Jeran McConnel of Oleander and Palm likes to keep things simple, and that includes her Halloween decorations. For our Halloween Style Challenge series, she decorated her living room and fireplace mantel for Halloween in black and white for a modern, clean look.
She shows us how she achieved the look and shares a couple of DIY ideas along the way.
Halloween Decorations in Black and White
I’m really pleased to be a part of this fun Halloween Style Challenge. We love Halloween, and dressing my kids up in fun costumes that go together is a tradition in the McConnel house. I really don’t want to feel like I’m living in a haunted mansion or on the set of a horror movie, though, so I don’t do scary, creepy or frightening Halloween. We like to keep Halloween decorations more on the happy and fun side.
My aesthetic is quite clean and modern, so I try not to crowd my space with decorations. So, for the last couple of years, I’ve kept my décor in a simple black and white palette with owls, pumpkins and a few spiders.To see where a lot of my inspiration comes from, you can check out my Halloween and Fall Pinterest boards.
I have a collection of owls that come out every fall. My daughter Denali started collecting them about six years ago, so we have lots. This year I added this little owl, but I gave him a quick coat of flat white paint first. The biggest owl is a vase, which I filled with a branch that I spray painted black.
I made a simple fall garland with some thick cotton piping that I got at the fabric store for 50 cents/yard, and some 1-inch pieces of copper pipe, found the in The Home Depot’s plumbing section.
Here in Southern California, Halloween temperatures are usually still in the 80s and 90s. Real pumpkins can rot in this heat, so I love painting plastic/foam ones. I spray painted a couple bags of these cute gourds black and white and scattered them around the room.
A few years ago, I bought the manikin hand at a flea market; it shows up in lots of rooms in our house. It’s kind of a weird quirky piece, but I like to give my guests some interesting to look at.
And what’s a holiday without treats? I love an excuse to entertain. I’m serving pretzels, breadsticks and candy in glass beakers.
Cheese Board DIY
Instead of paying for an expensive cheese board at a designer home store, I made my own with a few supplies from The Home Depot.
At The Home Depot, I had an associate cut a 6-in. walnut board to a 16-in. length
I gave it a really good sanding and then attached a couple black and copper drawer pulls.
I added felt furniture pads to the bottom, so that the screw heads wouldn’t scratch the surfaces that the tray was placed on.
And then finally, I rubbed the wood with a little olive oil, to seal it and bring out the gorgeous wood grain.