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Top 10 Halloween & Harvest Decor Ideas 2014

I enjoy decorating for Halloween. It’s mainly about the colors – orange/rust, black, white, and gold. The color maroon bores me to tears, so Thanksgiving decor is only so-so for me.

Tristan and I are on Team Jesus, and prefer to not decorate our home with witches, ghosts, goblins or devils, but skulls and artistic cobwebs are fair game. I think this is because Christians have skulls and Christians battle cobwebs – these are facts of life. I also get tons of pumpkins so that the decor can transition into Thanksgiving.  Here’s proof – exhibit A & exhibit B.

Since we’re remodeling, my seasonal decor plans are minimal. Heck, my regular decor plans are minimal – I don’t want more objects/furniture to pack up when we put in the hardwoods. Therefore, I’ve decided that for Halloween and Christmas, I will focus on a festive porch, since the porch won’t change. And I’ve never had a porch before, so it’s a fun research project :).

I originally wanted two large topiaries for the porch, but at $150+ per piece, I knew it’d be a tough sell, as they offer no value other than aesthetics. Instead, I settled on two trees from Home Depot for $12 each – guilt free, and they still accomplish the overall look. I also added a new doormat and (duh) pumpkins.

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If I were going to go all out decorating this year, here are the 10 cute, simple ideas I’ve stumbled upon recently (click on the image for source):

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How simple to just pop some pumpkins on a candlestick! Love this idea!

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Another use for the natural? Hollow out some butternut squashes and put some flowers inside! Or even hay/wheat could be festive and less expensive.
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Finally – a use for those Mardi Gras beads you’ve had since college:Halloween and Harvest 2014 6

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I am definitely going to do this in the next few years with artificial sunflowers. Each bloom takes up a large amount of surface area so you wouldn’t have to buy very many to cover a ball, and could reuse them year after year for multiple occasions. If you’ve seen our wedding pictures, you know I’m a huge fan of the flower ball. If you don’t want to hang them, you can pop them into a vase for a centerpiece (like we did for Easter using our wedding balls).

So simple and chic:

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I love the black and white contrast! For less effort, you could paint three pumpkins and just put “BOO.”

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This might be the very first time I’ve ever referred to a lawn ornament as classy. Technically still a ghost, but an elegant ghost for sure:

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This is pretty chic, you know, as far as poison goes.Halloween and Harvest 2014 10

If you don’t already subscribe to Better Homes & Gardens’ weekly e-newsletters, I highly recommend it. It turns out that several of these ideas I’ve pinned over the last few months were pulled from there. If you’re looking for other ideas, check out my Halloween & Harvest board on Pinterest – you might even find some adorable kid costume ideas because I can’t help myself.

What are the cutest ideas you’ve seen this year? Anything related to porches? 🙂

-t&T

T&T

Bucket List Item #10 – Fall Purse Debut

The only thing that improved this uncharacteristically stormy week in Seattle was the excuse to debut my fall bag a few weeks early. My summer bag (a raffia tote) is simply not practical in the rain. Therefore, new bag:

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New planner, Le Pens, and lipstick:

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I’m back-to-school SET!

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Purse: Pour La Victoire. Planner: Moleskine. Lipstick: Revlon Love That Red. Pens: Le Pen.

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I love fall and back-to-school season. While growing up, I would spend my summers obsessively planning out what new school clothes I wanted and then once I had them, what outfits I would wear. I got the deepest pleasure from hand-selecting each and every school supply, and organizing them in to my backpack, taking into account convenience and of course, cuteness (for instance, in 9th grade my best friend and I got matching lime green label-makers). And that sweet day when you finally got to use all your new stuff? Almost as serendipitous as Christmas. Back to school is a Type A personality’s dream. In my adulthood, I no longer go back to school, but I have an apartment to decorate and people to cook for. It just never ends! I love it.

Lately I’ve been seeing Harvest/Fall/Autumn Bucket Lists on Pinterest, and I feel inspired to create my own to get in the spirit of the season. It’s not the most “family friendly” list, as there are no pumpkin patches or stomping through crisp leaves, but bear with me.

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What do you think of the list? Any blaring omissions? I will be working my way through these tasks until I lose interest and start obsessing over the holidays instead, and charting my progress on this blog along the way.

-t&T