Go for gothic glamour at home this Halloween

Day of the Dead inspired tableware from Williams Sonoma www.williams-sonoma.com
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Day of the Dead inspired tableware from Williams Sonoma www.williams-sonoma.com

Decorating for Halloween doesn't need to involve plastic pumpkins and fake cobwebs.

True aesthetes opt for dark and moody tableware, oddities from the natural world and soft candlelight.

Fiona Hugues, stylist at Gatherum Collectif, knows how to make Halloween a good-looking occasion.

A Halloween table can be decorated elegantly yet spookily with antiques and taxidermy.
JANE USSHER / NZ HOUSE & GARDEN

A Halloween table can be decorated elegantly yet spookily with antiques and taxidermy.

Her "frighteningly enchanting" approach to decorating incorporates her large collection of animal bones and skulls, seasonal flowers and eerily shaped driftwood for a table setting.

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"I've also got a collection of taxidermy," she says, "so I like to stand some of my birds among pot plants with a tablecloth of rich dark velvet, nests and scattered sphagnum moss for a dark forest setting."

Glass domes have a eerie curiosity shop feel, and are an eye-catching way to display objects on your Halloween table. Spooky dolls, dusty books and other antique memorabilia work, as do found objects from the natural world like bones, branches and piles of feathers.

Day of the dead themed decorative skulls make another stylish starting point for themed decor, with their intricate patterns and bold colours popping up on everything from wall prints to dinnerware. Smoked glass, black serving bowls and gold handled cutlery also fit the theme. 

Dolls in a glass dome would be a spooky talking point.
JANE USSHER / NZ HOUSE & GARDEN

Dolls in a glass dome would be a spooky talking point.

Last year, Tiffany Jeans from bespoke candle and fragrance brand Curio Noir, filled a giant bronze dish at her Auckland flagship store with shiny green apples which she polished everyday.

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"Using apples to me stirs up thoughts of the witchy old lady in fairy tales who always wanted to poison you with an apple," she says. "To me it's not necessarily traditional…but still apt for Halloween."

She suggests re-creating the look at home by lighting her new copper red glass Cellar Feels candle for a glamorous and fragrant ambience. "Cellar Feels would look amazing sitting next to a large bowl of red and green apples in a Tom Dixon dish," she says. 

Found bones and skulls incorporated with soft florals make a sophisticated Halloween table setting.
FIONA HUGUES and JANI SHEPHERD / GATHERUM COLLECTIF

Found bones and skulls incorporated with soft florals make a sophisticated Halloween table setting.

Halloween is the time to break out the antique memorabilia.
JANE USSHER / NZ HOUSE & GARDEN

Halloween is the time to break out the antique memorabilia.

 - Homed

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