Halloween is my all time favorite holiday. I can’t wait to throw my first big party in honor of my favorite day in my beautiful new apartment. Halloween is on a Thursday this year, so I was in conflict over if I should throw a party on the Saturday before or after. Most of the big parties in town were being thrown the Saturday before, so I decided to throw ours on Saturday Nov. 2. I decided to go with a Day of the Dead theme parry, as the holiday is traditionally celebrated in Mexico on Nov 1 and 2. Perfect.
I began my search for the best Day of the Dead decorations a long time ago. If you follow me on The Gram, you might have seen some sneak peaks.
Al has been working in Afghanistan and was finally scheduled to be home for good in the beginning of October. As I mentioned yesterday, he did come home, but we were crushed to learn he had to go back. Like, beyond crushed.
So, I decided to cancel the party <insert frowny face>. After a few days of feeling sorry for myself, I got it together and decided to still decorate my place for “regular” Halloween. It IS my favorite holiday after all….
So, I present to you, my first holiday decor in the new apartment….starting with my spooky mantel. I wanted to incorporate the Pre-war moldings and mantel into the design and came up with some sort of a haunted mansion vibe??? I’m not exactly sure what it is, but I like it, and hope you do too….
My fireplace is flanked with a pair of black, Georgian wingbacks; sometimes my mysterious friends like to relax on them.
My pet leopard Dottie wanted to join the Halloween fun. She looks a little Design DareDEVILish, no?
I injected my black foyer with a little mystery. I really, really wish those pumpkins were white, but damn, white pumpkins are expensive! Next year…
Now a peek into my modest little kitchen that I love. No judging please, it’s a rental. The wall color will eventually be changed; but the cabinets, countertops, appliances, and tile are not going anywhere. At least they are clean and white; a cheerful background for my orange and black decorations to pop! These decorations are not vintage, spooky, or chic; just traditional Halloween decorations, some that I’ve had since college, that all wound up in my kitchen. They bring back happy memories and I’ll probably haul them out till I’m 100.
I hope these images give you some chic, creepy decor inspiration. Most of my decorations are from thrift stores, antique malls, HomeGoods, or Target. If you want the source on a specific item, just leave a comment and I’m happy to reveal.
There is still time to get your vintage, spooky, chic on!
Images by Jessie D. Miller for The Design Daredevil.