The scariest holiday needn’t be celebrated exclusively with ghosts, ghouls and creepy crawlies. Decorate with old books, candles, even feathers, and a monster mash becomes a chic and polished bash.
The only thing Meg Werren enjoys more than holidays is celebrating them with friends. She and husband Dave often host festive yet relaxed parties in their Fitchburg home. “It’s what I love to do,” she says. “It’s when I feel like I have the most fun.”
While decorating for a Halloween party can easily turn cliché, childlike or downright frightening, Werren’s found her niche creating a look that’s sophisticated while still centered on the holiday. She mixes vintage pieces and flea market finds she’s collected over the years with items picked up more recently, often at Willow Creek, where she works part-time. “I like it more eclectic,” she says of her aesthetic. “Things evolve.”
It’s scary how well traditional prints like houndstooth and toille work for Halloween decorating.
Treats from Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery.
Spruce up a bar cart for moveable decor.
Meg at her dining room table.
A wine bottle gets the Halloween treatment with a special label.
Meg works candles and vintage books into her tablescape.
Who doesn’t love a caramel apple?
Meg achieves a sophisticated, layered Halloween look by combining timeless black and white patterns with warm, seasonal hues and a few whimsical, holiday-specific decorative pieces.
Don’t forget to vary textures for visual appeal and interest. In Meg’s rooms, silky black feathers pop out of vases and sparkly pumpkins sit on sleek gilded plates.
Katie Vaughn is associate editor of Madison Magazine.
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