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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.

PUMPKINS!

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

SKULLS

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

GHOSTS

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

CREEPY CREATURES

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

WALLPAPER

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.

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 TheSweetSimpleLife.com.  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.

Jillian Harris Wallpapers
The Tastemakers Collection

Jillian Harris for The Tastemakers Collection

The final designer as part of The Tastemakers Collection is the lovely Jillian Harris, TV host, blogging superstar and media personality who has captured America’s heart. we caught up with Jillian to chat about the launch of her designers as part of The Tastemakers Collection and what inspired her to create each piece in the capsule collection.

Milton & King: What inspired your designs for The Tastemakers Collection?

Jillian: I felt strongly about creating a timeless collection of versatile wall coverings.  Each design was carefully crafted with a specific space in mind, but I also tried to select colors & patterns that would work well in different spaces for different people.  For example, “Tropic Like It’s Hot” was created for a powder room or a little girls room and “Leo’s Spots” was created with Leo’s nursery in mind, but those wallpapers could also work well in a sun room or an office space.

MK: How did you find the design process, and did you always have a clear idea of what you wanted to create? 

J: Yes!!!! I knew I wanted to create classic BUT FUN  patterns for this collection of wall coverings. I worked closely with the design experts from Milton & King to help bring my vision to life!  It took several rounds of editing to create the perfect prints that worked well together, but the hard work was worth it and I am thrilled with the outcome!

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?

J: I LOVE how the wainscoting turned out!!  I have wainscoting in my home and I love the idea of being able to create the same effect through wallpaper!

MK: What are your top interior and design trends for 2017?

J: Right now, my focus is on adding more texture to rooms …incorporating bigger, timeless pieces … less trinkets and small decor items … and maybe a BIT more colour (think greys, oatmeals and other “color” neutrals)!!

Check out Jillian’s three designs for The Tastemakers Collection – The Parlour, Leo’s Spots and Tropic Like it’s Hot, all exclusively available now via Milton & King!

The Parlour by Jillian Harris for The Tastemakers Collection – Adding sophistication and depth to a room, this wall covering creates a sense of space even in small rooms.

Jillian Harris - Milton & King

Leo’s Spots by Jillian Harris for The Tastemakers Collection – Named after her newborn son Leo, Jillian has created this utterly delightful wallpaper. The versatile pattern complements a range of decorating styles and will serve as a consistent backdrop even as your decorating style changes and evolves.

 Jillian Harris - Milton & King

Tropic like It’s Hot by Jillian Harris for The Tastemakers Collection – You can’t help but feel excited about life when there’s a flamingo print involved. A delicate take on tropicana, the Tropic Like it’s Hot wallpaper will brighten any room. Designed with pastels and contrasting pink and green tones, this light, bright wall covering is all about spreading happy vibes.

Jillian Harris - Milton & King

You can read more about The Tastemakers Collection here, and shop the collection here.

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.

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10 Things You Need To Know About Milton & King Wallpapers

While we know our wallpapers are amazing, high quality and unique, we know that you may not. So to help you make your wallpaper choice easier, here are a couple things you need to know about Milton & King wallpapers before you make your purchase.

Fire Rating

All Milton & King wallpapers have a Class A/Group 1 Fire Rating. This means our wallpapers are highly resistant to fires and they do not spread flames quickly. As a result, our wallpaper coverings are the perfect choice for not only homes, but also commercial precincts.

Double Rolls

Here at Milton & King, all of our rolls that you purchase are considered double rolls. This means that in comparison to regular single rolls which are 15 feet long, our rolls are 30 feet long. This ensures you get better value for money with each wallpaper purchase you make through us so all you have to do is focus on the job at hand.

Our Paper Can Be Cleaned

Unlike other wallpapers, ours can be easily cleaned. Protected with two coats of a specially formulated glaze, this makes the non-woven base and paper top layer extremely durable and easily cleaned with a simple damp cloth and soapy water. You are simply able to use the damp cloth to wipe then immediately following, use a dry cloth to wipe any excess solution off the paper.

Free Shipping

We know dealing with shipping is annoying and frustrating, so we’ve taken away the hassle and offer you free shipping on all orders, worldwide! Not only that but it’s super quick too, so you can be assured you wallpaper will arrive in no time, so you can start renovating!

Variety

Everyone has different tastes and styling preferences when it comes to their home or interior project, which is why we have a huge range of designs on offer at all times. Additionally, many of our designs offer various colorways, some even up to five different color alternatives, to ensure you get the exact wallpaper covering you need to trasnform a space from drab to fab.

Things You Need To Know | Milton & King

Unique Designs

You won’t find any of our patterns in another store as they are completely unique to us. Here at Milton & King, we have a small family of developers and designers who create stunning wallpaper patterns and designs for you, and we even print them in-house too.

High Quality

Our designs are printed on 150gsm non-woven paper and are double-coated with our specially formulated glaze to ensure durability and practicability. This ensures your wallpaper looks better for longer, with less damage, fading, and dirt build-up. We also print our designs on a “made to order” basis to ensure all your rolls for your room are within the same batch to avoid any discrepancies in color that occur during printing, ensuring your walls look perfect and polished after installing our wallpaper.

Trade Discount

We believe that with any great product you need equally great users. If you are a trade user such as an architect and interior design professional, we offer a fantastic trade program that is quick, collaborative and successful for both yourself and your clients. With our trade program, you can request free samples that will be sent out via express courier and receive discounts on our beautiful wallpapers for you to use in your work. If you want to find out more information, you can read more here.

Your Favorite Bloggers Use Our Designs

We’re not the only people who love our designs… so do many of your favorite bloggers and inteiror designers! Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co (read more on her master bedroom transformation using our  ‘Wildflower‘ pattern here), Naomi from Design Manifest (read more on her living room spruce up using the ‘Nixon‘ wallpaper here), and Yvette from The Stylist Splash (read about her master bedroom makeover using our ‘Marble‘ design here) are just a few of the bloggers that love our wallpapers and have used them in their own homes.

We Aim To Inspire

Not only do we think our designs are creative and unique, we believe they can help inspire your styling. Additionally, we also have a fantastic Pinterest page where we share gorgeous snaps and renovation ideas for you to gain inspiration from! If you have Pinterest, jump on over the join the pinning party… we’d love to pin with you!