A Pineapple Jack O’Lantern

I’ve seen a lot of cool variations on the classic carved pumpkin over the years. Gourds, squashes, little fruits like apples and oranges. But this? This pineapple jack o’lantern takes the cake by far in my book! Something about the texture of the pineapple and the spiky leaves resembling hair make it look so spooky. We make it a point to spend an evening carving pumpkins each year, but this year I’m definitely thinking we need to try our hands at carving a pineapple or two, too. The process is basically the same! Lop off the top, scoop out the fruit and carve out eyes, a nose and a jagged smile. See a bunch more ideas for decorating and carving your fruit of choice this year over at A Subtle Revelry, where my sweet friend Victoria has all things Jack O’Lantern on lock.

Pineapple Jack O'Lantern

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[Photo by Amy Covington for A Subtle Revelry.]

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Fall Favorites from Target

When I got a peek at the new fall Target Threshold collection a few weeks ago, I went a little crazy on the inside. Then, as soon as it hit stores I was busting through the door at my local store to snag one of the gorgeous brass task lamps for the studio. It’s incredibly beautiful in person, the size is perfect for my desk and the price is pretty amazing. (And, it’s even currently on sale, making it even more awesome!) I swear Target never disappoints, but I’m particularly in love with this season’s collection, pairing loads of metallics with textured pillows, patterned rugs and great ceramic and wood accessories that are just pitch perfect. These are a few of my favorites, but the bottom line is, if you have a room that needs a little something-something, get yourself to Target. You can thank me later!

Target Threshold Collection for Fall 2014

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[Shop | 1: Brass task lamp | 2: Gold and white bowls  | 3: Patterned pillows | 4: Patterned Threshold rugs | 5: Pierced metal hurricanes.]

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Color Palette: Chartreuse + McIntosh

Mark my words, friends. I have a feeling that chartreuse is about to make a major comeback. I’ve been seeing it pop up here and there in fashion and home decor, but I think it’s about to have a big presence in the world of color. So today I’m here to banish all thoughts of 70s shag carpet from your brain with proof that chartreuse can be absolutely gorgeous. Paired with a deep olive green and pretty shades of McIntosh red, peach and pink, it’s vibrant and elegant and awesome. This color palette isn’t my usual jam at all, but I love it more than I can even tell you. It feels fresh and cool and totally hip, but with a surprising sophistication. Chartreuse. Who knew it was so so pretty?

Color Palette: Chartreuse and McIntosh

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[Photos, from top: Hayneedle | The Silk and Cotton Co. via House and Leisure | Pure Vegetarian.]

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Festive Fall Recipes + Friday Link Love

Hey hey! Who else is ready for the weekend? I’m hosting a baby shower this weekend for my cousin, who is basically like a second sister to me, and I’m so excited to celebrate with her. She’s expecting a little boy at the end of the month and I’m over the moon to see her become a mommy. In the meantime, this afternoon I’m going to be working on a few last details for the decor for the shower so I’m cutting out a little early today. Before that though, let’s talk about a few festive fall recipes and a little link love, shall we? Here’s wishing you a happy and celebratory weekend of your own! See you here on Monday, friends. xoxo

Festive Fall Recipes

[Pear Hand Pies | Apple Cinnamon Margaritas | Cinnamon Toast | Meyer Lemon Cookies | DIY Cocktail Kit.]

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Spooky Glam Halloween Party Ideas

Ok! So it’s October. Let’s get this party started and talk Halloween, shall we? No doubt, spooky glam is definitely my go-to Halloween vibe. Loads of black and white, a few metallic touches and a hint of something creepy and you’ve got the job done! I’ve rounded up a bunch of my favorite tabletop picks for just such a Halloween bash. What I love most is that many of these pieces, when styled differently with a different mix of colors and patterns, are classic enough to make their way into high rotation for your party hosting needs all year long, not just for Halloween. Black and white is where it’s at when it comes to all things Halloween!

Spooky Glam Halloween Party Ideas

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[1: Drink dispenser | 2: Onyx stemware | 3: Herringbone dinner napkins | 4: Haunted Halloween appetizer plates | 5: Black owls | 6: Onyx cutlery set | 7: Black votive holders | 8: Bat toothpicks | 9: Spider web bowl | 10: Black vase.]

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