Hey, there! Since Halloween is Thursday, this week is going to be all about celebrating this fun and spooky holiday. I haven’t yet published anything Halloween-ish on this blog, so I’m really excited about doing so this year. Today, we’re focusing on frightful Halloween tablescapes. ;-) I, like so many of you, love designing a table theme around any holiday (really, I’m not picky!). I love poking around Pinterest for ideas and then putting my own spin on them. Let’s look at some fun ones, shall we?
Are you tablescaping in a fun and festive way for Halloween?
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Room Translation, so I thought that it might be a fun change of pace for today. I love beachy spaces. I especially love them when the designer leaves the kitsch out of the decorating and simply adorns the room with natural elements, cozy (slip-covered!) furniture, and a few water references throughout. Nope, no anchors or sails for me — I want subtle suggestions of the beach and the occasional shell or two. That, to me, is what dreamy beachy spaces are made of.
I love this interior. The chaise lounge is begging to be sat in, don’t you think? I love the warmth from the brick fireplace that is paired beautifully with that rustic taupe console table. Casual water colors are dropped in here and there in the perfect way that makes this space say, “I am a house made for days by the water and nights by the fire.” I also love the beadboard accent wall, which adds a bit more texture to the space. However, this room is surely not lacking in the texture department. Look around and notice all of the elements of this room that you can feel without even having to touch them! Anyway, here’s my translation:
Hey, there! I hope you all had a great weekend. Since the days are ticking away to Halloween, I thought I would share some of my simple decorations with you today! I was so excited when I pulled out my Fall decor last month because I had just enough to sort of ease my way into the season — here in Arizona temperatures don’t really start to drop until right about now. I’m looking forward to doing some more decorating when my Halloween things come down, but for now, this is what I’ve got!
Our dining area got a fun splash of Halloween with our Halloween Town up on the top of the bookshelf. This always sort of acts as our mantle, and I love having it in lieu of a fireplace mantle for now. I zhushed up some black spooky netting, and my husband and I nestled the Halloween Town on top. It lights up at night, which is really fun, but is also really difficult to take good pictures of. ;-)
This is just an easy little centerpiece I threw together for the top of our dining table. The bowl is vintage Waterford, and the leaves are just a couple of garlands from the Dollar Store strategically wrapped around a candle from Hob Lob.
I bought that pumpkin candle from Target a couple of weeks ago and have already burned through it. It’s pretty orange mercury glass, and I am probably going to buy another one because I miss it already. The rope candlesticks are from Anthropologie and usually look really nautical but I think with the orange pumpkin, they add a pretty natural element. And of course I had to bring out my super-cozy faux fur throw from Restoration Hardware that my mother- and father-in-law bought for us last Christmas. We love snuggling underneath it — it’s so warm!
And then there’s my fun DIY mummy wreath hanging on our door. :-) Greyson loves Halloween so I really made an effort to decorate for him this year. This wreath was pretty simple, I just used a tutorial from Bower Power Blog (http://www.bowerpowerblog.com/) and hung it on a Command Hanger, then Velcro’d the arm of the wreath to the door. The worms are glow-in-the-dark and you can find packs of them at the Dollar Store!
Have you done any Halloween decorating yet? I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to Halloween — it has been so much fun finding projects and recipes to try out. What would we do without Pinterest? ;-)
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Let’s talk about the Rule of Threes. This is a “rule of thumb” that I have learned while in school and I have found it very beneficial while in the process of designing spaces for (at this point) hypothetical clients. You can use this rule for your own home, while critiquing what you like and dislike about interiors you find on Pinterest, or if you are designing a space for someone else to enjoy. The Rule of Threes means…
…Repeating a dominant color or pattern on a vertical plane, a seating plane, and a floor plane…
It really is that simple. Let’s take a look at some pretty examples.
This is a great representation of what I’m talking about. Do you see how the magenta color of the draperies is repeated in the sofa and then thrown into the lines between the purple geometric pattern on the area rug? This application allows your eyes to move around the space and is generally more pleasing to look at than a space where colors and patterns are randomly dispersed.
Can you find the Rule of Threes in this photograph? I bet you can! Isn’t this just really pleasant to look at? I wouldn’t say that it’s “expected,” — it’s still a really interesting and unique space. But it just makes us feel better to be grounded in an interior. The Rule of Threes helps us to accomplish that overall goal.
This example has more to do with repeating colors within different patterns. Look at the window treatment to the left, then the two striped pillows on the bed, and then the sweater for the floor. See the similarities? It doesn’t have to be boring!
With this example, I’m going to refer to rhythm. Rhythm in the wallpaper, the houndstooth pillows, and the plaid ottoman. Consistent rhythm that makes for a punctuated space on all three planes of vision.
All photos from Lonny.
So…here’s the deal. I’ve finally decided on a color scheme for our living room. Gray, neutral textures, gold/silver accents, and coral. I like the idea of keeping with a soft color palette so that I can switch out my accent colors ever couple of years or whenever I want! I’m really looking forward to painting a good amount of our furniture so that it looks great in this soon-to-be-neutral space. But this idea started with a vase.
For now, she sits on my lucite tray next to my gilded egg dome. ;-) But things are always moving all over the place around here. I’ll be sure to keep you posted!
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