Last week I shared my Halloween porch with you, and I promised I’d also be sharing my interior spaces that I decorated for this holiday. Today I’ve got my Halloween dining & living room to show you. Last year I decorated the same spaces, but I went a little crazier in the dining room. This year, I am all about simple touches and using decorations I already have. Even with the toned down decor, I had a blast putting it together. Halloween has always been a favorite holiday of mine… I love the dressing up, the fantasy, and the creepiness. I’ve always been drawn to dark movies and novels, and truly enjoy adding spooky elements to my home.
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Let’s start in the living room, shall we? This space always gets seasonal flare because it features the mantle, and I do love styling my mantle!
I brought out my Halloween pillows in time for the fall tour of this space I shared a few weeks ago. Other than the pillows, the mantle is actually the only section that got any additional Halloween love.
As you can see, I changed the saying on the letterboard to “Something wicked this way comes” and added a creepy little tree I purchased several years ago. And of course, something wicked this way does come…. I mean look at that ferocious beast!
On the mantle I removed the green plants that were growing in the amber bottles, and replaced them with more feathers. I think the white peacock feathers have a perfectly ghostly appearance that works well for Halloween.
Across the mantle, I added a bat book page banner I made 5 years ago. Every year I think perhaps it’s time to make a new banner of sorts, but I still love ow it pairs with the black of the fireplace.
If you want to make your own bat bunting , you can check out how I made mine here.
One other recent change I want to point out in this room is not Halloween related, but you may have noticed. For the longest time we’ve had a pleather hassock that has served us well, mostly Chris anyhow, as he puts his feet on it. However, if we were both in the living room, there was nowhere for me to rest my feet. I truly would love to get a sectional that fits this space, but that is not in the budget right now. A couple weeks ago, I stumbled upon a pair of matching poufs in natural and blue at a yard sale for $20. Now we each have a place to put our feet up!
Before we head into the dining room, I just have to share one more photo from the living room… apparently Snowball is ready for her centerfold shots now that she has a new ‘do. (She was just groomed last week!)
On the table, I used a fabric panel I bought last year and used at Christmas. (You can see it styled at Christmas here.) I’ve added silver glitter skull candle holders I purchased years ago on clearance at Marshall’s, “Beware” blocks from the same clearance sale, creepy black netting from the dollar store, a couple of vintage silver candlesticks, and a vase with brown dried hydrangea.
The real piece de resistance on the table however, is the gorgeous spiderweb cake Emmy made. I decided to use it in my shoot… I don’t normally stage foods, but I’m so proud of her and welcomed the chance to show off her culinary skills.
By the time I was taking photos, a good section had already been eaten, so I rolled with it and added a knife and a slate board that reads “Cut Me.”
I wish I knew where she got the inspiration for the spiderweb, but she found the recipe for the cake and frosting as well as the decorating ideas on her own. When she baked the cake, I was only there to be the person to pull it out of the oven and help if she had any questions. I can tell you that it tastes as wonderful as it looks. 😉
On the wall with the white cabinet, I restyled my shelves for Halloween, and also added a Frankenstein poster I had left from my days of ownership at Sweet Clover. I used electrical tape (because it’s black) to just stick it right over the horse print. I hung it crookedly because it just looks a little spookier that way.
To the right of Frankenstein I had some fun with the shelves. My favorite element is the skeleton I thrifted a few years ago sitting in a vintage mini peacock chair.
I also added my black rats to the shelves. I believe I got them from the dollar store years ago, and I think they are one of the creepiest pieces of decor I own. Rats. Eeeew. The goblets came from Target a few years ago, and we don’t really use them much, but they have a great gothic feel perfect for Halloween.
I really love to use black and white when it comes to Halloween as you can see. It’s a timeless combination that works well with most existing decor.
On the other side of the room, I have a new to me green cabinet that allows me another opportunity to style some shelves.
I kept things mostly as they were from my fall tour featuring this cabinet, and just added some simple Halloween touches.
On the very top I added a vintage owl ice bucket my friend Kelly Elko gave me a few years ago. On the green candlestick I added some marbleized pumpkins I bought last year in Target’s dollar spot. They don’t have them anymore, but this one from etsy is similar. I also added a couple black owls to this space. Years ago I had a thing for owls and would always buy vintage figurines and paint them white. One Halloween I decided to paint them all black and now I just use them for the holiday.