Monday, October 20, 2014

~ Halloween Mantel 2014 -The Decorated House - Elegant Black and White Decorating

Halloween Decorating Elegant Black and White - The Decoratd House

Instead of all the spooky stuff, you can choose to enchant with a more elegant style when decorating for this fun packed holiday! It's almost Halloween time again, and that means it is a perfect time for adding some elegant black back into the decorating mix. Black and white has always been such a classic combination. I like to add Vintage Silver and Mercury glass, Old Books and along with tiny bit of spookiness. The only really spooky thing is those spiders! Not one of my favorite guys outside, but they add a fun glitter and texture running up the fake spider webs.

Just by adding a few Halloween feeling features like the spider webs, spiders and crows, you can transform you space into a fun holiday treat for your family and those who come to visit. 

The pumpkin topiary is made with 2 faux pumpkins, one painted white and one black, with a darling plush velvet one sitting on top. The stem on the velvet pumpkin is made from air dried paper clay.

The Decorated House 2014 Halloween Mantel in Black and White

It's been a busy outdoor projects time for us right now, and getting out all the Halloween stuff seemed to one more chore at first. With no young children at home anymore, why bother. But whenever I think of just letting it go, I remember that each year there is always at least one little Trick or Treating Goblin who smiles more and giggles more than all the others when she sees the Halloween mantel and other decorating each year when I open the door. That is often the reason to start decorating. By the time I'm done, the fun Halloween spirit is welcomed.

The Decorated House - Halloween Mantel Black and White

The little ruffle under the Mercury Glass gourd was made by taking a wired ribbon and pulling one of the wires to make a circle. Then bend the wires together and you have a cute little bib of sorts for some place you would like to add color or texture or just a touch of whimsy. Beau Bunny is waiting for the Snickers to arrive while sitting on top of a chalk painted white pumpkin and the vintage milk glass vase gives lift in height to the Mercury Glass gourd.

The Decorated House - Black and White Halloween Mantel

Cheers! to the wonder and  magic of celebrating Halloween with a child's heart. 
~ See Y'All Soon!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

~ Halloween Decor in Black and White - Entry Table

The Decorated House - Halloween Black White Entry Table

Halloween may be the time of joy for children, but it is also a wonderful time to bring a little different twist to your own decor. This is one of the times of year when black and white is so perfect for changing the look of your home and celebrating this fun holiday as well, although it may not be the wise choice to get your own favorite candy to give out. 

Halloween Decor Black and White with Mercury Glass The Decorated House

The Halloween season begins to come to life around here when entry table is dressed with  white pumpkins and Mercury glass pumpkins and joined by whimsical crows and some Halloween art.  Add a few vintage finds like the books and silver and you have a lovely display to welcome your day as well as your guests.  Of course we also need to make sure the Snickers are ready for the little goblins.

The  Decorated House - Velvet Pumpkin and Mercury Glass Halloween Decor

The next post will be of my Halloween mantel for this year. I hope you will stop to see it.

See Y'All Soon~

Monday, October 6, 2014

~ Halloween Decor Elegant in Black and White - The Decorated House

The Decorated House Halloween Decor Black and White

As the weather cools a bit, it is the perfect time for a little Halloween Decorating.
The entry table is dressed in Black and White with Silver and
Mercury Glass. Antique Books are so pretty as they mirror the colors 
of the fall leaves just beginning to turn their Fall colors.  

Keeping things on the lighter side, you see faux Pumpkins painted 
Old White and Pure White with Chalk Paints 
and a lovely Velvet Pumpkin. 

The glittered spiders run havoc over webs and pumpkins, enjoying
the only time of year the are indeed free to roam inside. 

Welcoming all from the entry table this year is Abigail Bunny. 

You can see Abigail and other Halloween Art Prints are in the shop.

The Decorated House Halloween Elegant Black and White

See Y'All Soon~

Monday, September 22, 2014

~ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Pumpkins - Black & White with Silver Halloween Decorating!

The Decorated House - Elegant Halloween Decorating with Black White and Silver

Halloween Decorating at The Decorated House
Halloween 2012:
Come take a look at how I used some decorative goodies to decorate
our entry table for Halloween with elements
 that you probably already have!

Friday, September 19, 2014

~ Velvet Pumpkins for Fall Decorating

The Decorated House - Fall Decorating - How to Make Beautiful Plush Velvet Pumpkins

It's beginning to feel like Fall in many parts of the country, and it sure seems to bring out
that desire to fluff the nest and make a few pretty things to decorate our homes with.
One of those absolutely lovely things is plush velvet pumpkins. Of course
 you can purchase some pretty ones if you are short on time,
but you can also make one, or a few, with some simple instructions. 
Click this link for full directions on how to make beautiful plush pumpkins
 to add to your home this year.

See Y'all Soon~
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

~ Magnolia Leaves & Burlap Flowers - Fall Decor ~ Natural Elements

The Decorated House ~ Fall Decorating Burlap Flowers and Nature
 Magnolia Leaf Wreath 
and Burlap Ribbon Rosette w/Lace

Magnolias leaves, one of Mother Nature's best inventions are such a perfect natural element in Fall decorating with their beautiful shiny green leaves accented with rich velvet copper on the underside. This is my inspiration for Fall decor this year.  No wonder people have been decorating with them for so many years. And now it's Fall...well kind of. It's still quite warm, but you can fell the change in the gentle breeze during a morning walk. From now through the holidays the magnolias have wonderful seed pods in addition to the pretty leaves, and that makes them so perfect for decorating.

The Decorated House ~ Fall Decorating - Burlap Flowers and Nature

So while we were out walking the last few mornings  we also collected some natural elements to add to our home for Fall. I can remember when we were first starting out Sweet Hubby used to go out on bike rides and bring me back bags of weeds, flowers and pods to use for arrangements. This year I decided it would actually be fun to do much the same thing, and to  mix it up with a few things that I already have or a few things to buy, like this darling burlap ribbon with white dots!

This is another take on the fabric flower rosette that you all like so much.  You can find the directions of how to make it HERE. This time I used a burlap ribbon. So there is no need for you to cut fabric into strips, the ribbon is ready to go. It's the same technique, roll the middle bud, then fold the ribbon away from you and roll it around the bud, fold backwards and roll...and just keep going until it is the size you want. Add a drop of hot glue or stitch it to keep the rose in shape. 

I'm loving the copper and lime green this year. Perfect Fall colors for me. And then Halloween just around the corner. The last days of each year go so quickly don't they?!

See Y'All Soon~

Sunday, September 7, 2014

~ Magnolia Leaf Candle - Fall Decorating ~ 1 Little Project at a Time

The Decorated House : Fall Decorating - Magnolia Leaf and Burlap Wrapped Candle with Fabric Rose
 Magnolia Leaf  and Burlap Ribbon Wrapped Fall Candle
with Flower Rosette and Rhinestone Button

Even with the temperatures are still in the 90's around here, the pull of Fall decorating is gently tugging at me. I've been playing too much of the "if only" and "as soon as I get ______ done" games ..... if only all these work projects around the house were done, then I could get out the Fall goodies and decide what to do this year. So instead of playing that silly game, it's time to just do one little project at a time. Too much work and no decorating makes some girls grumpier than than they need to be. So let's play and make something very pretty and very, very simple. 

This is very similar to the candle HERE that I made before for Christmas time. For this one, we will use the beautiful copper side of the leaves turned out. The pretty shiny green side peeks out at you as you look at the candle from different directions.

All you need to do is put a rubber band around the candle and tuck the leaves inside it spaced the way you like. Then tie a ribbon or two to cover the rubber band. Add a pretty embellishment lie the flower and you are all done!

It is that rich and beautiful copper color that is really singing my tune right now. This color is so very pretty and just speaks fluent Fall. Now to figure more ways to work it into the Fall decor.

The ribbon here is a burlap with white dots. This will be used in other pretties for Fall and/or Halloween this year. This ribbon can easily be found at the craft store.
(** Please remember burlap usually has  formaldehyde on it. So keep it out of the reach of children and pets!! I wear plastic gloves in case I go into the kitchen after making something with it.)


The front is embellished with one of the lovely fabric flower rosettes that I posted about HERE with instructions and pictures to make your own. There are so many pretty projects that you can use these for. It is finished with a wonderful vintage rhinestone button, but you could use something new that looks old as well.

You could make a couple of these in a short time. I made some flower rosettes out of the same  white dotted burlap ribbon and they turned out really fun, so I'll be using them along with this candle. If I get just one little project done at a time, maybe I'll have some fall decorating soon!

See Y'All Soon~