo "canopy" beds for a few years now, and it's just plain, straight wood, no finish, no carving, nothing. Very boring. So I decided to do some LotR-ish stuff, and went out to a discount fabric store and found some green velvet for pretty cheap. (It's just the polyester kind, nothing special) I learned making curtains is not as easy as it would at first appear, but I've finally gotten the fabric to drape right, and I'm happy with it. I also wanted to do some Lorien-ish stuff, so I headed to Walmart and got some leftover white Christmas lights. (it's January so they're ultra low-price at the moment.) I heard on the FotR: EE DVD commentary that they actually used Christmas lights for the Lorien scenes, so I figured I'd give it a try. It looks good when the lights are out and you plug inthe X-mas lights, but when the rooms lights are on, you can see the cords and it looks sort of crappy. Maybe a dark background behind the lights would take care of this. I'm thinking of making some leaf stencils to paint around the room, too. I was also thinking if you could make a stencil, or just do it free-hand, elvish letters would look really cool as a border. Maybe you could translate a favorite poem into tengwar and paint it around doorways or across a wall.
I really want a dragon room smoker from www.plowhearth.com, but they are SO expensive!!! I did get a set of "Dancing Bear" wallies from the same place, though, and while they're not elvish at all, they are fairly Beorn-ish and super cute. (Plow & Hearth seems to have a lot of Hobbitish stuff, too, but they're kinda pricey.)
I also ordered the Legolas & Gimli standee from Tolkientown, and it's defintely going somewhere prominent when it arrives. I have a big, blank wall space in my living room, so I'm thinking the boys will go there. If I can scrounge up the cash, I might get a Gandalf standee and put that at the top of the stairs. Although these things are close to life-size and might seriously scare people coming into the house!
Sorry to ramble. I just felt the need to share.
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