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Elegant Halloween Decor: Black and White Thrills

As I said last year in my Vintage Halloween post, Greg and I don’t make a big celebration of Halloween, although we usually watch a creepy movie. But even those of us who don’t want to festoon our homes with plastic spiders can still get ‘into the spirit’ of Halloween with these elegant Halloween decor ideas.

An easy way to create grown-up and elegant Halloween decor is to strip out the orange plastic, the red blood, and the green Zombie brain slime! Go for monochrome with black, white, or black and white.

black and white table setting

elegant halloween table setting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black is Gothic, white is eerie and ethereal, and the two together always look stunning, providing a dash of vintage glamour. The table on the right is very simple, with just empty bottles for candlesticks. To create the look, use as many bottles as you can find of different heights.

Eclectic Living Room by St. John’s Interior Designers & Decorators Seaside Interiors
Here’s another example of how a simple black and white arrangement keeps all the Halloween elements (spider, pumpkin, bat, and boo!) but still looks chic. You probably already have some black and white decor items around the home… just pull them all together in one display.

Elegant halloween batmobileHow about this for a different type of bat-mobile? It’s very easy to make with a branch and card, using the bat templates and instructions by clever Martha Stewart. Hanging in a window, it adds a traditional but still elegant Halloween touch to your home.

I love the nostalgic vintage appeal of this spooky wreath! Make it with some twisted vines draped with white net fabric and old-fashioned Halloween ornaments and sepia photographs. Paint Boo! onto a piece of scrap wood for the finishing touch.

You can even add black and white to the traditional orange pumpkin to make it a bit different. Paint a pumpkin with a circle of chalkboard paint and then let your inner Picasso out! For a Halloween party, it would be fun to have the pumpkins painted with the black, and then give your guests a piece of chalk to create their own fantasy face.

blackberry-mr-hyde-cocktail-elegant-halloweenFor an elegant Halloween cocktail, this blackberry infused Mr. Hyde Potion is perfect for dark and mysterious strangers. It’s not exactly black and white, but it’s near enough. The Mr. Hyde Potion cocktail mixes vodka with parfait amour liqueur, blackberry liqueur, and tarragon and lavender syrups. Wow. You can get the recipe from HGTV. Serve the cocktail (or any cocktail) in an apothecary style jar to add to the Halloween atmosphere.

Or, for a bit more color, you could play Dracula and mix up a Bloody Mary to sink your fangs into. My Uncle Dick’s Bloody Mary recipe is always a monster hit!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these elegant black and white Halloween decor ideas I scared up for you! If you have any more to share, let us know. You can post your photos on our Facebook page too.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Vintage Halloween!

As the spookiest day of the year approaches, Greg and I been looking at some of our vintage Halloween costumes from our childhoods! I’ve also been checking out free pumpkin carving stencils to share with you and some fun photos of dogs in Halloween costume.

Vintage Halloween costumeI had to go over to my mom’s house to dig these vintage Halloween photos up. Mom and I had a great time flipping through old photo albums to find some from when I was a kid. Yep, that little girl is me! For my very first Halloween costume I was a bunny rabbit, but I refused to wear the mask. My mom, Linda, is modeling it in her vintage 1970s dungarees. ;) We’re scary, huh?

Vintage Halloween ballerina costumeOf course every little girl wants to be a ballerina, and, believe it or not, I still have that tutu in a box somewhere because I loved it so much as a child. That’s my younger brother, Rob, next to me as a tiger.
Vintage Halloween kimono

 

My dad traveled to Japan for business and brought me back this beautiful, bright red kimono that I loved! I wore it all the time – not just for Halloween. I wish I still had it, but I haven’t seen it in many years – I’ll have to ask my mom if she still has it.

 

Vintage Halloween photo

Then we asked Greg’s mom Kathy for some photos. Kathy is our Mrs Fixit who handles all our restorations. (See her tips on how to fix broken ceramics.)  Kathy knew right where her Halloween photos were. Kathy actually made that cheetah costume that Greg is wearing and his sister Laura wore it too. He was obviously a very cool and laid-back cheetah!

 

Vintage Halloween Vampire photo

 

 

Of course, as Greg got older, a scary vampire costume was his preferred choice. I think young Greg looks pretty dashing in that black satin cape. Maybe we’ll have to track down a cape for him this year!

 

 

 

 

Vintage Halloween PumpkinI found some great free pumpkin stencils at Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Download the printable stencils to help you carve some really cool pumpkin designs. Decorate your home with a traditional Jack-O’-Lantern, or get a little craftier with flame designs, a howling wolf, or templates of cats and dogs. I spotted a chic fleur-de-lis pattern that will appeal to fans of antique French furniture. Log on to the magazine’s website, then prick out the stencil shape with a pin on your pumpkin. You’re ready to carve!

We don’t celebrate Halloween in any big way, although we usually watch a scary movie to mark the occasion. I don’t dress up my pets – with eight cats and dogs I’d have to start planning the costumes in July! And no doubt our twin cats Lenny and Squiggy would vie for who had the most dramatic costume. Both cats have such big personalities.

But I did just see this funny link to pugs in Halloween costume. As they say on that photo gallery: Halloween was MADE for pugs! My favorite is the Pugtato. The Lord of the Pugs – taking off Gandalf in Lord of the Rings – is hilariously convincing too!

Game of Thrones Gothic ChandelierIf you’re looking for some vintage Halloween lighting to help set the mood, my recent post on Gothic chandeliers and other light fixtures might provide inspiration. It’s too late for us to deliver these beauties to you by Halloween 2013, but these romantic and dramatic lights add character and Old World atmosphere to a home all year round.

Wishing you a wonderful vintage Halloween, however you celebrate! Do tell us your plans in the comment box below.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Gothic Chandeliers: Castles, Dragons, Romance

With Halloween just around the corner, we’ve been admiring the Gothic chandeliers and other spooky light fixtures in our gallery. They would make great talking points at a Halloween party, but of course vintage Gothic chandeliers add character and Old World atmosphere to a home at any time of year. Here are some of our favorite Gothic chandeliers from all the lighting in our gallery right now and others that give a sense of Gothic novel romance. Which is your favorite?

Game of Thrones Gothic ChandelierGame of Thrones fans will love the fantasy castle carved on this vintage 1930 French Brittany style chandelier. The four castle turrets rise up to create magical, mysterious drama and the castle even boasts drawbridges to support the five copper lamps. It hangs from chunky chains that look like they’ve been dragged straight from the castle dungeons!

Dragon Gothic ChandelierThere be dragons! Six carved dragons “breathe fire” into the electric candles of this fabulous 1950 French Gothic chandelier. The dragons with ornate wings suspend from metal chains from the oak ceiling cap. The dark oak wood and metal chains add to the medieval fantasy flavor, but we’ve found that the dragons are quite tame!

Eagle Gothic ChandelierFrom dragons to eagles! Six fabulous Gothic carved eagles perch atop this awesome chandelier, holding the glass shades in their beaks. The six lights cast a moody glow on the wise and powerful eagles as they watch over the world below. The 1950 French Gothic chandelier is carved in oak and the dark wood truly accents the striking silhouette of the eagles for maximum drama.

Boho style Mission chandelierHere’s a rather more romantic chandelier for Lords and Ladies of mystery. You can imagine it starring in a Gothic novel, lighting the ballroom in a mansion on the misty moors! Six decoratively wrought arms and sensuously designed curlicues and serpenting s-shapes create the thrilling allure of this quite sexy 1950 French black metal chandelier. Flowing velvet gowns are optional.

Heavy French Gothic Chandlier 1950The classic appeal of this large and heavy 1950 French Gothic chandelier is enhanced by the coachlight-style body. It summons up images of a ghostly horse-drawn coach racing through the night, driven by a shadowy black-cowled figure cracking his whip! The frosted glass lamps and spiky finials on the aged brass-tone metal all add to the cool Gothic chandelier vibe.

Don’t be a phantom! Tell us in the comments box below: Which one of these spooky, dramatic, or just plain Gothic novel romantic chandeliers gives you thrills?

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.