Thursday, September 20, 2012

Please Welcome: Michael from Inspired by Charm

Hi, everyone! Michael here from Inspired by Charm. I can't tell you how excited I am to be writing this post. Year after year I look forward to Eighteen25's Spooktacular September. To my delight and surprise, I received an email from these lovely gals inviting me to contribute to this year’s festivities! After regaining my composure, I replied yes, and here we are!

Today, I wanted to share a little Halloween decorating I did in my dining room. While I love pumpkins, spiders, and ghosts, I decided to take a slightly  less traditional approach this year.

For inspiration, I turned to one of my all-time favorite movies, The Wizard of Oz. You see, I've had a love for this movie for quite some time. I played the scarecrow in my grade-school musical, and don't even get me started on Wicked! Love it!



Anyway, a couple months ago I hung some new shelves in my dining room. I wanted a little area that I could decorate seasonally with the things I love. This summer I created a Lemonade Stand and a Coffee Bar.



So, I cleared my shelves and got to work. Except for some green vases I picked up at Goodwill for a few dollars, I created my Ode to Oz with items I already had on hand. Let's follow the yellow brick road and see what I created.


Pretty fabulous, right? 



Are you seeing any Oz-inspired items? Let’s take a closer look.



A diploma (an old book page wrapped with a ribbon) and a crow represent the Scarecrow, while funnels and a heart on the print in the background stand for the Tin Man.



For the print, I found a black and white image of a farmhouse online and just printed it out on my printer.



The Lion makes his appearance in a crown and an actual gold lion I found at Pier1 a few months ago.



The green vases that I picked up at Goodwill along with a green Ball jar create the Emerald City.



While this display is lacking ruby slippers, some red roses and votive candle holders add color and sparkle. A piece of blue-and-white checked fabric tied onto a bucket (perfect for throwing water on witches) screams Dorothy.



Speaking of witches, I included some brooms, a few winged monkeys (that look a little like bats), and an apple, perhaps from an enchanted talking tree.



Even Glinda makes an appearance with some silver wand-like picks mixed with Indian corn.



To finish everything off, I added a few more flowers - yellow daisies. Follow the yellow brick road!



That’s it! My fall/Halloween Ode to Oz display! What do you think? Regardless of your knowledge of The Wizard of Oz, I think this display is festive, colorful, happy, and a whole lot of fun! 



Clearly, I had a hard time containing my own excitement as I’m photo bombing my own photo.



I hope all of you enjoyed my display and are feeling a little more inspired. If you are not a fan of The Wizard of Oz, feel free to use this idea for any of your favorite movies!




Thanks to Jamie, Jodie, and Jennifer of Eighteen25 for having me today. 
I’m loving Spooktacular September 2012!

If you’d like to see how I decorated my dining room shelves this summer, click here.


I also just created a Halloween chalkboard drawing in my Gift Shoppe. To check that out, click here.



Thanks again!! Happy Fall Y’all!



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25 comments:

  1. That display and post is all kinds of awesome. The photo bomb gave me my first laugh of the day -- LOVE the decor. Michael, you have an open invite to my house!

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  2. Girls, thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your amazingly fabulous extravaganza! I'm truly honored! Thank you for all you do!! I hope I can join you all again next year.

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  3. This display is fabulous, Michael! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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  4. This is so cute, and genius! Love it!

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  5. Michael I love what you've done! Such a unique idea! So you! Your display rocks!

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  6. That is an awesome display. I too love The Wizard of OZ. I remember watching it as a little girl wishing I was walking the yellow brick road with Dorothy. I love that when you look at each item it takes you through a mental stroll thru the movie. I give you a standing-O

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  7. The corn is what made this display awesome for me!

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  8. This is so awesome!!!! I love it. It is so creative and out of the box. Great job Michael!

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  9. awesome, awesome, awesome, michael. i love how it all came together..and how abstract so much of it is!:)

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  10. Every day I look for something on your web site Michael. I follow you on pinterest because no matter what you are involved in, it is always TOP of the line. I would be happy if I could have 1-100th of your talent. Keep the uplifting post going.

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  11. Michael, this is the bomb-diggity! I love it. I also follow you on Pinterest and just love your style! Thanks for the smile this morning.

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  12. I don't even LOVE The Wizard of Oz (despite playing Glinda in my third grade play), but this has me wanting to throw an Oz party. I love the interpretations and representations and how it all looks so great together. Fabulous!

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  13. This is so incredibly clever. The photo screamed Oz before I read the title (because I too am a huge Wizard/Wicked fan), but it's very subtle at the same time. The vintage charm in all of the items is just enchanting. Really clever!

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  14. I love this! Its so nice to see a Halloween display that's not all bats, skulls and spiders (although I love that too) I love all the thought that went into this and how creative it is!
    Well done Michael!

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  15. Love it!! What is your wall color??? Love that, too!

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  16. Love, love, love!

    The gold lion is perfection as is the photo bomb!

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  17. Where did you find the gold lion? I love that!

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  18. This is splendid! Probably one of my favorite ideas/posts this month. Bravo Michael! Totally unique, just like you. PHOTO BOMB!

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  19. This is awesome, right down to the farmhouse pic. I love it all!

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  20. XOX!!!! Love everything you do, Michael!!!

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  21. Michael, just like everything else you do, this is just flippin' fantastic!!! I love all of the "Oz" inspiration & how you so cleverly worked in every last detail of the movie!! Awesome my friend!

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  22. That is so clever! ...And so well put together that it looks like nice decor until you look closer to see all of the details!

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  23. from previous comment...I meant that in a great way about the details! I love it a lot!

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  24. I love your ode to oz! Very creative...I always loved the Wizard of Oz, one of my favorite movies growing up.

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  25. I'll admit, I'm not a big OZ fan (don't hate it, don't love it), so didn't get it at first, but I appreciated all the explanations, and thought how clever it was as I was reading, very fun!

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