Halloween is creeping up on us. One thing I’ve heard quite
a few people say is that they would love to decorate but don’t have time to do it.


I completely understand that decorating for seasonal changes,
then one holiday after another, and prepping for family gatherings,
 can quickly turn chaotic -even for the most organized people.

I totally get it which is  why I’m showing you how I decorated only
a couple of key areas to be high-impact without spending an obnoxious amount of precious time doing it.

Recently, I’ve received a few messages from my readers
asking if I would share more how-to information
and where I find inspiration at beside Pinterest. My sources might be surprising to you!

Also, you’ll have a quick 1 minute DIY video picture slideshow that’ll show you step-by-step how I assembled the romantic Halloween vignette.

Spooky and elegant Halloween decor ideas with skulls and flowers.


 Let’s Kick It Off With Halloween On The Mantel

This charming look is super simple to do.
The best part is it’s inexpensive and can be used year after year.
Gilded Mirror Elegant Halloween Decor On The Mantel With A Bucket Of Flowers & Creepy Spider Decor | Reinvented Collection

 Crows, spiders, and preserved flowers
are one of my favorite things to decorate with because the possibilities for creating a new look each time are endless.

Just when I think I’ve lost interest in them,
I find a new way to tuck them in with everyday seasonal fall decor-
which makes decorating for Halloween a cinch!

All you need to do is grab some flowers and let them naturally dry and you’ll have reusable decor and no one can make a snarky remark about faux flowers.
Ha ha. Don’t worry, I’m not a hater of faux flowers. In fact, I like them.
So if you have a stash tucked away, bring those babies out and use them instead of dried flowers.  

Pair of black crows and vintage brass candlesticks as simple halloween decor ideas | Reinvented Collection
Where I Find Halloween Ideas & Inspiration

There are a few design styles and architectural periods that lend copious amounts of inspiration to me-
Gothic, Victorian, and Steampunk are a few of them.

I’m not sure why, but people don’t associate Gothic with French,
but Gothic architecture is indeed French.

The real name for the style is Opus Francigenum. 
It originated in France in the 12 century and lasted until the 16th century.
In basic English, “the French Style” is what the fancy name, Opus Francigenum means.
 Such a sultry enchanting name- I like it. A LOT!

Decorating With Witch Hats Ideas For Halloween | Halloween French Country Inspiration For Shelves | Reinvented Collection
Where Halloween Color Inspiration Comes From

I love neutrals and I love color.  
Natural stone building materials in Gothic structures paired with
massive illuminated stained glass windows are the source of inspiration when it comes to combining neutral and colorful tones.

You can see how I interpret this here with the dried florals in jewel tones
around the skull and in the witches hat hanging from the corner of the hutch.
That hat is a costume project that I made a  few years back.

Gothic Halloween Decor Ideas & Victorian Halloween Inspiration | Reinvented Collection

Shows like Penny Dreadful –set in Victorian times
and classified as Gothic Fiction– are fantastic sources of decorating inspiration for me.
That’s where Victorian and Steampunk design influences my Halloween style.

Small Halloween Table Vignette | Flowers, Skeleton and Crow Decor Ideas for Halloween | Reinvented Collection

Steampunk is a fascinating and relatively new design trend. Technically, it goes back as far as the 50’s-60’s
but it’s only been in the past decade or so that we are seeing the look popularized in the mainstream.

Decorated Witch Hat Idea and a GREAT Prop in the Form of a Black Lab! ha ha. Really! Sharing Quick Halloween Decor Tips & Talking about Gothic Halloween Inspiration
 Sebastian sneaking in like Where’s Waldo. 

If you haven’t heard the term Steampunk, here’s the simplistic explanation:

Steampunk fuses design technology of the modern age
with the philosophy and style of  the Victorian age.
In home decor, you will see metals of all types used; bronze, gold, copper,
gears, pipes, clock faces etc..

It’s all about mixing old and new.
Sounds kind of like French Country a little bit, huh?

Think  of it like this:
Miss. Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children meets Harry Potter, 
who meets old-school Sherlock Holmes and the new Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr playing the lead.

The set design is the style that people are loving right now!

Mixing Victorian Fashion With Halloween

The chunky pieces of industrial metal like the clock
nestled into a gear with the chain around
the brim of the hat lends a Steampunk vibe but still looks
French Country.

I love the feathers and fluff on the top hat too!
That’s so high-fashion Victorian….. and I do love wearing a good hat!

Here’s the vignette you’ll learn how to assemble in the DIY video.

Easy Halloween DIY Decor Idea | Get the tutorial with a short video on www.reinventedcollection.com
It’s a little nod to Day of the Dead style with the skull and flowers nestled into an ironstone pot.

French Country Halloween Decor Ideas With A Touch Of Gothic, Victorian & Steampunk Inspired Style | DIY Halloween Decor With A 1 minute Video

Easy Halloween DIY Decor Idea | Get the tutorial with a short video on www.reinventedcollection.com

And there you have it….
Now you know where  I find quite a bit of decorating inspiration
and what my go-to Halloween decorations are that I continually use year after year. 

Sometimes I go all out for Halloween
but this year decorating is simple and fast because time is an issue for me too. Like I said in the beginning –I get it!

The video is quick and can easily be shared with others looking for quick Halloween decorating ideas.

I’ve included a few shopping links for you as well.

Halloween DIY Decor With A Short 1 minute video on how to get the look | Reinvented Collection |


Watch the 1 Minute DIY to create this look in 5 minutes or less.



Boom! See how easy it is to create an amazing vignette!?

Even if you don’t have an ironstone pot, use a basket, large mixing bowl, or wooden box.


Shopping Guide For Halloween

Here is a list of the supplies that you will need to get the look on the mantel.
(affiliate links)

Black Spider

Trick Or Treat Tabletop Sign

Brass Candle Holders

Black Birds

6 Black Birds (great bargain)

To create the look on the shelves and side table you will need:

Skull  |  Moss Flat Sheets  | White Faux Pumpkins 6
(Spanish Moss looks great too!)

Wheat Garden Bunch or Preserved Wildflower
   Forget-Me-Not Blooms
Preserved Eucalyptus


Thank you to Amber at Follow the Yellow Brick Home for hosting this wonderful hop. 



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  1. Such great inspiration and information! I was fascinated throughout the whole post Olivia! I love your gorgeous Halloween decor!

    1. Thank you my friend. I see that the video isn’t showing up. Yikes… I’m so ready for these webby and computer issues to be resolved. 🙁

  2. Why yes, I do same the same vision in my mind’s eye as you do!!!
    I love everything here, but I really think my favorite is the simplicity of the the two crows and two brass candlesticks. It is just elegant and black crows are creepy without all the gory junk associated with typical Halloween decor. I also love steampunk too!

    1. Ooooh I didn’t know you liked steampunk. My husband likes it a lot! Gory and gross isn’t my thing at all but a little creepy mixed with pretty I can do. That’s not to say I don’t get a chuckle out of some of the gory sights that people do on their porches, though. One year I put out a screeching witch who really wasn’t scary but the little ones were scared of her when they came to my door for Trick or Treat. I’d pick her up and dance with her to make them laugh and tell her how ugly she was. Ha ha ha. The parents cracked up too. I’m crazy like that.

  3. Wow what a gorgeous show of Halloween beauty! I mean spooky, but elegant and you made it look effortless. Just loved all the details and especially the use of the dried flowers and purple/pink tones.

    1. Thank you so much, Deborah. I’m so happy to hear that the look and style I was hoping to achieve came together. Dried flowers are the best thing ever for decorating almost any time or season, except for spring. They always feel a bit strange during that time. Ha ha.

    1. Aww… thank you so much, Shannon. It feels like I haven’t seen or talked to you forever. I’ll be by your blog soon. Wishing you and your family a Happy Halloween.

  4. I never really thought of Gothic as being “French” but now I remember from my art history class in college that you are totally right! I prefer the gothic/Victorian spin you have here for Halloween! Really quite lovely, some spooky but not scary, and with a French spin!