21 Pieces of Halloween Art Perfect for Display Anytime

Hey there, my friends.  Tis the season when Halloween Art abounds throughout homes, indoors and out.  And, any of you who lives in the New Orleans area, or has ever visited the Big Easy, knows what it means when the scent of jasmine and roses is in the air!  Well, certainly Anne Rice would surely know.  Vampires, and Voodoo, and Bats, oh my!

Quote by Anne Rice - In the spring of 1988, I returned to New Orleans

Speaking of the smell of Eau de Laveau, would you love having the spirit of Halloween linger in your home year-round?  Then let me share some chic Southern style vision with you to mull over.  An historic 1895 Queen Anne Victorian house on St. Charles Avenue was the setting for Traditional Home’s 2016 inaugural Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans.  You might have read about it in their April issue.  The setting included a main house that featured porches and balconies framed in ornate wrought-iron, a guest cottage, and a brick New Orleans courtyard complete with lush vegetation.  While open to the public, Luke and I toured the Showhouse, filled with colorful eye-candy and the spirit of NOLA’s cultural traditions interpreted by over 25 designers with strong ties to the South.  In this post, I’ll walk you through the downstairs areas of the main house, where each of the rooms had captivating original art and décor that gave the spaces a vibrant atmosphere.  This is what the exterior of the house and Vieux Carre-style wrought-iron work looked like before given a predominant paint color makeover for the special event.

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Although a fashionable twist was taken to update the exterior architectural elements by painting them an antique white, the Front Porch ceiling was revived with a true to local traditional Haint Blue color!

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Front Exterior

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Front Porch with Haint Blue ceiling color

Upon entering the house, we were greeted in the Foyer by an image of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen herself personified, that kept a watchful eye over the mystical décor in this enchanting space transformed by local designer, Melissa Rufty.  There was a spellbinding essence in the air of the house with its stained-glass windows and beveled glass doors.  The custom chandelier with glass hurricanes by Sandy Springs Gallery highlighted the entry space, and, although not fully visible in the sneak peek below, a lovely black and gold lantern hung over the stairwell.  The custom marbleized wall fabric by Rule of Three was to die for!  Amid a color scheme of satsuma and ebony, subtle pieces of Halloween Art lingered in the space.

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Front Entrance Doors

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Foyer by Melissa Rufty

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Foyer, Plague Doctor with Feathers Venetian Mask

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Foyer, Marie Laveau portrait

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Stairwell by Melissa Rufty, Stair Runner by Stark Carpet

To the right of the Foyer was the Study, designed by Michel Smith Boyd, filled with unexpected bold colors, textures, and patterns in a space that’s typically considered a quiet work or reading area.  The male portrait on the easel, by Clintel Steed, almost appeared startled by the large hanging pendant above.  And, a collection of unique pillows with vibrant colors complimented the velvet fabric on the vintage sofa.  A literary work about Ghost Stories of Old New Orleans could be an appropriate piece of Halloween Art found on the desk or coffee table in this space.

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Study by Michel Smith Boyd, Baker Furniture oval desk

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Study by Michel Smith Boyd

Across from the Study, local designer Shaun Smith created a Southern traditional style Formal Living Room for entertaining guests, with the space lavish in modern sophistication.  The balanced combination of time-honored antiques with posh furnishings attained a glamorous feel in the space.  Some of the more contemporary accessories, like the large quartz rock crystals and a brass obelisk, could easily be considered chic Halloween Art pieces on display anytime within this space.

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Formal Living Room, by Shaun Smith, with Noguchi lantern chandelier and Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman sofa

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, view thru Formal Living Room, by Shaun Smith, to Parlor, by Reagan Hayes, with Steinway Piano

As I looked in to the adjoining Parlor, designed by Reagan Hayes, I immediately noticed the Steinway piano.  I could just imagine the NOLA jazz music being played as I gazed at the ‘Dancing Man 504’ artwork, by photographer Daymon Gardner, on the wall nearby.  There was a mystical rhythm in this stylish and relevant space, in the bold, graphic patterns that played well with the mixed materials of crystal, metal, wood, plaster, velvet, and linen.  There was a beautiful pair of crystal obelisks, clearly fitting as Halloween Art pieces any time of year, that stood tall on the coffee table and maintained the balance of energy with positive vibes in the room.

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Parlor, by Reagan Hayes, with Steinway Piano

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, view thru Formal Living Room, by Shaun Smith, to Parlor, by Reagan Hayes

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Parlor, by Reagan Hayes

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, view thru Parlor, by Reagan Hayes, to Formal Living Room, by Shaun Smith

The transitional Vestibule might have taken less than a minute to pass through due to its dwarfish size, but local designer Shaun Smith created an enchantingly quaint space with dreamy Southern style.  In a space with a notable wallcovering of imaginary library shelves billowing with story books, a lovely scent of sweet magnolia and fig diffused the air among quartz rocks and a spirited totem pole certainly fitting as year-round Halloween art pieces. Also, not to be missed, the beautiful oversized artwork of Snow White by artist Blake Boyd hung above a lovely antique white console table with artistically cut-glass drawer pulls that complimented the vintage crystal door knobs throughout the house.

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Vestibule by Shaun Smith, Artwork by artist Blake Boyd

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Vestibule by Shaun Smith, Hermes Wallpaper

As soon as we stepped into the Dining Room, designed to be multifunctional by William Rankin McLure IV, a breathtaking sense of quietness came over me, even though the walls were covered in a vibrant yellow paint color and a pair of table lamps glazed in a vivid red.  Surrounded by so many art and architecture books stacked on and around a table that doubled as a desk, I thought I’d died and gone to library heaven!  Interior Designer’s confession here… I love books!  Especially ones all about design.  And, among the impressive original paintings, pinstripe fabric, chinoiserie temple jars, Greek key fretwork, was an awe-inspiring piece of Halloween Art worthy of being left up all year.  The stylish antique brass chandelier by Circa Lighting has all the orbs, candles, and chains worthy of haunting, I mean, hanging around in, any dining or reading experience all year long!

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Dining Room by William McLure, with Black and White Abstract painting

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Dining Room by William McLure, Circa Lighting Chandelier

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Dining Room by William McLure, with view to Family Room

Walking into the colorful Family Room, designed by Lance Jackson and David Ecton of Parker Kennedy, I’d looked over my shoulder and noticed a collection of frames in different sizes, shapes, and finishes on the wall.  As I turned around, I saw an interesting floor-to-ceiling gallery wall display of black silhouettes.  A Gothic-Victorian framed bat skull Halloween Art piece could hang among such a unique arrangement.

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Family Room by Parker Kennedy, corner of gallery wall

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Family Room by Parker Kennedy, Gallery Wall of Framed Silhouettes

The conversation area was filled with well-appointed furniture and accessories in a predominantly blue and white color scheme with green and yellow accents.  A chinoiserie pumpkin would blend in perfectly as an anytime Halloween Art piece among the other accoutrements within this space.

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Family Room by Parker Kennedy, conversation area

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Family Room by Parker Kennedy, GPJBaker Drapery Panel Fabric

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Family Room, chinoiserie blue accessory

Walking into the eat-in Kitchen, designed by James Farmer, the oil painting of old tall ships over the doorway to the butler’s pantry caught my eye.  If that was a mysterious ghost ship painting in an antique frame, it could be a perfect piece of year-round Halloween Art, don’t you think?

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Kitchen by James Farmer

The terra-cotta containers, antique bread boards, and copper stock pot were natural companions for nature’s little Halloween Art of its own that’s useful any time of the year.  Garlic anyone?

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Kitchen, terra-cotta containers, antique bread boards, copper stock pot, and shiplap hood over Thermador range

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Kitchen Spices, Terra-Cotta Container and Wooden Spoons

And, the small Butler’s Pantry space, decorated by Lindsey Coral Harper, was filled with antique pieces, heirloom silver, vintage oil paintings, and whimsical accessories, like a golden monkey.  It reminded me of the wicked witch of the west’s flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz.  Grouped with a gilded edged witch plate and a clear quartz crystal ball would make it as a perfect little ensemble of Halloween Art to display anytime, too.

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Butler's Pantry by Lindsey Coral Harper, Antique Silver and Accessories, Golden Monkey

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Butler's Pantry by Lindsey Coral Harper, Adelphi Wallpaper, Circa Lighting, Vietri, and Leontine Linens

Speaking of decorated small spaces, the Powder Room, by Denise McGaha, was particularly interesting. A gallery wall of spirited personalities hung over the dark large-scale floral wallpaper lush with visual texture.  The black skull candle on the tall candlestick that looks like a martini table next to the sink gave a whole new meaning to ‘here’s looking at you kid’ while freshening up.  Talk about making a powder room personified with a little Halloween Art.  You just gotta love the stylish whimsy in NOLA!

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Powder Room by Denise McGaha, DXV by American Standard, Wallpaper by Ashley Woodson Bailey, Leontine Linens, Crossville Tile

Traditional Home's Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans, Powder Room by Denise McGaha, Framed artwork by Brownlee Currey, Roman shade fabric and trim by Kravet

The images above are of only the Main Level spaces in the 15-room Showhouse, and are only a sampling of the many photos that Luke and I took during the self-guided tour. There were so many additional accessories and décor items throughout the Upper Level, Guest Cottage, and Exterior Courtyard and Porch areas of the Showhouse that could be considered Halloween Art and displayed anytime during the year.  I’ll do a follow-up on those spaces in a future post.  In the meantime, as a roundup of sorts, I’ve pulled together a list of a variety of Halloween Art pieces that you might like for your own home.

21 Pieces of Halloween Art Perfect for Display Anytime - a helpful round-up list of Halloween Art home decor that you can display all year round

21 pieces of Halloween Art that can be left out anytime of the year:

  1. Pumpkins
  2. Ghoul Spirits & Ghosts
  3. Skeletons & Skulls
  4. Bats & Vampires
  5. Spiders & Webs
  6. Witches & Witch Doctors
  7. Werewolves & Rougarou
  8. Black Cats & Blue Dogs
  9. Ravens & Owls
  10. Portraits & Silhouettes
  11. Candles & Diffusers
  12. Masks & Headdress
  13. Voodoo Dolls
  14. Skeleton Keys
  15. Animal Bones & Claws
  16. Cemetery Tombs & Headstones
  17. Obelisks
  18. Mystery Books
  19. Crystals & Orbs
  20. Mortar & Pestle
  21. Potions & Cocktails

Do you have any Halloween Art displayed all year long?  If so, we’d love for you to share them in the comments below.  Do tell!

XO,

Trisha

P.S.  The second annual Southern Style Now Festival is in Savannah, GA during November.  Check out all the details at this link for it and Traditional Home’s 2017 Southern Style Now Showhouse tour dates.

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