Guests often gather at the fireplace, close enough for  Ruthann to join in the conversation.

Cozy Open Concept Kitchen

Blogger's open concept kitchen feels farmhouse homey and whimsical, thanks to some surprising influences. Get her decor tips on making a house a home.

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Kids will have a blast turning a plain tote into a boo-tiful  personalized treat bag.

Easy No-Sew Halloween Tote Bag

Scare up this quick and easy Halloween tote bag for your favorite trick-or-treater.

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I used a hollowed-out pumpkin to plant my mums in last fall. Then when it started to deteriorate, I planted the whole thing in the ground. —Dean Jacobs McCall, via Facebook

Idea Gallery: Pumpkin Planter

This reader turned a pumpkin into a lovely autumn planter.

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With their delicate, gossamer appearance, these sheer leaves will bring a light touch to your autumn décor. It’s easy to put together, but allow yourself an afternoon to layer enough leaves for a full effect.

Decorative Leaf DIY Wreath

Delicate and feathery skeleton leaves make an airy DIY wreath for all seasons.

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