PB inspired Halloween Mantel

As you can see from my ever-increasing Blog roll, I’m becoming addicted to home design blogs.  Combine that with the fact that I have no sewing mojo right now, and the result is this non-sewing post.  Here’s my inspiration:


Look familiar?  This is a mantel-scape from this year’s Pottery Barn Catalogue.  I’ve never done an all-black mantel before, usually I have lots of oranges, yellows, you know, Fall colors.  Not this year:

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Too fun!  I might add a few more things….

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The inspiration came from the houses.  I had bought these at Target several years ago, but I never thought to put these on the mantel.  Those PB catalogues are a constant source of design ideas and inspiration for me.  Here are some daytime shots:


The framed dual-image pictures crack me up!


This season, most of the craft stores have those black-framed old-style portraits that change image.  And check out the LED-lighted twigs!  The Candelabra got decked out with black leaf garland and black roses.  I even added a hat element from the inspiration picture, an old witch’s hat from a previous costume.  The bats are wall clings, and the mice are black paper cut-outs, both from the Martha Stewart Home collection.  I might add some more little touches and fillers here and there, but I’m digging this!  It’s a definite deviation from my “normal” holiday decorating.  Have a great week!

    • ann
    • September 12th, 2011

    I love your use of black on your light colored mantel. Just gorgeous and stylish at the same time! I am going to spray paint an ivy garland black as well as some other elements I have on hand and go for it on my baker’s rack. Love what you’ve done!

  1. That looks great. Yes I’ve realized perhaps I have too much orange as well. I’m leaning more towards blacks and neutrals for this season…but darned if I know what to do with all that orange! Love your post.

    • nightowl_72
    • September 19th, 2011

    WOW… that is the most amazing mantle/halloween decorating I’ve ever seen. I love it!

  2. That is amazing! I like the look so much…I have gotten some of those frames with the holograms in them…I have DONE anything with them yet…(story of my life). I “pinned” that picture from Pottery Barn too…so many good elements…just like YOURS has so many interesting items. Thanks for sharing your mantle!

    • Erin
    • September 19th, 2011

    I was wondering where you go the led lights? I need to get some!

    • Thanks! All the “greenery” haha, was purchased at Michaels, including the led twigs (found in the silk flower section). Make sure you share a pic when you’re done!

  3. Great job, I like your mantle best. I got rid of all my orange years ago with a little acrylic paint in browns, black, and white.

    • Mel
    • September 19th, 2011

    Love this! You’ve done a fantastic job!

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