We all know that Halloweentown
isn't a real place, but if it were, this seriously spooky Salem, MA house would fit right in with the neighborhood. Set in the famously witchy town (and next to a real graveyard that hosts some past residents), this historic home was primed and ready for a creepy-cool makeover. Through a solid team effort with Havenly
's top designers, the space underwent a transformation that infused macabre details and lots of dark-humor touches, making it chock-full of decor inspiration
for true Halloween obsessives like us.
An actual graveyard sets the spooky mood before you even cross the threshold to this home. "As a fellow New Englander, I grew up visiting Salem, MA as a kid, and remember the eerie feeling of walking amongst the historical homes around Halloween," says designer Priscilla Weston. That history-tinged spirit is something she worked to maintain as a theme throughout the entire house.
In spite of its semi-serious "bones", the home has tons of darkly funny touches that keep the mood light. "[Homeowner] Stacey brought the Bill Murray print to the table, which is funny on its own, but making it the star of the room by adding formality to its placement certainly made me chuckle!" says Weston. We love how even the most "traditional" elements have a quirky twist.
The bedroom's deep, mysterious color isn't just on-theme, it's also very on-trend (have you noticed that inky walls are popping up everywhere lately?). "Our bedroom chandelier was pulled from a monastery in France," says homeowner Stacey Norkun. The chandelier serves as the perfect glam accent to the moody room — another trend we've been digging.
This delightful tile echoes the blue color palette in a more upbeat way, while the skeleton accessories and more vintage-inspired light fixtures keep the creepy theme cohesive. (This skeleton motif actually pops out throughout the house if you know where to look.)
What keeps the home from feeling overly theatrical is the fact that there are so many personal touches and not just generic haunted house trappings. "We love everything in our home because none of it is random. Every piece has meaning," says Norkun.
You won't find any Scooby Doo-style moving eyes in these portraits, but you should give them a second look regardless. On par with the Bill Murray print, this regal rendering of Dave Grohl might make you do a double-take.
The longer you look at this home, the more amazing details you notice (sort of like a Magic Eye picture). "Whenever a new person comes over, they come in the front door and just look around seemingly in a bit of shock and awe," says Norkun.
Another blink-and-you'd-miss-it detail is the anatomical skeleton dining chairs. This strange accent keeps the formal dining room from feeling stuffy. "A moody wall color allowed the original millwork to shine, and the classic leather armchairs evoked a Victorian vibe suitable to the age of the architecture," explains Weston.
The home's place in history-packed Salem certainly had a major impact on the decor, with little nods to the town sprinkled throughout. "The Salem Lyceum sign was hand-painted to match the original signage on the Salem Lyceum building, where Alexander Graham Bell famously gave the first public demonstration of the telephone on February 12, 1877," says Norkun.
A parting look at the house shows off its own creepy color scheme — the shade of purple reminds us of a witches' brew or maybe a satin coffin lining.
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(Images via Kiera Slye for Havenly)