DIY Halloween House Monster



I always decorate for Halloween, but there’s no formula. Some years it’s only a porch full of pumpkins and others it’s something a little more. This year I decided that the windows in my guest room were begging for eyeballs.




And that’s how it started, with six dollars worth of poster board and a pair of scissors. My first thought was that I’d like for them to be a bit larger, maybe even bigger than the windows themselves, but I was happy. I shared this photo on Instagram and Facebook as an afterthought.




And that’s when the design by committee began! Several friends and followers suggested that the large living room window directly below needed teeth. And they were 100% correct, so back out came the scissors and leftover paper scraps.




A window full of neon yellow snaggleteeth later and more suggestions came pouring in. Friends who live in town started driving by with their children in tow and I even caught a few snapping photos.




The last suggestion that I entertained was the addition of some mean eyebrows with the last two scraps, which definitely made this DIY Halloween house monster complete. All-in-all it was a blast to create and I can’t wait to see the looks on trick-or-treaters’ faces in a few weeks!


48 Halloween Things

Halloween was always played up as the best holiday at my house as a kid, which is probably why it remains my favorite to this day. I love the childhood innocence involved, as well as the more macabre side you learn about a few years later. My house is all decorated – maybe you’ve already seen it on social media – and I’ll be sharing more about that tomorrow. But for now here are four dozen All Hallows’ Eve treats I think you’ll love!



1/ 2-Ingredient Ghost Chocolate Cups  2/ Caramel Apple Sangria  3/ Screaming Face Print
4/ DIY Ghost Tassels  5/ Hand Painted Floral Pumpkin  6/ DIY No-Sew Monster Trick-or-Treat Bags
7/ DIY Paper Leaf Fall Garland  8/ Double Double Toil and Trouble Print  9/ Halloween Devotional Candles
10/ DIY Ghost Pinatas  11/ Moon Garland  12/ Printable Fang Treat Bags



13/ Printable Spooky Treat Bags  14/ S’mores Caramel Apple  15/ Skull Placemats
16/ Surprise Bloody Cake  17/ 3-Ingredient Hatchet Cookies  18/ Creepy Chocolate Chip Cookies
19/ DIY Bloody Baubles  20/ DIY Gilded Insect Faux Taxidermy  21/ DIY Marbled Candles
22/ DIY Optical Illusion Pumpkins  23/ DIY Skull Cake Plate  24/ Glow in the Dark Skull Pillow



25/ Skull Wall Decal  26/ Kitchen Sink Halloween Chocolate Bark  27/ Black Crow Doormat
28/ Printable Halloween Art  29/ Printable Spell Book Covers  30/ Sanderson Sister Black Sangria
31/ Sophisticated-Spooky Chalk Poster Set  32/ Vulture Print  33/ Beyond is All Abyss Necklace
34/ Creepy Eyeball Lollipops  35/ DIY Fornasetti Trays  36/ DIY Halloween Silhouette Plates



37/ DIY Marbled Indigo Pumpkins  38/ DIY Paint Pen Pattern Pumpkins  39/ DIY Sun Dyed Treat Bags
40/ Halloween Banner  41/ Hand Pillow  42/ Ladies Mannequin Hands
43/ Paper Bats Wreath  44/ Printable Spooky Candy Poppers  45/ Halloween Ornament Set
46/ Skull Chart  47/ Spooky Swirled Meringue Cookies  48/ DIY Wax Dipped Flowers


Light One Up

October has me reaching for hot tea, blankets, and candles! As soon as it’s in the 60s I’m ready to settle in and get cozy, nesting at its finest my friends. I like to keep a small stash of scented candles on the shelf in my coat closet and bring them out one by one all fall and winter long. Not only do they make great last minute hostess gifts come the holidays, they also keep my cold weather wear smelling lovely.



ROW 1: Bergamot + Black Tea // Campfire
ROW 2: Clary Sage // Cucumber Sweetgrass // Eucalyptus Clove
ROW 3: Fleur D’Oranger // Hygge // Le Feu Gris
ROW 4: NO. 2 Indica // Oakmoss + Amber // Orange Cardamom
ROW 5: Bourbon & Brown Sugar // Pennsylvania Homesick // Roam New York
ROW 6: Yosemite’s Firefall // Tea Leaves & Bergamot // Sweet Pea & Clover
ROW 7: Surf // Starry Night // Calm


Atelier Février Rugs



These beautiful floor rugs by Atelier Février cost more than my first car (a 1987 VW Cabriolet convertible for those of you wondering), but goodness they’re a treat for the eyes. This is the kind of rug that people hang on the wall rather than lay underfoot. Each design features a modern look that’s been created with traditional craftsmanship.







Pitchers + Jugs

I’ve been taking stock of serving vessels that I have in the house as holiday entertaining season starts to draw near. By putting out pitchers of water, decanters of wine, and jugs of cream for coffee you’re sure to save yourself time and make your guests feel very much at home. No one needs to ask about refills when it’s serve yourself!



ROW 1: Pot De Lait Collection // Arctic Jugs
ROW 2: Carter Pitcher // Gold Serve Pitcher // Halston Pitcher
ROW 3: Morandi Pitcher // Northern Lights Pitcher // Onyx Dipped Pitcher
ROW 4: Stainless Steel Mirror Pitcher // Still Life Jug // Trap Pitcher


Still House


Aqua Culture Vase // Long Blade Ring // Okolo Cufflinks // Green Hexagon Stone Trivet

What started in 2011 as a brick and mortar shop in New York’s East Village is now available to the masses thanks to the internet. Still House has one of the best curated selections of interior accessories and jewelry I’ve come across in some time. Every single piece chosen by owner Urte Tylaite is clearly full of thought and intentional design choices, as timeless as they are beautiful. With goods from talented designers like Fort Standard, Kristen Elspeth, and a slew of others I’m looking forward to picking up a few special gifts for the holidays here in the coming months!



Geometric White Stone Candle Holder // Sarala Ring // Lasa Earrings // Black Creamer



Maple Letter Opener // Laya Necklace // Conductor Flasks // Long Steel Dessert Fork

I received product from Still House in exchange for this post. All words and opinions are my own, as always. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush creating fresh content!


Pretty Planters

October may not seem like the obvious time to repot houseplants to you, but it’s the time my propagated succulents chose for me. I’ve been babying a bunch on my kitchen windowsill for nearly a year and they’ve just about outgrown their current digs. I like to look at planters as more of a sculptural investment because they can be so. darn. expensive, but I also won’t hesitate at using pretty teacups, latte bowls, or ramekins – be resourceful!



1/ Black Speckle Planter   2/ Cup Planter   3/ Moda Cement Planter   4/ Ochre Pot   5/ Peruvian Planters   6/ Radial Vessels   7/ Rubber Planter   8/ Terracotta Planter   9/ Tribal Pots


Cozy Floor Seating

I entertain more during autumn and winter than the warmer seasons, and while my dining room comfortably seats eight my living room is lacking places to plop down because of its layout. That’s where moveable floor seating comes into play. Floor cushions can be tucked under a coffee table or couch, while poufs and more substantial pieces placed in corners or other rooms and taken out when needed. It doesn’t hurt that each and every piece is perfectly soft and cushiony, welcoming guests to cozy up and stay awhile.

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The first thing I noticed about Haand‘s pottery pieces is that several can be used in multiple ways – kitchen, bedroom dresser, dining table, and more. Each piece is designed by Mark Warren and crafted by hand in Eli Whitney, North Carolina at the Haand workshop by a small team of dedicated makers. The care and attention paid to each “farmhouse futuristic” piece is abundantly clear.