With autumn comes the familiar flavors, scents and sensations that I grew to love growing up. The days get shorter, the nights become chilly and sweatshirts are everywhere! We rarely had weather cold enough for real winter coats, lucky us huh? The ground is with fallen leaves. Pumpkin spice flavors dominate storefronts along side Halloween costumes and goodies. Growing up, I always knew I wanted to decorate my house for the holiday I loved most – Halloween. I wanted to keep our space clear of clutter and that meant that we had to be very picky with what we bought. So here’s our minimal Halloween decor!
Xenos feels a lot like Big Lots to me so when I thought of cheap candles, we made this our first stop. For me, the colors say Halloween and can even burn November so I’m glad I picked them up. I could have gone with purple and green because they’re Halloween colors too. But our living room color scheme is blue, gold, grey, and black. Straying too far from that theme would throw the mood off. I know, doesn’t sound like it makes sense but it does in my head.
A pop of color
We found ceramic pumpkins at Flying Tiger among their cheesy Halloween goodies. I’ve come to love the store. It’s a cheap place to get art supplies and other goods that can turn any space into a comfortable and lived in area. Of course since we don’t want to buy what’s unnecessary, we go to window shop and marvel at the cool seasonal items. This pumpkin can be painted but we loved the default white so much that we kept it as is.
Reusing what we had
Last year I had picked up these delicate branches. I thought they felt really good for the Christmas bouquet I created (sorry I don’t have photos!). After I took the bouquet down, I kept these branches and placed them all over the house in various vases. Now they get to shine again at the head of the room. We added a few bags of tiny pumpkins to bring the piece together with the other items placed around it. It also hides the bottom of the stems and looks quite witchy!
Making something new
I put together a Halloween mood board that included candles, pumpkins and of course those beautiful jars that I made a few weeks ago. I’ve always been a huge fan of the child-like wonder that Disney seems to ooze. My first time going to Disneyland, I was 13 years old! Ever since then I’ve had that odd craving of returning to the parks… It’s something that many SoCal people know and understand. Disney was a huge part of my life even though I didn’t become addicted until high school. And now of course, I live around 6 hours away from the closest park… Either way, I wanted to bring a bit of that home and that’s why I made these jars!
I hope this post has inspired those of you who want to decorate (but not throw yourself into an too decorated hole). Any holiday can be celebrated and observed with minimal decor and I’m excited for Christmas next! I’ll continue to use most of these things until December because they fit the season so well! How are you celebrating this holiday season?