It's the Halloween Holiday Home Tour! After all, one has to be ready for a party at all times, right? Welcome to my entry hall!
I can't resist Halloween decorating. The family room is probably my favorite room to do, with the fireplace and knotty pine paneling. You may remember my prayer flags draped across my Halloween mantle.
Here's a closer look.
Over on the dry sink, a Halloween tree.
At its top is a star by Alan Cunningham. As you might note, I have a fondness for black cats (and orange pumpkins!)
A few Radko ornaments are nestled in with the others.
This pumpkin also shares space with "Diva," an art doll by Pat of The Artful Diva.
But why stop at one tree? On the bookcase you'll find an ATC tree. One of the first bloggers I "met" online and one who inspired me to blog, Beth, made this for me. The cards are mostly from people who were in my old ATC Google group.
This sweet art doll is one of Joanne's creations.
And of course there is yet another pumpkin on the window seat!
Moving along to the living room, there are a few areas that get some attention, like the top of the china cabinet. The vintage lace belonged to a member of my book club who passed it on. It was her grandmother's.
Halloween cats find a home on another book case.
I'm very fond of these fellows. And I'm especially fond of the Vivian Swift portrait of Lizzie Coco that stays up no matter what the season! Don't you think the candy corn cat with its tippy tail and white chest bears a bit of a resemblance to my yappy girl?
I couldn't resist some feathers, willow branches and silk leaves in a green vase. It just worked for me!
Even the chandelier gets some love, those these photos don't show it so well as the ones from Christmas and Easter.
These two pieces are special The last time I saw my friend Diana, whom I met online, she gave me some wheat that was used in her daughter Nora's wedding. The presentation may change. The wheat stays up year round.
And a basket of gourds with the paper Gypsy-cat makes me smile.
We end the tour with the top of the wall unit, aka "The Big Ugly." (When I find a replacement, there will most certainly be a post about it!). Almost all of these are gifts from friends who know I just love decorating for Halloween.
And yes, the decorating spills out to other areas, but this is the most of it. And really, quite enough!
So, settle in, have an apple (candied or otherwise!) and enjoy the season. I know I will! And don't forget to come back later this week for a spooky Halloween party!
This is the first of two Halloween posts for Vanessa's Halloween Party -- check my sidebar for her blog (and party), including a series of links to other Halloweenies!
I'm also linking with Beverly's Pink Saturday posts -- We're doing a little big of orange and Halloweenie there, too! Come by for posts related to seasonal decorating and breast cancer awareness.
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