Halloween is tomorrow. By now, you’ve probably gotten your pumpkins and nailed down your costume, if you’re dressing up. But if you’re behind the curve this fall, no worries. It’s not too late to add a little bit of haunting to your house. Or just a cute Halloween accent or two. Pretty sure the best place to turn to for inspiration when you’re in a decorating time crunch is to HGTV stars. They can’t come carve your jack-o-lanterns or anything, but they basically get paid for their design prowess. A little Insta-stalking was all it took to bring you these 10 last-minute decorating ideas straight from the pros’ feeds.
So Emily Henderson’s technically not an HGTV star anymore, but once a part of the family, always family right? And this girl definitely throws down for Halloween, so I had to include her. This year, she went with a spooky castle theme so nothing was too scary for her littles. And I have to say, it looks pretty good. I love that she worked with what she had and just made those things creepier—vintage portraits covered in cobwebs and sporting googley eyes, skeleton hands “playing” her piano and displaying her books pages-out so they create a light, neutral background that faux crows and black pumpkins will stand out against. If you just did one of these things, it would up the spook factor in your house without requiring too much time or money.
As long as we’re talking about Emily, it’s worth mentioning her trusted former decorating sidekick, Orlando Soria, who is coming on strong in the design world these days. IMO, his blog, Hommemaker, is a must read (for design inspo and his humor). He didn’t decorate much this year but did post a shot of a cute ghost he made a year or so ago with the help of his mom, which is just so adorable.
Calling all lazy Halloween decorators: Look what a plain wood sugar skull from a craft store looks like just hung right on the wall. Have you ever seen a chicer skeleton? This would probably work better if your furnishings are neutral like Orlando’s, but this can absolutely be pulled off with minimal effort.
Well, I don’t want to toot my own horn here, but it looks like HGTV host Sabrina Soto and I are on the same decorating wavelength when it comes to Halloween, because I also recommended this spooky chic serving bowl in a previous post. One little touch like this is just enough to make a dinner party or movie night feel festive.
Our Fixer Upper friends Chip and Jo Gaines are all about an artful stack of pumpkins at Magnolia Market, and you know they have the gray-green, farmhouse chic ones in the mix that are everywhere this year. You’re probably not going to buy a whole bunch like this but do notice the bales of hay. If you can entertain outside still, now’s the time to seat your guests on hay and be able to get away with it seeming “festive” instead of cheap.
And naturally the Fixer Uppers have turned pumpkins into succulent planters. This would be an easy enough centerpiece to pull off. And full disclosure. This is from their Magnolia Market blog not their Instagram, but thought I’d take a deeper dive with Chip and Jo for you. You’re welcome.
Jillian Harris, former bachelorette contestant and HGTV host of Love It or List it Vancouver, is getting her pumpkin pile on, too, but she’s using her stairs as the backdrop instead. I love the mix of colors, shapes and sizes, and this sure is a lot easier than carving a bunch of jack-o-lanterns for your front door. She also added pretty wreaths that are nondescript enough to work for the rest of the season.
Turns out David Bromstad of HGTV’s My Lottery Dream Home is a master pumpkin carver, which doesn’t really come as a surprise if you remember his art from the network’s Design Star competition show. Take a cue from him and focus on the lower half of the pumpkin when carving. It makes the whole thing look squished and instantly scarier.
And finally HGTV Dream Home designer Brian Patrick Flynn put his pumpkins right on the table, adding a gourd or two for good measure. Orange tapers, textiles and dinnerware take the look up a Halloween notch.
Now go forth and decorate for Halloween like an HGTV star! There’s still time, and you may even get a deal on your pumpkins this late in the game.