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September 1, 2006 ... It's been a quite a while since I was a school kid, yet I still look forward to September as a time for a fresh start. Even now, the back-to-school season nudges me to seek a little something new in my life, like the year I enrolled in a...

Cut it out: bring snippets of style into your home with these nature-inspired cutouts.(BETTER STYLE FOR HOME)
September 1, 2006 ... IT'S A WRAP Light up an evening gathering with votives encircled by exotic garlands--a hybrid of hanging paper lanterns. Draw a trailing vine on the backside of patterned paper, making the length at least twice the votive circumference and...

On the right path: two retirees realize their dream by scaling back on square footage to gain a great location.(BETTER LIVING)
September 1, 2006 ... Dick and Nancy Killian fell in love with a view. It happened at Northern California's Sea Ranch, a community where inconspicuous shingled houses sit among windswept sea grass, watched over by ancient redwoods and eucalyptus trees--a place...

Life with a new mission: a serene home in Seattle becomes a soothing retreat for a former New York executive who retired to a larger purpose.(DECORATING)(Faith Wilder)
September 1, 2006 ... In this morning, as on most, Faith Wilder relaxes over a cup of tea in the soft light of her favorite window seat. A collection of Finnish glass birds perches in the art niches nearby; elsewhere, birds take flight in the motifs of upholstery,...

Playing for keeps: resisting advice to gut their kitchen and start over, a couple decides the integrity of their '50s space is worth saving.(BEFORE & AFTER)
September 1, 2006 ... The dingy kitchen needed remodeling, that much was clear. What wasn't clear was how far Sue and Pat Allen should go to update their recently purchased 1956 house near Chicago. "We wanted a high-functioning kitchen," Sue recalls. "But we also...