Halloween Home Decor: Spooky Chic Vintage Finds

During my frequent visits to both thrift stores just up the street from our apartment, I comb desperately for vintage, and usually to no avail. Sometimes the local Goodwill is a hit or miss, and mine has been pretty devoid of those addicting finds that keep me in this secondhand hustle (ok, maybe it’s a hustle to hoard, but still…). My latest mania has been Halloween decor and I’ve been in search of antique clear and black glassware, brass, votives, or any items that can give our studio some festive spookyness while not coming off too…kitsch? It’s “Spooky chic” I’m going for, and being the Halloween obsessed gal I am, I rounded up a few versatile pieces that are perfect for giving a space an eerie Halloween glow, while keeping things chic year round.

I love finding brass display cases while I thrift–these can be filled with twinkle lights, antique jewelry, or maybe a skull or two!
What’s Halloween, or Fall in general, without the cozy glow of candles? These brass sun and moon candle holders are ideal for an altar, Halloween display, or simply as bits of vintage worked into your home decor. After all, there is something inherently creepy about antiques that once belonged to those who are now long gone from this earth.
Like vintage, Halloween and cats go hand in hand. They’re sweet and witchy, and this cat anatomy illustration is an alternative to skull or skeleton accents.
Ever summoned spirits via Quija in your friend’s Victorian basement (hint: I’ve tried)? The next time I use a Quija board, it will probably be framed as Halloween decor. But still, vintage Quija boards can stay up all year round–perfect if you’re tastes lean toward the occult (and even better if you practice)!
Admittedly, I do not know what this book is about and have tried to research–BUT, wouldn’t it be perfect to display for Halloween with other antique books and potion bottles and skulls? Vintage books aren’t just ideal for styling (or reading for that matter)– the musty smell and dusty jacket of an old book fits this holiday.
 Halloween decor calls for ravens and crows–this little fellow is just for fun.
Vintage glassware, like bottles or jars, can really make your Halloween place settings or decor more festive.
 Speaking of tabletop, Fornasetti’s peculiar Lina Cavalieri plates come to mind when I think of Halloween place settings. I’ve always found his obsession with her face odd and also that it has been immortalized on plates…and on this eerily elegant half Lina/half skull pillow! What is more Halloween than a creepy face and skull?
 This stitched spiderweb pillow isn’t vintage, but it’s a chic way to incorporate trendy indigo dyed pieces into your home while sticking to a creepy theme. Though I must say, the symbolism and craftsmanship behind this pillow are lovely.

A Freespirited Fall: 8 Cozy Boho DIYs

Finally, a new post! The past few months have been spent frantically getting our NEW APARTMENT together, adjusting to San Diego life, and splitting my time between work and school. Life has changed so much lately, and things have been difficult, but as always I’m establishing balance.

And yes, you read that correctly: Max and I have a new studio here in San Diego. It has been surreal moving into our own place, and it has presented its own challenges…but I can’t wait to finally reveal what we’re doing with the place in that cheesy, but quintessential home decor blogger “My Home Tour” post!

For now, Fall is falling–getting colder, pumpkin spicier, and cozier for some, and on the hot and sunny side (with the same long shadows and scent of new Autumn blooms in the air) for us here in San Diego. I haven’t had time to craft anything fall related amidst the chaos of this move, but I’m sure some of you out there do. And there are plenty of cozy, boho DIYs to give your home that Fall feeling. Here are a few:

Yarn Tassel Pillow Tutorial

When I think of Fall, I think of cozy, and when I think of cozy, I imagine pillows! Tassels are an easy way to add a boho feel to those Autumn pillows you’ve tossed onto your sofa or bed.

DIY Wreath

A wreath that will last through the holidays, this DIY combines a bit of textile design and your favorite flora.

DIY Chai Candles in Canning Jars

Candles are a necessity if you’re looking to add more ambiance to your home or if you want a cozier vibe;. I think I’ve mentioned before, but I’m pretty obsessed with them. I have half empty jars everywhere around our apartment. This chai candle DIY is perfect for adding some Fall scents to your home. And it’s candle making with canning jars–what’s more “Fall” than that?

Branch Weaving 101

This is a DIY I would love to try soon–weaving between found branches. These little woven pieces are perfect for hanging on a wall, for displays on a table, or altar embellishments. Oh, and they’re cheap to make!

Felt Flower Bouquet

Personally, I love flowers but struggle to keep them alive. So felt flowers are a fun alternative (and much lovelier than faux flowers, in my opinion). This tutorial gives options for different types of flowers, so creating a Fall felt bouquet is easy.

DIY Fresh Floral Moon Pumpkin

This is one of my FAVORITE DIYs! An effervescent alternative to kitsch Autumn decorating and its oversaturated oranges, yellows, and browns. Somehow, even as more of a chic, floral piece, this pumpkin still feels a bit–witchy?

Boho Fall Wreath

I believe that a principal of bohemian living is working with what’s around you to build your nest. This feather wreath uses pre-bought feathers and raffia, but wouldn’t it be so lovely with found foliage? Feathers this beautiful may be difficult to come by in your yard, but other twigs and branches and such can be substituted for the raffia. I’m really just a scavenger who loves to collect things, so I’m biased!

Mud Cloth Crochet Pillow Pattern & Tutorial

This is a super cozy take on traditional mud cloth pillows! Again, pillows just scream coziness, and crochet and knitting are total Fall activities (speaking of, I need to start crocheting gifts again!). It looks like a simple single crochet pattern with some stitching–so it may not be terrible as a beginner project.

An Ongoing Trend: Sediment, Swirls & Stone

In a post a while back, I discussed a trend I love in interior design, and one that has enjoyed more than a few minutes in the decor spotlight: stone. On the walls, as furniture, or in artwork (or represented as such), I love the organic appeal of stone and its ability to add a sense of opulence to a space.

An speaking of, in general I’ve become quite taken with organic modern design. Maybe it’s that longing for minimalism I mentioned earlier, or the coziness that natural accents, like a woven rug or live edge table bring, but every time I stumble upon a home tour where a room is more or less filled with wooden furniture and layers of natural textiles–and of course, a fuzzy rug or sheepskin–I just want to throw all of my random findings out the window and bring in the neutrals!

Not really…but I do love love love the idea of organic modern and the feeling of calm it gives me. Stone gives me that same sense, with some added glam, and I’ve watched designers and creatives turn the trend into marbled swirls of pattern on walls and floors, and layers of color in artwork.

The first time I saw this sediment wallpaper browsing through Pinterest, I was smitten and knew I would try to recreate it (or find the wallpaper) in my own home (one day…).

Sarah Sherman Samuels’ M.O. is designing bright textiles filled with both geometric and organic patterns. This is from her new series of wallpapers!

This “geode” floor created by Pernille Snedker Hansen is color eye candy and so unique! One of the coolest floor “DIYs” I’ve seen (though really it’s her ow beautiful artwork and process).

When it comes to the agate/geode trend, Anthropologie knows what’s up. Not only do they sell an agate top side table, but they also offer this beauty in a few colors.

I love the bold colors in this painting. Not stone, but the layers allude to something similar.

Layers of fringe and fiber? Yes, please! This woven wall hanging from a home tour on The Design Files is stunning and a wonderful example of how organic design moves across mediums. It was created by the home’s owner and a co-founder of this workshop on The Windsor Workshop! Personally, I hope to be able to create pieces like these someday.

Intuitive Decorating, Or Creating a Home That Reflects You

The concept of “intuitive eating”–eating what you’re hungry for when you’re hungry, and when you feel you need to–is one I learned of months ago, and an ongoing diet trend that appears to be part of a larger, more recent lifestyle zeitgeist.

Though I’ve been interior obsessed for what seems like almost a decade, I still find myself on Cosmo-like, click-bait charged interior design blogs (ahem, MyDomaine) clicking titles that usually read something like “The Design Mistakes You’re Totally Making”, or “An Interior Designer Would Never Make These Rookie Mistakes”. Naturally I like to know what exactly I don’t know, which most often is a lot! But I’m also the kind of gal who likes a bit of eclecticism and creating her own rules. So lately I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find this piece of advice when scrolling through a list (see this lovely article on Design Sponge) of DOs and DONTS: do let your home reflect you and what you love.

via Domino

As much as I love a catalog space, and on occasion long for some minimalism, my home (well in this case, the perpetual bedroom I have to work with) wouldn’t be my own without the treasures I’ve collected throughout my wanderings. I can create moodboards and perfect pairings, but our home (aka Max and I) will come together organically.

And I’m not saying there’s nothing to learn from design articles or that you shouldn’t listen to experts that offer design advice (obviously, they know their sh*t!), but I’m pushing for that new world where we can be comfortable in both our bodies and our spaces.

Thoughts on designing a space that’s YOU?

Curated Cragislist: A Folk Art & Mid-Century Mix

Rattan, textiles, and folk pieces are a few of my favorite art forms, so I’m loving this particular Curated Craigslist. And as a fan of Mexican Otomi textiles in particular, I was obviously inspired to create a new collection when I found an Otomi upholstered Mid-Century chair. I threw in a few folk art pieces, like a ceramic llama and alebrije figurine for a bit of extra “cultura”, a Mid-Century sofa and set of side tables, and some extra woven pieces.

As I mentioned in my first CC post, this blog is truly about my love of vintage and things related, and with my Curated Craiglist series I hope to inspire anyone who reads this blog to go out and explore secondhand options for their home. Not only is it sustainable, but it’s super affordable!

Enjoy!

Links to Shop:

Mid-Century Sofa

Mid-Century Coffee Table

Folk Art Llama Figure

Wicker Chair

Mid-Century Otomi Upholstered Lounge Chair

Small Rug

Side Table Pair

Sinnerlig Pendant

Oaxacan Alebrije Figure

Mid-Century Martz Lamp

The Psychedelic Desert, According to April Seelbach

One of the countless reasons I’m happy to be back home in Southern California is because of its proximity to one of my favorite natural landscapes–the desert!

I grew up exploring various deserts throughout the West with my parents. As I’ve mentioned in another post, my dad spent his youth in Saudi Arabia, dirt biking amongst the dunes and native bedouins surrounding the American oil towns there. So naturally, I spent a lot of time there as a kid. It was easiest to travel to Anza Borrego within San Diego county…and after all, SoCal is a desert. It feels like my natural habitat. So coming home to warm nights and unbearably hot days here in San Diego (that I actually can bear…I love hot weather) has been wonderful!

It’s interesting to see how the desert has become so romanticized over the years. Full disclosure, I’ve never been to Joshua Tree, but areas pretty close–but the idea of just going there has blown up (and honestly I’m pretty interested), and I’ve witnessed Instagram account after Instagram account filled with JT images or houses that people have taken up residence in. And to my friends who actually rock climb there, who scoff at the “glampers” and folks just in it for the trend, there’s a sense of ownership. The desert, whether it’s Joshua Tree or not, is a special place. It will always feel like that for me too.

So when I found April Seelbach’s account as I wandered down another rabbit hole (Instagram is a trip), it brought back that feeling. April layers digital patterns over her own photos of the desert from road trips she’s taken, and her work is decidedly retro. Her artwork reminds me of how the desert and nostalgia are somehow inherently connected (or maybe that’s just the romantic in me):

A psychedelic saguaro.

A self portrait.

Dusk? With some digital sun flare.

April also has a separate Instagram account filled with her beautiful, totally retro road trip photos here!

Thoughts on the desert?

Home In Sunny San Diego

Nearly two weeks ago, on a Wednesday morning after a few months to prep emotionally and pare my life down to what would fit in my Jeep and a sizable U-Haul, I left my beautiful home in the Bay with Max so we could both begin anew here in my hometown of San Diego. It was a bittersweet ending and I find myself still terribly homesick for San Francisco, and my friends and the wonderful people who came into my life there. It was a journey I’ll never forget, and something tells me Max and I may one day call the Bay home again.

So needless to say, it’s been a whirlwind coming here and getting adjusted, as I’ve frequently recounted to everyone who’s asked. On one hand I’m glad to be home…I’m close to family, in the sunshine again, finally moving in with Max, and with my friends here…but there is so much about my life in the Bay that I feel I’m missing, and that “reverse culture shock” I’m feeling still sits pretty heavily in my chest, and in lumps in my throat when I find myself alone, which is frequently at night while Max is off tying up loose ends back in the Bay Area. But I’ll continue to adjust and will hopefully find a balance once again between my work life, family life, relationship life, and writing. I love this blog, but it’s a lot to keep up. I will try my best to get a few new stories up that I have in mind. I’ll also be exploring the amazing world of vintage, thrifting, and antiquing that Southern California has to offer. It’s a new adventure for sure!