Clinton Smith is the new editor in chief of Hearst Corp.’s smaller shelter bimonthly, Veranda. He succeeds Dara Caponigro, who said she would step down this year.

Smith was the editorial director of the regional title Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and will relocate to New York for the job. Newell Turner, the editor in chief of House Beautiful and, since October, the editorial director of Hearst’s three shelter magazines, including Elle Decor, had been looking for a replacement since Caponigro resigned in May to spend more time with her family. She had been the editor in chief since 2010.

Veranda, which Hearst acquired just a little more than a decade ago, is one of the publisher’s smaller books, in newsstands six times a year. In 2012, it carried about 520 advertising pages, down about five percent from the year before, according to Media Industry Newsletter. Elle Decor is the largest of the trio, with 1,176 pages last year, followed by House Beautiful at 684 ad pages.

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