Sunday, October 11, 2009

Halloween Decor and More

If you are here from Between Naps on the Porch, welcome. Please scroll down to the table scape in this post. If you aren't here from Between Naps on the Porch, go there and check out some great inspiration. Happy Haunting...

The front porch all decked out. (Click on pictures to enlarge.)

The family room mantel. I love the garland that Candice and I designed a couple of years ago. You might have seen a similar one available as a kit at Target. Candice had it posted on her blog and I think "Making Memories" submitted it to Target for production. (I have very talented daughters.)
We had lots of company today that had fun making a dent in this candy supply. This was the before level.
A close up of all the beaded garlands.

My Jeni Gochner gourds. She is a talented girl that lives in Salt Lake.
My $2 bird house I bought at a garage sale this summer. I scored! The sweet little birds are from Pottery Barn.
This was another project that Candice and I designed together. It was in the Creating Keepsakes magazine two years ago. It is our 13 day count down to Halloween. (The frame was our inspiration purchased from IKEA.)
We used some heirloom pieces. The #1 tag is made from a shoe buckle that belong to my grandmother. The gypsy box we designed around a picture I had of my grandmother. It was a dance recital picture. It makes me smile when I look at it.
I tried to photograph my dining room table. We are having dinner guests this week. (Don't worry, I'll rewash the dishes before they come.) I designed using things I already had around. I just tried to use them in a new creative way.
I used glass vases as pedestals adding orange tinsel and then turning them upside down. Adding different levels creates so much more interest. I used a mixture of candle sticks, silver beaded garlands, orange ornaments. I did buy the orange votive candles. They are the battery operated kind.



I bought these dishes a few months ago from Tai Pan Trading. I love that store. Very inexpensive. I wish I would have bought a few more. I only have 8. I ripped up cheese cloth and that is what you see hanging down from the chandelier. The spiders I purchased from Pottery Barn this year while I was in Texas. They are scattered though out my house.


See that square silver candle stick? I bought a pair of them at a garage sale this summer. I got them for a great price and just left them tarnished for Halloween. (Don't worry, I won't be lighting the real candles. My house would go up in flames with all that cheese cloth hanging down. Besides, the last time I did light that many candles on my table, it got unbelievably warm. Those candles put of a lot of heat! It was very romantic though.)


The party I having has a pirate theme so here is my pirate treasure display. We will have a photo booth, play our own version of curses at dinner, and go on a treasure hunt. Everyone is supposed to bring their own digital camera to document the treasure hunt. It sounds fun doesn't it?
See...sometimes it pays to let your silver tarnish. The polished pieces just didn't look good. I used a table cloth ($5 from a Lake Tahoe garage sale.) Lots of my grandmother's fakey pearls, and things I had around. This kind of decorating is so much more fun than buying a pumpkin and displaying it don't you think? I do. I love to use what I have hanging around to create something new.
The pumpkins and urn are new this year. Remember I showed you the urn in the last post. Candice and I picked this up at Home Goods for a good price. We didn't know how good until we saw one almost identical for sale for over $200. I was going to put black tree branches in it but this was easier. (This is the top of my piano.)
(The clocks are Lake Tahoe garage sale finds too. They have the best garage sales. I think I paid $5 for both of them.)

And then, my girlfriend surprised me with this cute little witchy quilt. (Four witches with their hats intertwined.) She made 8 of these. I'm amazed at how much she is able to accomplish in life. It was an early Christmas present. I feel so blessed. I still have more decorations...I know you are shocked right? I will post more as I finish tweaking them.

I'd love to see your decor...post your link if you have pictures to share.
(Coley...I hope you enjoyed g-ma's decorations. I miss you all!)

28 comments:

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Your Halloween decortions are fantastic! That's going to be quite a party! You've really gone all out.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the book drawing!

Manuela

Rettabug said...

Kim, this is my first visit to your awesome blog & I am TOTALLY blown away by all your WONDERFUL Halloween decorations!! This has got to be the best I've seen yet!

I ♥ it all.

I know I'll be back & I'll probably spend hours on your delicious eye candy in your other posts.

Thimbleanna said...

As always Kim -- your Halloween decor is AMAZING! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing -- you're such an inspiration. My poor, piddly fall decor can't even begin to stand up to your awesomeness!

Love the new door re-do. You've been so busy -- you have a ton of blogging to do LOL. I hope you'll show your Max costume. I'm SO excited for the movie to come out -- the costuming looks amazing!

KingM said...

Wow, that's fantastic.

Laurel said...

That quilt is such a cute idea! As always, your holiday decorations just blow me away. :)

Liz said...

~Hello~

I just came across your blog via, Always Nesting, and I LOVE IT! You have such a way with arranging things so creatively on tables. Love your front door re-do, it looks fabulous!

I just became a follower. Stop by my site sometime! =)

~Happy Fall~

Liz

Kim Hardt Originals said...

Hi Kim, Thanks for the post. Your decorations look wonderful!! I love alot of the things that you did. I am going to go back and study again so I can get some ideas for my party. Thanks again!! Kim

The Bloom Girls said...

Your table is just beautiful! I am sure your guests will feel very special !

Maddycakes said...

I am blown away at all of your details!!! LOVE!!
Maddycakes Muse

tardevil said...

I LOVE all of your pictures and ideas. In fact, I'm book-marking it because I want to come back and take another look when my poor memory can't remember where I saw some of your ideas. Happy Halloween! And please tell your friend that quilt is awesome. She should make them, and sell them on Etsy. I know I'd consider buying one. It is precious. You're lucky! :o)

Barbara said...

Kim, Fantastic pictures, table setting and other ideas, love your front door. Thanks for having me in your home.

Barbara

NM said...

Wow,I love your holiday decorations and your table looks suitably spooky! Your guests are sure to have an amazing time at your party.
I Best wishes, NM.

Red's Nest said...

How fun! I love the crystal added in with all that black. It really makes a statement. My first visit to your site and I'll be back.

Mimi said...

Love your Halloween table with the spiders hanging from the chandelier. The treasure chest is pretty cool, too!

Rev. Sonja said...

I love your Halloween decorations. Decorating for Halloween is pretty big at my house too. I love the ravens on the bird cages, gives me ideas...thanks!

Tammy@InStitches said...

Wow, it looks great ! What a fun party.

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Just discovered your blog, love it..Your decorations are creepy spooky scary and just down right fun fun, you are just so creative...I am a new follower of yours, come for a visit

honeysuckle said...

You have so many great and wonderful decorations and hand made things. I just loved reading about them. I have added you to my blog list so I can keep up with your creative style! I think we share many of the same passions.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

This is my first visit to your blog, and already I'm going to click that follow button. I love the way you have decorated your home and the table. I can't wait to read more of your posts.

Sue

Jeannine said...

I adore your creepy table! So much fun. The treasure chest is a great idea. So much fun. Enjoy the dinner party.

Miss Janice said...

I loved the tablescape and all your fall decos! I also love the address number on your door!

Sarah said...

All of your decorations are such fun. I like the way your tucked things in around your home. I try to do that too. It gives a bit of holiday theme without disrupting everyday things. LOL I'm glad you shared "the more" as well. I so enjoyed seeing how you've decorated your home. The jars filled with candy are great fun and the garland is fabulous. This is my first visit to your blog, but I'm signing up as a follower. I want to come back for more visits.

Kathleen said...

Well who would't enjoy all those decorations?? What fun..you are all ready..
Can't wait to see what you do for Christmas! :)

sherri@lavender fields said...

Beautiful decorating! Looks like you are all ready for halloween!

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

wow...very nice! Love those special gords. Nice effect with the cheesecloth! I love those birds and the spider!!

Anita said...

Kim, your decorations look great. Pretty darn good job with just a point and shoot too (you're doing much better than you give yourself credit for). I love your tablesetting and the cheesecloth from the chandelier. Gorgeous. You must post some pics on your Disneyland adventure...did you go to the Halloween Party? Can't wait to hear more and see more of your great decor. Happy Halloween

tardevil said...

Would you mind asking your friend where she got the pattern for the witch quilt (and letting me know)? I heart it! ;O) Thanks.

Mrs. Limestone said...

Your halloween decorations look fab.

You got that birdcage for $2???? Im so jealous!