>> Incorporate a little edge into your wardrobe — and get into the end-of-Fall spirit — with these prettified skull jewels. Whether in high-shine silver, soft rose gold, or studded with diamonds, these moody pieces look a little elegant, a little dangerous — and just right for the season. Here are our picks from the best pieces around — from Bing Bang's barely there studs to Pamela Love's candy-hued statement necklace (left). All here in the slideshow.
Before he passed away in February, Alexander McQueen created a luxurious six-piece collection of rugs and pillows for The Rug Company, and now, three years in the making, the line is finally available. McQueen's trademark skull pattern made its way onto one baby blue and white rug, as well as two pillows, in black and gold, while his recognizable hummingbird, feather, and military broçade themes make up the rest of the line. Finely knotted, the hummingbird rug is an almost photographic reproduction of McQueen's sartorial design, though these pieces will cost you more. A six-by-nine rug goes for about $19,000, while a scarf will cost you only $260. As for accessorizing and creating your ensemble, I think the same rules apply: layer one of McQueen's rugs or pillows over simple separates or go bold and mix them with prints.
I made this arrangement for my front porch by spray-painting some sticks, tossing them in an old bucket, and adding a skull head from the Dollar Store. See more details on my blog, Hi Sugarplum!
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If you read my roundup of classy Halloween decorations, you know I have no qualms with skull motifs. In fact, I've long lusted after this expansive skull-and-crossbones-shaped chandelier. But that doesn't mean every creepy cranium gets a one-way ticket into my home. For example, the Baleri Italia Skull Footstool ($595), an egg-shaped foam footstool with a removable three-dimensional skull motif cover, is not something that jives with my aesthetic — even on Halloween. How about you? Would you lay your feet on this unusual ottoman?
If you caught my sneak peek of The Real World New Orleans house on Tuesday or the premiere last night, you might have noticed that the house is heavy on city-centric décor. From Mardi Gras accessories and a purple, green, and gold palette to jazz influences and symbolic elements like fleur-de-lys, there's not a chance you could mistake these swanky digs for any other city. One bedroom in the house seemed to be inspired by New Orleans's spookier, voodoo edge with a skeleton posed against an above-ground cemetery mural and skull wallpaper and carpeting. While I'm sure the mural was commissioned, the skull décor is actually pretty accessible. Wondering where you can pick up the deadly designs? Then continue reading.
The skull trend may be wearing out its welcome a bit, but it's still totally appropriate for this spooky season. To go all out, decorate with the Mirrored Skull ($2,800) from Esque Design, crafted from clear glass with a silver interior. This skull is hand sculpted, and is a signed limited edition of 50.
However, you don't have to splurge to get skulls in your home. See my more affordable finds below!
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