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Decorating For Halloween

If you’ve walked into any grocery or department store, you’ve no doubt seen the splashes of black and orange and caught the aroma of latex in the air.  Decorating for Halloween can be a fun activity and there are so many directions a person can go.  From scary and horrifying to playful and cartoonish, you’ll find everyone has a unique take on the spooky holiday.  We’ll take you through some of the most common ways people bring Halloween to their homes and also some of the ways people create a more year ’round permanent solution to satisfy their inner ghoul.


There probably isn’t a more iconic symbol of Halloween than the pumpkin.  Native to North America, pumpkins are used in all sorts of recipes for Thanksgiving and typically represent bounty.  But for Halloween, they are carved out to make jack-o’-lanterns.  Make them devilishly frightening or go the more goofy route.  For the more talented and patient, entire works of art have been carved into pumpkins.  Nowadays, you can buy stencils from the store or even download templates online that can be traced right on to the pumpkin.  The PumpkinLady.Com is a great resource.  But don’t be put off by the effort.  You don’t necessarily need to do any carving to create the Halloween vibe.  After all, a carved pumpkin will start to rot after a couple of days.  You can always leave the pumpkin untouched and display them as they are.  An uncarved pumpkin can last anywhere from two to three months.  Check out these cool carved and uncarved displays for inspiration.

decorated pumpkins for halloween including carved, painted and uncarved


An easy way to put a little fright into your Halloween decor is to play on our sense of mortality.  Nothing does that more effectively than seeing a skeleton.  It only takes a skull or two to change the aesthetic from playful to a bit creepy.  If they are properly displayed on your lawn, you can make it appear as if the skeleton is busting it’s way out of the grave.  Some people can DIY these things with paper mache but you’d be better off getting some cheap stuff from the Halloween section of your local party shop.

spooky photo of bat wing potion and skull on a book


If we’re taking our mortality to the next logical step beyond our bones, then the spirit world would be next.  One of the easiest ways to dress up for Halloween is to toss a white sheet over yourself and you’re an instant ghost.  Similarly, it’s very easy to create some ghosts on your porch or in your home by simply hanging some small white linens.  Cheesecloth is a great options for that transparent effect.  There are a couple of very clever ways to go about this.  One easy method is to use a spherical object, preferably a styrofoam ball and toss some cheesecloth over top.  Then,attach a string to it, either by tape or pin and needle through the cheesecloth.  Then, pin the other end into the ceiling.  Give it a pair of eyes and a mouth but even that isn’t necessary.  Another very clever way to create a ghost is using a white balloon.  Some black permanent marker can be used to create the eyes and mouth.  Then tape some white tissue to the bottom and you’ve got a couple of friendly ghosts flying around.  The DIY Network has a great tutorial on making ghosts.

Ghost Halloween Decoration Hanging From a Tree


When you think of creatures that tend to give you the creeps there are probably a few that would instantly come to mind.  Oddly enough, snakes are not a Halloween character but bats and spiders are.  Black cats have also had a reputation of being a bad omen.  However, they are much more revered than feared nowadays.  Bats’ association with Halloween may have something to do with migration habits in the Fall in North America.  But a bat is also associated with one of the forms which popular vampire icon, Dracula can take.  The easiest way to add some bats to your doorway is cutting them out of black construction paper and hanging by a string.  Not much else is needed.  There is no shortage of fake spider webs that you can purchase from any grocery store’s Halloween section.  Grab as much of this and spread it out to heart’s desire.  Spread it over the bushes outside, across windows or span it at the top of your doorways.  It’s always an easy and very effective decoration.  Check out this example of someone using creepy creatures when decorating for Halloween.

Spider Halloween Web Decoration with webs spread across outside brick wall and across bushes


What do you do if you’re so into the Halloween aesthetic that just having a day or even a month doesn’t satiate your craving for the macabre.  There are solutions that can turn a room into something that expresses your ongoing gothic tendencies.  Wallpaper has a history that harkens back to the Victorian age which is a popular aesthetic for creating a haunting vibe in the home.  The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland is popular template. But there are modern options too that can create an amazing backdrop when you’re decorating for Halloween all year ’round.  A few of our favourite wallpapers are pictured below.  From the sexy, sophisticated gothic look of Huntington Lace, the dark creepy farmhouse effect of Black Wood Boards or the dramatic impact of Amityvillve, any room can have strong dark overtones and create a canvas for all your furniture and accessories.  If black cats are your thing and you want to be a bit more playful with your decor, Meow would be right up your alley.

Huntington Lace Wallpaper.  White floors and black lace wallpaper with a short black dresser Huntington Lace

Black Wooden Boards Wallpaper.  Wallpaper with black faux timber look with black lamp shade, black lamp stand, black wall clock and black chair and yellow blanketBlack Wooden BoardsAmityville Wallpaper. white Skull wallpaper with a smokey skull in a mirror with a brown chairAmityville

White Wallpaper with Black Cats called Meow from Milton & King.  In front of the wallpaper is a striped tent, letter blocks on the ground a black crochet stool and a black cat. Meow

For more eerie wallpaper designs, check out everything that Milton & King has to offer.

Halloween has it’s history rooted in the meeting of religious and pagan traditions.  Today, it’s largely bereft of any serious connotations.  Now it’s all about the fun.  What will we dress up as?  How will we decorate?  There are no rules when it comes to transforming your porch or your home.  There are definitely some easy options if you’re stuck.  Pumpkins, ghosts, spiders, bats, and skeletons are all easily identified with the holiday when you’re decorating for Halloween.  If you desire to dress up your lair for more than an annual occasion, wallpaper is a great way create a haunting backdrop that any soul would find to suitable to dwell in.

Designer Spotlight

Ayana House: A Project by The Designory.

Ayana House is an immaculately designed family home.  It is finished down to the finest detail. This is just the latest project by The Designory, a Sydney-based design studio with a team of talented designers, draftsmen, decorators and consultants who specialize in end to end transformations of residences, small-scale commercial and hospitality projects.

Ayana House was designed for the Director of The Designory, Melissa Bonney and her family. It was a complete renovation from the front exterior to the backyard pool and everything in between. Walls had to be removed, redefining living spaces both downstairs and upstairs to create a haven that was filled with light and custom-made with signature natural materials and finishes.

The team at The Designory used high end appliances, bespoke joinery, solid walnut, luxe wool carpet, natural stone, sheer linens, plantation shutters and so much more throughout the home. These features helped to create the relaxed tropical vibe that the family was seeking. Upon entering the home, one would find a new stacked stone and timber clad facade. Then there is a custom designed outdoor shower and seating area. The design team did a beautiful job creating a secluded relaxation space.

A second living area was created and crucial for the family of five.  Their teens needed different zones than the toddlers.  But there also needed to be a space for everyone to be together. Separating the front of the house from the rear is a cavity slider. When opened, it reveals a massive open space where the kitchen becomes the main hub. The living areas have skylights and bi-fold and sliding doors allowing for maximum natural light. The backyard has a tropical inspired pool and leafy garden with a built in BBQ.

However, when retreating upstairs where the bedrooms are, it’s all about serenity. The bedrooms are finished with beautiful bespoke joinery, luxurious wool carpets, built-in desks and mini walk-in wardrobes. There is a stunning curved wall featured in the master suite as well as a walk-in wardrobe and a balcony surrounded by palms.

The toddler’s room continues the sense of calm with cool blue colours coming off the Shibori Stripe wallpaper from Milton & King.  The Designory cleverly hung the wallpaper with the stripes vertical rather than horizontal. This creates the illusion of a room with higher ceilings. See a few of the photos from Ayana House below and for more details and photos of this beautiful project by The Designory visit

Boys bedroom with Shibori Stripe Wallpaper hung vertically with a basket of stuffed animals and a bookshelf full of childrens' books.
Boys bedroom with Shibori Stripe Wallpaper hung vertically shelving
Personal Stories

Making A Nursery For Baby Remi

We always get excited when we read stories about personal projects people undergo in their homes. It can be such a process to first even know when you want. Second, do you have the budget to implement what’s in your head? Third, do you have the time?  When it finally comes time to put hand to hammer, hopefully you have a good idea about where the process will lead. It can be daunting looking at it from the beginning but it’s oh-so inspiring to see someone work towards a goal. In the end, it’s always worth it. Sometimes, it can turn out even better than imagined.  That was certainly the case with this nursery.

The Project

Robyn Meacham posted about her desire to make a nursery for her 4 month old baby girl, Remi.  Robyn is a young wife and mother of two who is a Los Angeles transplant living in Utah. She frequently posts about her home-life and various projects on her blog  Her older daughter never had a nursery growing up in their previous apartment. But now being a homeowner, she wanted to give little Remi a proper space.

Robyn’s describes her direction as wanting something girly and classic.  She also wanted to use items that she could use outside of the nursery down the road when a nursery was no longer needed.  She used other items not pictured here like a basket, pouf and mirror from Target and a Let Love Grow sign from August and April. The crib is from Wayfair.

We particularly love her choice in wallpaper.  Robyn chose the Baby Bloom from the Love Mae Collection at Milton & King.  All it took was one accent wall to bring some beautiful, soft and bright colour to the room.  The design consists of soft, blooming flowers surrounded by delicate leaves.  It’s the perfect colour and design, not only for a nursery, but for any child, particularly a young girl.  This will accomplish Robyn’s goal of being able to use this for baby Remi and eventually for toddler Remi or maybe her older sister, Saylor.

Nursery by The Simple Sweet Life with pink wallpaper called Baby Bloom from Milton & King with a gold painted crib and mother and daughter watching the baby

We think Robyn did a beautiful job creating a happy space to raise a happy baby.  We are sure that so many beautiful moments and memories will be created in this nursery, little girl’s room or whatever it becomes as this beautiful family continues on life’s journey.

Kingdom Home

The Wild Side with Kingdom Home Wallpaper

Kingdom Home Wallpaper is a brand that inspires the imagination with beautifully exotic patterns and an other worldly take on florals, creatures and places. Designer Kenneth King, who founded Kingdom Home in 2014, has seen great success with designs like Jungle Palm, Garden Bloom and Tulipa being sold all over the world. Now a new chapter begins with the release of a new collection of Kingdom Home Wallpaper called Art Deco.  Most people are familiar with Art Deco as the architectural style of many early 20th century buildings in New York and Los Angeles.  The style also exploded in Western Europe in the 1930’s.  Since then it has been associated with a time gone by.  Now Kenneth has revived the “style moderne” and applied it to a new line of wallpaper.

When asked about the inspiration for this new collection, Ken stated, “I’ve always loved Art Deco for it’s grandeur. I love what it represents in life and how it refects time. The designs can transport one to world of fantasy and allow them live within a time of unabashed beauty and indulge in luxury.” All of Kingdom Home’s Wallpaper designs are hand-drawn. They are then digitally coloured and manipulated to make the final pattern. This collection is a bit of a different artistic take on Kingdom Home’s exotic aesthetic with 4 new Art Deco inspired designs: 5 Monkeys, Cavalry, La Fontaine and Leopard.  For good measure, he has also released a new print outside of this new collection and in keeping with the more traditional Kingdom Home style with Viva Tropicana.  We will walk you through each design and discuss the best features of each one.


Our first design blends fun and elegance. 5 Monkeys was inspired by the culture of the Orient which views the monkey as a sign of good fortune. It was the most challenging of the new designs for Kenneth King. He stated, “There was a lot of trial and error in getting all monkeys to look right and be in balance and harmony with the entire piece.” Each of the five monkeys has a unique character and they are captured doing a different action among the beautiful palms and delicious fruit. This design is available in Terracotta, Soft Blue and Hawaii colours.  Soft Blue is the most neutral colour of this design. There isn’t as much contrast and it seems to be the most versatile as well. 5 Monkeys will bring a playful charm to any interior.

5 Monkeys by Kingdom Home Wallpaper manufactured and sold by Milton & King showing monkeys hanging from leafy vines


If you want a design that strikes the perfect balance between beauty and form, Cavalry is the Art Deco pattern for you. It features a majestic horse with the look of a sculpted knight chess piece that is ready to engage and conquer any interior. Cavalry is available in two colours:  Chess and Serenity. Chess has a bolder look with the black horse contrasting beautifully with the paler horse.  Serenity, rather,  has a more subtle presentation with a difference in shade rather than colour.  However, both colour options offer an equally strong aesthetic and a stunning backdrop to any interior.

Cavalry by Kingdom Home Wallpaper manufactured and sold by Milton & King showing horse chess pieces


Of all the new Kingdom Home Wallpaper designs, La Fontaine is traditionally what one would expect when thinking about Art Deco. It features an opulent fountain shooting streams of water creating an endless symphony of visual movement. This piece is clearly inspired by the famous Madison Belmont building in New York City designed by Edgar Brandt. It is available in colours Paris and Greenery. La Fontaine is perfect for those seeking to create a luxurious haven of high society.

Fontaine by Kingdom Home Wallpaper manufactured and sold by Milton & King showing ornate fountains


If you’re bold enough make a real impression with the wardrobe of your walls, then Leopard is the undeniable choice. It’s a bold Art Deco design inspired by vintage Valentino. The pair of big cats are immediately recognizable and their presence is instantly felt.  They circle each other with intent and purpose. This wallpaper will create a dynamic impact full of opulent elegance for anyone looking for a memorable encounter. Leopard is available in Cobalt, Jungle and Osaka.

Leopard by Kingdom Home Wallpaper manufactured and sold by Milton & King showing circling leopards among giant leaves


Finally, the last new design outside of this Art Deco collection is Viva Tropicana. The colours just explode off this design.  Lush florals and exotic animals are featured living in perfect harmony. Lions, antelopes, baboons, birds and butterflies live in this Eden-like tropical paradise surrounded by giant leafed botanicals. There is so much going on in this design that it requires 2 rolls (A & B) before the pattern repeats. The center space of the piece is the portion that changes with two colour options: Canvas and Duck Egg.

Viva Tropicana by Kingdom Home Wallpaper manufactured and sold by Milton & King showing a crowded jungle of birds and beasts and butterflies among lush tropical foliage

Art Deco is the common theme, yet there is so much diversity in this new range of Kingdom Home wallpaper.  They range from light and elegant like Fontaine in the colour Paris to strong and dark like Cavalry in the Chess colour. You can make a bold statement with the likes of Leopard or bring in the fun with 5 Monkeys.  If you’d rather go with something along the lines of what you’ve come to know and love from Kingdom Home, Viva Tropicana will satiate your taste.  The colour options within each design also make it more likely that you’ll find the perfect wallpaper for your home.  All these designs are rich with eye-catching creativity and are in keeping with the exotic style we’ve come to know and love from Kingdom Home.

Paula Coop McCrory | The Tastemakers Collection
The Tastemakers Collection

Paula Coop McCrory for The Tastemakers Collection

 You will have heard by now that an exciting new project – The Tastemakers Collection – is now live in collaboration with three very special influencers, one of them being the lovely Paula Coop McCrory! Paula is a social media influencer and Pinterest queen, with a following of more than 4.3 million on Pinterest alone!
Paula’s sharp eye for design is a credit to her background as an artist long before her pinning days, and today, she’s one of three designers who make up the 11-piece capsule collection for Milton & King. We are so thrilled to have her on board for this project that has been in the works for months on end. To celebrate the launch of The Tastemakers Collection, we did a Q&A with Paula to dive into her inspirations for the four designs – A Slice, Lush Life, Happy Camper and With Fins – and ask her what the entire process has been like.
MK: What inspired your designs for The Tastemakers Collection?
P: I was inspired by what makes me happy. Bright colour, capturing story paired with moments that define a memory – are all ideas I tried to infuse within the designs. 
MK: How did you find the design process, or what was involved in the design process for you both? Did you always have a clear idea of what you wanted to create?
P: I love anything to do with design. I turned to my sketchbook and watercolours. I began by sketching and just allowing myself to explore. The ideas began to define themselves. One of the first designs that came to life for me was ‘Fin.’ I knew I wanted to capture something to do with the ocean. To me, the ocean is one of the most healing and calming spaces in the world. From there I drew on my love of diving and ‘Fin’ came to life. 
MK. Do you have a favorite design from the collection, or which one are you most excited to see in people’s homes and why?
P: All four of my designs mean something special to me. ‘Happy Camper’ connects to my sons and the want to install a love of life and travel within them. ‘Lush Life,’ ties to my curiosity around all things small. I enlarged drawings of micro greens to create the print. ‘Fin’ is about exploration and the beauty of water. ‘Slice’ represents the care and love I received while injured in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. I am so excited to see what people respond to and how they use this series within their lives. 
MK: What are your top interior and design trends for 2017?
P: We just moved into a new home and are in the middle of renovations. I am so drawn to soft fabrics – like velvet, against the play of whimsical wallpapers and accents that connect to who we are as people and a family. I believe in investing in visual art – hanging a mixture of personal photographs along side fine art pieces – I see as timeless. I will be sharing this journey as it all unfolds on my social channels.
A Slice by Paula Coop McCrory for The Tastemakers Collection – Bright, bold and reminiscent of summer, watermelon is synonymous with happiness, laughter and fun. The fruit instantly transports Paula back to her childhood and this wallpaper is all about preserving these sweet memories while also bringing bold color and amusement to your space.
Paula Coop McCrory | The Tastemakers Collection
Happy Camper by Paula Coop McCrory for The Tastemakers Collection – This wallpaper was inspired by Paula Coop McCrory’s children, who are also known as her ‘happy campers’. Inspired to preserve their childlike sense of adventure, she designed Happy Camper to add color and fun to your home. This design is all about finding happiness within and hanging on to the wonder of youth and travel.
Paula Coop McCrory | The Tastemakers Collection
Lush Life by Paula Coop McCrory for The Tastemakers Collection – As a child Paula Coop McCrory was fascinated by the wallpaper in her kitchen, which was covered in tiny fruits and vegetables. Drawing on this memory, she has enlarged the smallest of vegetables – microgreens – and given them a whimsical pink color treatment. This versatile print is her homage to imagination, memory and curiosity.
Paula Coop McCrory | The Tastemakers Collection
With Fins by Paula Coop McCrory for The Tastemakers Collection – With Fins brings together two of Paula Coop McCrory’s great loves – design and the sea. This wall covering is inspired by the serenity of the ocean and the simultaneous sense of adventure it invokes. Adding life to any room, this design captures the color of the sea and the solitude you experience whilst snorkelling.
Paula Coop McCrory | The Tastemakers Collection
You can read more about The Tastemakers Collection here, and shop the collection here.
Poppytalk| The Tastemakers Collection
The Tastemakers Collection

Jan and Earl from Poppytalk for The Tastemakers Collection

Have you heard the great news… The Tastemakers Collection is now live! One of the fabulous designers of the collection is Poppytalk duo Jan Halvarson and Earl Einarson, who are one of the world’s most inspiring designers. As the founders of Poppytalk – a creative studio and design/lifestyle blog – the pair strikes the perfect balance between authenticity and creativity, and their collection for Milton & King is no different.
We caught up with Jan and Earl to chat about their inspiration for their 4-piece capsule collection and which wallpaper they will be hanging in their own home.
MK: What inspired your designs for The Tastemakers Collection?
P: Nature was our inspiration. We love the outdoors and wanted to bring some of our favorite elements indoors. For example, Shoreline was inspired by the sea, it reminded us of seafoam and we love how peaceful it feels. A great paper for a bedroom, entryway or even a spa. Canyon is inspired by all the beautiful mountains we have here in North America. It’s a very dark wallpaper and can really create a moody atmosphere and ground a space. We picture it with brass accents.  The Plains is a fun take and nod to the desert, a place we also love. We think it would look awesome in a kids space, a kitchen or dressing rooms. And Tropicale is a bold graphic and reminds us of being in the tropics especially needed during our dark winters here in the Pacific Northwest.
MK: How did you find the design process, or what was involved in the design process for you both? Did you always have a clear idea of what you wanted to create?
P: The designs came to us organically actually. The monstera leaf we actually created for a DIY linocut we did a while back and knew we wanted to expand on it. This was actually the funnest part of the process; manipulating sizes and trying out different colours. The other designs followed after a bit of trial and error, as we focused on a nature theme and then brainstorming a cohesive collection. We loved working with Bryce (from Milton & King) on ideas who was very supportive and open-minded.
MK: Do you have a favorite design from the collection, or which one are you most excited to see in people’s homes and why?
P: Although we love them all, we are looking forward to hanging a couple of them in our home.  Canyon for a wall in our living room and Shoreline for our staircase!
MK: What are your top interior and design trends for 2017?
P: For us it seems some things change so fast, and then others stay forever.  But if we had to choose trends, we’re really loving the colours blush pink and moss green together right now, lots of different blues and greens, and bringing nature into home but in a more exaggerated way (like our wallpaper)!
Check out their four designs below and be sure to follow them on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook for more on The Tastemakers Collection and design inspiration for your home!
Canyon by Jan Halvarson and Earl Einarson from Poppytalk for The Tastemakers Collection – Inspired by the canyons of North America’s rambling west, this majestic wallpaper will add just the right amount of weight to a feature wall or room that needs grounding. The versatile print can be contrasted with bright colors or used as the foundation of a monochrome or earthy color scheme.
Poppytalk | The Tastemakers Collection The Plains by Jan Halvarson and Earl Einarson from Poppytalk for The Tastemakers Collection – Nothing says fun and adventure like a vibrant cactus print. This bold wallpaper creates a feeling of whimsy and playfulness, and will perfectly complement your next desert decor idea. With bright pops of blue and green, this design is ideal for adding a sun-drenched vista to any room.
Poppytalk | The Tastemakers Collection
Shoreline by Jan Halvarson and Earl Einarson from Poppytalk for The Tastemakers Collection – Shoreline mesmerizes with its deep blue swirling colors of the sea. This no-repeat tile wallpaper is a great addition to any room that needs a vivid splash of color. Capturing the carefree vibe of lazy summer days by the ocean, this wallpaper will instantly transport you to the seaside.
Poppytalk | The Tastemakers Collection
Tropicale by Jan Halvarson and Earl Einarson from Poppytalk for The Tastemakers Collection – Embrace the mood of balmy summer days with Tropicale. In a design that will bring tropical flare to any room, you can almost feel the heat of a tropical breeze carrying your troubles away and hear to the soft rustle of these graphic monstera leaves. Now can someone please pass a piña colada?

Poppytalk | The Tastemakers Collection


You can read more about The Tastemakers Collection here, and shop Jan and Earl’s designs here.