by Chelsea Costa
It’s October! And you know what that means – things are about to get all spooky up in here. But this year I’m switching it up and instead of good ol’ orange and black, all of my Halloween festivities are going to be black and white. It feels a little bit classy, a little bit glamorous, and still plenty spooky for Halloween. And we’re translating that palette into a simple bouquet of Halloween flowers that you can use as a centerpiece. Just find some seasonal florals in a black and white palette and let’s get to work!
- white filler flowers like carnations and stock
- black or dark purple flowers like dahlias (black lilies would also work!)
- black accent pieces like black chili pepper plant
- drooping greenery, like dusty miller
First, when you are choosing your florals, look for interesting shapes and textures. I love the combination of the hanging dusty miller, the ruffly dahlias, and the glossy chili peppers — it feels kind of mysterious. And if you can’t find flowers that are black, go for an inky purple or maroon. Perfect for Halloween!
After you have your florals chosen, start with the white filler stems. Trim the leaves on the lower portion of each stem. Cut the stem at an angle, ensuring that it’s the right height for the vase. Create a few that are a little taller at the center, and a few that are a little shorter around the outer edges of the bunch to get a nice shape started.
Once the white flowers are in place, begin to insert the dusty miller around the base of the bouquet, so that it hangs over the sides of the vase. Trim any greenery around the stem and be sure to make a fresh cut before inserting each piece. Continue until you are satisfied with the amount of greenery.
Finally, insert your darker pieces. Trim the stems at an angle and remove any low leaves. Start with the dahlias and tuck them into the bouquet, being sure to spread the color evenly around the vase. Finish with the chili peppers, placing them every so often for visual interest.
Be sure to look at your creation from all sides and rearrange any uneven parts! Use the centerpiece on your table, or take it as a gorgeous hostess gift to your big Halloween party. I’m looking forward to a glam, black and white season!
[Photos by Lovely Indeed for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Gold vase from Target
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When playing around with today’s color palette, I was first and foremost inspired by this gorgeous shade of topaz. It feels like the ultimate fall color in my book. Paired with shades of khaki and amber with a touch of stripes or zebra print and you’ve got a look that I’m kind of wild about at the moment. (Um, yeah, pun totally intended there.) It should also be noted that I definitely want to give this at-home pumpkin spice coffee a try. We always make our coffee pour over style and the idea of mixing in the pumpkin spices directly with the coffee grounds sounds pretty delicious to me. I’m not a huge fan of the pumpkin spice lattes that seem to send everyone else into a craze this time of year, they’re generally just too sweet for me. That doesn’t mean I don’t want a little pumpkin spice in my life though so I’m definitely going to give this a try sometime this week! Or maybe even this morning. Because Mondays call for delicious coffee, no?
[Photos, from top: Woodnote Photography from The Glitter Guide | Pumpkin spice coffee from Top with Cinnamon | Kate Spade earrings at Nordstrom.]
Happy Friday, friends! I don’t know if I’m ever going to stop feeling this way, but I just can’t get over how quickly the weeks are flying by. Are we really heading into the last weekend of September? Already? It kind of blows my mind. We never made it apple picking last weekend so on Sunday it’s off to the orchard! In the meantime this evening and tomorrow are going to be completely unglamorous as I try to catch up on work and finishing some planning for the holiday season. Oh and I might squeeze in some housework and laundry, too. (Told you! Totally glam.) I hope everyone has had a great week and happiest of weekends to you! xoxo
[Photo by Laura Dart for Kinfolk.]
As we ease our way into Halloween and the fall holiday season, I’m finding myself falling in love with brightly colored neon pumpkins, which were a huge trend last fall. It’s such a fun way to add a splash of festive seasonal cheer to your home or front porch without diving headfirst into the classic autumnal shades of brown, red, orange and gold. Whether they be big orange pumpkins or tiny little white gourds, every squash you can think of looks mighty fine with a coat of neon paint or a ribbon of neon studs created with basic craft store fabric paint. These five are a few of my favorites, but however you rock it you really can’t go wrong with a little neon love for your fall pumpkins.
[1: Sweet C's Designs | 2: A Beautiful Mess | 3: Funkytime | 4: Chatelaine via Poppytalk | 5: Hello Lidy.]
As the leaves begin to turn and the air turns crisper by the day, I’m definitely finding myself in the mood to whip our place into shape before the cold settles in for winter. What is it about fall that always makes me want to organize and clean and get all the linens and extra blankets washed and folded up? One of my favorite ways to cozy up the place for winter is with plaid! We have a whole bunch of plaid wool blankets that we keep in the living room, on the foot of the beds and slung over chairs for impromptu cuddling up when the weather gets cold. Yup, I just love plaid, which is why I’ve rounded up 10 modern ways you can decorate with plaid. You can pop over to Babble to get the inspiration and below I’ve picked out a few pieces that will help you get the look!
[Get the look | Plaid throw | Plaid bedding | Plaid scarf | Plaid handbag.]