After gathering inspiration for the last few weeks it was time to get my own spook on! I gathered all of my items from storage and got to work!
A Blank Slate
My first step was to clear my mantel and replace the Hollywood Regency mirror I hang for most of the year. I’ve kept this resin mirror and matching sconces just for Halloween decorating. I added a ripped up piece of black mesh as my base to start creating my vignette.
After playing around with placement of items and shopping my cupboards of glassware and candlesticks, here is the final design. I used a mix of black milk glass, Wedgewood Jasperware, and Mercury Glass along with skulls, mini ghost pumpkins, crows, and other miscellaneous Halloween accessories.
I also used some clear glass items as fillers (I even used a goblet which I turned upside down to place one of the candles). Several of my candlesticks were made for pillar candles, but I played around with them and placed my larger candles on them or turned the small black holders over and placed the candles on those bases. It always pay to play around with your items and try something unexpected.
The Finished Product
I fell in love with the Cameo ghost pumpkins I highlighted on my original Sophisticated Spooks post, so I recreated them using my own jewelry and some black velvet ribbon. I used my necklace on the larger ghost pumpkin.
On the smaller pumpkins, I used a pair of earrings to give a similar look. I think it looks so elegantly Victorian Gothic.
I found these skeleton candles at World Market years ago and I think they are perfect for these sconces. They currently carry a version that are black and silver that would look great with this look as well, find them here.
To add a little flare to the sconces, I made these skeleton tassels using plastic skulls found at a party store. I have seen these come in multi-color packages at the Dollar Tree as well.
I used several crows throughout the mantel display to give some “life.”
After finishing the mantel, I set a simple place setting to complete the Halloween look in my living/dining room. I used my black and white transferware lunch plates, black milk glass goblets, ornate black plastic cutlery, spider web place mats, silver chargers, and my silver plated candelabra to set the scene.
As a final touch, I added my cameo ring to the napkin in place of a traditional napkin ring.
I hope you enjoyed my vignettes and are excited about celebrating Halloween this coming weekend! I’ve got a party to go to, so I need to get focused on my costume! In the meantime, keep living life styled!