New magazine homes in

ON THE HOME FRONT

June 26, 1994|By ELIZABETH LARGE

When the Hearst Corporation starts a new magazine, it does so in an unusual way. The first issue appears on the newsstand; if readers like it and it sells, the editors put out another one. Usually there's no promotion or advertising. So it is with Classic Home, produced by the editors of Colonial Homes. Two issues have appeared, and the third is in the works.

This is a pretty magazine, with a traditional focus. Its target audience is people who have a love of things of the past and a great respect for the decorative arts.

Look for the current issue of Classic Home on the newsstands and, if it does well, look for the next one in the fall.

Heated cover-up

If you don't have an older house with steam heat you may not appreciate how wonderful radiator covers are. They can turn a room's eyesore into an acceptable piece of furniture, and they can send warm air into the room away from the nearest wall or window. Their concealed humidifier helps combat over-dry air.

If you're having trouble finding a source for custom-made radiator covers, try Dura-Bilt Inc. in Rockville, which has been in the business for 40 years. The Baltimore-area number is (410) 730-6414.

Water ways

Now that summer is heating up, our gardens are drying out; but watering isn't just a matter of turning on the hose.

Ray Bosmans of the state Cooperative Extension Service recommends watering in the morning if possible. For young trees and shrubs, use a soaker hose or turn the water on to a trickle and leave the hose running. A sprinkler is fine for the garden, he says, but give plants a good soaking -- enough so a can placed in the garden catches an inch of water. Don't water at night, at least not overhead watering; it can make plants more susceptible to disease. This is also a good time to mulch, to keep water in and to keep down weeds.

Williamsburg stainless

Classic design is worth spending a little money for, even for stainless flatware. And nothing could be more classic than the Williamsburg Reproduction Program's first stainless pattern, "Royal Shell." Produced by Kirk Stieff, it will be available in July for $76 per five-piece place setting.

The design features the scallop shell, a popular motif in period decorative arts, and has proportions common to 18th-century flatware. The pattern is durable enough for everyday use and is dishwasher safe. For information, call (800) 446-9240.

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