October 15, 2010

Welcome to my Desert DOOMicile...

I have a confession to make: in the two years I've lived at my desert domicile, I've never decorated for Halloween. It's not that I don't like Halloween, it's just that without a basement or an attic, I literally have no room to store any unnecessary decorations (like holiday ones).

I told myself I wasn't going to go crazy with decorations but after an all-day shopping spree last Friday, I found myself with more glittery skulls than I knew what to do with! Oh well, my boyfriend's birthday is on Halloween so I'm using that as my excuse for not sticking to my original plan!

Anyway, here's the console table all Halloweenified (I know it's not a word but let's just go with it, ok?):

I kept my zebra console table and The Saturday Evening Post canvas because they both fit in with the black, red, white, orange and silver theme I was trying to go for. I added spiderwebs to the white IKEA stick tree I've had forever (a second tree was also used on the fireplace mantel) and raided my mom's bookshelves for some spooky titled books to place the candy bowl on.

I topped the bowl with a $5 crow I got at Michael's, placed a concrete bust I got at the Dollar Tree under a glass canister to mimic the look of a specimen and stuck a "bloody" candle that I made myself (using an old Martha Stewart trick) into a tapered holder that I had previously beautified with some glossy black spray paint and with that, the console table was complete :)

Next up, the fireplace mantel:


To decorate the mantel, I added another spider-webbed IKEA stick tree, hung a Pier 1 mummy ornament from it, added some more spooky books and topped them with a faux pumpkin. I also added another bloody candle and glossy black candle holder along with two tealight holders from IKEA which, to me, mimic the look of a carved pumpkin!

For the actual fireplace, I kept things simple by adding three ghost tea light holders and then gave Bernard (the white monkey) some spiderweb love as well!

And last but not least is the dining room:

For the dining room table, I added a glittery candelabra I picked up at Pier 1 for the centerpiece and surrounded it with some felt placemats that have spiders cut out around the edges, simple white dinnerware topped with an orange cloth napkin and a RIP tombstone I spray painted with some more glossy black spray paint.

For the sideboard, I kept my orange table lamps but added some spiderwebs to the lampshades. Then I placed a black cake stand in the middle, topped it with a big black glitter skull and added some black glitter skull hand tea light holders to the sides. The hanging white circle in front of the window is actually mirror that I covered with a creepy looking placemat I found at Target.

I wanted to keep things simple for my built-in bookshelves since there was already a lot going on with my table and sideboard. I cleared them off and hung some old skeleton keys, added another faux pumpkin, a few white plates I glued spiders onto, another spooky book which I topped with a bowl of mini silver skulls and another big black glitter skull and then I added some simple white IKEA vases and glossy black skull heads to complete the look.

So how did I do on my first attempt at making my desert domicile Halloween friendly? What have you done to get your house prepped for Halloween?

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  1. Amazing job! We decorate our front porch with giant purple glam spiders and we have a growing selection of Halloween books. My mom has an armoire solely dedicated to Halloween costumes she's made for my sister and I, and now, her grandchildren. It's an amazing place to play.

  2. Spooky! Really good for a first timer! Have a lovely day, Kellie xx

  3. Angie, that sounds awesome! You should make one of your 365 photos your Halloween decorations, glam spiders and all ;)

    Thanks Kellie!

  4. I love all your decorations! The dining room is great. I saw those placemats at Target, but didn't know what to do with them. Love the window idea.

  5. LOVE this decor!!! I'm your newest follower and I'm hoping you'll swing by SewWoodsy.blogspot.com for my first ever link party today! This would be a fantastic project to link up!

  6. Thanks Katie! I'm stopping by your blog now :)

  7. Thanks for linking up @ SewWoodsy.blogspot.com!


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