Back home againIts editor calls home magazines "girls...


August 18, 1996|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Staff

Back home again

Its editor calls home magazines "girls' pornography." The Wall Street Journal made its return a centerpiece story. Surprise: The commotion is over the resurrection of House & Garden.

You can see what all the fuss is about when the first issue hits the stands this month -- after a three-year hiatus for the magazine. Its 372 pages include (besides 207 ad pages) such features as "Hunting and Gathering," on buying for the home, "Ground Rules," a column on the principles behind laying out a garden, and interior design stories that explain why a certain decorating scheme works and how you can apply it to your own home. All for $2.95 ($18 a year if you subscribe). One of the lazy pleasures of a beach vacation is browsing in quirky little shops when you've had enough sun and sand. If you're headed for Rehoboth Beach, there's a shop that just opened this summer filled with gifts, decorative accessories, small antiques and various eye-catching items.

Once Upon a Time (45 Lake Ave.) has many things geared to children, including hand-painted youth furniture, books, toys and sports memorabilia. For adults there are crafts, vases, gourmet jams and jellies, wicker, angel items, aromatherapy and such. Call (302) 226-1299 for more information. Good Grips by Oxo have just about everything going for them. These handsome kitchen gadgets are practical, dishwasher safe and reasonably priced. The soft-grip, no-slip handles are great for older users; but everyone seems to appreciate their look and feel. (They've won design awards from the Arthritis Foundation and the Industrial Designers Society of America.) New this year: a line of gardening tools in terra cotta and green with the same great grips.

Pictured are a mini-chef's knife ($8.79), jar opener ($6.99) and swivel peeler ($6.49), all from Stebbins Anderson in the Shops at Kenilworth. For years now, overscaled furniture in all price ranges has been popular with consumers. Large sofas and chairs that "make a statement" have been snapped up even by city dwellers in small apartments -- perhaps because this furniture has substance and looks secure, perhaps because it is comfortable and easy to curl up in.

But recently, according to a consultant to the furniture industry, manufacturers have been scaling down their upholstered pieces, like this Town and Country sofa from Century.

"They're becoming smaller and more reasonably scaled," says Linda Jones. More of these pleasingly proportioned pieces should make an appearance at the wholesale home furnishings market in High Point, N.C., this fall.

Does this mean consumers no longer need "statement" furniture because they're feeling more secure? Not necessarily. Maybe it's just time for a change. Well, at least I got the last name right in last week's Home Front. The cabinetmaker I profiled is named Michael Seward, not John. Apologies to him and to any readers who tried to get in touch with him. His number is (800) 993-9040.

Home Front welcomes interesting tidbits of home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or fax to (410) 783-2519.

Pub Date: 8/18/96


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