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It's so easy to slip over to the dark side this time of year. Macabre decor abounds in fall but the following seasonal accents will outlive October 31. Here are a few ideas that don't scream “Halloween” (and one that should probably be retired).

Horns and faux tortoiseshells (please don’t even contemplate using the real thing) convey organic, sculptural beauty. 

Black candles are sophisticated, not spooky, especially when they are set in a warm metal candelabra.

Skulls and skeletons can go goth real quick, but as Damien Hirst proved with his diamond-encrusted skull, a touch of the macabre is hauntingly beautiful when it’s in a glam finish (the toad is 24K gold). We’ve spotted similar items in homes by high-profile designers: when a decorating doyenne like Sloan Mauran has a brass skull in her sumptuous Palm Beach home, you don’t need to shy away from them.

Foxed mercury glass has an antique, louche vibe that works for Halloween, but easily morphs into wintry holiday decorating later on. 

Moody yet practical when the wine flows, black table linens provide a dramatic backdrop for flowers, and lets silver and crystal shine like stars.

Just say boo… to owls. Kitschy and cute, they have had their day.

Get more ideas in our Chic Halloween photo gallery.

Photo credits:
1. Design by Melanie Davis Design, photography by Emily Jenkins Followill Photography.
2. Nate Berkus Collection for Target.
3. Society Bride.
4. DL Company.
5. Tony Duquette Collection for Baker.
6. Pottery Barn.
7. A Touch of Luxe.
8. Back Seat Bingo Vintage, Etsy.

Author: 

Wendy Jacob

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