A Hint of Halloween

I must admit to you that I’ve never decorated for Halloween before.  Gasp!  I know!  Can you believe it?  Does admitting this revoke my decorating bloggers’ license?  I used to only decorate for Halloween with a mild display by the front door containing the usual pumpkins, mums, bales of hay, cornstalks and a sign or two.  And that was it.  On the interior of my home, I always decorated for the Fall “season” and I’d typically leave it all out through Thanksgiving, and that was good enough for me.

But this year, I’m totally getting in to Halloween decorating.  It’s hard not to get into it with all of the amazing inspiration I see now from all of you fabulous bloggers!!  I couldn’t go too crazy being that we’re on a tight budget and we do have little ones at home, which means we can’t go too scary.  Heck, I don’t even like the scary, gory decorations myself.  So I opted for little, budget-friendly hints of Halloween here and there around our home . . .

Our mantel:

I wanted to put the fake white spider webbing all along the bottom in front of the fireplace itself, but opted to just decorate the top this time around.  I didn’t want to fight the little ones to keep their hands off of it every 5 minutes.  Can you just imagine?
I just loved this lady.  What is she looking at and what is she thinking of?  She was inside the lid of a rickety old wooden box I picked up at a garage sale.  And here is the rest of the inside of that same box:

I simply pulled the wooden box apart and used the top and the bottom on either side of the mantel for height, and I added a mini broom inside because I just adore witches at Halloween time.

I found this precious little orange china plate last weekend at an antique store on my drive home from vacation for a mere $2.  I’m quickly becoming a collector of random, antique plates.  Maybe it’s time to get a china cabinet to display them properly?

And this black and white china beauty was another purchase I made at the antique mall I told you about in my Accidental Vignette post.  The tag said it was from a Paris estate.  Now I’m not sure about that, but I can tell you that it’s beautiful and the crazing is perfect.

I also scored this awesome wood sign at the same antique mall.  I think the typography on it is just perfect.

Our Accidental Vignette was broken down and this is now in its place:

Even our milk tote that sits on our kitchen counter got a Halloween makeover:

And our glass shelf above our kitchen sink:

 And even the entry way:

I just had to have that sign!
This spooky black lantern used to look like this:
Not that there was anything wrong with it.  I really loved its shape, but wasn’t digging its blah color.  So I grabbed a little bottle of black craft paint and a sponge brush and turned it into something a little more festive.  Besides, I love the sophistication that black brings to any home decor.  
Here is the Halloween display that greets you when you walk up to our home:

I know what you’re thinking and you are correct.  Those are leaves I didn’t sweep away before I took the photo.  Leaves are a part of the Fall season and I think they add to the look.  Yeah that’s it.  How does that sound?  Are you buying it?
What do you do for Halloween?  Do you have any special traditions you’d like to share?  I’d love to hear from you!!
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  1. I am the way you used to be…I never decorate for Halloween, just fall! You did a nice job though…it’s not overly spooky, just perfect. I like the lantern black and your front porch look fabulous, leaves and all. I have half eaten pumpkins on mine {from the squirrels}!!

    Have a great weekend, Laura!


  2. Your decor for a subtle Halloween is so pretty – love it, great post!

  3. I really love your style. I have a similar philosophy where I emphasize fall over gharish. You’ve struck just the right balance. Well done.

  4. LOVE your Halloween decor – perfectly done! I can’t get over how gorgeous your mantel is :)


  5. Well done and so pretty. Your home looks wonderful.

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