Hello everyone! Are you enjoying the Hauntingly Beautiful Blog Hop so far? I am certainly loving all the different ways my talented friends have incorporated magical Halloween decor in their homes. When you are finished reading this post you can treat yourself to even more Halloween eye candy by visiting all the other blogs on the hop too. They are all truly inspiring!
In September I shared a full home tour for early fall and I am working on a late fall home tour for November, so instead of sharing my whole home today I am going to be highlighting some of the ways I use vintage treasures to create hauntingly beautiful vignettes. I woke up early this morning eager to start taking photos, but right away I noticed something very, very strange…
The sun was shining! After a week of dreary gray skies, it was quite a paranormal day! I snapped a picture of the anomaly of sunshine streaming down the stairs. The effect was perfect for a Halloween post, wouldn’t you agree?
A few weeks ago we started working on our bedroom makeover and since we are going with a more traditional and masculine theme, I decided to move my shabby antique dresser down to the living room by the staircase. It was the perfect piece for a hard to decorate spot that I really hadn’t been satisfied with since we moved in three years ago. I have styled the top with old clocks, vintage frames, brass candlesticks and a few other little trinkets for my every day decor, so it was really easy to create a hauntingly beautiful vignette by simply adding a few Halloween-y touches.
The focal point of the vignette is this awesome thrifted painting which I shared in my Super September Junkin’ Finds post. Someone had painted out the eyes so I scored this hauntingly beautiful lady for only a quarter!
I really contemplated leaving the painting as it was for Halloween, but when I found these googly eyes in my Halloween craft stash, I couldn’t resist!
I find that adding a bit of humor to Halloween vignettes keeps things from going “to the dark side.” No gory decor here!
Icky decor? Well, maybe just a little! I found this old magnifiying glass a few weeks ago at our local trade days and I really had no intention of using it as a Halloween prop, but since it was already styled on the antique dresser I got the idea to stick a creepy critter underneath. ICKY!
I love using antique photos in Halloween vignettes. This year I added two amazing vintage carnival girl/gypsy Romani photographs to my collection!
I already had a picture of a young girl and another old photo, which I presume to be two sisters.
Last year I used the “happy sisters” photo on my mantel.
They appear to be so thrilled about the lovely and festive witch’s hats I made for them.
“Smile sister! In 150 years we will be made to look like witches and our photo will be used as a mantel decoration in some ol’ “Kintuck” home. Then through the use of state of the art technology our photo will be transported electronically through wireless airwaves where millions of people all over the world will be able to simultaneously gawk at us for their holiday amusement by receiving signals on their cellular handheld devices and these thinking machine thingies they keep on their laps that can do arithamuhtick faster than a fly on a hog. Got it?”
This other little gal seemed indifferent to the whole Halloween thing, but she still looks hauntingly beautiful nonetheless! I love using vintage jewelry in Halloween vignettes too, especially any with black, green or purple stones. The sparkles of the jewels add a touch of magic. I added this beautiful antique brooch to a velvet pumpkin to create a blingy Cyclops “monster.”
Antique photos of unknown people seem to add some mystery to any hauntingly beautiful vignette.
As I was taking a picture of this Romani gypsy I remembered these two brooches. I had forgotten all about the vintage style tags I had used on my shabby burlap pumpkin makeovers, but when I went to get the brooches in the curio cabinet the tags were right beside them. I suddenly realized they could “become” little coins from a Halloween carnival so I scattered a few across the top of the dresser. This is an example of how most of my favorite vignettes come about. Most of the time they aren’t planned and just happen spontaneously when inspiration strikes.
How perfect is the destiny tag for this vignette? It is definitely my destiny to find more antique photographs and vintage treasures in the future, I can tell you that!
Now let’s take a peak into the music room through the nearly 100-year-old French doors to see some more hauntingly beautiful vignettes I have created using vintage treasures.
I especially love decorating our home for all of my music students who take weekly lessons. They literally light up when they see my holiday decor. When I see their excitement, it makes it so worth all the extra time it takes to add every little magical detail that most adults never notice!
I had all plans of having a complete music room makeover in time for Halloween, but we got into the bedroom makeover instead. Maybe everything will be “finished” by Christmas! Even though I didn’t get around to painting and rearranging everything in the music room I did add some fun Halloween touches to the piano.
(Translation: The opening theme of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony)
Beethoven is not amused. Ever.
But my students are! Yesterday I was fixing my tea as a student arrived, so I told her to go on into the music room and start warming up. I heard giggles as soon as she walked in and met Captain Beethoven. Mission accomplished!
I kept my everyday piano decor for Halloween and just added some extra candles, spider webs and blindfolds to my vintage bust statues. Since everything is vintage and brocante style already, it was super easy to create an elegant Halloween look. The gorgeous antique mirror above the piano was truly a bit creepy when I first bought it at a friend’s junk sale. My husband usually rolls with my ideas, but he wasn’t real keen on the mirror which he said belonged in “The Addams Family mansion.” It did really look like a scary movie prop if the truth be told! But I knew that after some chalk paint and dark wax, and the addition of some pretty hand crafted music candles it would be hauntingly beautiful! The mirror reflects the 120 year old antique organ (a family heirloom) on the other side of the room which is also perfect for Halloween. I hope to add some Halloween touches to the organ in time for Trick-Or-Treat when all our family comes to visit.
I was going to make some mini black masquerade masks for my little boy and girl busts that I keep on the piano, but I ran out of time and couldn’t find any fabric in the house. I was working on the Welch House 1900 post (the first post on this Halloween hop) and I noticed that my talented friend Larissa had just tied little blindfolds around her bust statues, so I borrowed that clever idea from her! At Halloween parties of yesteryear, people did play blindfold chasing games, so the idea really works. What also works? My 12 year old’s extra set of black basketball shoe laces as the blindfolds…because that’s all I could find in the house to use!
If you haven’t already checked out Larissa’s amazing Welch House 1900 Halloween Home Tour guest blog post here at Follow The Yellow Brick Home, you will definitely want to go back and take the tour. Her home and style are truly hauntingly beautiful!
Well, the laces almost work. They are pesky shoe laces after all and have to be retied all the time! Anyway, decorating vintage busts and statues is so much fun and such an easy and elegant way to add hauntingly beautiful Halloween style to your home. You can pick up inexpensive little statues at yard sales and thrift shops quite often.
Dried roses or spent flowers become “dead” flowers when used in Halloween vignettes. They still look elegant and beautiful with just a touch of faux spider webs. Cozy candlelight adds to the hauntingly beautiful ambience.
Now let’s take a closer look at my favorite skeleton who sits just inside the French door holding a candle to greet my students.
Wait! Where did he go? I just turned around for a second and now he’s on the other side of the door! Horrifying!
Speaking of horrifying! Look up at the top of the stairs! No, I am not referring to that sort of odd folk art metal sculpture of a woman’s dress. I am talking about those crooked antique picture frames! It’s my nightmare on Forest Avenue!
I actually have no clue about this piece but I fell in love with it at a thrift shop this past spring. It had a very hefty original price tag still attached but I scored it for $15.00. I thought it was unique, shabby chic, and sort of hauntingly beautiful. I figured if I couldn’t find a place for it year round it would make a great Halloween decoration, “repurposed” as a mysterious headless and hand-less “apparition” at the top of the stairs.
What I didn’t expect was actually getting spooked last night when I headed upstairs in the dark and forgot about it. The moonlight came in through the window and hit it just right and it seriously looked like a glowing dress… I literally jumped! My oldest son said the same thing happened to him! Again, mission accomplished! I have created some “pretty-creepy” decor without all the blood and gore!
And what has happened to Buck? He looks DEER-RANGED! If this is your first time meeting Buck this is not a very good first impression. Please do take my early fall home tour too so you can get a more proper introduction. I just can’t imagine how this happened to him!
Maybe SHE had something to do with it………
What do you think?
Oh no! The broken vintage clocks suggest it’s midnight, so I guess it’s time to start wrapping up this post. But there’s still so much more Halloween to see!
Here’s a fun video recap of this post along with some sneak peak photos of more Halloween to come! (This is what happens when you are a vintage-decor-lovin-junk-hoardin-music teacher)!
You can see all the rest of my more traditional and vintage “Merry Halloween”decor here!Here’s a little sneak peak collage:
I will also be sharing a bit of my super fun outdoor Halloween and porch decor on Tuesday!
And now it’s time to party on with the rest of our friends on the Halloween blog hop! Grab a tasty treat and your favorite mug and fill it with some hot tea, coffee, apple cider, (or whatever other concoction you want to brew up) and enjoy the rest of the hop! Be sure to go back and take a look at Larissa’s Welch House 1900 post here, Rhonda’s stunning tablescape post at Hallstrom Home, and Olivia’s amazing French Country Halloween ideas at Reinvented Collection. These posts are all so gorgeous!
Next up is Deborah at Hip And Humble Style. Head on over to her blog now to see her fun and stylish Halloween decor! You can follow the schedule below to visit all the other homes on the hop. Enjoy all the Halloween (eye) candy!
Do you have Halloween decor to share? The Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Link Party is still live through Tuesday, October 31st, so please link up all your fantastic ideas with us too!
Happy Halloween my friends!
Linking up with:
Foodie Friday and Everything Else
Olives and Okra Halloween Blog Hop
LOVE IT!!! I have to come back and take a better look when i have more time and pin to my Halloween Board!! Lots of inspiration!! Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks so much for all your kind words!!October 28, 2017 at 2:46 pm
I do hope you will Debbie! A lot of the photos make more sense with the written text too so I hope you will get a chance to read it. Thank you for stopping by. Come back soon!October 28, 2017 at 3:31 pm
Amber, oh my goodness!!!! This is absolutely amazing!! Your home and decorating is literally magic!!! I love what you did with the busts in your music room!! Amazing!!October 28, 2017 at 6:14 pm
Thank you dear friend! I got some inspiration from your beautiful post too!October 28, 2017 at 7:37 pm
Oh wow what a fun post. Every detail is incredible and so cool. Love the photo of the “sisters”. I have to admit, it kinda creeped me out…in a good Halloween scary kinda way. I really enjoyed your post and your fantastic ideas. Thank you so much for including me in this hop. It’s been so fun and inspiring!October 28, 2017 at 8:51 pm
Thank you Deborah! I am so glad you enjoyed it. I loved yours too and I am looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful fall decorating for Grateful gatherings too. Thanks for visiting today!October 28, 2017 at 9:27 pm
I love your home and the vignettes you’ve created! You have a lovely style!October 29, 2017 at 1:54 am
Thank you so much Linda. I am so happy you visited today!October 29, 2017 at 2:02 am
Wow! I am blown away by all the creativity and amazing details! My kids would love it if I decorated my house like this! Thanks for stopping by my blog to comment! I wasn’t able to email directly back because your comment came up as “no reply”. Enjoy your week!October 29, 2017 at 5:51 pm
I am not sure what is up with the no reply thing! I am going to have to look into it. Anyway, I am glad you found your way here. I hope you will visit again! I will be heading back to your blog more often. I have been following you on IG. Happy Halloween!October 30, 2017 at 2:13 am
Amber, I love all your beautiful Halloween decor! Everything looks just perfect for Halloween. I am swooning over that pretty chest you put by the staircase. It is the perfect thing for that spot. Thanks so much for hosting this blog hop. It has been so much fun, sweet friend! Happy Halloween!October 29, 2017 at 6:13 pm
Thank you Shannon! I am so glad you stopped today and joined the hop as well! Happy Halloween to you to!October 29, 2017 at 7:34 pm
This is hilarious! I love the googly eyes. How old is the crooked frame around Buck? I used to have one exactly like it when I lived in Myrtle Beach. I ended up selling it to a lady who had just opened a little shop. She was thrilled with it which made me happy. At least I knew it was going to someone who would find a good home for it.October 29, 2017 at 6:25 pm
I am thinking that one is late 1800’s based on the design and nails. It is one of my favorties. Thank you for stopping by and for joining the hop and sharing your beautiful decor ideas!October 29, 2017 at 7:31 pm
Oh my goodness. This is over the top. Just love all the vintage details. Using vintage pieces truly makes for an authentic and eerie Halloween decor. Awesome.October 30, 2017 at 1:06 am
Thank you so much Marsha! I always jokingly say I go “over the top” for Halloween. I am glad you enjoyed it. I hope you will come back for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I will be sharing my Thanksgiving tour on Nov.10 and my Christmas tour on Dec. 5th. Christmas is definitely over the top! Happy Halloween!October 30, 2017 at 2:10 am
Love the googly eyes on that picture – makes me giggle! I also love that Fall Halloween pillow!October 30, 2017 at 7:45 am
Thank you Angelina! I am so happy you stopped by and thanks for “Halloween hopping” with us!October 30, 2017 at 9:32 pm
Love seeing how you used the treasures you scored on our Mother/Daughter outings! You have such a wonderful talent, Amber! Your decorating style is always on point but When it comes to Halloween, it is always tops! Love! Love! Love!October 30, 2017 at 12:17 pm
Thank you my wonderful vintage-loving-junk-hoarding Momma!October 30, 2017 at 9:31 pm
Amber I am loving all the vintage decor! Oh and those googly eyes are so fun. It’s been so much fun doing the blog hop!October 30, 2017 at 4:15 pm
Thank you Rhonda! I am glad you have enjoyed it and looking forward to more collaborations!October 30, 2017 at 9:28 pm
Amber, I wouldn’t even know where to begin! I love every little detail, such a fun post! There are so many ideas I never would have thought of to make fun Halloween decor. No wonder your students love you!! You are so fun!!!October 31, 2017 at 2:45 am
Oh, I just love this Amber! the dresser is perfect there and you really worked your magic. Love that sunshine streaming in! Thanks for sharing with SYC. I will be featuring you this week.November 1, 2017 at 2:15 am
Jann thank you so much. I am so excited to be featured and to share at your party. See you soon at Share Your Cup Thursday!November 2, 2017 at 2:22 am
Amber, I vote you “queen of details! I love your Halloween vignette and the addition of the eyes to the painting is hilarious!November 1, 2017 at 9:49 pm
Wow Pam! I am honored and will do my best to continue to reign supreme!!! Thank you so much. I hope you will come back for Christmas too, there are even more details then! Happy November!November 2, 2017 at 2:21 am
Oh my scary goodness!! This is the craziest, bestest Halloween post I have seen in a long, long time!!!November 2, 2017 at 3:03 pm
Just over the top with original pieces that come together for a wonderfully spooky and fun home.
Congrats! I agree with Pam – You are the queen and reign supreme!!
Thank you so much Ann! I do hope you will return to visit over the holidays too. I will have lots more vintage details to share! I will be following you too. Looking forward to seeing your lovely decor!November 3, 2017 at 4:07 am
I missed this year, and am so glad to find it! Absolutely fabulous Amber. You have an amazing collection. Love, love the thrift painting and the old photos with witch hats added. Brilliant. Pinned.October 8, 2018 at 8:57 am