Halloween living room decor: simple and fast ideas

Oct 12, 2016


Although there's still some weeks before Halloween, I feel that this time around I started to decorate too late. Still I'm proud to say that I managed to finish at least the living room and front of the house. My approach this year was a simple one, recycling accessories from last year and just adding very small details.


To start off, I bought at Amazon some PVC transparent butterflies to add to my door wreath. These were so beautiful, I ended up using them almost everywhere; on the mirror over my mantle, over some plastic skulls to subtle their look, etc.


Another thing I did to make things interesting was to draw over our entryway mirror a shattered effect. This took almost no time and was so fun to play with. While looking at a Google image of shattered glass, I was able to draw something similar over our mirror with the use of some markers (white and black) from Michaels and a Crayola Window Crayons.

Love the glass dome piece from +HomeGoods which will quickly grab my guests attention to the little mouse inside.
I also replaced the Fall decoration (see the before here) of my Clancy wood urn planter from Home Decorators, for some spookier options.


Plastic large and mini bats are both hanging around our living room but the part that I love the most are the monster hands that seem to come out of the wall above the mantle. These "Creepy Hands with Lanterns" are from Grandin Road and I love how good and almost real they look. I used some "Spanish Moss" from one of our trees to add an eerie look to this area. I also added to this wall some floating bat decals which I found at the one dollar area at Target.
All and all I think that simplicity was the key in this area. Some spooky elements and normal decor was all I needed to add to our living room a creepy/classic look.
Are you planning on decorating for Halloween or just leave your Autumn decor as is?

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Mix-and-match casual Fall table setting

Oct 11, 2016

Mix-and-match casual Fall table setting

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Love this time of the year where family and friends get together; where everyone seem to forget their problems and simply enjoy that moment in time. For these upcoming holidays, setting a casual table (specially for Thanksgiving) can be an easy and affordable task if we try to mix-and-match new pieces with some that we might already own. Including small personalized details is always a nice way to say "thank you" and "welcome" to our guests.

Mix-and-match casual Fall table setting
Mix-and-match casual Fall table setting

Indoor gatherings are a great and intimate way of having company. But, I like setting the table in our patio because of that fresh and relax feeling that the surroundings provide. For this table I wanted a statement piece to place in its center. I found from BHG at Walmart the perfect accessory; a pumpkin dispenser (available at stores)! But I wanted it to stand out even more, so I added a flower vase inside for a dual purpose. I prepared in advance a flower arrangement and before placing it inside the dispenser (after cleaning thoroughly the its outside), I surrounded it with plastic wrap making sure nothing would fall into the water. You can see this full tutorial here.

Mix-and-match casual Fall table setting

After placing this arrangement over a cake stand to add more height, I started setting the plates.For this I used some old melamine dinner plates I've previously bought from BHG at Walmart (see how I've used these in the past here). Because these are a soft white color they will go with any combination, so I decided to add interest by combining them with some faux wood chargers and some gray and white salad plates from the new Ashmore dinner set available at stores this Fall 2016 from BHG at Walmart.

Mix-and-match casual Fall table setting
Mix-and-match casual Fall table setting
Mix-and-match casual Fall table setting

Some pumpkin soup bowls were also the main protagonist in this table setting. Love their metallic copper handles which add a bit of elegance to the piece and the entire setting as well.

Mix-and-match casual Fall table setting
Mix-and-match casual Fall table setting

To add a personalized touch to this table setting, I found a banner set with 3 galvanized pieces with clips. They were joined by a small rope and I just untied the knot and used them individually as menu holders. To hang them, I used a simple branch of eucalyptus which I carefully passed through the existing holes. You can see how I did it here.

Mix-and-match casual Fall table setting
Mix-and-match casual Fall table setting
Mix-and-match casual Fall table setting

Sometimes the simplest materials can be of great impact when decorating. Having plants and/or items that simulate natural elements also serve as great accessories helping in achieving a relax and fresh look.

Mix-and-match casual Fall table setting
Mix-and-match casual Fall table setting

Hope you've enjoyed this table setting and that these tips would help you with the upcoming holidays. For your next family or friends event, are you using accessories you already own, or mixing-and-matching those with new ones? Share with me your ideas!



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Surprisingly easy menu ideas for the holidays

Oct 8, 2016


For your next dinner gathering try winning over your guests' hearts by making them feel extra special. Besides the great food you'll be serving that night, it's the small details that will enamor visitors making them talk about this evening for many weeks or even months to come.
Today I'm sharing two super easy and quick tutorials on how to present the menu for that upcoming dinner celebration.

Surprise your guests with these menu decor ideas

First you'll have to gather the names of the dishes you'll be offering during that soirée. You don't have to be specific, because being creative is what's intended; so for example your mashed potatoes could be "Melted brown butter over 'pommes de terre' ". For the first option I just printed 2 menus on one 8.5"x 11". Although you can always choose a fancier paper, I simply use normal printer paper. After printing and cutting the paper, I used a rubber stamp with a metallic ink to add a glamorous touch (these items were from the dollar section at +Target). Another thing I added were a couple of large golden clips (also from Target) to hold the menu and placed these over the plates. (You can see more of this table here.)

Surprise your guests with these menu decor ideas
These amazing plates are from +HomeGoods. I love mixing and matching pieces for a striking and different look.
For my next table setting, I also printed the menus but in a smaller size by diving the same printer paper in four equal parts. Again, I used a rubber stamp to add a decorative element  to the menu but another way one can add a whimsy detail would be to add a clip-art in the background of the words before printing. I found from BGH at Walmart a banner with three galvanized pieces with a convenient clip. After taking the rope out, I used the clip to hold the menu pages over the galvanized pieces.

Surprise your guests with these menu decor ideas

To make this piece stand out, instead of using rope or ribbon to hang them, I had some leftover eucalyptus branches from a flower arrangement I did (check it here) which I carefully passed through the holes. These were great because in order to close this loop I just twisted both ends together but you can always is florist wire or regular tape. I hanged these menus on the sides of the chairs and love how they end up looking.

Surprise your guests with these menu decor ideas
Surprise your guests with these menu decor ideas

I always try to surprise my guests with small details and I think both of these ideas are great examples of doing a lot with little effort.
Hope you've enjoyed this easy tutorial and please share your ideas on ways you like to surprise your guests when it's time for dinner during the holidays.

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A dispenser and flower vase, all-in-one

Oct 6, 2016

I found these amazing flowers at Miami Flower Market. Love their selection and their beautiful space.
I've always loved making centerpieces. They add to the dinner table interest while stating a certain mood or look to the entire decor. A while back I found from BHG at Walmart a beautiful glass pumpkin dispenser (available only at stores) and thought this would make a great accent in my upcoming tablescape. 
This piece would make a perfect flower vase, but by doing so, I would've taken away its dispenser purpose which I wanted to use as well. So I figured a way to make the most out of this pumpkin, no magic wand needed! 


First I had to look for a glass vase that will perfectly fit inside the dispenser. Lucky for me I already had one from an old gift and it was the perfect match. I used this vase to set up my flower arrangement and after playing around with it, I decided it was time to place it inside the dispenser. 
Before I did so, I clean out the outer part of the vase making sure that it wouldn't have any trace of flowers or dirt. 


On the dispenser I pour drinking water up its center and place some plastic wrap outside around its opening. Making a slit on the top of the plastic with a knife, I was able to make an opening that would allow me to carefully place the flower vase inside the dispenser. 
After this, I hid the remaining plastic around the vase to secure the dispenser from any falling leaf. I placed the entire arrangement over a cake stand so water can be serve without any difficulty.

This simple cake stand from +HomeGoods it's all this flower arrangement needed for a final touch.
This piece resulted in having a dual-purpose both as a decorative accessory as well as the perfect water/juice dispenser for any party. 
Hope you've enjoyed this simple tutorial and as always, I would love to read your thoughts. 

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