As I said previously in my Holiday Preparedness post, I love this time of year and one of the main reasons is because of all the holiday decorating I get to do. I get excited by walking through Michael’s and Home Goods seeing all the festive holiday décor…I’m kind of an addict. I get such pleasure out coming up with what I’m going to do each year, even if its only a small variation on last year’s, or if its a full on redo.
This year I was inspired by the macabre of classic and elegant scares and by some very select items I found at the 99 Cent Store and DollarTree. For me, I try to work with what I have and a few new things. I find that this not only controls my addiction to all things holiday décor in nature so I don’t go too overboard but also works to keep the hording at bay. I’m really how does one person decide between the cute and vibrant cute animatronic Dracula doll and the sophisticated macabre life like skulls. Really?
Typically, I focus on blending rooms so each room has a feel to them – sophisticated or child-like, scary or grotesque, and so on. Ideally, I will have two (or perhaps three) complete themes for the entire downstairs that I can alternate styles. For now, I’m halfway there for both sophisticated and child-like, so the dining room, family room and guest bath stay more sophisticated and the living room, entry and stairs are more colorful and child like. Take a peek.
The Dining Room
I try to find an place where there is a bit of open space to make a vignette. In this case, my dining room table is viewable from all sides so whatever I do needs to be a “in the round” type creation. Most of the items I already had and just reused in a new way such as the hologram photo, my custom witches hat, the witch, the caldron, hand and so on. Other items like the candle holders, small mice, ravens, cheese cloth and large skull were all purchased new. The overall goal for me was to use classic elements of fright like skulls, snakes, witches, spiders and Edgar Allen Poe’s raven to create an elegant fright. And by using old and new items, the hole display cost me less than $15! Compare that to one item at Home Goods or Michael’s and you can save a BUNDLE! I hope you enjoy it and would love to know what you all think! Come back tomorrow and enjoy the rest of the décor in tomorrow’s post!