Better Homes and Gardens October 2020

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editor’s letter

CLEAN SWEEP I’ve always been more a fan of fall cleaning rather than the traditional spring version. After a busy summer of traveling and a hectic schedule of social events outdoors, I liked the idea of going back inside for the cozy holiday season with a clean house. That was before. This year things are different. I spent this past summer much closer to home, with less socializing and general running around. Being at home more means more use, more wear and tear, more messes in the kitchen. It also means I have time to look at my surroundings with a critical eye. More than ever, this autumn is going to be about getting my nest in order, especially before the true hibernation of winter arrives. Like many others, my world has…

2 min what’s trending online

HEARTY FALL DINNERS Put a comfort meal on the table with ease using our favorite slow cooker recipes. Satisfying dishes like spiced chili, pulled pork, and pasta with eggplant sauce require only a little prep time. Come hungry! [SWEEPSTAKES] Win $25,000 to help pay off your bills. Enter at for a chance to win. Details below. Pumpkin-picking Tricks A visit to the pumpkin patch is at the top of our fall to-do list. To find the top pick in the field, follow our guide for which varieties to use for decorating or cooking and the traits to look for to ensure your pumpkin will last all season. PUMPKIN POINTERS Click here for our video on finding the best pumpkin in the patch. [EXCLUSIVE BH&G OFFER] Heirloom Fragrant Peony Trio Their romantic ruffles and heady sweet-to-spicy scent have…

3 min
fright night

ETCH A SKETCH Use wood-carving gouges or a crafts knife to etch designs into pumpkins. Etching allows for more precise details than carving, so it’s great for thin features like these bare branches and the scarab legs. Pro tip: Cut open your pumpkin from the bottom rather than the top to clean it out, and remember that battery-operated candles won’t blow out. Find the pumpkin stencils (and many others) at The Spooky Details 1 WITCHY PUMPKIN A pumpkin on its side becomes a macabre character with a hooked stem nose. Carve a circle to hold a glass cabochon eye—shop Etsy or hobby stores—and snag a few accessories from the costume box. 2 FESTIVE SNACKS Check specialty popcorn stores for seasonal two-tone popcorn. 3 BEETLE BITES Candy molds turn out chocolate creepy-crawlies. (Look for insect molds…

1 min

HOOK ME UP 3 WOOD RACK Loops and pegs handle bags and jackets. $45; TIERED JEWELRY STORAGE A swiveling stand that can also house bedside or kitchen smalls. $24; SAXBORGA STORAGE BOX The simplicity of its exterior belies the extras inside: two inserts, subcompartments, and a mirrored lid (9½"×6 ¾"). $20; MAGNETIC WASHING MACHINE ORGANIZING RACK This solution for tight spaces stands in for laundry room shelving. $58; ESTIQUE CLOTHING ORGANIZER Hang one in the entryway to corral odds and ends. $16; MESHWORKS 3-TIER SHELVING A slim-profile shelving unit that doubles as a side table. $60; SNOWDEN TINS Airtight lids keep your tea and coffee fresh (8"×4¾"×3¼"). $10 each; CHARLESTON UNDERBED STORAGE Metal handles and a clear zippered top elevate organization. BH&G Collection®, $12; BY: EUGENIA SANTIESTEBAN SOTO; PHOTOS: (1 AND 8) CARSON DOWNING, (4) TY MECHAM/FOOD 52…

4 min
taking up a new hobby

BASKETS by Tabara N’Diaye $20; A handmade basket is a work of art that can always be put to good use. And now that she is spending more time indoors, style director Jessica Thomas decided to try basketmaking. “I’ve never seen a handmade basket I didn’t like,” she says. “Their uniqueness makes me feel like I could try my hand at the technique without it having to be perfect. My mom is a weaver, so I grew up around the technique, but I had never actually tried making a basket. This book covers projects made from four main materials: grass, cane, rope, and twine. Because I’m a newbie, I was especially drawn to the cane section; these projects don’t require sewing skills like the others, so they’re more beginner level. All…

7 min
life in color beauty awards

Our Team of Editors and Beauty Pros Tested Hundreds of Products to Find the Year's Best in Beauty. Upgrade Your Everyday Routine With These Award-winning Picks. LIP PICKS In the Bag Highlight eyes and cheeks with high-performance, easy-to-use makeup picks. 1 BUILDABLE BLUSH This bold drugstore blush doesn’t skimp on pigment. Comes in three shades. A swipe on the apples of your cheeks deposits long-lasting color. CoverGirl TruBlend So Flushed Blush, $8; 2 Jenny Patinkin Lazy Perfection Lash Curler quickly and painlessly curls lashes, thanks to thoughtful design details like the thick, angled bumper pad. $24; 3 Tiny fibers in Maybelline New York Brow Extensions Crayon add subtle fullness and definition; the color fills sparse patches. $10; 4 BareMinerals Strength & Length Mascara is infused with a plant-based serum for full, lush lashes. Testers…