Make your house look haunted with Shaping Spaces Group!

Halloween is one of the most fun holidays because you can dress up as anyone you want! My go-to is a witch because it’s so easy, but I have dressed up as many things. Last year I was Disney Princess, Sleeping Beauty and it was awesome! And Halloween time is also a great reason to watch super scary movies and eat candy! Who doesn’t like that?

Home decor is my jam, as is DIY, so you know that I am all about decorating for everything! I found some great DIY Halloween decor ideas and complied them here for your enjoyment! Make your house look haunted with Shaping Spaces Group!

Take your empty wine bottles and stick some pillar candles in them. Burn the candles and let the wax drip down the bottles! It’s almost instant spookiness! Just add some fake spiderwebs around your home and you’re done with this simple decor idea!

Make “bloody” candles! Create these candles by dripping a red candle wax over white candles. I’m not sure how it would look on top of candles of other colors, but you can experiment! Maybe orange or black could be cool if the red shows up on them. Make sure to do it over a paper plate or newspaper because the wax will get all over the place (as you can see in the above picture). I did this last year and it turned out so awesome!

I used candles from Dollar Tree, so it was also inexpensive and if you take care of them while storing, you can use them over and over again for many years!

This last candle option (I just love candles!) uses flameless candles (these are tealights and you can get 2 for $1 at Dollar Tree!!). Upcycle paper towel and toilet paper rolls to create this pillar candle effect. Use hot glue to secure everything and make the wax drips. Better instructions here.

Attach a severed finger to your doorbell! Use those removable adhesive circles, so it’s easy to take off after Halloween is over. I’m SO doing this!

Put spooky decor in apothecary jars or cloches. There are so many examples of this on Pinterest, so check those out and get inspired! You can even use decor from the Dollar Store to keep it low budget!

Spray paint some plastic cauldrons with Rustoleum stone spray paint. They look much more real after a coat of that! Now you can start brewing some witches brew!

Get branches from one of your trees or off the ground at the park and stick them in a large vase. You could even spray paint the branches black for a more sinister feel. Hang spider webs or birds in them too!

Take any decorative bones and arrange them around a flameless candle inside of a luminary. Super creepy and effective!

Guess what? That’s cauliflower in a jar of water and soy sauce! It looks so brain-like! I think I will do this for Halloween this year.

This is another awesome idea. Spray paint a branch wreath black and glue black plastic snakes to it! It’s perfect for Halloween! You could also do a green version of this.

If you are having guests over for Halloween festivities, take some stress off of yourself and make this super easy punch! It’s supposed to look like human guts! Use a hand or brain ice mold to keep this drink cold for hours.

There will be so much candy eating, why not eat something healthier with this recipe!

What are you dressing up as? What do you do if you don’t celebrate Halloween? Let us know below!


Here at Shaping Spaces Group, we love pieces that can go from traditional to contemporary with ease, just like this lamp!

Today on Fun Finds, I found this rectangular slate lamp from Crate and Barrel! It’s urban texture and sleek lamp shade offset each other to make one of the most interesting lamps that I have seen in a while. Because its mix of styles, it could be placed just about anywhere in any style room! Here at Shaping Spaces Group, we love pieces that can go from traditional to contemporary with ease, just like this lamp!

Below are some pictures of this versatile lamp in action!

Above is a more traditional space and the lamp looks wonderful!

Above are two contemporary spaces that the lamp seamlessly works itself it as well.


Will you be checking out this lamp at Crate and Barrel?

Spruce up Your Front Porch with Shaping Spaces Group Knockout Tips!

Many people remodel or redesign the inside of their home, but forget the outside! The outside of a home is just as important as the inside because that’s the part of the house that you see first! First impressions are everything and one of the first things your guests will see is your front door. Spruce up your front porch with the Shaping Spaces Group!

Paint Your Door a Bright Color

No one will ever miss your house again with a bright color like this on your front door! Pick any bright color you like but speaks to the style of your home; yellow and turquoise are trendy and contemporary while red and navy are classic. You won’t need much paint for this, so it’s also an inexpensive way to make a big statement!

Pots, Plants, and Seating

Putting plants and outdoor accessories around your front door will make it feel warm and welcoming! These turquoise and blue pots pop against the white siding. Choose plants that will be green all year round; succulent plants are very low maintenance, but give so much curb appeal. Check out HomeGoods or TJMaxx for pretty outdoor pots and accessories. Go back every week because they always add new things! Get a similar look as the photo with this one, this one, or this one from Home Depot. I also found this cute gnome from Target.

If you have problems with bugs like mosquitoes or wasps, try planting some lemongrass or mint near where you gather outdoors. These plants will not only smell great, but fend off those pesky bugs too! Check out these plants to keep away wasps and these to keep away mosquitoes.

Statement Lighting

Make a statement with your lighting! Whether it be wall sconces or a hanging light, you can find many options without spending a fortune to update your front door area at Home Depot, Lowes, and even garage sales!

Another great alternative is to simply spray paint your current outdoor lights a pretty color like red or a bronze/silver metal color (it doesn’t have to match your door color like the picture). You can get all colors of spray paint at your local hardware store.

Door Accents

Instead of the traditional wreath, try a hanging basket or pot with some flowers in it. I love this look!

Outdoor Rug/Welcome Mat

Get yourself a nice outdoor rug or pretty mat to put in front of the front door. If you have a large porch with seating, get an outdoor rug for that area as well.

These colorful welcome mats are spray painted rubber! So creative!

 Interior Decorating Workshop

Presented By

Shaping Spaces Group

Your home should be an expression of your lifestyle. It is a place of comfort and     safe keeping.  Learn to decorate like a Pro, with a little design advice from professional designer, Tanya Griffin, you can shape your space so it’s comfortable, inviting and functions properly with a whole lot of Wow.

We offer an array of informative, interactive decorating workshops for those who need a little design direction. What do I buy? Where do I start? What colors to choose?  What’s my design style?  Learn basic decorating principles, such as choosing the right color schemes, lighting, composition, and space planning.

Find out how to look at a room, develop a plan, stay within your budget and get the results you desire.  Then apply this knowledge with confidence to help pull your design together.

Our monthly workshops will help you gain vital insight, save time and money, eliminate the frustrations that always come with home decorating projects.  Our workshops will help you to shape your space into a beautiful, functional home you will feel proud of.

Room Makeover Workshop (3 hrs) – $199 (Location: Torrance Office)

    • The Art of Accessorizing
    • Learn Tricks of The Trade
    • Picture Hanging
    • Space Planning, Proper Area Rug Size
    • Create Your Own Material Board for a Room in Your Home
    • Snacks and Beverages
    • $25 Gift Card to Home Goods to help start your project

Learn Specialty Faux Painting Techniques – $299

  • This class will be held offsite at the showroom of one of our specialty paint vendors in Los Angeles
  • Learn how to select the right color for your home
  • Hands on Specialty Paint Workshop (each class is different) Rag Paint, Venetian Plaster etc.
  • All supplies needed that day will be provided
  • Snacks and Beverages
  • Paint coupon to help start your project

Faux Painting Class by Shaping Spaces Group

Shaping Spaces Group stages another Los Angeles hillside home.

This property has 3 spacious bedrooms, refinished hardwood floors, renovated kitchen and baths and a large outdoor area with a fountain. Don’t let this one slip past you it’s a must see.

Open House Jan 24, 2015 1- 4pm & Jan 25, 2015 1 – 4pm

Listing provided courtesy of:
by Erin Paul, TDC/Pacific Properties Inc.

Ocean Inspired Decor


Summertime always makes me think of warm sand and sparkling waves. When it’s hot out, sometimes going down to the beach is the only thing that can cool a person down. Wouldn’t it be nice to bring some of that cool beach atmosphere into your home?

Photo from OneKinDesign.com

Idea # 1 – Texture and Materials

“Beachy” style is really about the materials and different textures that are brought into the space. Anyone can paint a room light blue, but not everyone has the right accessories to make the theme shine. In the picture above, the wood tones and rattan furniture bring warmth to a rather cool space.

Idea # 2 – More than Blue

Even if you don’t like teal, you can still get that beach living look! In the picture above, orange is used in their design. This room still ends up feeling beachy because of the neutral colors in the room and the rattan on the coffee table.

Photo from CoastalLiving.com

Idea # 3 – Go Nautical 

Red and navy blue are other colors that could be used in this kind of design because of their nautical feel. These darker colors also help bring a more masculine feel to the space. Like the design above, you can use mostly neutral fabrics and colors and add pops of your navy and red in the accessories. If you want to go bold, paint a side table bright red!

Photo from HGTV.com

Idea # 4 – Patterns

Stripes is a pattern that is very often used in a beachy feeling room. Try neutral sand or bright turquoise stripes on a large piece of furniture (shown above) or on an accent wall to create a large impact.

Photo from WasabiGreen.com

Photo from FrontGate.com

Idea # 5 – Easiest Way to Add Beachy Style

Switch out some of your throw pillows for some with sea creatures or a chevron pattern on them, like the ones above. Add a few seashells here and there for an easy application of beachy style!


Enjoy these ideas and enjoy your time spent in your updated, seaside inspired space!

Header photo from ViaMagazine.com

Shaping Spaces Group



Open House Sunday Oct. 6th 11am-1pm – 1185 Masselin Ave. LA

Shaping Spaces Group has brought another listing to life with their home staging services. This is a  4 bedroom 4 bath Beautifully Remodeled Home in Miracle Mile!! All of the charm and character has been brought back to life!! Turnkey!! Very spacious, open floor plan with natural light shining through every room!!


Listing provided courtesy of

  • Jeremy Daniels-Stock,
  • Barefoot Realty

DRE #01886149

Staging by Shaping Spaces Group

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