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Houndstooth may be classic for fall, but you never know where it's going to show up ?- and in what size pattern.



Explosive houndstooth checks land themselves on skirts, coats and even wallpaper; those on a smaller scale find their way to shoes, towels and giftwrap.



While black and white is timeless, expect other color combinations, too, such as pink and gray, emerald and black, red and gray, or ivory and taupe.



Key element: The needlepoint key fob in black houndstooth puts style at your fingertips. At O'Connells Clothing, 3240 Main St., and shop.oconnellsclothing.com, $25.



No wallflower: ?Jackie-OH pattern is from York Wallcovering's "Risky Business II" collection. Shown in slate on silver Mylar; other colors available. Suggested retail: $79.99 for Mylar and $43.99 for others per single roll. See www.yorkwall.com or call (800) 375-9675.





Top it off: Side shirred surplice top in red and black houndstooth, $36, ?is from the Apt. 9 collection at Kohl's, www.kohls.com.



Trendy terry: Threshold ?ivory towels have handsome houndstooth trims. From ?Target, www.target.com, $9.99 for the hand towel; $12.99 for the bath size.



On one's toes: ?A splash of red ?accents the Flirrt houndstooth pump from Madden Girl. From DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, www.dsw.com, $44.95.