I started my Halloween Decorating with the fireplace mantle and I really had fun with the black & white. I decided that since my children are grown, I would pick something solely on my tastes, it felt a little naughty, but my daughter actually loved it. I decided on a Pierrot in Paris theme. Pierrot is the famous French Clown with the sad face. He wore black & white and harlequin patterns (just like the plate in my inspiration photo ).
I began with this fun black glittered "Beware" sign, and flanked it with white pumpkin candles. It's sitting in front of a vintage white candle holder with a white 4" pillar candle. I found these fun glittered spiders and just propped them up against the candles.
I found these black 5x7 frames at the dollar store and printed off black and white copies of Pierrot prints to fit into them. I took glass cylinders from the dollar store and wrapped them in photocopied black & white photos of the Eiffel Tower & The Arc de Triomphe on clear vellum paper from the hobby store. I finished them off with fluer de lis stickers and votive candles inside the (now) luminaries.
The color scheme even co-ordinates with the Antique London News prints I have hanging further up on the fireplace (it's a 2 story room).
Here is the other Pierrot print ( who knew that Pierrot was the original twilight hunk, lol) and the other luminary. I finished the luminaries by tying black and white ribbons at the bottom.
I finished the mantle by taking two ironstone pitchers and taping black cardboard glitter bats to them (with double sided tape). I then placed 3 glitter ravens on the fireplace rock to finish off the eerie silhouettes. The sunlight catches the glitter and gives just a touch of elegance to an otherwise eerie scene. Stay tuned, I will be doing much more with this theme including a table-scape, and a candy buffet. I'll tell you now, I will be adding pops of color to these, so stay tuned and see what kind of bootiful Shanonigins I come up with :)