Halloween can be pretty gross, over-the-top, and just plain cheesy. Don't know about you, but that's not quit my thing. I like dark and moody or light hearted and fun. This dinner party falls into the moody camp. I love that Cassandra Lavalle of Coco & Kelley took her inspiration from the over grown mansion of Miss Havisham in Great Expectations. If I were to close my eyes and envision the setting in Miss Havisham's home, this would be extremely close to this. Cassandra nailed it!
Descendant and creepy all at the same time was created by combining lots of lush greens set against a black back drop and filled in with old candleabras and serving pieces.
Incorporating rich decadent food displays is really perfect for this look. It adds a bit of color but doesn't take away from the dark mood.
Black candles and pots help ground the space. It's the little things that make the difference.
There's nothing overtly Halloween here, I guess that's why I'm drawn to this. Cassandra was very careful in her decor selections. No skulls and bats. Here's my take away; looking past the obvious can take your inspiration in a very original direction.
At first glance I didn't notice these cobwebs. Perfectly eerie!
photography by julie harmsen // art direction by cassandra lavalle for coco+kelley