For a break from all the rich colors of the season, try this centerpiece from Fabiana at Ciao Newport Beach. In a weathered wood box, nestle white mini pumpkins in a bed of light green moss and dusty Miller. To keep your dusty Miller fresh, cut apart garden-center six-packs, place each cell into a small plastic bag, and then tuck into the box. Water regularly, and occasionally place in a sunny window.
AGING TRICKQuickly give natural wood an aged look with a steel wool and vinegar technique, courtesy of Fabiana! In a jar, soak steel wool with a solution of half white vinegar and half water. Let it sit overnight with the top off, and the next day, seal it up and shake. Rub the soaked steel wool on wood for a natural gray stain. Fabiana advises testing the stain on a small area first to ensure you like the finish.