Mostly Makeup : You can accomplish many looks with the cheap and easy Makeup Crayons found at almost any Halloween shop in town. Here are a few of my favorites that you can create with makeup, or even the trench coat in your closet…hello, Breakfast at Tiffany’s! From plastic bugs glued to your nylons, craft paper hats, or finding a few twigs for antlers, there’s no excuse why you could not dress up this year for Halloween. Use your imagination, and if all else fails, roll your hair into victory rolls, add some rouge and you are set. Happy Halloween!
Next time I stay in New York City, I have my sights on Robert De Niro’s The Greenwich Hotel to feel like I am submersed in a New Yorker’s life. Not everything needs to be skyscrapers and flashing lights while visiting NYC, and often it is the brownstones or hidden gardens down a beaten brick path that peak my interest. From the spacious yet tasteful design of this hotel, you’d be surprised to find some dazzling Moroccan Zellige Tiles in your accommodations.
These Zellige Tiles are handcrafted from a natural clay and then glazed with an enamel in a variety of hues. The glossy finish and smaller scale creates texture and reflection on walls, floors, pools, tubs, and almost anywhere you can install tile in a residential setting. I love the look of the brick shape mixed with the smaller 2″ squares, and this creamy white combined with an espresso brown is masculine and classy. The smaller bastketweave on the floor into the shower creates pattern and dimension, and I am definitely drooling over this glass pane shower door and antique fixtures.
Recently featured in Interior Design Magazine, The Hogshead in Harlem is just the place to share drinks and eats. In love with the dark and mysterious look of the Black Glossy Subways and Emerald Accents; perfect for sharing all your deepest secrets with the girls, or keeping the mystery alive on a casual date night.
I love drawing inspiration for my home from the latest restaurant designs, and this look would make for one stellar bar or loft kitchen design. Designed by BHDM Design, this happening restaurant offers craft beer, cocktails, and small plates to share. The rustic yet sensual design creates a nostalgic mood for letting go of inhibitions. Seems like the perfect place to let your hair down, don’t you think?
Are you sure you want to renovate? When Donna and Phil Stone bought this Colonial Revival in 1994 to convert it to an inn, little did they know they’d have a permanent guest; renovations on the 1898 Falmouth house kicked up a young female ghost. The Stones moved antiques from the attic to a guestroom, and the ghost—whom they dubbed “Ada”—went with them. Must have been her stuff. She has fancied moving workers’ tools, flushing toilets, pulling mirrors off the walls, and turning on the faucets. Guests have seen her, her taffeta gown wooshing down the halls.
If you are willing to take on the challenge, make sure you do your research! If you think it’s just a bunch of hocus pocus, check out The Whaley House in San Diego, CA. Many hangings and suicidal deaths have occured in this haunted house, so to be sure to do your homework to ensure your old home was not the town’s courthouse or place of execution.
Some other old homes such as the Winchester Mystery House are just haunted by one misguided soul who was alive when she had carpenters working around the clock on this Victorian Beauty. Staircases that lead to no where and doors that opened to nothing. Ms. Winchester also had gold plated dinners every night for her haunted guests. You can plan your visit to this house of mystery, but if you come upon an old home for sale, be sure to ask for all the records so you won’t run into any spooky surprises!
While many Halloween Decorations may be too scary for some of the younger Trick-or-Treaters, there are always fun and classic ways to decorate outdoors that won’t scare the friendliest ghost! While setting up your candy station outdoors to greet all the ghouls and goblins, this creative Pumpkin Campfire is adorable and may even give off a little heat. If you love hitting up Antique Shops, you can usually find a bowl of antique keys for pennies. Tack or hot glue these little beauties to your pumpkins to spell out FALL or create a Monogram Pumpkin for your doorstep.
Using your drill isn’t just for home projects, hollow out ghords and pumpkins and drill little patterns for a unique glow! The pretty Cinderella & Heirloom Pumpkins are a little tougher to carve than your usual pumpkin, but if you carve out the top, you can inlay a tealight for a Fall arrangement. All the little squash and pumpkins in the grocery and farmers markets look fab on a tablescape, but incorporate them into a wreath for a welcoming display. White pumpkins look oh so pretty when you add black or colored lace to them, just don’t forget to cover the lace with decoupage, and you are set for one pretty little pumpkin!
Don’t be afraid of the dark. You will not need a nightlight to keep your mind at ease when you mix dark walls with a lot of light accents. These black walls in this formal living space looks chic and airy when mixed with white accents such as the fireplace, drapes, and seating arrangement. The best part about black walls is the sexy mood it creates, without the word dungeon coming to mind. No vampires here, just fabulous and happy people. While many are going back to black as the base, you can too with the right accessories and accent colors. The best part is you can change your accessories as often as you please based on the holidays!