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Halloween Grows Up

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I’m thrilled to share another successful collaboration with our digital team. This time, we tackled a more grown-up approach to Halloween décor (because who enjoys cotton cobwebs after the age of six?). We staged a faux fete in my apartment, but I’d do the same for the real thing -- in fact, I used many of these ideas at my own Halloween party last year!

Click through for a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of the shoot, and click here to see the final product. Then get inspired by my top ten favorite ideas from Halloweens past (the Shar-chives, if you will). Enjoy!

Grown-up Halloween Decor shot at Kevin Sharkey's apartment, 9/26/2013

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As is the case with many shoots, what looks like a pile of junk is about to become something beautiful.

1 As is the case with many shoots, what looks like a pile of junk is about to become something beautiful.

Of course, beauty must sometimes be trimmed to fit.

2 Of course, beauty must sometimes be trimmed to fit.

It’s all happening! Check out the feature to see the finished arrangement.

3 It’s all happening! Check out the feature to see the finished arrangement.

Prop wax was the unsung star of the shoot, holding everything from the skulls to the candles in place.

4 Prop wax was the unsung star of the shoot, holding everything from the skulls to the candles in place.

This is one of those photo shoot tricks you can totally use in real life.

5 This is one of those photo shoot tricks you can totally use in real life.

You can always count on a friend to make sure your head’s on straight.

6 You can always count on a friend to make sure your head’s on straight.

These aren’t silk butterflies -- they’re real! The preserved butterflies underwent a special revitalization process for the shoot.

7 These aren’t silk butterflies -- they’re real! The preserved butterflies underwent a special revitalization process for the shoot.

Just how I like my insects: color-coordinated…and immobilized.

8 Just how I like my insects: color-coordinated…and immobilized.

Handle with care. The price tag is anything but delicate.

9 Handle with care. The price tag is anything but delicate.

I won’t lie, decorating the eye sockets is particularly satisfying.

10 I won’t lie, decorating the eye sockets is particularly satisfying.

I also did a little crafting -- visit the feature for step-by-step instructions on my projects.

11 I also did a little crafting -- visit the feature for step-by-step instructions on my projects.

A stylist’s work is never done. God forbid a stray leaf ruin my wreath! As you can see from the final shot, we did some rearranging on the console as well.

12 A stylist’s work is never done. God forbid a stray leaf ruin my wreath! As you can see from the final shot, we did some rearranging on the console as well.

Maniac Pumpkins

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If you're looking for pumpkin-carving inspiration this week, Maniac Pumpkin Carvers is a crazy talented company that specializes in highly-detailed, artistic and perfectly creepy creations. They do custom carving on individual pumpkins and also are available for events -- they really take pumpkins to the next level. Take a look at them in action here and see examples of their work below -- these aren't your average Jack O' Lanterns!

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A pumpkin rendition of The Scream.

1 A pumpkin rendition of The Scream.

Freddy Kreuger is such a classically scary figure.

2 Freddy Kreuger is such a classically scary figure.

Can you say creepy?

3 Can you say creepy?

This one is more pretty than scary -- Van Gogh's

4 This one is more pretty than scary -- Van Gogh's "Starry Night", all lit up.

I know I'd be scared if I saw this guy on someone's front stoop.

5 I know I'd be scared if I saw this guy on someone's front stoop.

A member of the Maniac Pumpkins team working their magic!

6 A member of the Maniac Pumpkins team working their magic!

Photographs courtesy of Maniac Pumpkin Carvers.

Dandelion San Francisco

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Dandelion opened first opened in San Francisco on November 16, 1968, at 3381 Sacramento Street and now their present location is 55 Potrero Avenue in San Francisco. The owners were featured in Martha Stewart Living 10 years ago on the September 2011 issue where we showed their amazing mountaintop retreat and how they entertain within it.

The name Dandelion was chosen because the dandelion is considered a “weed” by adults, but as a plaything by children and the young at heart.  Most of us remember necklaces of dandelion stems, and the delight in “make a wish and blow.”  That joy in childish pastimes inspires every aspect of Dandelion.  They are passionate about celebrating the seasons, holiday traditions, our own cultural history as well as the stimulation of experiencing other parts of the planet.  Dandelion embraces a whole spectrum of design, from the best of the new to the most vital of our rich heritage from the past.  We make every attempt to share the delights of living through great design, inspiring books, and tantalizing tastes.

I was particularly drawn to their holiday items and thought they would inspire your Thanksgiving table—they certainly did mine—I can't wait to set my table with all of the items I purchased.

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Look at this display--there is too much to choose from.

1 Look at this display--there is too much to choose from.

The autumn colors in this arrangement are inspiring me.

2 The autumn colors in this arrangement are inspiring me.

Here is Martha with Steve Fletcher and Carl Croft the owners of Dandelion.

3 Here is Martha with Steve Fletcher and Carl Croft the owners of Dandelion.

Did I mention my camel obsession?

4 Did I mention my camel obsession?

One of the three wise men.

5 One of the three wise men.

This miniature orchestra would make an amazing display.

6 This miniature orchestra would make an amazing display.

Aren't these adorable?

7 Aren't these adorable?

These turkey place card holders are genius.

8 These turkey place card holders are genius.

And they even set a place for Martha.

9 And they even set a place for Martha.

Ooh the soup tureen would go perfectly on my dining table.

10 Ooh the soup tureen would go perfectly on my dining table.

These smoke glasses are modern and elegant.

11 These smoke glasses are modern and elegant.

I could keep this year after year!

12 I could keep this year after year!

Dandelion also has a great selection of vintage inspired cards.

13 Dandelion also has a great selection of vintage inspired cards.

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This would really make a statement on a buffet or entry table.

17 This would really make a statement on a buffet or entry table.

or this one...

18 or this one...

This is one of my favorites.

19 This is one of my favorites.

This one is quite beautiful as well.

20 This one is quite beautiful as well.

A turkey painting.

21 A turkey painting.

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These persimmons and pomegranates would make a pretty centerpiece.

23 These persimmons and pomegranates would make a pretty centerpiece.

These autumnal pieces look so pretty silvered.

24 These autumnal pieces look so pretty silvered.

The corn is fun.

25 The corn is fun.

Wow!

26 Wow!

This turkey will look great on my table.

27 This turkey will look great on my table.

These salt and pepper shakers are really quite sweet.

28 These salt and pepper shakers are really quite sweet.

and this napkin holder is so intricate.

29 and this napkin holder is so intricate.

This glass candlestick has such an interesting profile.

30 This glass candlestick has such an interesting profile.

Look at these convex and concave mirrors I found in the shop.

31 Look at these convex and concave mirrors I found in the shop.

Look how differently they reflect the same space.

32 Look how differently they reflect the same space.

Dandelion has a beautiful assortment of asian dishware for sale year-round.

33 Dandelion has a beautiful assortment of asian dishware for sale year-round.

These are very Skylands.

34 These are very Skylands.

This is a beautiful design.

35 This is a beautiful design.

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The asian teapot section is not to be missed.

37 The asian teapot section is not to be missed.

This would make a great hostess gift.

38 This would make a great hostess gift.

It could be fun to mix this with traditional willoware dishes.

39 It could be fun to mix this with traditional willoware dishes.

Another great gift idea...

40 Another great gift idea...

And here is everything I ordered!!!

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Here are all of my boxes from Dandelion!!

1 Here are all of my boxes from Dandelion!!

I love this label.

2 I love this label.

Here I am starting to unpack...

3 Here I am starting to unpack...

The first turkey to be unpacked.

4 The first turkey to be unpacked.

I just couldn't leave the store without the pumpkin tureen.

5 I just couldn't leave the store without the pumpkin tureen.

I had a lot of unpacking to do.

6 I had a lot of unpacking to do.

Here is one of the three wise men I ordered.

7 Here is one of the three wise men I ordered.

They are going to be great all together.

8 They are going to be great all together.

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Sometime soon you will see this amazing Ikebana flower arrangement holder being used in my apartment--I got two.

10 Sometime soon you will see this amazing Ikebana flower arrangement holder being used in my apartment--I got two.

Here is everything--I am so happy with my purchases.

11 Here is everything--I am so happy with my purchases.

Happy Thanksgiving!

12 Happy Thanksgiving!

These faux bois plates are exquisite--aren't they?

13 These faux bois plates are exquisite--aren't they?

I love the simplicity of these porcelain pieces.

14 I love the simplicity of these porcelain pieces.

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These measuring cups will come in handy on Thursday.

16 These measuring cups will come in handy on Thursday.

Dandelion: 415-436-9500

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