Halloween Inspiration: The Birds Part II

Chad Dorsey designed this beautiful kitchen. My favorite part about it of course is the Bird decal on the ceiling. This is what I had in mind when I was talking about the Birds Halloween theme in Part I. Subtly spreading these Birds and making them look like art, rather than just temporary decorations makes them look tasteful, and almost curated. Very adult yet I’m sure that the kids would love them too!

Did you notice the nest on the table? Genius!

Halloween Inspiration: The Birds Part I

Tamara Kvesitadze’s latest work, The Passage, (which she just created as the world went into a lockdown) inspired my Halloween decoration this year!

Hoards of haunting birds fly towards an invisible force, drawing them into the trap of the human head! Its what nightmares are made of! or should I say, what horror movies are made of! In fact, it reminds me of the horror movie that influenced every other horror movie! The Birds.

The Birds is a 1963 Natural Horror-Thriller Film produced and directed by non other than Alfred Hitchcock. It was very loosely based on the 1952 story of The Birds by Daphne du Maurier. It focuses on a series of sudden and unexplained violent bird attacks over the course of a few days.

Hitchcock decided to do without any conventional scores. Instead, he made sound effects in counterpoint to calculated silences. He used the electroacoustic Mixtur-Trautonium to create the bird calls and noises. How scary is that? Wouldn’t these sound effects be the perfect addition to the spooky ambiance?

So far those are my favorite finds for this year. The one on the left is the iconic midcentury accessory House Bird by Eames. It fits perfectly in this theme and yet can be displayed throughout the year. The Crow Wreath is another Pottery Barn find.

 A few of those removable birds wall stickers from Amazon will completes the theme!

Leftover Halloween Candy Blondies

Halloween is finally over and my kids managed to collect way too much candy as usual!  So I thought that I would turn some of that leftover candy into something a little more special!

I found this recipe on the net and am planning to try it out next week but thought that I’d share it with you just in case one of you out there would like to try it out too!

Doesn’t it look Yummy?

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup assorted Halloween candy, roughly chopped
Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, allowing it to hang over the sides. Coat the paper with cooking spray.
In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk together the melted butter with the sugar and light brown sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.
Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and stir in the flour and salt just until incorporated. Stir in 1/2 cup of the assorted Halloween candy.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top, then sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of Halloween candy over the top of the batter.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Let the pan cool completely then remove the blondies using the parchment paper overhang, cut into 16 squares and serve.

Note: This is the exact recipe that I got from the site, however, I think that I am going to only put 1/2 or 3/4 cup of sugar instead of the 1/2 cup of white sugar plus 1 cup of brown! I would also add 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and only 1/4 teaspoon salt instead of the 1 1/2 tsp!… Finally, I think with my oven I might have to put it a bit longer… maybe an hour? let’s see!!

Source: Leftover Halloween Candy Blondies

Modern Face Painting for Halloween!

I feel that art adds beauty and interest to our everyday lives and as a result, I love incorporating it in almost everything!!….. A few years ago I saw this series of Moscow-based photographer Alexander Khokhlov  called Weird Beauty and somehow thought it would be a great inspiration for some last minute Halloween costume!!! Face painting is nothing new, I mean African tribes and aboriginal tribes have been doing it for centuries … But I loved that Khokhlov took it to the next level and modernized it!… Here Khokhlov used model faces as canvas and painted on them in only black and white.

Fashion Police Hosts Dress Up For Halloween 2012

This year the Fashion Police hosts costumes were as colourful and funny as ever. From far left Kris Jenner was dressed as Psy, Kelly Osbourne dressed as Katy Perry, Joan Rivers dressed as Mariah Carey, George Kotsiopoulos as Brad Pitt from the Chanel No. 5 commercial, and Melissa Rivers as Nicki Minaj.

My favorite this year was Kelly Osbourne. She looked so much like Katy Perry…. Well done Kelly!