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Mmmacabre: Skulls in the Kitchen

Over on Pinterest I've been curating some dark and gothic home decor. To me, this means mostly black, sometimes Victorian, and lots of skulls. My strategy for incorporating these elements in my own home is to limit it to accessories, linens, and art. This sets the tone without being overbearing or feeling too much like Halloween decorations. I found lots of great products for your kitchen, but many of these examples can be used in other rooms, too. If you want to brighten up your kitchen with some darkness, follow me…

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Gifts for only the most black-hearted bad asses

Welcome to the forth edition of the Offbeat Home gift guides. This gift roundup was pretty fun to put together, because while I may be a total nerd, I definitely have a dark soul. So welcome to my roundup of gifts to get your black-hearted, bad-ass, totally-fucked-up-in-a-good way loved ones.

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Kat Von D shows off the handmade Etsy finds in her goth/steampunk home

I'm a huge fan of Kat Von D, but love her or hate her, I think we can all agree her house is awesome. She posted this short tour of the weird and wonderful pieces in her home — all handmade by Etsy shop owners and her artist friends — and the objects are rad as hell. William Morris said: "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful," and Kat seems to agree.

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Haunted horror-themed house in Seattle

This week's home tour is a my special Halloween gift to y'all — a haunted house in a de-commissioned B&B in Seattle. It's all decked out the way you'd hope a haunted house would be — antique child's coffin coffee table, antique Halloween goods, metaphysical library, "haunted" ventriloquist dolls, and even snakes abound in this house.

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How to make gothtastic gingerbread bats with SERIOUS bite

It's cooling down, and you know what that means? It's time for Our Lady Of The Manners' gingerbread bats! Some of you may remember the Offbeat Empire's favorite goth etiquette columnist, Jillian Venters, aka Our Lady Of The Manners. Some of you may remember her as the author of Gothic Charm School: An Essential Guide for Goths and Those Who Love Them, or as the ultimate giver of gothic wedding advice on Offbeat Bride. What you may not know, however, is that Our Lady Of The Manners also has a mean gingerbread bat recipe that has some SERIOUS bite…