I didn’t get around to decorating for Christmas. I had more enthusiasm for Halloween – shucks! Laz asked me about decorating but I admit I just don’t have the heart for it this year. I pointed out to Laz that we won’t be spending Christmas at home anyway – I promise to make up for it next year. For now though, this is all I could muster for this season – Christmas on our couch.
Since I gave birth quite unexpectedly (a whole month early!), I didn’t get to finish some of the Halloween projects I had lined up – and didn’t even get to figure out how or where to hang some of the decors I already have. I guess I’m a convert – from a self-proclaimed Halloween “hater”, I am now enthusiastically planning our Halloween decorations – for next year! Hahaha! Here are some of my favorite DIY project pegs:
(Sources after the break!)
My Halloween “journey” started with pillow cases. When I moved into this house and was brainstorming about seasonal decorations, I promised myself I’d limit it to changing up my throw pillows and photos/prints, with a very restrained number of table top decors lying around. I spotted the black cats pillow cover at H&M Home, and used that as the starting point for the rest of our Halloween decorations this year. It took me forever to find an orange pillow cover – thank goodness my Ate Irene saw my post in IG and promptly sent over this awesome ORANGE cover with bats and a bunch of other Halloween stuff her kids have outgrown. (THANK YOU!)
I wanted to stick with minimalism as much as possible this year, sure, but I also wanted some handmade and DIY elements. The LaPomme pumpkins I got are all handmade – I thought I’d be able to fit all 3 plush pumpkins on my coffee table but each pumpkin was almost as big as a basketball. Love them to bits though (my LaPomme store review here).
And I’ve shared the stuff I got from Pottery Barn Kids (I didn’t use all of them though):
The priorities this year were pillow cases and Halloween-themed dinnerware for the kiddos. Next year, I’m going to focus on buying prints and a centerpiece for the dining table. (I also have a lovely little owl print from Common Room that I didn’t get to display this year). Didn’t get around to buying those terra cotta pumpkin pots from the plant store along White Plains Avenue either! It’d be nice to have a Halloween crafting project every year with the kids too (Laz helped with our DIY prints this year).
And as for costumes? Laz didn’t want to go trick-or-treating for the longest time – but changed his mind last minute, ack! The Lulipops got costumes for him (Grim Reaper) and Alo (Race Car Driver), thank goodness for grannies.
I shared in this post how I wanted to keep our Halloween decors at home as simple as possible. Aside from the occasional item in toy stores, I only intend to buy my Halloween decor from 4 stores (maybe 5, if The Gorgeous Mess comes out with those apothecary little bottles again): Pottery Barn Kids, La Pomme (as seen below), Co/op, and Quirks. THAT’S IT, I swear. (At least for now). I also really love the process of buying – and making! – a few Halloween decorations each year, and building our (small!) collection as the years go by.
It’s been a week of deliveries! Today, my order from LaPomme arrived – YAY! I’ve been slowly prepping for Halloween and Christmas (and Laz’s birthday!), and I knew I wanted to keep my holiday decors simple and, when I can get away with it, preferably handmade!
I simply emailed Apol from LaPomme, with a request for a quote and photos of what I’ve seen of her stuff and which I wanted. Apol then sent me back a quotation, and I paid 50% deposit. I paid the remaining balance and shipping fees when Apol emailed to tell me that my orders were ready, and Apol sent over the shipment. I ordered 10 hand-sewn items, and Apol had them ready in a little less than a month! Awesome. Apol responded promptly to everything, and my entire transaction with LaPomme went very smoothly. The products are also extremely well made – not a stitch out of place. I almost can’t believe everything is still handmade by Apol. I highly recommend LaPomme!