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Pouf goes the pillow

Fashionable women are not the only ones donning beads, fur trims and fringe this fall. Check out all the froufrou on home accents as well. Pillows go formal with tassels and pompoms. Lamp shades take the more-is-more approach to dressing up with fancy trimmings. And even the humble basket gets gussied up this season.

Shown here: An accent lamp with ruby shade from Pier 1 dolled up with beaded fringe. Clearly, the life of the party.
Design tip

Here's a tried-and-true idea for hanging artwork and other items on the wall: Group paintings, photographs, even baby pictures together. It makes more of a statement.

Don't overdo it

Both raking and shoveling snow -- pose a risk of heart attack and injuries to the back, shoulders and wrists, according to Knight Ridder Newspapers. To keep you healthy, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these tips:

Check with your doctor. Because these activities place high stress on your heart, you should always talk with your physician before raking or shoveling.

Pace yourself. Raking and shoveling are aerobic activities. Take frequent breaks; replenish fluids to prevent dehydration, which affects muscles. If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath or other signs of a heart attack, call 911.

Rake or shovel early and often. Begin when a light covering of leaves or snow is on the ground. Warm up your muscles for 10 minutes beforehand with light exercise.

Do not let a hat or scarf block your vision. Avoid falls by wearing shoes or boots that have slip-resistant soles.

Use a rake or shovel that feels comfortable for your height and strength.

Push the snow instead of lifting it, but if you must lift, do it properly. Squat with your legs apart, knees bent and back straight. Lift with your legs, without bending at the waist. Scoop small amounts of snow into the shovel and walk to where you want to dump it. Holding a shovelful of snow with your arms outstretched puts too much weight on your spine. Never remove deep snow all at once; do it piecemeal.

Do not throw leaves or snow over your shoulder or to the side. This requires a twisting motion that stresses your back.

Gifts from Grandma

If you will be looking for ways to make the most of your heirloom china this season (even if it is not your favorite color), here is some advice from the November/December issue of Decorating magazine, a Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publication:

Layer pattern, color, pedigree: Replace missing pieces with new or vintage finds. Place settings don't have to match, and relatives will admire how you've blended family tradition with your own style.

From bar to table: Update your dinnerware with new drinking glasses and barware.

Fork it over: Go for a mix of fine, fancy and funky flatware for that "vintage chic" look.

Pot flowers. If serving tea isn't your cup of tea, use the teapot as a vessel for your centerpiece.

Shown here: an arrangement from the new book "A Year Full of Flowers: Fresh Ideas to Bring Flowers Into Your Life Every Day" by Jim McCann and Julie McCann Mulligan (Rodale, $19.95).
And finally . . .

"A woman must have money and a room of her own."
Virginia Woolf

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