After recently painting the fireplace, I thought it would be fun to decorate for Halloween. It's not really a tradition celebrated in Australia, but there is just something about the vibe of the holiday I find fascinating. Besides the odd plastic pumpkin and witch's hat, there isn't much in the way of decorating supplies, so I used pieces I already had around the house and a few new bits to create an eclectic Halloween inspired fireplace.
I went with a black and white theme, creating a few cluster vignettes on the mantel piece. And I just couldn't resist this plastic owl from the gardening section of the local cheap shop, the perfect spooky addition to the fireplace.
The first cluster I made using these chess pieces from ceramic chess pieces from Spotlight. They reminded me a little bit of Harry Potter, so I just had to use them. I added in a black baroque pattern vase, a few old books and a pair of vintage silver goblets to finish my Hogwarts inspired corner.
My second vignette is a homage to Victorian Gothic literature, inspired by The Raven. I had all these pieces around the house, so it was just a matter of finding a nice balance. This is one of my favourite old photos I found amongst a stack of postcards, the gentleman in the picture fascinates me and added a perfect spooky feel.
It's certainly not traditional Halloween decorating, but it was fun to think outside the box and create a space inspired by some of my favourite pieces of fantastical literature.