These Wallpaper-Inspired Pumpkins Are the Ultimate Grandmillennial Halloween Decor

Emma Bazilian
Photo credit: Charles Cerrone

From House Beautiful

Between the garish lawn inflatables and proliferation of phrase-emblazoned gourds, it's fair to say that Halloween decorations have a well-earned reputation for being corny (no pun intended). So this year, we decided to take a decidedly different approach to seasonal decor, swapping out the standard carved jack-o'-lanterns for some high-concept (not to mention très Grandmillennial) pumpkins inspired by classic design motifs.

For help turning our vision into reality, we enlisted Washington, D.C.-based artist Riley Sheehey. If you follow her on Instagram (and you definitely should), you'll know that—in addition to La Croix, American Girl dolls and hydrangeas—the painter draws much of her inspiration from HB-favorite designers, like Amy Berry...

...Mark D. Sikes...

...and Sarah Bartholomew.

In her pale pink studio, Sheehey showed us how to transform a trio of pumpkins into true works of art using nothing but craft-store paints and brushes—well, that and some serious artistic talent. See how Sheehey used three of our all-time favorite HB rooms as the inspiration for to-die-for seasonal decor!

Dreamy De Gournay

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No one does pretty quite like Ashley Whittaker, who used a classic De Gournay wallcovering (India Tea Paper in Icefield, to be precise) to turn the living room of a Connecticut weekend home into a floral fantasia. Sheehey's interpretation is similarly ethereal.

Photo credit: Charles Cerrone


Photo credit: Thomas Loof

Time and again, designers return to the classic appeal of blue and white for good reason—it's chic, soothing and never goes out of style. (See, for example, this New York bedroom by Markham Roberts that epitomizes the allure of our favorite color pairing.) It's also one of Sheehey's go-t0 color schemes—just take a look at her blue-and-white porcelain collection!

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Scalamandré's Zebra

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Since its introduction 70-some years ago, Scalamandré's now-iconic Zebra wallpaper has transforming ho-hum rooms around the world into statement-making spaces, like this punchy powder room designed by Starrett Ringbom. Lucky for us, Sheehey's zebra-painting skills are on-point. (She once taught art class in an elementary school, which, she says, meant lots of requests for horses.)

Photo credit: Charles Cerrone

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