*Today’s post was made possible by Nolan Interior, and features gifted product for the purposes of a candid review. All opinions are my own.
For the most part, John and I agree on home décor. He lets me take the lead since interior design is my passion, after all, but I always run my ideas past him before making any final decisions, and he’s generally always on board. We also tend to align on which room to focus on in any given month. October, though, is the one time of the year when we “butt heads,” if you will. It’s all in the name of Halloween. My husband loves it! And, yup…You guessed it…I sort of loathe it, at least when it comes to the home décor aspect of it. But year after year, I do what any good wife does in these types of situations: I compromise.
I’ve spoken about my lack of interest in indoor Halloween decorating many times in my 12 years of blogging here. That said, you’ve seen me do it over and over again, and it’s all in the name of love, folks. So, today I’m back with my first-ever attempt at Halloween decorating in our new house. Keep scrolling for all the details!
Well, truth be told, it wasn’t all in the name of love…I was hired by one of my favorite brands, Nolan Interior (makers of our beloved couch covers), to shoot photos and a video featuring modern Halloween-specific décor. Of course, my very first thought was of John and how happy it would make him that I had another reason to break out all of our existing Halloween décor from storage, so I agreed to the shoot. I also love a good challenge, and I knew this was going to stretch my creative muscles since I’m still getting used to the space and lighting in our new(ish) living room.
The main problem I faced was that I had donated nearly all of our old Halloween decorations before our move last November. We were desperate to reduce our load before moving, so lots of things didn’t make the cut—including our leftover skeletons, pumpkins, and the like. I moved just one small tote of Halloween supplies to our new basement (including the skeleton décor and fabric garland you see above), so I ultimately needed to run out and do some shopping before I could pull off the photoshoot I had been hired to do.
On my shopping list? Anything black and orange, bat décor, maybe one or two traditional Halloween tabletop accents to get the point across without going overboard, fall-colored faux foliage, and anything else that fit the palette. I wound up at Burlington, which just recently opened a store in our area, and I found a pair of gray pillows with silvery patterned metallic thread running throughout, one round black velvet pillow, two faux potted fall plants (one in a white pot and another in orange that looked a little like a pumpkin), a black pedestal bowl, black vase, orange throw blanket, and two oversized black/white/gray art prints on clearance.
I spent about $125 at Burlington on all of that, and then I hopped over to Michael’s, where I found a light-up ceramic pumpkin (it’s meant to be painted, but I actually like the raw ceramic finish), plus some mini orange pumpkins and mini black/white pumpkins that I planned to cut up and use in the black pedestal bowl that I bought at Burlington. After getting everything home, I realized I was missing the bat element, so I ordered these foldable bats off Amazon.
I know I’ve sounded a little anti-Halloween up until this point, but I genuinely had so much fun putting this space together for the shoot, and love how it turned out. It feels subtle to me, which I appreciate, and tends to focus on more of a color palette than a design centered on kitschy Halloween characters. Notice that most of it can stay out all fall long, like the potted faux grass (I drew the ghost face on that white planter pot with a dry erase marker so it can be wiped off after Halloween!), pillows, and black accents. Using that type of transitional décor is my favorite way to decorate for the holidays.
The best news of all, though? John adores how it came together. He begged me to leave everything up after the photoshoot, and I didn’t hesitate to agree. Our living room looks so festive now, and it really has made the Halloween holiday feel so much more present in our home. I may not love decorating for it, but I love Halloween itself—the movies, the fall weather, the pumpkin-themed entrees, and themed baking…It’s all such a blast, and I think the décor has made it all feel so much more real. Maybe I’ve been remiss in avoiding it all these years.
P.S. If you’d like to see the video I put together of our Halloween living room with its new Nolan Interior couch covers (which we love!), click over to my Instagram here.
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