Yesterday we shared some of the more elegant Halloween décor that ZGallerie is selling this year. They have a knack for selling not just a product but a whole look, with their constantly incredible displays.
Halloween is a favorite Holiday for many. For some of us there is no better way to come out and express our darker side or our alter ego…or just get a thrill out of startling others.
The appeal is so varied from the prettiest princess, a mysterious gypsy, the most evil looking witch to the most disgusting looking zombie.
Costumes can be somewhat revealing into the inner character of a person and we don’t mean that in a negative way. We happen to know a guy who went into the Salt Lake Community College today to take a test and wore a gorilla suit just to see what peoples reactions would be…shock factor is a big part of this world as well as comedy relief.
As Interior Designers our focus is in making your home or living environment reflect who you are. This is a constant focus and it becomes so much more intriguing during Halloween.
A few months ago we asked a few Interior Designers in our social network to share some of the ways they decorate their homes for Halloween.
You see no matter how many glamorous high quality goods we promote we recognize that everyone including us has a budget and some of these budgets can’t put much priority in decorating extensively and expensively for every Holiday.
We all have to prioritize and our lifestyles vary. Some of us my chose a quiet evening at home giving out goodies to trick-or-treaters while others may prefer to host a costume party.
There is also some curiosity about how designers live and decorate their own homes since they can be quite the experts in the area of lifestyle design. So we were thrilled when Interior Designer Jen Duchene responded.
Jen Duchene is an incredible woman who has worked for years with the purpose of transforming peoples homes to be not only visually pleasing, but to mirror who they are personally. She truly has a gift for doing this and most often does it using what they already own.
She has gone beyond this intuitive gift to become a mentor to woman all over the world. She is the Author of the book Le Chic Cocoon: 7 Steps to Creating your Selfish Space, the host of Le Chic Soul Speak, a program that is used to inspire and support woman in self expression, establishing healthy boundaries and empowering them in creating a better life.
She is the Le chic Lifestyle and Design Expert Polite woman Extraordinaire. A long title yes but when you get to know her you will see why this is so fitting.
She has been a blessing in the way she has shared so much of her wisdom and purpose with us over the years. We were simply delighted to have her share her inspired Halloween Décor with us. We think it has a bit of a voodo vibe…spooky and magical.
The coolest thing is she worked with what she had and by tweaking it combining it in various ways and adding more to it, she made it incredible…this is a trademark of her design business and what she encourages us to do with our lives.
In our practice we believe that the environment is an outside refection-even a vision board of the inner part of who we are. Symbolically you have to work with what you have, tweak it, change what you can, purge and bring in new beliefs, habits and supporting relationships to create a better you.
Jen understands that there is a bridge between the gap of self and our surroundings and she always works to honor that. That is why we find her work so very intriguing.
You are never going to be someone else but it doesn’t mean you are never going to be even better, it is all how you work it.
Please enjoy our little slide show featuring the Halloween magic of Design Jen Duchene and for you do it yourselfers, here is the break down in her words of how she achieved this look.
She shows that you don’t have to even decorate a whole room, you can just make a simple table a focal point for the holiday décor and you’re good.
“I decided to buy some black netting 3 yards to cover my cloth and use a gold white black silver theme for spookiness. I also bought a packet of black spider webs from JoAnns. I also used feathers, string, a bone, masks and odds and ends that I have on hand. I painted a holiday bird black and also some white doilies to put under the masks on the black plates . I added a touch of fun with the bracelets to wrap the napkins…used some hair extensions in a braid around the magnifier and in the pot of spookiness. This is easy to replicate with whatever people have lying around.”
“For the side table I assembled similar items sticking to my found theme and getting into the feel of a spooky explorer and magician. I started with the art, layered it with a box and built up from there.”
This has made us look at the things we had lying around differently. We love the idea of using what we already have. Thank you so much Jen for sharing your talents with us.
Have a happy, safe Halloween everyone!