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If your home lacks luster, put preconceptions aside and start moving things around.

Once you break old decorating dictates, you'll be far more open to unusual, creative touches, according to Redbook magazine. In the November issue, "professional rearranger" Carole Talbott talks about common decorating mistakes and some solutions.

Lining furniture up along walls. This doesn't free up space -- it creates boredom. Instead, pull furniture away from the walls.

Splitting up paired objects. Candlesticks, for example, are usually more harmonious and impressive when placed together.

Hanging art at "standing" eye level. This is fine for galleries, but lower down makes better sense in rooms where people spend most of their time sitting.

Placing low objects on a coffee table. Consider a tall sculpture or books standing up between bookends rather than laying flat.

Scattering a collection. Any collection looks best displayed as a group; otherwise, it waters down its impact.

Dressing the easy way

For women who wake up with stiff and aching joints, getting dressed is a chore.

Now, "Easy Dressing Fashions," a catalog by JCPenney, offers fashionable garments with an array of built-in features.

The key is Velcro's Wavelok fasteners that replace buttons, hooks, snaps and other traditional closures. Blouses, jackets and sweaters have roomier armholes; pants and skirts have elasticized waists and fabric pull loops.

The mail order collection includes suits, blouses, skirts, pants and jackets for work or weekend wear. It is available in misses sizes 6 to 20 and women's petite sizes 18 to 26.

The free fall/winter catalog is available at JCPenney stores, or call (800) 222-6161. The spring catalog is due out in February.

Monet mania

Women who love Claude Monet's floral landscapes can now wear a fragrance inspired by the French impressionist painter.

Les Fleurs de Claude Monet is a blend of jasmine, iris, white roses and other floral essences from the garden at Giverny, France, Monet's home.

The scent sells at the Gallery Shop, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, for $75.

News from the North Pole

The World University Games is selling T-shirts, sweat shirts, polo shirts, paperweights, visors and window decals to shoppers during the holiday season at the Walden Galleria.

Located at the north end of the mall on the first level, the display continues through Dec. 28.

And finally . . .

"Shampoo is out?

"Well not entirely. Let's just say that in certain circles dirty hair is in. Some trendy types are shampooing less frequently. Others are achieving a dirty look by using greasy hair products."

-- Wall Street Journal

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