Ghoulish and glamorous Halloween decoration ideas
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Dressing up’s the name of the game on Halloween, but it’s just as much fun to dress up the front of the house.

With some imagination and a mix of purchased and handmade embellishments, you’ll be setting a suitably spooky stage for Halloween visitors.


Victorian-age Halloween decor is a trend this year – look for old-fashioned typography and paper decorations to string across the entryway, and gothic elements like wrought-iron fences, ravens and owls to create a vintage vibe along your walkway. Martha Stewart Living has some downloadable templates to make your own gravestones. Also look for a variety of vintage-y outdoor decor, including caged-crow string lights and luminaries, antiqued mirror sconces, and lighted twig gates and spider webs.

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Home decor book: ‘House Beautiful Style 101′ offers design inspiration
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House Beautiful Style 101: 400 Designer Secrets to a Beautiful Home
$ 16.95 hardcover, 288 pages

When looking for redecorating inspirations, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. “House Beautiful Style 101″ can help.

It begins with a colorful jump-off point, a mostly visual quiz of 15 questions helps you figure out if your style is Glam, New Ruralist, Traditional With a Twist, Modernist or Accessorator.  Or a combination. After taking the quiz, flip to the different categories and see what you fancy most. The book is a bountiful collection of designer insider tips tied to hundreds of images of ideas, fabric and paint swatches, furniture and accessories, and finished rooms that can inspire you in your own home.


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