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Marie Antoinette Halloween


Welcome to my Marie Antoinette Halloween! My library seemed like the perfect backdrop for my Marie Antoinette skeleton. I came up with this idea randomly when I came across an old Marie Antoinette wig from years past. I plopped it on my skeleton... and Ooh La La  you have a perfect french queen!

Now I know that Marie Antoinette loved her sweets, especially cake. I was super excited that I kept my faux wedding cake from last years Halloween, it would be perfect! I decide to top it with florals, ostrich feathers, and a porcelain venetian lady figurine.

    I also had a faux cupcake from last year, and this rat decided to take a bite.

The rats have totally taken over Marie's cake table.

I found this sweet antique doll over the summer. I decided to set her out because some may find her a bit spooky, although I don't.

She is missing her eyes, but it still think she's sweet.

Marie is busy relaxing in her golden throne chair.

She is enjoying a sip of tea.

I decided to create her a pair of shoes.

I spray painted them gold, and added lace trims and ribbons.

I think she approves.

Yep, she's smiling.

I think she's very comfortable in her French apartment.

A crow has decided to land on her  cobweb covered candelabra.

She's too busy to notice, because she has cake to eat.

Happy Halloween!

I will be back in the next few weeks with Christmas decor.


DIY Elegant Halloween Mirror


Today I want to share with you a creepy, but elegant Halloween DIY.  I like my Halloween decorations to be unique, spooky, but still have a touch of elegance. For several years now, I have been admiring Halloween mirrors on Pinterest, my favorites being the ones with protruding hands.

This Pinterest photo below was my inspiration. I knew I could recreate something similar with items already around my house. 

What you will need:

- Mirror

-Doll hands. Mine are from a barbie doll styling head. You can find these easily at thrift stores for cheap.

-Lace trims

-gray and black craft paint. I used the Apple Barrel brand from Walmart which was around 50 cents each.

-paint brush

-glue gun

I painted the hands a light gray, and I made sure to paint the nails black.

I have so many mirrors around my house. I chose two vintage mirrors that were thrifted years ago, which I hadn't found a use for yet. I also decided to lightly dry brush some black paint on the frame for an eerie feel.


Once the hands were dry, I found some delicate lace trim and hot glued it to the wrist of each hand.

The last step is to hot glue the hand to each mirror. For a firmer hold, I would suggest using E600 along with the hot glue.

To add more interest to your hands you could add a jewel to serve as a ring for one finger, or even have one of the hands holding a flowing white lace handkerchief as though it was getting ready to drop. You could even add a dainty spider to the handkerchief.

I decided to display my mirrors in the foyer. I added lots of black butterflies that I found on Amazon here.

I love this ethereal halloween look.

One butterfly even decided to land on one of the spooky hands...

I enjoyed creating this project! Maybe you have similar items already around your house to create a mirror of your own?

Thank you for stopping by!


DIY Crystal Balls

Halloween is almost upon us, and today I would like to share my dining room decor with you and also a crystal ball DIY.

Our maid Hagatha Christie, is back and resuming her duties this halloween season. 

I actually splurged a bit this year and ordered some new garlands and wreaths from Joann Fabrics. I love the color scheme of the rich burgundy mixed in with the soft pinks and blacks. 

Our sweet "little girl" loves to pose with the Halloween decor each year, she is the perfect Halloween decoration!

The last few years I've had the idea of making my own crystal balls for the Halloween season. I actually found a lamp (below) at the thrift store, and immediately I saw the potential for a crystal ball.  I had my husband remove the top section of the lamp and thats all it took create my one of a kind enchanted crystal! I know I paid under $10 for this lamp, which is such a great deal! It also has the most amazing fancy gold base.

I always find vintage silver plated casserole warmers or holders at the thrift store. The bases are usually intricate, pretty and very Victorian. One day it dawned on me, that these warmers would be the perfect bases for a crystal ball. 
I hit the jackpot over the summer when I came upon a booth at an antique store that had several of these warmers marked down to only $1 each! I snatched them all up!

I found this unique glass vase (Im really not sure what it is) at an antique store, and thought it would be ideal as a crystal ball. It fit flawlessly on my silver plated base. I then added twinkle lights for some magic and whimsy.

I was so excited that my pink skulls from last season fit perfectly into my new color scheme. I had to add a crown as well...spooky but pretty.

The next diy crystal ball was made by using a light fixture globe.

The globe started out white, but I sprayed it with RUST-OLEUM mirror effect paint. I really like the mirrored effect!  You can find this spray paint in my Amazon store here. The gorgeous brass base I randomly found while thrifting for just a couple of dollars.

This crystal ball was made using the same size light fixture globe, except that I left it with its original white finish. It was the perfect size for this Art Deco inspired warmer.

I have a few more silver bases that I wasn't able to find a crystal ball for as of yet. One is quite large, so I think this summer I will pick up a garden gazing ball for it.

The french buffet is dressed with garlands, glittered pumpkins and grapevine pumpkins. 

 I had to add twinkle lights here as well. I love the cozy feeling they provide.

I am happy with my DIY crystal balls. They are all unique and much cheaper than buying them from a retail store.

I love thrifting my Halloween decor. I choose things that are not actually halloween items, but items that can be repurposed into halloween decor. I love finding candelabras, busts, mirrors, old portraits, picture frames and more. All of these items can easily be turned into something elegantly spooky for Halloween, and when the holiday is over, they are once again a beautiful and functional piece of home decor.

I hope you now have some ideas to create your own elegant crystal balls. If you are on Instagram tag me at welch_house_1900 if you decide to make some of your own. I would love to see them!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I also have to apologize for the darker than normal photos. I edited them to be darker, for a spookier feel, but I think I over did it๐Ÿ˜ž!


Seaside Inspired Autumn Foyer


Happy first of September! I wanted to share with you how I chose to decorate my foyer for autumn this year.

As you know, we recently visited the beach, and lets just say it totally stole my heart. Once I was home, I couldn't get the ocean and it's colors out of my mind.

So I decided to bring out all of my shells, and figure out how to merge autumn with them. This particular conch shell below, is actually over 100 years old, and has the most amazing patina!

I was so inspired by the beautiful tones of the shells and also the colors of the ocean, that I decided to take the plunge and paint my pumpkins to match.

I used pumpkins from last year and gave each one a makeover with soft colors of the ocean... lavender, gray, and a soft teal. 

I added muted colored leaves in throughout my display, as well as a few hydrangeas.

I think the pumpkins turned out beautifully! I couldn't forget to add my signature "gold" somewhere, so I gilded the stems, and also a few small pumpkins.

I understand that this is not a traditional autumn look, but...its  just what my heart was looking for.

I enjoy walking into my foyer and seeing all of my precious shells and star fish mixed in with soft, ocean colored pumpkins.

The best part of this display, is that it cost me nothing! I used everything that I already owned, just tweaked them for a different look.

I encourage you to follow your heart with your decor. You don't have to follow trends or buy new every year, to have an unique and pretty vignette!

I hope you enjoyed my "Seaside inspired foyer"! Thank you for visiting!


A few weeks ago my little family and I took a vacation to Florida. I love to shop while I am visiting the sunshine state, and always on the lookout for some new treasures to bring home.

This year we rented a small car, so I knew there would not be much room to cart my treasures home. I needed to be selective in choosing what I bought.


My heart literally skipped a beat when I spotted two gorgeous vintage Italian tole side tables!

They both were the rose tole as well! I usually only see the gold wheat design which is pretty, but definitely not my favorite.

I was so excited! I didn't give my husband an option to say that there wouldn't be room in the car, and luckily there was!

I think these amazing tables are so elegant and classy. The sister table to this one is currently residing in the library, you will see photos of it when I post my fall home tour. I love how my gold antique mirrors compliment the table.

Also on my trip I picked up a trio of glass trinket boxes.

I found them at Cracker Barrel and I think they are so sweet. I don't know what I'll be using them for yet.

I am so pleased with my sweet treasures that I found this year! I will share more with you in upcoming posts!

We had a beautiful time in Florida. Below are a few photos from our trip. 

They are a bit blurry due to the fact that they were taken on my phone, but I hope you enjoy them anyways.

Thank you so much for visiting and I'll talk to you soon!