Halloween is creeping up on us. One thing I’ve heard quite
a few people say is that they would love to decorate but don’t have time to do it.
I completely understand that decorating for seasonal changes,
then one holiday after another, and prepping for family gatherings,
can quickly turn chaotic -even for the most organized people.
I totally get it which is why I’m showing you how I decorated only
a couple of key areas to be high-impact without spending an obnoxious amount of precious time doing it.
Recently, I’ve received a few messages from my readers
asking if I would share more how-to information
and where I find inspiration at beside Pinterest. My sources might be surprising to you!
Also, you’ll have a quick 1 minute DIY video picture slideshow that’ll show you step-by-step how I assembled the romantic Halloween vignette.
Let’s Kick It Off With Halloween On The Mantel
This charming look is super simple to do.
The best part is it’s inexpensive and can be used year after year.
Crows, spiders, and preserved flowers
are one of my favorite things to decorate with because the possibilities for creating a new look each time are endless.
Just when I think I’ve lost interest in them,
I find a new way to tuck them in with everyday seasonal fall decor-
which makes decorating for Halloween a cinch!
All you need to do is grab some flowers and let them naturally dry and you’ll have reusable decor and no one can make a snarky remark about faux flowers.
Ha ha. Don’t worry, I’m not a hater of faux flowers. In fact, I like them.
So if you have a stash tucked away, bring those babies out and use them instead of dried flowers.
Where I Find Halloween Ideas & Inspiration
There are a few design styles and architectural periods that lend copious amounts of inspiration to me-
Gothic, Victorian, and Steampunk are a few of them.
I’m not sure why, but people don’t associate Gothic with French,
but Gothic architecture is indeed French.
The real name for the style is Opus Francigenum.
It originated in France in the 12 century and lasted until the 16th century.
In basic English, “the French Style” is what the fancy name, Opus Francigenum means.
Such a sultry enchanting name- I like it. A LOT!
Where Halloween Color Inspiration Comes From
I love neutrals and I love color.
Natural stone building materials in Gothic structures paired with
massive illuminated stained glass windows are the source of inspiration when it comes to combining neutral and colorful tones.
You can see how I interpret this here with the dried florals in jewel tones
around the skull and in the witches hat hanging from the corner of the hutch.
That hat is a costume project that I made a few years back.
Shows like Penny Dreadful –set in Victorian times
and classified as Gothic Fiction– are fantastic sources of decorating inspiration for me.
That’s where Victorian and Steampunk design influences my Halloween style.
Steampunk is a fascinating and relatively new design trend. Technically, it goes back as far as the 50’s-60’s
but it’s only been in the past decade or so that we are seeing the look popularized in the mainstream.
If you haven’t heard the term Steampunk, here’s the simplistic explanation:
Steampunk fuses design technology of the modern age
with the philosophy and style of the Victorian age.
In home decor, you will see metals of all types used; bronze, gold, copper,
gears, pipes, clock faces etc..
It’s all about mixing old and new.
Sounds kind of like French Country a little bit, huh?
Think of it like this:
Miss. Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children meets Harry Potter,
who meets old-school Sherlock Holmes and the new Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr playing the lead.
The set design is the style that people are loving right now!
The chunky pieces of industrial metal like the clock
nestled into a gear with the chain around
the brim of the hat lends a Steampunk vibe but still looks
I love the feathers and fluff on the top hat too!
That’s so high-fashion Victorian….. and I do love wearing a good hat!
Here’s the vignette you’ll learn how to assemble in the DIY video.
It’s a little nod to Day of the Dead style with the skull and flowers nestled into an ironstone pot.
PIN THIS FOR LATER
And there you have it….
Now you know where I find quite a bit of decorating inspiration
and what my go-to Halloween decorations are that I continually use year after year.
Sometimes I go all out for Halloween
but this year decorating is simple and fast because time is an issue for me too. Like I said in the beginning –I get it!
The video is quick and can easily be shared with others looking for quick Halloween decorating ideas.
I’ve included a few shopping links for you as well.
STOP HERE! THIS IS THE HALLOWEEN DIY VIDEO
Watch the 1 Minute DIY to create this look in 5 minutes or less.
Boom! See how easy it is to create an amazing vignette!?
Even if you don’t have an ironstone pot, use a basket, large mixing bowl, or wooden box.
Here is a list of the supplies that you will need to get the look on the mantel.
6 Black Birds (great bargain)
To create the look on the shelves and side table you will need:
Thank you to Amber at Follow the Yellow Brick Home for hosting this wonderful hop.
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