All Hallows Eve Goes Modern


Hello guys and ghouls! (hehe, seemed fitting to set the tone for this post) It is upon us…All Hallows Eve, our most favorite holiday!! So, in the spirit, we’ve tuned into Halloween Party Radio and geared up to show you some ways to decorate for this Happy Hump-day Halloween.

The days of simply carving a pumpkin and placing it on your front porch are long gone. Thanks to popular sites like Pinterest and Wanelo, Halloween DIY decorations have become more elaborate, ornate and detailed. Yes, spider webbing is still a necessity in our opinion – but with sophistication!

LOVE the elements of Halloween in this ghostly interior. Typically, spider webbing is used to decorate walls, tables, and the like. Here, the use of webbing in an unconventional way makes this living room sofa seem realistically frightful!

The crow is a signature Halloween element. Hang them from the ceiling of the entry way creating a hallowed sense of death as soon as you walk in the door!

Got an ugly pumpkin?

Here is a very easy  and inexpensive DIY project for your staircase, front porch or stoop. Gold and Black are a timeless combination – masculine with a hint of glamour.

To do this, simply spray paint various sized pumpkins in the color(s) of your choice. The numbers can be stenciled and painted or for a quick and exact application, pick up some vinyl numbers at your local home improvement store.

These funky black and white pumpkins, while a little more detailed, are done the same way.

Paint the pumpkins white and use black paint to create a cool pattern or draw on creepy insects. We like how they left the stems their original color for a cool contrast.

What is great about these DIY’s is you can get the pumpkins pretty cheap because you don’t have to be too concerned with how the outside looks!

We have seen a trend with black and white Halloween decor this year. The feeling is more homey, almost as if the decorations could stay all year long and not shout, “Halloween Decor”.

We can’t lie, we are a sucker for feathers and just LOVE the feather wreath and and bannister wrap used in these black and white inspired Halloween decorations.

Wreaths can be made into a decoration for any holiday and Halloween is not an exception. Actually, its the only holiday where anything goes! Feathers, muslin, skeletons, webs, you name it! Here are a few we liked, each captures the essence of Halloween in a new age fashion.

Ingredients: Simple Vase, Feathery Moss/Grass, Viney Twigs, Funky Mask, and a little Creativity makes for a really cool entry table piece!!

The key to decorating for Halloween without going overboard is to use right the combination of themed decor and everyday accessories.This fireplace mantle shows a perfect mixture both. By mixing these elements, it makes the space casual yet still festive! We especially like the use of the family portrait to add a personal touch.

 These creepy doll head candle holders are a eerie mix of modern and morbid, perfect for displaying on a mantle or table-scape.

Trick or Treat?!?

Holiday table-scaping can easily get over-themed and clutterd if not done correctly. Here, keeping consistent with the black and white theme they used their treats to create this spirited spread. Very simple and functional.

Add instant sophistication by capturing a scape in a glass dome or jar. It makes whatever is under it an instant piece of conversational art and can be changed throughout the year.

It wouldn’t be Halloween with out tons of candles scattered throughout. There is nothing more ghostly than a dark room lit with flickering candles casting ghoulish shadows from wall to wall. Drape white sheets over furniture to create an abandoned haunted house ambiance. Boo!!

So, there you have it, our modern take on Halloween this year. Time to adorn my hot pink wig and dance around the studio to Monster Mash!!

Wickedly Yours,

Amber.C

A “Pink” Grand Opening Soiree

Thursday, October 18th was quite the evening to remember. Upwards of 50 people, including the Mayor, were in attendance to celebrate the opening of our first ever showroom in downtown Sanford. No detail was overlooked. From the flowing champagne fountain and the delicious lobster bisque to the flower-englufed porch and fabulous interior decorations – the evening was set up for complete success.

Our showroom is nestled in the heart of Downtown Historic Sanford. Taking up the bottom floor of a 1930’s craftsman style home, the architectural details and layers upon layers tell the story of its existence.  From a popular bed and breakfast, to a spiritual birthing center – the “Rose Cottage” has made its mark in the historic district of Sanford. And we are thrilled to be the vehicle for the next chapter of it’s story.

As you walk up the brick laid sidewalk, you are greeted by vibrantly colorful hanging plants and flowers accompanied by lush greenery and rustic fall decor. Happy pumpkins and the like!!

We admit, gardening has never been our strong suit. But when given the opportunity, we embrace all challenges! After getting some education at the local nursery – our thumbs are green with excitement!

Our private outdoor patio features a fire pit and strung lights. Flickering lanterns line the perimeter providing a spooky yet romantic ambiance.

We certainly can not forget ACI’s official  mascot, Sir Bernard!! If he is hopping around on the porch – that means we are open!!

We just love the architectural detailing this old house has. The front door alone sets the tone for the interior of the showroom.

Here is a new twist on an fairly new trend. We found some old pane glass windows at a local estate sale then came up with a creative way to keep these historic architectural artifacts alive. Voila, instant wall and conversational art!!!

The existing chandeliers are absolutely stunning and by far our most favorite element. They certainly add the victorian touch that is reminiscent of the time period. They do not stop at the front entrance, each room has its own unique hanging fixture.

These gorgeous 6 light chandeliers mimic the entry way light. Intricate forged brass with crystal teardrops illuminate the retail space and bring a old world feel.

Continuing the style with the rest of the fixtures, the studio features a massive 8 light crystal chandelier that highlights the indigo blue coffered ceiling.

By far, our favorite fixture in the house. This fabulous victorian chandelier hangs in the kitchen and lets off just the right amount of light. We love the way the light casts the shadows of intricate metal work in each layer of the fixture.

This one, we added. It just fit perfect in the “pink” bathroom and continued the crystal theme all the way through the space. So Fancy!

After a tour through the showroom, it was time to pop the bubbly!

Me and my fabulous mother, Joy, whom I could do none without her unwavering love and support. Her knowledge, creativity and dedication to life are the inspiration that makes my wheels turn!

After some minor technical difficulty, the champagne fountain was flowing!! Everyone one grabbed a glass for a toast!!

For a personal touch, we had the A.Clore Interiors logo vinyl etched on each glass. And we couldn’t for get the pink ribbons for a little sass!

The Mayor of Sanford, Jeff Triplett, and the Commissioner, Mark McCarty spoke a few words. We were so honored to have them a part of this joyous occasion! Their words will reside with us forever. We are so excited to embark on this next chapter and are assured much success in Sanford, FL.

And with that….the PINK ribbon cut – A.Clore Interiors first showroom  is officially open for business!!

The food was fabulous!! As the menu went something like this:

Lobster Bisque with Cruton (provided by Chef Michael, Corner Cafe)

Spinach and Artichoke with Pita

Red Chili Spread over Brie on Crispy Cracker

Shrimp and Asparagus in a Remoulade Sauce

Prosciutto with Bleu Cheese Crumbles, Walnuts and Balsamic Glaze on Endive

and other assorted Hors D’oeuvres…

Yummmm!! Although, I did not have a chance to try any as I was busy….

….kissing babies….

….and shaking hands….

Before we knew it, the event was over, but the love and support lingered in the evening air for hours after. So many amazing people showed up and made this night one of the most memorable to date. Thank you for your kind support, it is truly cherished.

My Mom, Joy, and Sisters, Kelly and Samara.

The adorableness that are my niece and nephews, Olivia and Isaac (Deagan not pictured).

My best friend, Megahn.

Some of most wonderful colleagues I have been lucky to meet along the path that is my design career. Jenna Roebke, Virtue Wilmot, and Marisol Roman.

My Design Coordinator, Jenny Jaynes….I see big things in our future!

The man behind the woman, my amazing boyfriend, Jason Ridlehuber.

Thanks to for taking the time to read the first post!! Check back for more stories, design, fashion, and home living tips as I discover the world of Blogging!!

Until next time, with Love,

Amber.C