Earlier this month we took a full tour of John Coulter's gorgeous Los Angeles home. During my earlier visit, John was excited to invite me back to see all his fun Halloween decorations. As he happily notes, it's his favorite holiday.
"I found my Halloween inspiration from an amazing little town in Mexico called San Miguel De Allende. I was on a modeling photo shoot there two halloweens ago. The whole town looks like a Tim Burton movie. They have one of the biggest Dia De Los Muertos celebrations in the world. I was in Halloween Heaven. The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland and all of Tim Burton's movies are also a huge inspiration - don't miss his show at LACMA."
Some people plan all year for their favorite Christmas Eve party, they plot and design the perfect New Year's Eve soiree, or they agonize how to accommodate an entire family for a full course Thanksgiving meal. John's favorite time of year, where he confidently puts his artistic abilities and crafty DIY skills to good use is Halloween. He will thrift shop, recycle and repurpose old accessories — adding black lacquer or orange glitter — doing whatever he can to give it the spooky haunted twist. Every year he hosts a pumpkin carving or a Halloween party, so he looks forward to turning his home into the perfect setting. "I have always loved everything about Halloween from the candy, to dressing up in crazy costumes and being someone else for the night, to all the black and orange decorations. My favorite decorations are vintage finds."
It's really ironic, because his house is so wonderfully put together, if you didn't recognize "Halloween" decorations as "Halloween" style, it'd be another awesomely decorated home. For instance, in his living room he still puts great detail in the choice of pillows and lighting, but added some awesome stuff like jack-o-lanterns and black crows with cobwebs. "I have been decorating for Halloweeen for about four years,ever since I bought my house. Before that I was somewhat of a gypsy traveling, so Halloween decorations were the last thing I wanted to schlep around. Now that I have storage I've gone a little nuts - and then there's Christmas!"
John's Halloween Decoration Resource List:
• Garlands in the kitchen are made from ripping strips of old black clothes
• Garland in the bedroom is made from knotting bunches of rafia, and paper mache skulls paper
• All the candy is made from rolling strips of felt and wrapping in plastic wrap
• I have found that little trinkets, frames, vases, tacky silk flowers, basically anything from Goodwill - just spray paint it a matte black and it looks cool and spooky
• Oh and my favorite decoration is in my bathroom. The portrait of the girl with the mask. Goodwill $5.00!!! Get any old portrait painting (the tackier the funnier) from Goodwill, Salvation Army or thrift stores and paint a black mask on their face and glitter it.
PS. Glitter anything for Halloween and it looks fun. You can never have too much glitter. That's my Halloween motto!
Images: Bethany Nauert