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Over 20 Wonderful Decorating Ideas For A Halloween Dinner Party

Last week Homes and Hues presented some wonderfully horrific Halloween decorations for the outside of your home, so this week we've turned to the inside -specifically the dining room, bringing you some of the best Halloween decorations for anyone planning a dinner party in the next few weeks.

We've got everything from centerpieces to table runners and more that will have you covered whether you're hosting a classy adult afair, a kid's dinning celebration or anything in between.

So if you're planning to host a dinner party this Halloween or just want a few kooky ideas to spruce up your home for the holiday, don't miss this great Homes and Hues article: 20+ Ways to Decorate Your Table For A Halloween Dinner Party

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The Subtly Spooky Chair Perfect for All Year Use

Even if you live for Halloween, you still probably put most of your decorations away by December, but this delightful, monster-like chair is perfect for use all year long. That's because when it's not lit up from precisely the right angle, it looks like just another vintage wooden dining chair. 

The styling is perfect as creator Yaara Derkel was striving to design something that was creepy and strange, yet familiar and inviting at the same time. 

Read more about the Coppelius chair at Homes and Hues: The Spookiest Chair This Side of Halloweentown

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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There Are Only Five Days Left to Enter Our Pinterest Halloween Contest

You wanna hear something scary? There are only five more days to participate in our Pinterest Halloween contest. You can get all the details on entry here, but with less than a week to go it seems critical to remind you to get pinning and to repin your favorite items on the board to help vote for the winner. Don't feel discouraged if you're not into the popularity contest aspect -we're also choosing an editor favorite, so if you have something amazing, share it with us and you could win!

Again, visit this page to get all the details or head over to the board to start pinning now.

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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This Apartment Has A Garden on Its Walls

Few city apartments give you any connection to nature, but this amazing apartment in Ukraine brings the vegetation inside by installing living gardens along the wall. Designers were inspired by the river view outside and the fusion of nature with a cityscape. The rest of the apartment features fairly minimalist decor, which only serves to attract attention back to the impressive living room and kitchen.

The resident's fascinating modern and  vintage furniture, artwork and other possessions blend right in with the unique and vibrant living space. 

For more great pictures, check out Homes and Hues: The Ukraine Apartment With Living Walls

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This Tampa Home Mesmerizes With Its Stunning Textures and Shapes

Stone, glass, wood and metal all go together perfectly in this beautiful lakeside home in Tampa. With floor to ceiling windows in the living room, seperate entertaining areas for kids and adults, and a crystal blue pool that has a pool house in the exact style as the the main home, there's a lot to love in this wonderful residence.

Inside or out, you're sure to feel at one with the relaxing natural surroundings, including rows of old oak trees that surround the house on three sides. It's rare for something so modern to fit in with such a traditional natural setting, but Alfonso Architects really worked wonders when they designed this house.

See more pictures at Homes and Hues: This Lakefront Home Provides Kids and Adults With Their Own Space

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14 Fantastically Creepy Halloween Decorations

When it comes to seasonal home decoration, Halloween is the second most popular holiday behind Christmas in the US. While some people just put out a few carved pumpkins, others like to go all out and these 14 horrific Halloween decorations on Homes and Hues are a great source of inspiration for those who really want to scare. 

The article covers everything from massive props (like a haunted tree with faces coming out of the bark) to small details (like multiple ways to make your store-bought skeleton look like a real decomposing body). 

There are even some cool tech-inspired decorations like this cool haunted mirror effect, so if you want to scare your neighbors and their children, you won't want to miss this great Homes and Hues article: 14 Over the Top Halloween Decorations To Terrify Trick or Treaters

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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Finally There's A Water Filter That Looks Nice In Your Kitchen

Tired of dirty-tasting tap water but don't want to put an ugly water filter on your faucet or store a giant jug with an ugly filter on top? Then you'll love the new KOR Water Fall that not only filters watr, but looks great while doing it. The uniquely scientific-looking filtration set up can be left on your counter and the one liter carafes come with lids so they can be stored in your refrigerator or on your table. Best of all, the filters are natural (they're made from coconut shells) and they last twice as long as most water filters, making them a much more eco-friendly alternative to standard water filters.

Read more about the new design at Homes and Hues: A Water Filtration System That Looks As Nice As It Works

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Have You Joined In On The Halloween Fun Yet?

If you haven't checked out our This Is Halloween Pinterest board, you're missing out. This one-stop-shop for all things Halloween is filled with great ideas for costumes, pumpkins, snacks, decorations and more. That's both because Halloween is awesome and also because just by pinning to the board, you're entering our Halloween Scream Time contest

As a reminder, if you want to participate in the contest, you just need to follow the board and then send us a private message on Pinterest, leave a comment on the board or leave a comment here with your pinerest account name. We'll then send you an invite so you can start pinning.

If you're on Pinterest and don't feel like entering the contest, you can help pick our popular votes winner by repinning your favorite items on the board. The pic with the most repins will win, along with one pic chosen by the Neatorama team.

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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These Single-Purpose Tools Are Delightfully Pointless

A tool only for chopped salads? Why not?

How about one just for rolling edamame beans from their shell?

Or maybe a fork designed just for eating spaghetti? They're all humorously single-purpose, but that's kind of the point. Designer Lee Ben David wanted to make a statement about the disconnect people have with their food and how rarely we actually touch our meals with our bare hands.

The results are as charming as they are unneccessary. See the rest at Homes and Hues: Lee Ben David's Delightful Single-Use Kitchen Tools

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The Beautiful and Minimalist Thao Dien House

The beautiful Thao Dien House was recently rennovated by MM++ and the end result is a beautiful blend of minimalism, greenery and rich natural lighting. The remodel opened the entire floor up, turning it into one open plan room with massive glass walls and sliding doors. 

A corner of the upperfloor was turned into a terrace protected by a living wall. Outside, the pool area is filled with lush greenery that provides a wonderfully colorful contrast to the stark white walls of the structure.

See more pics of the beautiful house, including the impressive staircase at Homes and Hues: The Thao Dien House Is Minimalism At Its Best

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15 Fun Facts About The Boxtrolls

Whether you love dark children's stories, are obsessed with stop motion or classic underdog stories, chances are you'll love The Boxtrolls. Whether you've seen it already or are planning to go soon, these fun little bits of trivia can only make you help appreciate the film even more.

Image via Chynbek [Deviant Art]

It's directed by two n00bs. The film is a directorial movie debut for co-director Graham Annable (though he has directed video games) and is only the second picture directed by co-director Anthony Stacchi, who previously directed Open Season. Of course, that's not to say that the directors don't have any experience in the industry. Annable's resume includes credits on Star Wars: Episode III, Paranorman, Sam and Max and Coraline, while Stacchi has worked on such big name films as Back to the Future, Hook, The Rocketeer, Ghost, James and the Giant Peach and Antz.

The voices might sound pretty familiar. The voice acting cast includes some of the most famous British actors around, including Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Sir Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright (who plays Bran Stark on Game of Thrones), Jared Harris (who was Lane Pryce in Mad Men) and Richard Ayoade  (who plays Moss on The IT crowd). Other names you may recognize Tracy Morgan and Elle Fanning (who played Aurora in Maleficent.

Image via Hasaniwalker [DeviantArt]

The characters always look on the bright side of life. Well, they at least sing like that. Despite the characters looking almost Tim Burton-esque, the songs sound distinctly Monty Python. That's because they were written by Eric Idle himself.

Where do Boxtrolls get names like Fish, Shoe and Eggs? From the labels on the boxes they wear as clothes, of course.

Why does Eggs (the main character) speak English instead of regular Boxtroll language like his adopted family? Because he has a speech impediment, of course.

Boston airport helped produce backup sounds. Aside from the voices and songs, there are a lot of other noises in the film. Since the Boxtrolls are tinkerers who make all kinds of crazy gadgets and gizmos from stuff they steal from the humans above ground, the film needed some distinctly gadget-like noise. They found the source for their sound in some public art on display at the Boston airport that basically consists of metal machines that do nothing functional.

It's loosely based on a book.

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Clear The Clutter In Your Closet

Is your closet just a collection area for mounds of clothes and shoes in seemingly random piles? Then get organized with these great tips from Homes and Hues!

The article not only covers how to clean out, organize and maintain a clean closet, but also how to store some of those awkward items. For example, folding up your sheet sets and storing them in a pillow case from the set.

It even covers what to do with all your jewelry and accessories -like using bathroom accessories to hang up bracelets and necklaces.

Check out the whole list of ideas here: Clever Closet Organization Tips to Help You Finally Control the Clutter

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The Sweetest Skateboard In Town

There's nothing better than chilling out and listening to some tunes while you hang out with your friends. Now your mode of transportation and your phone can provide all you need to get to your destination, to listen to your music and to keep your device going for as long as you plan to hang out.

That's because the board collects kinetic energy as you travel, storing it up into a cell. One hour of skateboarding provides enough power to charge eight average mobile devices. The board isn't in production yet, but we can sure hope it will be soon.

Read more about the great design over at Homes and Hues: This Skateboard Can Help You Power Your Cell Phone

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A Bay Side Dwelling That Doesn't Block the View

There are plenty of beach shacks out there, but the Window House is pretty unlike anything you've ever seen. This one-person getaway is super cozy -measuring only 10 by 26 feet, so it's not ideal for regular living, but makes a great weekend surf spot. Best of all, the tiny home looks great but doesn't block the view from their neighbors and passersby thanks to the huge windows on each side of the tiny space.

See more pictures at Homes and Hues: A Tiny Seaside Home Just Perfect For Viewing the Waves

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A Spooky Crow Wreath to Creep Out Your Halloween Guests

Plenty of us have wreath forms lying around in storage, just waiting for Christmas time to roll around again, but why only have a wreath for winter? This cool Halloween wreath is  a great way to celebrate autumn and put something just a little creepy onto your door.

Best of all, it's pretty easy to put together. Just attach moss to the wreath with wire then arrange your craft birds according to your preferences and use hot glue to secure them. You can find a template for the banner over at Live Craft Love and once you've put that together, just glue that on across the front. 

Learn more and see a few how-to photos at Homes and Hues: Spruce Up Your Spooky Halloween Decor With A Wreath of Crows

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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Dress Up Your Porch For Halloween

Most home Halloween decorations go the spooky route, but if you can dress up like Frodo, John Travolta or Spock, then why can't your house dress up as something little different too? This year, let your home reflect your geeky interests by covering your porch light up with these fun Star Wars light covers.

The Darth and storm trooper designs are only $9 a pop and can fit on any light up to 17".

Find out where you can get a set for your own pad at Homes and Hues: This Halloween, Let Your Porch Play Dress Up

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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This House Is Made Largely From Recycled Telegraph Poles

Malaysia's telegraph poles have been torn down in recent years, which provided WHBC Architects with a delightful option when their British clients requested their new Malaysian home be constructed with reclaimed wood. 

Aside from offering the perfect strength and size for the home's support structures, they also provide a unique look as the aged wood has developed a thick patina after being exposed to the elements over the years.

The open plan home allows for ample natural ventilation, allowing the home to remain comfortably cool without any air conditioner use.

See more pictures of this tropical house at Homes and Hues: The Spellbinding Tropical House Made From Reclaimed Telegraph Poles

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35 Totally Magical Disney Tattoos

The Wonderful World of Disney is beloved by children around the globe and many of those kids continue to adore the company and its films as they grow into adults, and some of them even show that adoration in the form of tattoos.


One man is behind the entire Disney franchise, and this tattoo by Aldona Reyman is a lovely tribute to the man who made it all possible, Walt Disney.

Sleeping Beauty's Castle

The castle at the heart of Disneyland is more than just an attraction, it's ultimately an icon for the entire world of Disney and all the magic moments they helped create over the years. This castle was inked by Tom Tait Tattoos and belongs to Kristen Brumpton.

Mickey & Minnie

Mickey might be the most famous animated character on earth now, but that was hard to imagine when he first appeared in Steamboat Willie back in 1928. Here's a tribute to the mouse that made it all possible courtesy of Lucky Dice Tattoo.

Here's a fun Disney fact: the first people who did the voices for Mickey and Minnie ended up getting married in real life. This adorable tattoo of the animated couple was done by Dean Denney.


Princesses are some of the most popular stars in the entire Disney lineup. This unfinished piece by Miss Mae La Roux is a fantastic dedication to those royal ladies.


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A Historical Renovation Shows the Beauty of Modern and Traditional Design

The Gabriel Apartment is a palace servants' quarter that has been converted into a private residence. While the traditional 19th century Ottoman style of the unit is lovely, the residents needed the property to be fixed up and modernized for their newest lifestyle. 

One of the central accents of the apartment were the historical frescoes, which the architect managed to enhance by removing the white plaster of the apartment to reveal more natural lighting. The architects also maintained the original wooden floors, though they cleared out the ceiling so all that remained was the wooden support beams.

The end result is sleek and beautiful, yet rustic and traditional. 

Check out more pictures at Homes and Hues: The Old and New Fuse Together Wonderfully In This Turkish Apartment

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The Ikea-Furnished Apartment You Can Climb Around In

You may like to hang out, but you've probably never hung out quite like this. The madness you see before you is a clever idea by Ikea and communication agency Ubi Bene to advertise the newest Ikea in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Aside from the hand holds, everything in the apartment is furnished byt the famous furniture store and the vertical apartment is entirely furnished, featuring everything from a kid's bed to a coffee pot in the kitchen area.

If you ever dreamed of living in the world of Inception, this might be the closest you'll ever get to sitting in a vertical living room.

See more cool pictures at Homes and Hues: Ikea Creates a Climbable, Vertical Apartment

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Love Halloween? Then Enter Our Halloween Scream Time Pinterest Contest!

Halloween is our favorite holiday and we know we're not alone. If you're ready to celebrate then head over to our This is Halloween Pinterest group board and check out all the amazing content related to spooky foods, costumes, decor and more. Best of all, you can even join the board and add your own pins for other fans to enjoy -and by doing so, you can even win some amazing prizes.

To get added to the board, follow it with your Pinterest account and then send us a message through Pinterst, leave a comment on the board or leave a comment on this post with your Pinterest user name. We'll then send you an invite so you can go crazy.

We'll be choosing two top pins, one that gets the most repins and one voted on by our editors, the people who shared these with the board will win a messenger bag, a tee shirt and any other NeatoShop item valued at up to $25. All pins added to the This is Halloween board between September 15 and October 15 will be counted as an entry as long as they are posted by someone over 18, who lives in one of the countries that the NeatoShop ships to.

We'll notify all winners before October 20. Anyone who fails to respond within a week will be disqualified and we will have to choose an alternate winner -so check your Pinterest messages and any social media accounts connected to it so you will know if you win.

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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11 Tree Houses That Aren't Meant for Just Kiddos

These days, tree houses aren't just for kids. People from all age groups can enjoy sleeping, eating and playing up in the trees. Over at Homes and Hues, we rounded up 11 tree houses that are filled with luxuries.

Many of the houses are available for rent throughout the year, allowing you to stay right in the forest you're exploring while still offering you a comfortable bed and other creature comforts.

Of course, some of them are more wild than others. In fact, while the bedrooms of this Costa Rica tree house are screened in, the kitchen and other spaces are totally open to the elements -and the sloths!

Don't miss the rest of the list over at Homes and Hues: 11 Tree Houses Adults Will Absolutely Adore

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Dyson Aims to Take Out the Roomba

Roombas are a great idea in theory, but having a vacuum that doesn't work all that well bump around the walls isn't as great as the idea of a robotic vacuum. That's why Dyson has been working on their own robotic vacuum for over 16 years. The Dyson 360 Eye uses the pattented Dyson cyclone technology to really step up the cleaning power of the device. It also has a 360 degree camera that records where the device has already cleaned and where there are obstacles to block its path. The result is a better, more efficient robotic vacuum -exactly what you'd expect from the Dyson company.

Read more about the new invention over at Homes and Hues: The New Dyson 360 Robot Vacuum

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Renewing A Classic Bauhaus

Bauhaus style has held up well, but all homes need a little touch up here and there. England's House in Hamble-le-Rice was a little rundown after a few mediocre alterations. That's why the owners commissioned LA Hally Architect to rennovate the house, bringing it back to its classic style while also modernizing the interior and adding space, including a rooftop terrace. 

The fantastic remodel included a change to an open plan kitchen and living space that open up to the grassy backyard that lines the marina. 

See more beautiful images of the rennovation over at Homes and Hues: LA Hally Architect Renews A Beautiful Bauhaus Masterpiece

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The Helpful Kitchen Cheat Sheet

Everyone needs a little help in the kitchen sometimes and this handy apron is there for you. Aside from providing you with a pocket and a way to keep clean from spills and splashes the apron also provides numeric conversions, cooking times, freezing instructions, defrosting times, a cooking glossary and more. It's available in both half and full sizes to accommodate all types of aspiring chefs.

See more pictures of the apron and read more about it at Homes and Hues: The Apron Guide Helps You Cook and Keep Clean

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The Perfect Home to Enjoy Amazing Mountain Views

Cantilevering a house is a great way to extend your viewing platform and make the most of an already impressive view. This is particularly true in this sleek Japanese home by Kidosaki Architects Studio. Balanced on two thin steel beams, the exterior of the home is surrounded by a wooden deck so you can enjoy the views while taking in the fresh air.

The living room is particularly impressive with the three walls worth of floor-to-ceiling windows that provide an impressive 360 degree view of the Yatsugatake Mountains.

See more pictures of the stunning house at Homes and Hues: The House In Yatsugatake Shows the Beauty of the Mountains

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16 Ways to Hide Ugly Things in Your Home

Have an old, beat up refrigerator or dish washer that still works just fine? How about tile you can't stand to look at, but can't afford to replace? I am certain many of you have a clutterfest of cables somewhere in your home.

But you don't have to look at these eyesores day in and day out. Our newest Homes and Hues article can show you how to hide a number of unsightly distractions in your home decor.

These ideas are a great way to make your home look a lot less cluttered and more attractive and all for a relatively small amount of money.

Learn all the helpful hacks at Homes and Hues: 16 Helpful Solutions to Hide the Eyesores in Your Home

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The Marcus Beach House Is Open and Airy

With windows gallore, the Marcus Beach House is airy, spacious and well-lit. The home takes advantage of these window openings and large awnings to keep the home nice and comfortable, as well as naturally lit, even without an air conditioning. Aside from that, the house itself is absolutely gorgeous, built around a 50 year old Morton Bay ash tree, it consists of two major wings attached by a narrow two-story walkway.

See more wonderful images of the house over at Homes and Hues: The Eco-Friendly and Beautiful Marcus Beach House

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You Can Win A Geeky Custom Spotlight of Your Choosing

Custom Spotlights make cool spotlights and you can buy many of their premade designs right now. Or you can have one custom made in any design you choose. While the service will ordinarily cost £95, you can win one for free through our newest Homes and Hues contest! Plus, you will also receive two NeatoShop tees of your choice. We're even giving away two free tees to a runner up!

Find out how to enter and see more of their cool light creations over at Homes and Hues: Win A Custom Spotlight of Your Choice

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The Massage Tub of the Future

If you're filming a scifi show any time soon, you might want to head to Korra's website and check out this cool K-1083 tub. With translucent, blue acrylic fitted inside a white plastic base all fitted with chrome fixtures, the entire tub looks like something from the future. 

But this tub isn't all about looks. It is also all about wonderful massage-powers and comfort, making it entirely comfortable and great for soaking sore bodies. 

Read more about the cool design over at Homes and Hues: Korra's Stunningly Futuristic Massage Bathtub

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