Elizabeth Alpaugh loves decorating for every holiday, but Halloween is her absolute favorite. "All things spooky have a special place in my heart. From an early age, I loved to watch scary movies and read scary stories. It's a holiday that doesn't have to be serious or stressful and it brings people together." Between the wild décor and costumes, the holiday is the perfect match for Elizabeth.
Black spiders hang across the façade of her Uptown house and pumpkins line the entrance, but it's her interior decoration that truly casts an enchanting spell. Elizabeth is so creative and skilled at both the hunt for vintage and found objects and repurposing them to fit her theme and scenic design. "I forage and collect things from estate sales, thrift stores, and local shops. It's my passion to reimagine them and make them my own."
For a skeleton themed dinner party, Elizabeth envisioned an evening of black and gold with layers and layers of spinetingling details. She has such a great sense of whimsy and humor. On her dining room table, she used a collection of vintage Oxford Hall bamboo flatware and Cristal D'arques Durand goblets and aptly named ghost chairs. She painted all the store-bought bones, spiders, and skulls gold and made the creepy candelabra herself. I love the bats hanging from the chandelier and the elegant beaded pumpkins.
The "bar-moire" she found at The Salvation Army is loaded with clever touches — cocktail books replaced with tattered novels, decanters and potion bottles labeled with sinister names, and a mirror she edged with painted gold skulls removed from an old string of lights.
"Focusing on the small details brings me such joy and truly makes the big picture come together. Repurposing my older holiday decorations keeps things fresh. It's constantly evolving and I love the thrill of seeing all of my new ideas come to life."
From gold spray painted racks of bones to an eerie wall piece with added gold leaf and chain to a mantel filled with ghostly-titled black books, it's clear that Elizabeth loves entertaining at home and that her home is highly entertaining. A lighted ceramic owl found at an antique shop in Ponchatoula keeps a spectral watch over the gatherings as the television screens chilling images. Alfred Hitchcock would be very much at home.
This story appeared in the October and November issue of Adore