The Chic-er Side of Halloween

The Chic-er Side of Halloween

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Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s not too early to transform your humble abode for fall festivities.


Halloween doesn’t have to mean tacky, says Terry Lee, owner of OUTSIDE, Cincinnati’s home dècor and entertainment shop in downtown. Halloween is no different from other occasions when it comes to decorating. Eager decorators should follow a few general “rules of thumb,” however, Lee says.


“[In general] when you think about your finished dècor, go and see what you can take away,” he says. “Less is more.”


To make your home festive yet chic, he suggests choosing one or two quality centerpieces to build on, rather than several lesser quality items. OUTSIDE has the answer to decorators’ search for creative and artsy items, Lee says. As far as Lee’s own dècor, it is “non-traditional and more fun and graphic oriented,” he says


Overall, Lee’s product base is centered on luminosity.


“Everything is made for adding candles,” he says. “Decorating with light is effective for any season.” is another source for Halloween decor dos and don’ts. H. Camille Smith suggests using dramatic effects such as a directional plant light or canister uplights to highlight a few of the decorative elements in a room and to create dramatic cast shadows. These specialty lights are inexpensive and can be found at most hardware or mass-merchandise stores.


Twisty branches, such as the corkscrew willow, are a great way to fill corner space, as the plant lights create spooky shadows. Adding color gels to the lights is an option to add intensity to your wall.


OUTSIDE features Halloween items like jack-o’-lanterns, rustic hand-made buckets, lanterns and doormats. Chic yet affordable, the dècor ranges from $15 to $30.


Lee says some of his products are posted on his Web site, but for a more detailed selection, potential customers should visit the store. Exclusive products can vary as far as availability.


OUTSIDE is open seven days a week, Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Call (513) 744-9444 for more information.


Photo: Neysa Ruhl Photography

Location: The McAlpin

Props: Courtesy of OUTSIDE

Model: Karen Morgan of New View Management Group, Inc.
Makeup Artistry: Trina Paul


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