Published on October 5, 2020

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John Derian has a talent for unearthing small treasures. The New York–based designer’s shops are known for being filled with antique decoupage, delicately embroidered textiles, and whimsical paper goods. But these little luxuries come at a price (his small dishes and saucers, for example, start at $100). Fortunately for all of us decorating on a budget, Derian is bringing his eye for oddities to the masses with a new Halloween-inspired collection for Target. You won’t want to sleep on the 50-product assortment, available to shop Saturday, October 10. 

 “When I think about my work, imagery collection, and creative process, I imagine ‘casting a spell’ with my things,” Derian stated in a press release from the retailer. The items are as beguiling as he makes them out to be. For the dinnerware, which spans napkins, serving platters, melamine plates, and drinking glasses, the designer stuck to his classic renderings of flora and fauna but sprinkled in some spooky spiderwebs and owls to set the mood.

A black candelabra that appears to be dripping in melted wax and an eerie potted faux willow are all you need for centerpieces. And instead of filling jars with googly eyeballs, opt for coasters featuring close-ups of mysterious gazes. 

From far away, the pieces will fit seamlessly in with the rest of your decor. But look closely at, say, the matte black metal serving tray and you’ll notice the textured edge isn’t bamboo but rather “bones.” Putting his own spin on some of the more classic decorations, Derian even reimagined a plastic skeleton in the form of a 63-inch-long pillow—posable legs, arms, and all.

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