Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Happy Almost Halloween!

I love some of the spooky Halloween decor I've seen around the web lately, but with a toddler at home and my affinity for bright, cheerful colors, it should come as no surprise that my Halloween decor leans to the whimsical side of things. Only the living room made the cut for decorations, mostly because it's the only room that is complete enough in its own decor to warrant any holiday-specific decorating.

If you remember waaaay back, the above is what the room looked like after we painted the walls a pale blue (Behr's Valley Mist) and added a new sofa, a new rug, our old armchair, a thrifted coffee table and just a handful of other accessories. But in the 10 or so months that we've been living here, I've taken on quite a few projects in the space. I've added new curtains, made by moi in a happy yellow suzani fabric, as well as a crate bookcase, a coat rack ledge and some fun wall words. And like most ladies, I've spent my fair share of moolah at Home Goods, Target and the like and have added a host of other accessories into the mix. And then I perused Pinterest for some great Halloween ideas and managed to turn the space into this:

The crayola box, bright colors everywhere might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love them! Let's take a closer look:

Over the couch is a wall full of bats. I simply folded black cardstock in half, cut out a bat shape and used some painter's tape to hang a boatload of them on the wall. I love that they're opposite the bay window and trick-or-treaters will be able to see them as they come up to the house. And there's the Halloween-ready bookcase that I shared the other day, complete with a little sparkly black light-up pumpkin that was gifted to Charlotte recently (thanks Mom!).

Speaking of, my mom requested a closeup shot of that cute little owl that sits atop the bookcase. He was a Home Goods find and the glitter tree came from the Target dollar spot. I've got a few more owls in the space, including this little trio found on Etsy. I paired them with a sunny, yellow pitcher and a plate I found at Home Goods. Love the branch silhouette and that it's not overtly Halloween, but fits right in.

Also on the hutch is a jar of candy corn, a purple mercury glass owl I found at Marshall's recently, a jar full of lollipops (that always lives there), a bird tray from Ikea and a small glass bird that use to reside in Charlotte's nursery. Turning towards the door you'll see the trio of pumpkins (Momma, Daddy and baby according to Charlotte) that we snagged at the local produce stand and a black cat from Michaels.

Turning even further you can check out the decor on the coat rack ledge. I spruced up Charlotte's portrait by adding construction paper devil horns, mustache and tail. She calls herself a "funny monster". Throw in a few wobbly-eyed ancestors and a spider web made by Charlotte and Gramma and the room is complete. Here's a list of some of the pins I used for ideas around the space:

* Dress up family portraits
* Cheese cloth ghosts
* Google eye ancestors
* Free printable
* Poison/potion labels

And definitely check out my Halloween board for a slew of other fantastic ideas that I hope to put into place next year. Happy Almost Halloween!

P.S. Wanna see what other bloggers are doing based on ideas from Pinterest? Head on over to the Modern Marigold and her Pin-Did Challenge.


amanda said...

That is such a beautiful room, Katie! I love all the decorations + that sideboard is just to die for. Is it antique or did you buy it new somewhere??

Ashley @ Joyful Creations said...

I'm here from The Modern Marigold pin-did challenge. LOVE your decor.

Casey said...

awesome decorations! I love the devil picture!!

Jo said...

I love the pops of color. Very festive!

Toni said...

I completely love it! So much fun, and it's a good thing I don't know where you live or I would totally come steal your curtains! Love them!!

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [18 Oct 09:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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