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Spooky Stuff

I decided last night I could wait no longer. The Halloween box had to come down and we needed to sprinkle a little spooky dust around the house.

I focused on the mantel, taking the existing, eclectic arrangement of knickknacks currently there, keeping some of it, and adding some fun items from around the house and my special Halloween box to kick-off the season around here.

Here's a picture of the before, so you can see what I kept to create my spooky mantel scene:

I kept the bronze bird up in front, the silhouette of Mike as a little boy, the black letter blocks (turned on their sides), the cream ceramic piece, the owl and the candle in the back. I added in some of my goodies from my Halloween box, some old books from the bookshelf, a little chest from the bedroom and some candles from the hall and came up with this!

I'm a big believer in shopping the house, and most of the Halloween items I have came from HomeGoods and The Dollar Store, so the whole mantel didn't do much damage at all to the wallet, but sets a perfect mood for October and the ghosts and goblins sure to visit very soon!

And here it is all lit up! Walker wanted some mood music while we we sat on the couch and gazed at it for a while last night. Too bad they don't have a seasonal music channel for Halloween.

Next to do: the outside of the house! That's gonna really be fun this weekend!


  1. The mantel looks awesome!! I need to get my decorations out this week. I love Halloween :)

  2. Love it! Fall is my absolute favorite! I've got everything out inside my apartment, but still need to dress out the outside!

  3. wow! such small tweaks but it turned out amazing! I love it!

  4. I love the way you have your blocks spelling out family!

  5. Oh my goodness... I love the mantel. Looks like it came from a Pottery Barn catalog. Great job! I didn't realized we were practically neighbors. I am in Raleigh! There are a few of us that are in the works of getting together in REAL life sometime...(from winston salem, raleigh, greesnboro) you should join us!
    Steph from

  6. I love, love, love the orange owl!

  7. Looks fantastic! Love that you kept the silhouette!

  8. looks so great! and i love that little orange owl you have up there!


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