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I don’t really care that the calendar says the official start date of fall is whenever the Pumpkin Spice Latte becomes “a thing.” I personally enjoy the flavor throughout all seasons — my post-run smoothie always implores the use of pumpkin. Nonetheless, I do enjoy this time of year when the rest of the world embraces my affinity for the obligatory orange squash.

However, this year #PSL momentum has suffered an early blow with the news that it contains zero actual pumpkin, and is stuffed full of chemicals and unnecessary additives. While some food scientists have objectively defended the drink’s absence of actual pumpkin, some of us are left searching for a more natural alternative to our favorite seasonal swig.

HGTVGardens answered our prayers with their very own Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe. It is far more nutritious, uses fewer ingredients and contains actual pumpkin (WOO!). Plus, I would bet my yearly fall-flavored-grocery budget that this recipe is more affordable.

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Makes 1 PERFECT #PSL:
1/2 to 1 cup milk (I use vanilla almond milk)
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1 to 2 tablespoons of natural maple syrup or sugar (try brown sugar or black strap molasses if you’re really in the mood)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
1 to 2 shots of espresso or 1/2 cup of coffee (the stronger the better in my opinion)
whipped cream for added #nomnoms

Here is all you have to do:

Whisk together milk, pumpkin and sugar in a saucepan set on low, stir until the mix is steaming. Remove the mix from heat, stir in the vanilla extract and spice and whisk until frothy. Next step, pour your new heaven-sauce mixture into a large mug, add the espresso, and enjoy. Guilt-free, chemical-free and “waiting-45-minutes-in-line-while-you’re-already-late-for-work”-free.

A latte isn’t enough for you? Click here to see every pumpkin idea, recipe, and tip our editors have to get your fix.

Have your own favorite latte recipe? Share it with us, or tell us your thoughts on the #PSL.

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As much as I have savored every second of the hot summer sun, I can’t help but get excited for the fast-approaching fall. With the recent onslaught of pumpkin everything — literally everything — and the early inklings of grocery store Halloween candy isles, I have already started my annual love-affair with fall and harvest decor.

Of course, a few sporadically placed porch gourds are never enough, but it is also super easy to go overboard. With fall decorating, the more-is-more approach will leave you with a gaudy stoop and a truck load of rotten pumpkins. Subtle, simple accents that evoke the harvest feel keep you out of kitschy territory. For those like me who already have their Halloween costumes picked out — I’ve gathered up a few interesting new decorating ideas that give your home some seasonal spice without the tacky aftertaste.

Sweater Candle
I have no idea why your candles would be cold, but dress them up in sweaters anyway. Use old sweater remnants to make candle cozies; they are perfect for adding that comfy-cozy feel we love during the season. Camilla Fabbri adds simple leaf accents to hers for a hint of nature.

Wheat
You don’t have to be gluten-free for this one, just gather a few uniform wheat stalks and bundle them with twine, yarn, or anything rustic. This neutral accent goes well on a mantel or any vignette to create a hearty, autumnal feel. Learn how with these simple step-by-step instructions.

Shiny Pumpkins
Forget those tired old orange pumpkins and forge your own from precious metals. Just kidding — find varying shapes and sizes of pumpkins and paint them in your choice of metallic hues — it is a great way to add some always-welcomed glam. Personally, I feel as though mixing gold, silver and copper makes for a more eclectic look. Copper will also add a tinge of orange to this idea. Get the step-by-step instructions here.

Leaf Centerpiece
Centerpieces that sit on the table are so last season. For fall, do something special and scrap the centerpiece for something slightly more vertical — a mobile. What better way to channel the whimsy of fall than autumn-hued leaves dancing above you during dinner? Learn how to make your own, with real or faux leaves, here.

Putka Wreath
Make a tiny pumpkin wreath! I bet your mind is exploding right now by the thought of gathering up 1,000,000 tiny pumpkins. They are actually Putka pods: natural seed pods that look like munchkin pumpkins. The best thing about this pumpkin-centered theme idea is that the dried pods will keep for many years, so you can just store it away until next year. See how to make yours here.

So don’t let me be the only one planning ahead; take some of these ideas and get your house in the mood for Apple Cider and Pumpkin Pie — I just made myself hungry — with some of these nifty, new fall ideas.

I’m sure you guys have some of your own harvest-holiday hacks. Please share them with us on our Pinterest page! Tell us what your decorating plans are for the season, or just dish on what you’re tired of seeing.

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It may feel like the middle of summer outside, but the HGTV Magazine editors are living like it’s already fall. Putting the October issue together meant filling the office with fluffy pillows, warm colors, and comfy chairs. See every cozy idea from the new issue when October hits stands this Tuesday, September 9. And you lucky subscribers? Just head to the mailbox.

As usual, we’re giving online readers an early look inside the pages. Take a look at what’s to come.

October 2014 cover

On newsstands Tuesday, Sept. 9

From the looks of this home, you’d never guess it was once the victim of a disastrous fire. The homeowners stuck together and rebuilt their family’s home room by room. Take a look inside the gorgeous new space.

dining nook

Last year we asked a few HGTV stars to leave their mark on no-carve pumpkins, but this time we’re downsizing. It’s all about the mini pumpkin for Halloween 2014! We’re sharing six fun ideas inside the issue, plus 2 bonus designs and helpful templates exclusively for online readers at hgtv.com/mini-pumpkins.

mini pumpkin with bat wings

That’s one batty little pumpkin

For more from the magazine, follow us on Twitter @HGTVMag.

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Give trick-or-treaters a fright with a crime scene-inspired window or clear glass front door. To create this temporary effect, pick up a bottle of red glass paint at the craft store (Gallery Glass brand is particularly effective). Because this type of paint plasticizes, it essentially creates a mess-free decal you can just peel off after Halloween. For a bloody dripping effect, squeeze some along the top of the window; apply splatters with a paintbrush and dip your hands in the paint for gruesome handprints.

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 Crime-Scene Front Door or Windows

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The chill-inducing Rosenheim Mansion in Los Angeles was built in 1908 by architect Alfred F. Rosenheim and even served as his personal residence for years. The 14,000-square-foot home has quite an extensive resume, too. It has been the eerie filming location for several TV shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Twilight Zone and FX’s American Horror Story.

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American Horror Story

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With Halloween only days away, I felt like spooking up today’s Mood Board Monday with one of the holiday’s favorite creatures. What’s your favorite creepy Halloween character to decorate with? Ghosts? Spiders? Ravens? Mummies?

Mood Board Monday: Halloween BatsBat Decor | Dress | Manicure | Silhouette | Entry | Cake | Sweater | Batman | Cookies | Kitten

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

Decorate with bats for Halloween:

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Halloween is only three days away, and you know what that means. Soon, your little trick-or-treaters will scatter dozens of candy wrappers around your once-beautiful home. But this Halloween, you’ll know that those wrappers are more than just colorful candy clothes, because I’ve got some sweet craft ideas that will have you wishing your kids would hurry up and finish all those holiday goodies.

candy wrapper buckets

Do you decoupage? These colorful buckets would be great to store kids’ art supplies or other knickknacks. And if you act now, they could even make great last-minute candy buckets for Halloween!

candy wrapper vase

Remember Allie’s inspiring ideas for crafting with old magazines? Well, I hope you haven’t thrown your extras away (and if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you haven’t). This time, let’s add a few candy wrappers into the mix for an unexpected design. Visit Saved by Love Creations to learn how to make this impressive vase.

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BRIANA: Move over, orange – there’s a new color in town. White pumpkins were once novel, but now they threaten to usurp the Halloween pumpkin throne. So, what do you think? Do white pumpkins look smashing or would you like to smash them?

Do you like the white pumpkin trend for Halloween? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

MARIANNE: I love all of the non-traditional pumpkins right now, white included. My mom just made this motley gourd tower and I’m digging it.

Do you like the white pumpkin trend for Halloween? Vote now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

HANNAH SLAUGHTER: Kelly Smith Trimble is single-handedly responsible for me embracing the white pumpkins. They  just seem so elegant!

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