In my family Halloween is our favorite holiday. Some years we go more all out, others we keep it more low-key and elegant. And we generally keep the outside of the house pretty tame until the day of trick or treating, when cobwebs and luminaries and spooky music make their appearance. But there's just something about these spooky silhouettes that make me think this year's going to be a little bit different.
In my opinion, the most loved and easily recognized and furniture designers of the Mid-Century are Charles and Ray Eames. Together, they had the Midas touch when it came to home furnishings; if the Eames' designed it, it became a classic.
If you aren't lucky enough to own an actual Eames Chair of any variety, how about using their images as decor?
These mice silhouettes are like the rodents in Walt Disney movies: Cute and nonthreatening, except, of course, they can't help you clean the house. You can find ready-made mice silhouettes like these at orientaltrading.com, which are $2.99 for a dozen mice with mouseholes, but why bother when Martha provides a FREE mice template? You supply the black construction paper, scissors and sticky-back tape. Via.
This silhouette art makes PB silhouettes look like child's play. (Whaaa?) Suede samples cut into silhouette of a boy and his Great Dane. The suede silhouettes were temporarily adhered to the fabric and then stitched on. The Great Dane hide pillow was made from scrap hide available at a leather store here in Indy and sewn onto white, remnant fabric with cotton velvet cording.
Silhouettes can transcend paper, you know? I've been experimenting with all sorts of fabrics for silhouettes during the past year and a half. The best materials are felt, hide, suede, faux leathers and, if you don't mind a little raveling, cotton velvet.
Believe it or not, the yellow floral fabric was a hideous sundress I found at GW. I needed that color of yellow so this is it. The best thing was that the dress was lined so I used the...