As Sim­ple as Black & White

A Hal­loween porch is trans­formed with some paint and a lit­tle cre­ativ­ity.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Extra - BY KRISTIN DOWDING PHO­TOG­RA­PHY AND STYLING BY JU­LIA KONYA

With the

pop­u­lar­ity of haunted houses, porches with flick­er­ing lights and bowls filled with sev­ered fin­gers, it’s not of­ten you come across a Hal­loween porch that’s more chic than scary. “I al­ways have the cute lit­tle kids in mind that don’t like scary stuff,” says Ju­lia Konya, life­style and de­sign blog­ger of Cuck­oo4De­sign.

VER­SA­TILE FOUN­DA­TION

Ju­lia’s home in Al­len­town, Penn­syl­va­nia, is now known for its painted striped porch that makes her Hal­loween dis­play stand out. “My house is filled with black-and­white pat­terns, so I thought I’d carry it out­side too,” she says. The de­sign makes her porch pop and pro­vides a fun, neu­tral foun­da­tion for what­ever style she has in mind, no mat­ter the sea­son.

“I al­ways start with some­thing that I love,” says Ju­lia.

“It doesn’t mat­ter what it is. I started with the stripes on the porch, and it was eas­ier to do than it looks,” she says. A full tu­to­rial can be found on her blog, but if you’re not the DIY type, you can still get the look in other ways. “If you don’t want to paint your porch, you can buy a blackand-white out­door rug,” says Ju­lia.

GET CRE­ATIVE

Dec­o­rat­ing for Hal­loween can be in­ex­pen­sive if you fo­cus on what you al­ready have.

“One year my dad kept a dis­gust­ing tooth, so I hung that,” says Ju­lia. “We went to the Sedlec Os­suary in Prague, where ev­ery­thing is made of real bones, and we blew up our pic­tures for our back­ground. If it’s in­ter­est­ing, they’ll like it.” Of course, she buys pump­kins and fake spi­ders to tie in with the Hal­loween theme, but you may be sur­prised at how much you al­ready have to make your fall porch trick-or-treat ready.

“My house is filled with black-and-white pat­terns, so I

out­side

thought I’d carry it too.”

The Jack Skelling­ton head was placed on a plant for the neigh­bor­hood chil­dren and com­ple­ments the black-and-white theme of the porch. “My hus­band has worn it ev­ery year while he sits on the porch to hand out candy,” says Ju­lia. “One year he had to work at night, so I put it on the plant in his ab­sence as a trib­ute.”

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