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Bow WOW!

Now your dog can help you win a home makeover. A $25,000 one, if you are 18 or older and a U.S. resident.

The sponsor, Purina, invites you to enter by submitting "a photo of your dog enjoying a favorite spot in your house and an essay in 100 words or less about how your dog enjoys the good life and what you'd like to do to make it even better." Deadline is March 31.

To enter, register on the Web site, www.LongLiveYourDog.com and upload your photo and essay.

Doggie wallpaper, anyone?

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Design tip

Here's one of the many inexpensive accessorizing ideas from the new book, "$500 Room Makeovers," by Lisa Quinn (Clarkson Potter, $22.50): Reinvent mouse pads as wall art. Shown are 16 mouse pads affixed to the wall with finishing nails -- 12 identical dark ones forming an outer square, four orange ones in the center.

"As long as the individual pieces are similar in shape and size, any item will give you a comparable look," Quinn writes.

Consider vintage pot holders, hubcaps, place mats, record albums, even drink coasters arranged in a graphic, modern shape.

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Garden contest to bloom

The North Tonawanda History Museum is sponsoring its second annual citywide Historic Gardens Contest. Neighborhood groups, civic organizations, businesses and individuals are invited to participate. Judging is May 1 to July 31; tour runs June 15 to Aug. 31.

A historic theme is required to participate. Contact the Museum at 213-0554 or by e-mail at nthistorymuseum@aol.com for further information and application form. You may also download an application form from the Museum Web site at www.nthistorymuseum.org.

And that's not all. Village of Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda residents and business owners can also get a jump on the season and enter the Fourth Annual Ken-Ton Garden Tour, to be held Aug 5-6. Visit www.tonawanda.ny.us for an entry form.

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And finally . . .

"I've gotten over the whole thing about hiding TVs and appliances out of view. Get them out from behind closed doors -- technology is reality."

Keith Johnson, head antiques buyer for Anthropologie, in House & Garden magazine

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