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Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Hello, hello! We're halfway through October already and absolutely NO Halloween decorating has happened at Honey and Smoke Studio. Can you believe it?! We figured it was high time to do something about that so we decided to start small with some subtle decor for the mantle. If you don't have a fireplace or mantle, don't worry! You can try these ideas on a bookshelf or any other furniture surface. Check out our spooky suggestions below!

Normally, we have a HUGE gilded mirror on the mantle but we decided to switch it up and put up a smaller black mirror so we would have room for our seasonally appropriate poster of "Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette" by Van Gogh. A glow-in-the-dark Ouija board helps tie the other large visual elements together and adds a hint of spook.

A palmistry hand objet, like ours from Urban Outfitters (which is sadly no longer available), adds a little more otherworldly mystery to the mantle. Drape a simple bandito mask or cat mask from the corner of the mirror. We bought ours for super cheap at Michael's and then hand-painted it to look like a fox for an earlier Wes Anderson-themed party.

Sprinkle some white pillar candles, faux-mercury glass votive holders and saint candles around for some eerie mood lighting. And what Halloween vignette is complete without a skull? We got our black glitter skull from Target several Halloweens ago (and the damn thing has not stopped shedding ridiculous amounts of glitter since).

There you have it...our subtle Halloween decor for the mantle (or whatever surface you have to work with). Even if you don't happen to have an Ouija board or palmistry statue lying around your house, it's easier than you think to gather seemingly random objects from around your home that, when added together, will create a creepy but cozy scene. Try it and let us know what you come up with in the comments below! XOXO.

1 comment:

  1. Subtle indeed, but incredibly cute! I love these type of decorations!