Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Mantle of One's Own

The thing I have longed for for so long is finally mine. . .a fireplace mantle to decorate! Goofy, I know, but at our last place the TV hung above the fireplace (not our idea) so there was not much that could fit in underneath the tube.

Shortly after unpacking the neccessities, the Halloween decor box came out of the storage area and the fireplace/sitting area was fall-ified.
I can't say I overdid it in the creativity department this year - check out last year's projects including a silhouette mirror, a spooky specimen table and some punch out halloween images. Instead, I went for simplicity this time around and threw it all together in one tableau.

The black candlesticks which already give off a Halloween-y vibe on their own were topped with autumnal candles. Love that little raven I found at a shop last year.
A glass hurricane was also filled with some straw and  pumpkins left over from last year's pumpkin patch scene (I may have overbought on a whim. . .). My little fabric ghost tops off the look.
And notice the little postcard leaning against the hurricane? How much do I love vintage holiday decor? A quick snapshot of my Pinterest holiday board:
Every year my sister's family and I hit up the Long Grove Apple Fest for cider donuts and apple pie. I also make sure to pick up a new decor item from the shops. This year I went outside the box of the usual papier maiche ghosts and goblins and found this adorable kitty on a spider. I thought he had the perfect vintage feel to add to the collection.
Of course, I can't forget about my Holiday Blocks I spent a couple weekends this summer making. Time for "Happy Halloween" to make an appearance. I have to dig out my stamp collection and replace the "Happy Fall Y'all" maple leaf with a pumpkin or haunted house stamp that will fit in the space.
So there we have it - while the background of hot pinks and greens may not scream Halloween, I am happy to be ringing in the season with my decor out on display!

For past posts on all things Halloween including costumes, pumpkin carving, decor and more - click here!

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