Game of Thrones Room Decor Ideas

Winter is coming. Yes, I know it’s spring time, but for those who are fans of the HBO series Game of Thrones knows exactly what that means.

Season 4 premieres this Sunday and “thronies” across the seven kingdoms are geeked up for dragons, backstabbing and the potential of another unexpected “red wedding.” While millions of people will enjoy the season premiere from the comfort of their own homes, why not enjoy the show from your very own Game of Thrones decorated room?

Here are a few tasteful (and some not so much) decor options for those looking to turn their own homes in the House of Stark or Lannister.

Game of Thrones replica Iron Throne ($30,000)

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Winter is Coming Wall Mural ($48)

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House Sigil Throw Pillows ($TBD)

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Game of Thrones Coaster Set ($15)

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Game of Thrones 4D Cityscape Puzzle ($65)

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Bust of Daenerys Targaryen ($99)

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Game of Thrones: A Home Tour Through the ‘Red Keep’

We are certified “Thronies” here at the Coldwell Banker headquarters. So you can count us in as one of the millions of fans feverishly anticipating the season 3 premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

In anticipation of the new season, we’ve gone back and re-watched most of Season 2 and what stuck out most besides the incredibly suspenseful story line is how pristine and beautiful many of the locations look. If you could ignore the assuredly low life span, looming fire-breathing dragon attack, white walker zombies and beheadings; one might even really wish they were living in the world of Game of Thrones.

We’ve already taken a look at “Winterfell Castle”, so let’s go on a tour through my personal favorite home in Game of Thrones: the ‘Red Keep’ located in King’s Landing. There’s a lot to love about this home and location and a whole lot to be wary of too. Let’s take a voyeuristic peak at this massive royal abode to see if we’d ever consider living there.

Exterior – The Red Keep at King’s Landing

Details: The ‘Red Keep’ is an absolutely massive royal castle that sits on the south easternmost point of King’s Landing. Similar to Buckingham Palace, the Red Keep is the rightful home to the King (of the Seven Kingdoms), Joffrey Baratheon along with the rest of his family. In addition to being a royal home, it also serves as a steely fortress to defend the city against power hungry usurpers who want to overthrow the King.

The Good: This architecturally significant marvel is a real trophy home that offers all the space, amenities, wait staff and luxurious comforts you could expect from a mythological fantasy world. As is the case with most castles, the home offers countless underground passages, towers with phenomenal views and top of the line sturdy construction; seeing how canon balls won’t even break through the walls (take that sheet rock!)

The Bad: While it’s great that home’s exterior can withstand canon ball attacks...the home has had to withstand canon ball attacks – enough said! Additionally, this piece of property is so revered throughout the Seven Kingdoms, that multiple parties travel great distances with thousands of men with an eye on kicking the residents out. While the walls help thwart human attackers, there’s no aerial cover to stop dragons from burning it to the ground. Certainly something to think about.

The Great Hall

Details: Possibly the most important room in all the Seven Kingdoms, the Great Hall is home to the “Iron Throne”, the symbol of the King’s power that was built from 1,000 swords that were given to the first unified king of Westeros, Aegon Targaryen (kin to ‘Khaleesi’).

The Good: The gargantuan columns, marble floors and stained glass windows give off an old world charm reminiscent of the Roman Empire. Besides holding a rather unique chair, the large room is more like a banquet hall then an actual room. You’d be able to lavishly entertain your family, throw weddings or terrorize your neighbors by playing “court” inside this lovely space.

The Bad: Exact estimates don’t exist, but I’m guessing the Great Hall clocks in somewhere around 20,000 square feet so it’d cost a pretty penny to get enough furniture to make it really feel like home. I’m a firm believer in karma, and I sure wouldn’t want to spend any time in a room that dubs as a funeral parlor and torture chamber. Also, how practical is a chair made out of pointy swords? Not safe, especially if you have kids.

Tower of the Hand

Details: This lovely tall building is where the ‘Hand of the King’ conducts his official work on behalf of the throne. One of the perks that come with the job are that this gorgeous tower also becomes the exclusive residence for you and your family.

The Good: If you happen to be (un)lucky enough to be the ‘Hand of the King’, you can count on basically zero commute time to work, since you already live in the building with your family. The tower also has a terrace off each room and offers incredible views of Blackwater Bay.

The Bad: The structure itself is sound and really beautiful, but seriously, who wants to live in the same house as their boss? Especially when your boss is a maniacal bloodthirsty teenage king.

Maegor’s Holdfast

Details: Described as “a castle within a castle”, Maegor’s Holdfast is the private wing of the ‘Red Keep’ exclusively for the royal family, down to the King himself. This part of the home is named after Maegor Targaryen, who is purported to be the one who built this home.

The Good: Seeing how the King himself sleeps in this part of the ‘Red Keep’, Maegor’s Holdfast is undoubtedly the most lavish and luxurious part of the home. This section also offers all the security a paranoid homeowner would want. Its got massive surrounding walls with a drawbridge and a moat with iron spikes (sometimes with heads on them) that serve as the ultimate deterrent to would be intruders.

The Bad: Potentially beautiful waterfront vistas are spoiled by 360 degree views of heads on spikes. End of story. Who would ever come visit you?

 The Community

Details: The ‘Red Keep’ is located in King’s Landing and is capital of the Seven Kingdoms. This walled city sits on the water, has a population upwards of 500,000 and is said to “be larger than Medieval London or Paris but smaller than Medieval Constantinople or Ancient Rome”

The Good: King’s Landing is like the New York of this fantasy world. You’ve got fantastic views of the water, busy markets and shops selling goods and you can admire the architecture of the skyscrappers whenever you want. Basketball wasn’t invented back then so if you can stomach it, you’d have to settle for bloody jousting tournaments to quench your competitive thirst.

The Bad: Hmm, where to begin. You’ve got a government who can’t feed its residents, a non existent sanitation department and you’ve also got almost every nobleman with a sword willing to level your city at a moment’s notice. Add the whole zombies waking up and fire breathing dragons learning how to fly thing to the equation and we just think from an investment perspective, property values won’t remain high for too long. Oh, and it’s pretty dangerous too.

There you have it! A look at the good and bad aspects of the ‘Red Keep’ – one of the nicest homes from the Game of Thrones! What do you think? Would you trade your comfortable home and modern advances like Facebook and iPhones for an old charming castle on the water? Or would all the politics, famine and mystical creatures keep you away?

Now while it’s pretty unlikely that you’d be able to really live in Game of Thrones, you can create a family “crest” for your “house” like the one below on jointherealm.com. You can’t live in the ‘Red Keep’, but you sure can represent your current “house” in true Game of Thrones fashion!

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Game of Thrones premieres this Sunday at 9pm est. on HBO. We’re very excited about the return of the Lannisters, Starks and Targaryens. Will you be watching?

‘Finca Vigia’ – Ernest Hemingway’s Cuban Home

Nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, HBO’s ‘Hemingway & Gellhorn’ focuses on the intertwining lives of two of America’s most legendary icons – writer/adventurer Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn who was a pioneer in every sense of the word. It’s a long but epic film that focuses mostly on their involvement in the deadly Spanish American War, whirlwind marriage and inevitable break up.

You can say a great many things about Ernest Hemingway: he was a gifted writer, extremely hot-tempered, passionate and maybe even a little bit crazy – but one thing is for certain, he sure had great taste in real estate.

One of the standout stars of the film for me is the home Hemingway & Gellhorn purchased just outside of beautiful Havana, Cuba in 1939. The estate, called Finca Vigia (Lookout Farm), was purchased for $12,500 and sits on 12 acres of lush Cuban green land. Hemingway kept the home after their divorce and owned it for over 20 years; even staying put during the Castro overthrow of the Batista government. Hemingway also wrote some of his best stories at Finca Vigia, including classics like ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ and ‘The Old Man and the Sea’.

As one would expect from a man who was rabidly against being overly frivolous or fancy, the home itself is restrained, relaxed and clearly designed and furnished with a masculine minimalist’s touch. The home has multiple studies for writing, a guesthouse and is ideally located near a fishing village and his favorite bar (he had many).

Take a look below at some photos of Finca Vigia, which is now property of the Cuban government but thankfully open to the public as a historic museum that to this day still has many of Hemingway’s personal items in them- 50 plus years later.

 

A humble but beautiful and spacious home

The former home of Ernest Hemingway is now a museum but the furniture and contents within the house are all original and authentic.

The home is surprisingly light and bright. In the film Hemingway & Gellhorn you’d remember the drunken boxing fights Ernest would have with friends in this room.

A view from the bathroom into Hemingway’s bedroom.

One of the bedrooms at Finca Vigia.

One of the studies at the former Hemingway & Gellhorn residence. Many classic pieces of literature were written in this room.

Fun fact. Ernest Hemingway obsessively recorded his weight. What you see hear is the result of Hemingway writing his weight throughout the years on his bathroom wall.

What do you think of Finca Vigia? Would you escape to a home like this to relax and get work done?

Outstanding Home in a Drama Series: Game of Thrones

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The Stark Throne at Winterfell Castle

If you prefer blankets to swim trunks and skis to surfboards, then the castle at Winterfell from “Game of Thrones” might have peaked your interest if you were in the market for a cozy home (or hut) a few thousand years ago.

The next nominee for “Outstanding Home in a Drama Series” is none other than Winterfell Castle, which is widely considered to be the capital of the North. Winterfell is located between the capital of the Seven Kingdoms (King’s Landing) and the dreaded “Wall” that keeps civilized society separate from Wildlings and very angry frozen zombies.

Being that Winterfell is prone to long winters (like 9 years long), ancient architects took care to construct the castle out of the finest, and sturdiest stones known to man (or dragon) in order to keep everyone warm as humanly (haha) possible. It is also expertly situated atop hot springs that help to keep the complex as toasty as possible during those harsh winters.

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Sturdy, reliable and strong are three words that define Winterfell castle and its people.

The massive complex spans numerous acres and features an “inner castle” for living and entertaining, a courtyard area for torture, training and other forms of pageantry and a set of “external walls” primarily used for surveillance and protecting the kingdom. Inhabitants of Winterfell didn’t have Facebook or TV to keep them busy so they took full advantage of the gardens, libraries, watchtowers, lakes and foodmarkets  to keep busy and spry.

The Starks and the other townspeople of Winterfell castle must have started the old saying, “it takes a village to raise a child”, because Winterfell Castle is so large it actually functions more like a village. Couple that community like feel with the unsurpassed security of having a valiant war hero there to protect you and plush forest springs nearby, there wasn’t really a better place to call home back then.

For my Game of Thrones fans, would you have rather lived at Winterfell, King’s Landing, the Castle in the Sky or in the desert with the Khaleesi?

 

 Photos Courtesy of: awoiaf and Game of Thrones Wiki

Outstanding Home in a Drama Series: Boardwalk Empire

boardwalk empire 1024x682 300x199 Outstanding Home in a Drama Series: Boardwalk EmpireSometimes, you just have to grow up and move on out of that bachelor pad you own in the penthouse of the Ritz Carlton. In season 2 of Boardwalk Empire, New Jersey’s friendliest criminal traded in panoramic ocean views on the boardwalk for a more family friendly and slower paced lifestyle. And by slower paced lifestyle, we mean less shootouts, heists, bootlegging and riots.

The next home we nominate from television shows being considered for the 2012 Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series is Nucky Thompson’s new three-story manor he shares with his girlfriend Margaret Schroeder, her two children,  and a handful of maids and butlers. The meticulously constructed home rests on what appears to be a few acres of land and comes with all the amenities and luxuries one would expect a corrupt (but amiable) politician and crime boss to have.

Classic 19th century architecture along with fine art and one of a kind design gives the property an air of luxury and sophistication without being too over the top. Imported chandeliers and priceless oil paintings aside, it feels like home. Other notable features of the Thompson home include at least three well proportioned bedrooms with master baths , a guests quarters to house an Irish  mercenary, crown molding throughout, floor to ceiling windows on the lower level, and a completely separate parlor floor with maids quarters to ensure you all the privacy you need to plot your next illegal venture.

Ever the visionary trendsetter, Nucky jumped on the global warming issue way back in the 1920s (sorry Al Gore) by building a sun-room that acted like a greenhouse, allowing him to control the amount of heat let into his house. The conservatory features a separate dining area and luckily still offers plenty of room for the occasional fist fight with your brother.

What do you think of Nucky Thompson’s home? Would you opt for this home or would you rather go for something smaller but closer to the beach and Atlantic Ocean views?

Nucky having a heart to heart talk in the children's spacious bedroom

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Photo Courtesy of: WNYC Radio

Tour Through the True Blood Mansion

It’s the season for creatures of a scary nature and what better time to have a house on the market that is known for vampires. Fans of HBO’s True Blood may recognize this palatial estate as being home to the blood-sucking Queen Sophie Anne, but it’s actually a home set on the bluffs of Malibu. The mansion is currently listed by the #1 agent in all of Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Chris Cortazzo, for $75 million.

Michael Corbett of Extra TV featured the property the other night which you can over at ExtraTV.com. What you’ll notice is that the indoor pool that has been seen on a number of episodes of True Blood is actually contained in a totally separate mansion from the main house! Chris Cortazzo describes the home as being influenced by Italian design and architecture, and the home has some of the most beautiful views in Malibu.

According to the property description, the home is actually named La Villa Contenta and is one of the world’s premier properties that has never before listed for sale. This ultimate compound is located on approx 8 acres of the most prime bluff top that Malibu has to offer. No vampires included.

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