Saturday, November 21, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Decorated House - Fall and Thanksgiving Entry Table with Velvet and Painted Pumpkins

One last hurrah for the pumpkins before they are put away for another year. It's easy to 
hang on to  Fall when the weather is so nice. If there were a couple of inches of snow, 
do you feel like Fall or  more like Winter? We are expecting a gentle cool down, so that 
will be really enjoyable for Thanksgiving day and I'm looking forward to it!

Since everything begins to move at warp speed from now until the new year, 
I am wishing you a very peaceful and beautiful Season of Thanksgiving. 

Happy ThanksGiving!

See Y'All Soon~

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween! from The Decorated House

Halloween at The Decorated House. Elegant black and white decorating with mercury glass and silver.

Wishing You a Happy Halloween Weekend!
See Y'All Soon~

Monday, October 26, 2015

Halloween Entry Table ~ Black and White Decor

Elegant Black and White Halloween Decor ll The Decorated House Blog

The Snickers and other chocolate bars are ready for the big night,  and the crows are still in a party mood and ready as well.  I remember one year trying to chose some kind of healthier snack for trick or treat, and the kids look at me like I was from another planet. Probably boxed raisins or something like that. Not what the little monsters wanted on Halloween that was for sure. Of course I have really fond memories of the candy we used to haul home when we were kids. I seldom had candy at home during the rest of the year, so it was tough not to be selfish and hide your own stash from other siblings. Today, maybe one little snickers, and that will take care of it for me. But I can't keep them in the house or one might not settle the craving.

I use this nice size urn all year long. For now it supports 3 pumpkins in a topiary style. Since I have so little color in any of the decorations, I chose to use a more traditional color pumpkin for the center. The table will remain much the same for the rest of Fall except for the obvious Halloween decor. I wanted a little touch of traditional fall color and the pumpkin does that very well, and will be perfect for a Fall looking arrangement. 

See Y'All Soon~

Monday, October 19, 2015

Halloween Decorating ~ More Black and White

The Decorated House :: Halloween Decorating with Black and White. Come see the funny crows all dressed up for the holiday, and get some more fun ideas for decorating Halloween in Black and White!

Those silly crows certainly enjoy a Halloween gathering. Give them a few minutes to roam freely and they are all dressed up with hats and collars, too. I think they are imitating the art of my little witch Izabella  decked out in snazzy black hat!  For the entry table this year, I made a tall pumpkin topiary with white pumpkins and a more traditional orange one in the center. This way I can have some Fall color by leaving it as is when Halloween is done.

Elegant and fun Halloween Decorating in Black and White. Crows with hats, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Pumpkin and Mercury Glass

On the mantel is another (faux - foam) pumpkin painted with Annie Sloan Chalk paint. Why? I just like the way the paint looks, it covers over orange very well, and I already had it on hand. Another crow with her party hat a few spiders, and a mercury glass gourd makes a fun arrangement. 

Decorating for Halloween in Black and White with Vintage, Milk Glass, Crows with Hats and more! from Donna ~ The Decorated House

A sister crow sits on top of a small rattan chest along with a beautiful antique vellum book and a sweet little plush velvet pumpkin with a paper clay stem. 

DIY Ideas in the post for you to try:

1. Painted foam pumpkins. Any good paint will work. You might have to use one with a primer in it to cover up the really strong orange ones. But if you have some ASCP, it works very well. 

2. Make some little hats and collars for your crows. Really simple to do, the hats are just a cone and a circle of black construction paper. Cut a hole in the center of the circle and attach to the cone. 

For a quick collar, you can use a cupcake paper liner or weave a wire through some vintage (or new) lace and make a circle out of it. Or you can use wired ribbon, cut off one side, and pull the wire on the other side to gather it into a circle to put around the neck. 

3. Make your own plush velvet pumpkins. 

And fill with your own style and imagination! 
See Y'All Soon~

Monday, October 12, 2015

Halloween Mantel ~ Elegant and Whimsical ~ Black and White Halloween Decor

Elegant Black and White Halloween Decorated Mantel :: The Decorated House

Even those who love mostly soft and neutral decorating, sometimes crave a bit of contrast or a splash of color. Especially this time of year. You can add a touch of elegance to your Halloween decor by simply playing with the time tested combination of black and white. Add some warm tones of gold and the sparkle of silver and you have a more grown up version of Halloween decorating.. 

The mantel this year is dressed in black and white again. Whatever your own favorite colors,  you can certainly decorate even for Fall and Halloween with the the colors you love. Even if that happens to be without the strong orange or red of the season. You might enjoy the stunning display of the turning of the leaves outside but still like a more neutral look inside. Give it some contrast like black and white, or keep it monochromatic. It can still be very festive and fun!

Elegant Black and White Halloween Decor :: The Decorated House Halloween Mantel

I'm fortunate to have a few pretty black and white artworks to display this time of year. On the mantel this time is a print of my own art, The Wizard. It was done many years ago, and although  I consider it to be simply fantasy art, it makes  a great addition for Halloween when everyone thinks of magic.

Decorating for Halloween : The Decorated House :: Decorating with Black and White, MacKenzie Child Star and Crows with Hats!

The MacKenzie-Childs star ornament is nice for Halloween, even though I usually bring it out for Christmas and New Year's decorating.  It adds another element of black and white and silver, and repeats the the harlequin design as well.

Elegant Halloween Decor Black and White :: The Decorated House : Mercury Glass Pumpkin Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Pumpkins : Crow with Hat

 The crows are merry and in a party mood with little witchy hats and decorative collars. This one is sitting on top of a faux (foam) pumpkin painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint. The mercury glass pumpkin and gourd sparkle and reflect light, with one perched atop a cute harlequin patterned urn. A few spiders complete the whimsical feeling. They are only invited inside this time of year, and only if they aren't real!

See Y'All Soon~

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Cooler Days ~ Perfect for a Broom Ride! Halloween Decorating

The Decorated House ~ Halloween Decorating Black and White

Yes, the days are cooler almost everywhere here in the states, even way, way down south. We even saw the high 60's in the morning. Which means time for pumpkins and a quick ride on your favorite broom, right? Soup is cooking, boxes of decorations are in need of being purged and put away. This is my favorite kind of decorating ... nothing new! Oh, I did drag that branch in from outside, but that was free.  Hope you enjoy a quick peek of a little Halloween fun.

The Wizard Art Print (8 x 10 inches) is back in the shop.
Just in time for some Magical Decorating!

The Wizard Art Print : Halloween Decorating Black and White © Donna Courtney ~ The Decorated House

See Y'All Soon~

Friday, October 2, 2015

October ~ October, the Halloween Month!

The Decorated House ~ Halloween Decor with Mercury Glass, Ravens and Little Vintage Witch

It's October! A month that seems very special to a lot of people just because it means Fall is here for sure. The temperatures for us are actually going to be only in the 80's. Big Chill! I don't get in a big hurry for the really cold days, but the crisp Fall nights are a treat. 

So speaking of treats, it will soon be the big Trick or Treat day. You know how I love decorating for Halloween. It's time to find out what the crows and ravens did with their hats and collars, round up all the pumpkins and see which of the little witches and bunny goblins art prints will be a part of decorating this year. I think all the Halloween Art Prints are in the shop now. 

Hope you have a great weekend.
See Y'All Soon~

Friday, September 25, 2015

How to Add a Pretty DIY Stem to Your Velvet Pumpkins

Add a DIY Pumpkin Stem to your Velvet or Faux Pumpkins to make them extra special! The Decorated House

Velvet Pumpkin with Air-Dry Clay Stem

The velvet pumpkins are such a pretty addition to your Fall and Halloween d├ęcor. You can certainly have them out from September through Thanksgiving.  One of the nicest ways to finish them is by adding a real pumpkin stem which adds a touch of realism and rustic charm. You can save them from your own pumpkins each year, or use ones you found at the market maybe.  It is so interesting to see how many different shapes the stems take on while growing.
Sometimes you might need a certain size or a more whimsical look than you might have saved. I had one pumpkin stem that was my favorite, but it was too large for this little velvet pumpkin. So I used the real stem as inspiration for making one the right size.. This one is made of  an air dry clay. It will say "air dry" on the package. Sometimes it might be paper clay, but there are other kinds as well. The one shown here is a paper clay type.  It is very easy to use, and you can keep it from drying out by when you store it for longer periods of time by  keeping a damp paper towel in a plastic bag with it.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

~ DIY : How to Make Velvet Pumpkins Plush & Pretty Fall Decorating - Tutorial

DIY Velvet Pumpkins Tutorial. The Decorated House . How to make these pretty and plush velvet pumpkins.

 How to Make Plush and Pretty Velvet Pumpkins:

It's getting to be that time of year again! Here is an early Fall Project 
you can make now, and use through Thanksgiving. 
Directions below:

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015

~ Green Envy - Only the Pretty Kind

By the date on the calendar, it will be Fall soon enough. But here it is still in the nineties and only a few flowers make it through so many days of this heat. Even the zinnias are coming to the end of the their summer season. Each year I love zinnias more and more. 

And this is one of my all time favorites. Green Envy!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

How To Create a Beautiful Aged Turquoise Patina - "Secret" Tutorial - French Drawer Pulls - DIY Tutorial

DIY How to Create a Beautiful Aged Turquoise Patina - The Decorated House 
How to create this beautiful patina for 
French Drawer Pulls 
or any other thing you might want to paint!
The "secret" is how  darn easy this is! I certainly hope it didn't sound like the painting of the drawer pulls was some difficult or complicated secret. It certainly isn't. It's quite simple. Like most "secrets" this one is pretty easy to figure out, and you probably already have! Don't worry about changing it to suit your needs, go right ahead, it is very adaptable. Over the years, this has been one of the most asked questions, how to create this look. So here are the directions!