I'll put it out there and say I have never been big on Halloween decorations.
Maybe because so much of it is just so...morbid.
Blood, bats and death aren't things I like to be reminded of.
I'd prefer to just decorate for Fall because Fall flair is warm and inviting and can be put out a bit earlier and stay up longer than Halloween bling.
So I had basically decided I was going to skip over the ghoulish stuff this year.
Then I went to Pier 1 and saw a few things that inspired and ultimately caused me to rethink my earlier buzz kill decision.
Lately I have been pulling together a Hollywood Regency meets mid-century vibe in our home.
Typical cutesy or garish Halloween accents were not going to fit into my vision - for the most part I would have to create my own.
I started with the piano.
I already had the sheet music so all I needed was a mask.
Enter Target. They had several styles of white masks that are meant to be decorated. I just needed it to be white. It was a full mask so I cut it and shaped it up a bit and voila -
a Phantom of the Opera vignette.
Now I need a silver candelabra.
A couple of years ago I introduced you to Carlotta.
She was this great mask that I had found at Pier 1.
I used her as Halloween door candy.
This year I decided to change it up a bit.
I thought about adding her to an antique oil portrait I have in the dining room but I didn't know how to attach her without damaging the painting.
So I did the next best thing.
I had an old frame that I wasn't using so I removed the cardboard backing and spray painted it silver. I reattached the backing to the frame and added a hook in the middle of the backing to hang Carlotta from.
If I didn't have plaster walls I would have just hung her inside an empty frame. Making nail holes in plaster though always seems to be a "whole thing" for me. The cardboard idea was easier.
I also took an old orange faux pumpkin and hit it with a coat of glossy black spray paint and set it up on a small cut glass vase so it would reflect in the top of the chest.
This year I did the same thing but after the Pier 1 pit stop I retreated from my "buy nothing new" mantra. They just had some amazing glitz. So I folded and bought this great vintage looking veiled hat that gives my statue that fabulous glam touch.
You never know. Maybe I will get invited to a party.
I will be a blingin' witch.
I added another glam nod in the foyer.
This is my edited take on Halloween.
Just a simple black mask on a stack of white books.
Sometimes that is all you need.
In the kitchen I decided to fore-go the usual garland of faux Fall leaves and opted instead for a garland of green and amber beads that I typically wind through a centerpiece on the dining room table.
Cheers to mixing things up.
So as long as I was at it, I decided to pull out the rest of my Halloween stuff.
After going through what I had I have decided to get rid of a lot of it.
One tub for Halloween. That is my goal.
Most of the older pieces have a more humorous and whimsical vibe but I knew I could use them in the more casual rooms of the house. I would just use them in new or different ways.
- A runner folded over and tucked under the base of the clock.
A pair of crows hanging around the bird cage.
I had to do two because of an old nursery rhyme that says,
"One is for sorrow. Two is for mirth"
I am highly superstitious.
I always like to bring out my toast to Oz pieces. This time I popped a bit of color under them with some pink and orange striped placemats.
This look is just an old witch's hat,
shoes that I found at a consignment shop
Instead of a photo, I inserted what I think of as the perfect Halloween quote.
The haunted house was relocated from its usual roost in the foyer to a window ledge here in the family room.
My no named witch made another appearance
and this side table took on a bit of Halloween spirit too.
Whatever, I need to call it done and move on.
I only have five weeks until The Traveling Door.
OMG. So not ready.
linking up my Halloween Nod here: