Halloween elegance: Simple, inexpensive ways to decorate for the season
by Rhonda Harris
Special to The Star
Oct 28, 2012 | 1505 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Black spray paint became Rhonda Harris’ best friend when she decorated her Riverside home for Halloween this year. Photo: Submitted photo
Black spray paint became Rhonda Harris’ best friend when she decorated her Riverside home for Halloween this year. Photo: Submitted photo
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Decorating does not have to be complicated or overwhelming; in a few easy steps you can have it all done while having fun at the same time. First, decide on a plan and a color scheme — do you want scary, kid-friendly or harvest? This year I chose “Halloween Elegance” for our home. Black spray paint became my best friend. I painted silk flowers to create my Halloween dinner table centerpiece and arranged them freestyle in a simple clear glass vase, set the table with black dinner plates I already had, added candles and wine glasses, and it was ready. Also, in the dining room I added a standing candelabra that I found at a second-hand store. With a little black spray paint and taper candles, it became an elegant piece that I can keep for years.

I love to entertain, and I am always searching for unusual pieces. I found a black cake stand with gemstones and added a simple glittered pumpkin. I made several deco mesh garlands and wreaths that are also easy to create and adorned every window and staircase with them. On my sun porch I covered my furniture with material I bought very inexpensively. I had an old picture frame that I spray painted, hung on the wall and added cardboard cutout bats to the center to create the focal point of that room. Candles and strands of clear lights with splashes of silver in every room completed the look to create our Halloween home. You can easily incorporate another color like orange, purple or neon green, if you want to break up the black a little bit. That is what is so great about decorating — you are in control of your masterpiece, and it can be whatever you want it to be. Happy Halloween!
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