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ARCANACOPIA: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fantasy Decorating

We started this website to introduce people to our idea of do-it-yourself Fantasy Decorating. ARCANACOPIA comes from “arcane” meaning “secret or mysterious, known or understood by only a few people” and cornucopia meaning “a great amount or source of something”. Thus ARCANACOPIA is a great source of mystical & magical ideas! We want to be your source of mystical and magical ideas for do-it-yourself fantasy decorating projects.

Fantasy decorating differs from usual decorating in that it is based on a your favorite genre or character. Whether you are interested in general categories such as Medieval or Steampunk or are into specific characters such as Harry Potter or Dr. Who, our projects can be adapted to your personal style.READ MORE

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The What, Where, Why, When and How of Fantasy Decorating

What is Fantasy Decorating?

It is the transformation of your personal space into a style that you relate to and enjoy, more than the common, ordinary styles that are the usual fare of everyday life. No matter what variety of fantasy fiction you favor, you are part of a large group of people who are interested in fictional worlds, full of mystery, magic and adventure! No matter what “flavor you savor”, this group of people is almost a separate personality type. Call us Nerds or Geeks, we are artistic, creative people, and our interests mean a lot to us. This website is dedicated to the idea of adding fantasy to your real world decorating and realism to your fantasy style.READ MORE

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The Difference Between Fake, Faux and Fantasy

At first glance, “fake,” “faux,” and “fantasy” might seem like different words for the same thing. However, they are really quite different.

To us, fake means something mass produced, maybe using artificial materials and which may or may not look real. Fake implies a certain cheapness of production. Examples would be fake wood furniture where the surface peels off after a while, or fake stone where the design is repetitious and you can see the seams. Or laminate butcher block counter tops the picture wears off as the surface wears away. We think even real plastic is preferable to fake anything and that is saying something. We usually avoid plastic like the plague.


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So… what about that number 2 Pewter Cauldron in Harry Potter?

So… what about that number 2 Pewter Cauldron that J. K. Rowling specifies that the students at Hogwarts buy for their classes?
Are you shopping for a cauldron? Cauldrons have been sold by numbered sizes for many years in a system that is both orderly and practical. From tiny enough for incense to large enough to feed a crowd, cauldrons come in every size imaginable and that size is determined by capacity, the width and height and weight.READ MORE

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Double Double Toil & Trouble

If there’s one Halloween chant most everyone knows its “Double, double, toil and trouble…” But do you know its origins? We are guessing that many of you recognize the name of the band “The Weird Sisters” from the movie “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” (We are linking to the Toil & Trouble video there, not the Weird Sisters, btw.) And some of you may recognize that J. K. Rowling was making a reference to the Weird Sisters in Shakespeare’s  “Macbeth.”READ MORE