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Spook-tacular!
Erika Johnson
Spook-tacular!
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Growing up, I looked forward to the magical costumes my mother would create after spending hours at her sewing machine. On October 31st, I would transform into anything from Snow White to an enormous spider (a la Charlotte’s Web), thanks to my mom’s creativity and affinity for Halloween. While I’m less likely to don a costume in recent years, my excitement leading to this spooky holiday remains. Still, I tend to steer clear of the fog machines and goblin masks, and toward the festive, classic side of Halloween décor.

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Rather than dressing up, I adore dressing up our front porch and fireplace mantle. Aren’t these ghoulish gourds spooky? And so simple to create!

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I also love to bring outdoor elements in with simple leaf displays. Actually, the color of the changing foliage has inspired my autumnal palette this year! I’m particularly drawn to sultry scarlet and dazzling honey hues. Gathering tiny bud vases to display natural elements is a simple way to work in these shades.

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Are you hosting any dinner parties this month? We have kind of a big one on our calendar… our wedding! We are incorporating lots of gilded gourds into our décor. More to come on that soon! In the meantime, I love the use of a gold-dipped mini pumpkin to top off a Halloween place setting. So chic!

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Not everything has to be loud and colorful for Halloween. I love the understated elegance of a monochrome palette. The soft orange tone of the fallen leaves translates to a beautiful scene when paired with similar-hued pumpkins and mums.

What is your favorite trick for festive decorating without stepping overboard?

- Erika

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