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Homegrown gourds fill a toolbox Miller bought at an auction. She'll fill it with greenery for Christmas and flowers in the summer.
To grow the gourds, Miller discarded last year's gourds in her garden, let them compost over the winter, then tilled them into the ground at the start of the growing season.
Miller divided her porch into sections, creating several seating areas. The wagon with the star cutout, far right, was a gift from her friend Merry Munk.
Miller and her dad made this market pushcart together. "I found the wheels from an auction and knew I wanted to make a pushcart with it eventually. It just took me five years to do it," Miller says. The milk can atop the cart belonged to her Amish grandfather.
2. Merry Munk's Porch: Country-Living Style
Thirty minutes away, in a nearby town, Miller's friend Munk has her own patina style.
Munk uses her porch as a creative outlet for her love of decorating. To achieve full and vibrant hanging baskets, Munk purchased plants in moss baskets and fertilized them daily.
This area of Munk's front porch boasts a beautiful antique cabinet and bent-willow furniture. Munk stores seasonal decorations inside the cabinet, keeping them within reach, since she changes the decorations on her porch each month.
The birdcage is from the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market. The "Home Sweet Home" banner is from a barn sale at The French Hen Farm.
Although Munk lives in a housing development on a small lot, she decided to grow her own pumpkins in her front flower bed. The broad leaves make a nice border in summer and early fall. She uses the pumpkins as part of her decor, as jack-o'-lanterns and for pumpkin pie.
Pumpkin growing tip: Start with good soil, fertilize regularly and water twice daily on hot days.
Miller (left) and Munk on Munk's front porch.
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