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October 10, 1998

Need a backdrop for sports treasures?

Old Stadium Border ($20 for a 5-yard spool) from Village's new Major League Baseball collection captures vintage baseball parks. Such well-loved former stadiums as New York's Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds are depicted.

For a double play, pair the border with Classic Country Ticking, a striped wallpaper that looks like the fabric from an old baseball uniform (single roll, $20).

Available at home centers and decorating stores. Call (800) 552-9255.

Figuratively Speaking

Do your Halloween decorations seems straggly and scary?

Christopher Radko, who has dressed up the White House for Christmas and Halloween, has a line of spooky adornments and garlands ripe for the season.

Glass ghouls, ghosts, goblins and dingbats can haunt your hall tree or garnish your mantel. The blown-glass ornaments are hand-painted in cottage factories in Poland, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic. Each takes several days to make.

Matilda the witch ($49)is 7 inches high; Jack o' Lantern ($55) is 5 inches. There's also an assortment of horror flick heroes, from the Wolfman and the Mummy to Frankenstein's monster, and his bride.

Roger's Gardens has the largest selection of Radko in the U.S. 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. (949) 640-5800. Web site: http://www.rogersgardens.com.

Warming Trend

Lennox Hearth Products, based in Tustin, has a corner fireplace that can light up a room--softly or intensely.

The Elite Series corner fireplace ($2,210) has a 37,500 BTU pan-burner fire system with a six-piece, split-oak log set and an electric ember bed. The bed of coals can be adjusted to emit a soft glow or can be used with the gas burners for a dramatic effect.

The fireplace comes with a long glass panel (21 inches by 35 inches) and a short glass panel (21 inches by 18 inches). The door and eyebrow hood trim are polished brass. A wireless remote control can switch on the fireplace and control the thermostat.

Natural or propane gas can be used.

Available at Lennox Hearth Dealers. Call (800) 953-6669 or visit the Web site: http://www.lennox.com

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