Game of Thrones Style for the Home
From tropical beaches to the Stark winter cold, Game of Thrones has been not only taking over our screens, but also our runways and showrooms. In honor of the season finale, this Sunday, we’ve pulled together our favorite products that could easily be found in the visual majesty that is the Game of Thrones set. We might not know which house will take the throne, but we sure do enjoy marveling at the scenery and decor along the way.
The ancestral castle of Winterfell and seat of power of House Stark is considered to be the capital of the North. Surrounded by snow, ice, and forest, this region uses hefty upholstery and oak as their main materials. The Stark family can be found wearing layers of dark leather and fur, to protect them from the harsh winter, that lasts nearly year round. The dire-wolf is the sigil of the house and can be found carved into the heavy, wood pieces. White, stone gray, and black are found in this modest house, along with light woods, pulling from the Weirwood tree.
The capital of the Seven Kingdoms, located in the crown lands on the east coast of Westeros. King’s Landing is home to the Red Keep (made of pale red stone and bronze gates) and site of the Iron Throne (made of swords). The House of Lannister currently control King’s Landing. The Red Keep boasts high arches, richly carved woods, silver mirrors behind sconces to make it twice as bright. Crimson and gold silks adorn the bedrooms and living areas. The Lannisters are represented by a proud lion and are known for their wealth and talented army.
A castle located on the island of the same name at the entrance to Blackwater Bay. Located below the Dragonmont and shaped from stone to look like dragons, Dragonstone was the original seat of House Targaryen in Westeros. The castle has a dark reputation. The castle was built using by the Valyrians, using arcane arts, fire, and sorcery. With the use of magic, the Valyrians were capable of liquefying stone. Instead of merlons, grotesques and gargoyles serve as brooding crenellations along the three curtain walls. Designs include basilisks, cockatrices, demons, griffins, hellhounds, manticores, minotaurs, wyverns, and other creatures. Further, statues in the shape of dragons can be found all over the castle. The sigil for Dragonstone is Red three-headed dragon on a black field, often seen pinned on clothing in gold.
The wealthiest and likely the most powerful of the Free Cities. The city is spread across hundreds of tiny islands in the lagoon, connected by stone bridges and a vast network of canals, heavily inspired by Venice. To enter the lagoon in which Braavos is located, one must pass beneath the Titan of Braavos, a stone fortress in the shape of a huge warrior. The city is noted for its’ formidable swordsmen, faceless men, iron bank, the lord of light, shipbuilding, religious tolerance and hatred of slavery. Wealthy Braavosi dress in charcoal gray, purple, blues so dark they are almost black, and blacks as dark as moonlight. Braavos has a seafaring trade culture, much of the city’s early wealth came from the brackish waters of the lagoon.
Dorne contains the only desert on the entire continent of Westeros, and due to its arid climate, it has one of the smallest overall populations. It is the only part of Westeros where citrus fruits and spices grow. Dorne is ruled from the castle of Sunspear by House Martell. Dornish wine is also highly prized throughout all of Westeros, and considered to be among the best imports available. The salty Dornishmen are held to have the most Rhoynish blood, being dark haired, olive skinned, and living close to the shore. Rhoynish culture bore some similarities to real-life ancient Greece. One of the most notable aspects of Rhoynish culture was its high degree of gender equality. The sigil is represented by a red sun pierced by a golden spear on an orange field. Snakes, women and Moroccan tiles are common motifs for Dorne.
Vaes Dothrak is the only city of the Dothraki people. It has broad, windswept streets paved in grass and mud. There are carved stone pavilions, manses of woven grass, wooden towers, stepped pyramids and log halls. It is ruled by the Dosh khaleen, crones and wise women who were once the wives of now dead khals. Dothraki warriors are commonly referred to as “horse-lords“.The Dothraki traditionally fight with curved swords known as arakhs, and also employ bolas, daggers, and whips, or huge, recurved bows with impressive range and striking power that can be fired from horseback. The sigil of the Dothraki is two, bronze horses leaping at each other.