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” (not “Michael’s Monstrosity”) 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.

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.

Get the Look: Marjorie Green’s Apartment from Twin Peaks 2017

If you’re a Twin Peaks fan, you may already have devoured the first few episodes of the series’ revival–and been in utter bewilderment.

Max and I started the original months ago, and we’re only a few episodes shy of finishing. So I figured I’d take a stab at this new revival, see what those old faces look like today, and find some continuity within the series as a whole. Not the case! Well, the continuity part anyways. I’ve long known who murdered Laura Palmer, but what’s with the glass box? Is Shaggy (aka Matthew Lilllard) the new killer? WHO designed frantic neighbor Marjorie’s adorable vintage apartment–the only thing that makes sense to me!?

On that note, after my confusion I was inspired to gather a few resources for getting the look of her MidMod pad, and I searched everywhere for a still shot of the place (and more info on what the heck I was watching). Enjoy!

 

Where to buy:

Floral Sofa

Vintage Side Table

Birdcage

Mid-Century Modern Lamp

Coffee Table

Rotary Phone

Lounge Chair

Floral Still Life Painting

Have you seen the new Twin Peaks?

Renegade Craft Fair SF: Vendors I’m Still Shopping From

This is just a spur of the moment post, but I wanted to share a few of the vendors at Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco that I just loved, and whose shops I’m still browsing!

Norwegian Wood:

A chic shop selling everything from furniture to hanging planters!

Madime:

This Berkeley artist is all about macrame, and these knotted nests are what got me!

Local and Lejos:

A shop I’ve adored before, Local & Lejos features work from artisans around the world. Really diggin’ that serape!

Sarah Duyer:

Sarah Duyer creates playful and geometric ceramic pieces including planters and bowls, and a few very chic dip glazed pieces.

Darzah:

The hand embroidered flats (and many many other pieces created by talented Palestinian women artists) from Darzah caught my eye as I wandered through the aisles of Renegade.

Res Ipsa:

Arguably my favorite vendor, Res Ipsa turns Turkish kilims into flats, loafers, and the most gorgeous bags and backpacks!

Moccian:

I fall hard for woven anything–which is why I stopped to ogle Moccian’s woven bags, totes, and clutches.

Lazy Lotus:

I’ve burned these candles every night since Renegade. They are the most affordable, fragrant candles I’ve had and I will soon stock up on more jars!

Have you attended any of the Renegade craft fairs? What artisan or crafter do you recommend?

The Tufted Flea

I’m on Spring break for the first time in…4 years? It’s become such a novelty for me, this educational interval, and needless to say I’m grateful for the extra free time! This will be a week of catching up on sewing projects (aka sewing class homework) after work, buying more lumber for my side table (post to follow when I’m finished!), and now, working on my new Etsy shop, The Tufted Flea! I’ve had so many pieces lying around that I’ve been meaning to sell–though frankly I’ve become attached to many of them who now sit on different surfaces of my apartment–and I finally shot a few, edited my photos, and set up shop (again).

The Tufted Flea will feature vintage goods, funky finds, and hopefully furniture and my own handmade pieces. I’ll slowly accumulate more product as time goes on, but until then, see if anything strikes your fancy–welcome to The Tufted Flea!

On Life, Adventures Home, and Falsa Blankets

Sorry for the late post! Life’s been pretty hectic, as usual, and I tend to bite off more than I can chew. My motivation to post on The Tufted more often has dipped a bit, and I’m struggling to juggle everything and still find some personal time. I wish I could dedicate more time to all of the creative stuff I love, like creating posts on this blog, or taking photography classes, or finally making my curtains longer by sewing more fabric and my leftover thrifted tassels onto the bottoms. Even in woodworking, I’m not able to spend more time in the workshop than the length of the class period. Life’s a grind, and being a creative in an expensive city is a grind. But I’m slowly working my way toward something.

I spent the weekend home in San Diego, basking in the sunshine, exploring every part of the city, and enjoying time with my family, friends, and pups. I miss home and nice weather, and I’m looking forward to warmer times, in every sense.

Before I went home, I made the decision to embark on a quest–for a Mexican falsa blanket. Truthfully, I’m not sure how I developed this mania of falsa blankets, but I’ve always loved Mexican and South American textiles in general, and I find them frequently in bohemian and vintage interiors. I’m also always looking for pieces of home and the stereotypical beachyness of Southern California. In the home tour of my friends’ apartment, you can find a falsa draped over their bite sized love seat–a perfect accent within the space of a couple from the California coast.

A bit of history about these blankets–erapes and falsas were woven by the indigenous Chichimecs of Mexico, and found within “poorer communities of Mexico and Guatemala” in precolonial days. Falsas in particular today are a blend of different materials including “acrylic, polyester, and cotton”.

There’s something really nonchalant, yet energetic about these blankets, so I set out to find one against the will of my mother who believed she could find a cheaper one during her frequent travels to Tijuana and Baja (you can’t get cheaper than 11 bucks, so waiting was out of the question). Anyway, I settled on this over saturated beauty (and came back from the trip with a few other goodies):

Yes, I found my falsa amidst a pile of several other falsas at a kitschy shop in Old Town after looking through a few stores like a tourist (and in my defense we were with one, a good family friend), but this one stood out from the bunch! So far I’ve draped it over my bed, washed it, then decided to fold it with my other blankets. I went looking for falsa inspiration and decided this post would feature the many ways in which you can use this iconic textile.

As a coverlet.

A super affordable way to a bedroom with a boho vibe and a pop of color and pattern. Seriously, it beats a $100, or even $50 duvet.

As a throw.

Because obviously. Falsas are warm! Cozy up with one on the sofa.

As a throw pillow.

Falsas are equally as cool when DIYed for pillows!

As a tablecloth. 

Perfect as a tablecloth for a wedding, kitchen, or hackneyed “Indie” al fresco Summer dinner.

As upholstery.

Who knew that a fauteuil and a falsa were such a perfect match?

Thoughts on juggling life, or falsa blankets?

A Persian Rug and a Mid-Century Nursery

 

A week ago, I was inspired by a little Persian runner on Chairish with colors I thought would be fantastic for a nursery: yellow, blue, and red. A few nights later I had dinner with two former coworkers (and now good friends!), one of which has two adorable, quickly growing twin toddlers, so the topic naturally turned to them. I took that as a sign to put together a nursery designed around the rug.

I love the combination of Persian or “traditional” style rugs with a MidMod aesthetic, so needless to say I went with that theme–and after finding a few cute vintage pieces, including a vintage Eames style rocker in bright yellow and an amazing new, modern crib from DwellStudio, the look came together. It ended up being a fairly modern look with bits of Mid-Century inspiration.

Now I’m not looking into having kids anytime soon, but I find nursery design so fun! It’s definitely a place to take the objects you loved as a child and create a whimsical space for your own…or simply enjoy designing with less “adult” items (notice the Nate Berkus llama–I HAD to add it!). Enjoy!

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Where to shop:

  1. Zoreh Persian Rug from Chairish

2. Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Pendant from Chairish

3. DwellStudio Crib from DwellStudio

4. Fiberglass Rocker from Etsy

5. MCM Dresser from Chairish

6. Honeycomb Shelves from Etsy

7. Llama Plush from Target

Are you planning a nursery soon?