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Furnishing a Gothic Cottage

Architectural elements and furnishings for your Gothic Revival house or English cottage: wallpaper, hardware, porch lamp and garden furniture, a console table, and gable ornament.
By Mary Ellen Polson

    Gothic Find

    Discovered on the walls of a modest 1865 Gothic Revival villa in Victoria, British Columbia, Gothic Leaves is printed on vintage surface print machines. The paper retails for about $238 per double roll (33′). Sales help benefit Canadian heritage conservation projects.

    From Historic Style

    Cusp and Arch

    The Stratford series’ Gothic arch shape and many cusp variations bear a striking resemblance to a medieval cathedral door. These artisan-quality pieces are sold as a passage set (two knobs and two plates) and are made to order.

    From Crown City Hardware

    Abbey on the Porch

    The graceful quatrefoil shapes of the Abbey Collection are crafted of decay-resistant cypress. In summery colors, the set is composed of a 72″ x 40″ table and six chairs (two arm, four side). Chairs are also sold separately. The set is $3,495.

    From Charleston Gardens

    An Alice Fantasy

    The characters in Voysey’s Alice in Wonderland wallpaper are based on John Tenniel’s illustrations for the 1865 Lewis Carroll classic, drawn at the height of the Gothic Revival. The paper measures 21″ with a single vertical repeat. A single 30′ roll is $210.

    From Trustworth Studios

    Peaked Lantern

    The lantern shape and wavy “waterfall” glass mark the Stonehaven’s medieval origins. The 10″-wide stem-mount exterior fixture comes with a windowpane (shown) or crosscut overlay. In the aged verdigris finish, prices begin at $920.

    From Brass Light Gallery


    Obelisks like this pointed Gothic design make ideal focal points for a cottage garden. In architectural cast stone, the piece weighs a hefty 578 pounds. It measures 71″ high x 18″ wide. Price is $1,523.

    From Haddonstone

    Castle or Cottage?

    Blacksmiths Steve and David Kayne will forge any hardware design to your specifications. The 4″ ring and plate of the Gothic Cross door knocker show the subtle variations of hand-wrought work. The piece retails for $250.

    From Kayne & Son Custom Hardware

    Gothic Altar

    Featuring tapering, cusped arches and a row of quatrefoils on the stretcher, the Gothic Arched Console in pine has a dark brown finish. It measures 57″ wide x 15″ deep x 35 ½” high. The piece costs $999 (plus a $100 surcharge).

    From Wisteria, (800) 320-9757,

    Bargeboard Beauty

    No Gothic cottage is complete without a bit of carpenter’s lace in the gable. Long, sloping curls; cusps; and fleurs de lis are classic bargeboard motifs. This 78″ frame has them all and then some. It’s $525.

    From Empire Woodworks, (800) 360-2119,

    Published in: Old-House Interiors July/August 2010

    { 1 comment }

    Thomas Berg May 15, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Is it possible to buy the Gothic Altar from Wisteria that you have displayed on your website?

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