A Halloween Mantel

Along with the festive set-up for our Halloween shindig, we’ve added a few additional touches of the holiday around the house. Some years I go all out with seasonal or holiday decor…a ‘more is more’ mentality. But occasionally, I go through a minimalist period…usually associated with feeling overextended in my day-to-day life…so I scale everything back in attempt to stay partially sane. I’m in one of those ‘plate too full’ seasons, so I focused my energy on just the mantel. It really is the easiest spot in the house to update for seasons.

Hi Sugarplum | Halloween Mantel

Hi Sugarplum | Halloween Mantel

I raided my stash, and about 15 minutes later, we had a spooked-up mantel. 

Hi Sugarplum | Halloween Mantel
Birds: Dollar Tree // Driftwood: HomeGoods // Banner: World Market

Hi Sugarplum | Halloween Mantel

Hi Sugarplum | Halloween Mantel

Hi Sugarplum | Halloween Mantel
Striped Tapers: Similar // Brass Sticks: Thrift Store // Large Vase: World Market

Hi Sugarplum | Halloween Mantel

 

Hi Sugarplum | Halloween Mantel
{DIY} Bats // {DIY} Faux Birch Logs // Basket: HomeGoods

Hi Sugarplum | Halloween Mantel

Hi Sugarplum | Halloween Mantel
Skeleton: Dollar Tree // {DIY} Tricked Out Pumpkins
Hi Sugarplum | Halloween Mantel

I added some decor to the coffee table, too…a little goes a long way for Halloween.

Hi Sugarplum | Halloween Mantel

Such simple updates, but they made the kids so excited to see. And strangely enough, I felt less overwhelmed when I was done. The act of decorating was therapeutic for me, since putting together vignettes and outfits is my happy place. In fact, it’s inspired me and fanned my excitement for the upcoming holidays….because you know, Halloween is just the kick-off! How are you feeling about holidays being right around the corner?! They totally snuck up, didn’t they? I’m writing us a permission slip to dial back this year!

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14 Comments

  1. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Love the simple touches.

    Posted 10.14.14 Reply
  2. love the crows on the driftwood! i have a couple crows on my big metal mcm sailboat and they make me so happy right now!

    Posted 10.14.14 Reply
  3. looks great! i love the white pumpkins! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    Posted 10.14.14 Reply
  4. joen wrote:

    Love the studded pumpkins!

    Posted 10.14.14 Reply
  5. Super fun! Love the creepy crows and spiders!

    Posted 10.14.14 Reply
  6. Carrie wrote:

    I really love those DIY bug votive jars. And, that mirror! I just dug through your archives to see where you purchased the mirror and I must agree it looks so much better with the gold!!

    Posted 10.14.14 Reply
  7. Lovin' those tricked out pumpkins! So fun!

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  8. Lori wrote:

    I'm guessing that you have no regrets about painting your brick fireplace?? Not like you can go back if you change your mind. Do you remember what type of finish that you used when you painted yours? Flat, Satin, Semigloss….. I think it's going to be my next project. I hope it turns out as well as yours. Your mantle is scary fun!

    Posted 10.14.14 Reply
  9. Allison wrote:

    It's just perfect Cassie! I love the crows on the driftwood! So fun. I am into very simple this year. I say that every year. It doesn't always happen but that is my goal this year.

    Posted 10.14.14 Reply
  10. Cassie, that is too good! That first shot is amazing! Pinned!!

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  11. So cute Cassie!! You have the best decor ideas and I love how the decorations don't take over your space…they blend well and everything flows.

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  12. so cute! i love it!

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  13. Crows are my favorite thing to decorate with for Halloween and yours look so great on their branch. Our mantles look almost identical right now, but as always, I like yours better 🙂

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply
  14. mwimp wrote:

    oh cassie I totally understand the "plate too full" season – I feel like I'm drowning right now and have been lately. ur mantel is darling and it's giving me some 'oomph' to do with mine.

    Posted 10.15.14 Reply