I love dressing up the outdoors and indoors to make a warm, festive welcoming, and there is no better time to do this in New England than the fall. So before the leaves blow off the trees, take some time this weekend to carry that breathtaking backdrop of autumn straight into your fall décor. Here are some quick tips:

Frame the front door with cornstalks. Find them at your local nursery or craft store, and then place them upright next to the door. (Bonus points for one on each side.)

Fill your flower boxes with gourds. So simple, and you don’t have to worry about wilting at the first sign of frost.

Autumn-ize the mantel. A leaf-sprawled mantel with a touch of golden wheat? I can’t think of a better way to cozy up the home.

By Emily Gibbons of www.LuckyLittleLove.com, Staff Writer

Brought touches of the harvest into your home décor? Tell us how in the comments below or tweet us a pic at @ruelala

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November 9, 2012

Split into three aesthetic categories – Relaxed, Refined, and Romantic – our Rue Project: The Master Suite Re-Do Boutique packs every last detail you need to kick that bed and bath up into Master Suite status. Sort of like a Choose Your Own Adventure book – just way better.

For the Refined suite: Keep hues classically understated (like this cream throw and bedding). Structure is also crucial in achieving a more tailored look; this angular lamp adds a perfect touch of polish.

For the Relaxed suite: Here, comfort is key. Paired with low-key bedding, this blue rug keeps things easy-breezy casual. And to drive the point home? Slip into a blissfully soft terry robe.

For the Romantic suite. With slightly darker hues (like camel-colored bedding), a smattering of ornate details (like this artfully carved bench), and ethereal window panels (to render any ray of sunlight a soft, golden glow), the mood is most definitely set.

Our Rue Project: The Master Suite Re-Do Boutique opens Tuesday, October 16, at 3PM ET.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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October 16, 2012

Carving pumpkins is a favorite pastime of mine. But when it comes to the upcoming spooky holiday, I was looking for more than just the typical Jack-o’-lantern (but with, of course, the bonus of baked-and-salted pumpkin seeds). Cue this easy-as-pumpkin-pie DIY project.  Perfect for your next ghostly gathering, just cut off the top, hollow out the insides, then display your favorite autumn beverage (chilled apple cider?) or fill with the season’s favorite flower – mums!

1 pumpkin
Potted mums (or your favorite bevy)
A serrated knife
A spoon

1. Cut into the pumpkin to remove top.
2. Using a spoon, scoop out seeds and hollow out.
3. Place potted mums in pumpkin planter or add ice and favorite beverages.

By Emily Gibbons of LuckyLittleLove.com, Staff Writer

What other not-so-typical décor ideas have you used a hollow pumpkin for? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @ruelala.

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October 5, 2012