July 30, 2016 |
Q: I love books. I love going to bookstores, libraries, and looking through the book sections in antiques stores. I have quite a few, and the thought of parting with even one book breaks my heart. But my husband thinks they look messy. My dream is to have a dining room/library. How can I do this and make it look good? - W. A: Books are a great way to make a home feel lived in, and I love the idea of a dining room/library. I especially appreciate oversize older coffee-table books about art or design.
March 12, 2016 |
Q: I love reading your advice every week in the newspaper, but I have never seen anyone ask this question. What's the worst furniture arrangement you've ever seen, or, maybe, what's the one thing should I never do in my living room? - J.F. A: The fun part about decorating your house is that there really are no rules - beyond making sure things function, and your home feels just right to you. I prefer to think about it in terms of what you should do rather than what you shouldn't do. If I were to share a pet peeve, I'd have to say it bothers me when the furniture in a living room is too far apart, or when there is no coffee table in front of the sofa.
December 7, 2015 |
Once again, it's that time of year when merry gentlemen and ladies go looking for books to give to friends and family. Real books. Beautiful books. Books you put on display, not away. Among the best this year is a comprehensive look at American still-life painting. Another reveals how Dutch painting in its heyday helped distinguish high from low in Dutch society. There's a book about the most-photographed 19th-century American and another about a well-traveled sphinx. There are books on the beauty of dragonflies, flowers, and even New Jersey, and much more.
June 28, 2015 |
Jen Cohen knew what she wanted: "a house with character. " She and husband Brett liked the family-friendly Wynnewood neighborhood they had lived in for six years, but their 1960s home was a hodgepodge of styles. They were ready for a change, but "there was nothing for sale," Jen says. Then, last year, she saw a Facebook posting by a former neighbor who had moved to Boston. She had been renting out her house and was ready to sell. The Cohens promptly purchased the charming 1928 stone Colonial.
October 12, 2014 |
Once Dora Siemel saw the cedar house on the Unami Watershed in Green Lane, Montgomery County, she knew she had found a place Buddha would have yearned for. The setting is calming, verdant and serene. "There is no ugly way to get here," she says of the journey through abundant woodlands, where creeks snake past colossal boulders. The land is home to fox, deer, trout, and several species of salamander. That tranquil spirit also exists inside the two-story, 2,200-square-foot house where Siemel and her husband, Bob Wolfarth, have lived for 22 years.
December 14, 2012
Q: I'm a man in my mid-30s and none of my relationships seem to work out. I'll really fall for a woman, but then the more I get to know her, the more she seems different from how I perceived her when I first met. I always end up disappointed. I assumed I'd meet someone and get married, but at my age, I'm beginning to wonder. Steve: People are complicated. And relationships are fluid. As the great Mort Sahl observed, "Women marry men hoping they will change, and men marry women hoping they won't.
November 19, 2012
LANDOVER, Md. - The bad news, of course, if you really, really want the bad news, is that the Washington Redskins are a pretty awful football team. Not so awful they couldn't lay a 31-6 pasting on the somnolent Eagles on Sunday, the kind of outing that Ray Rhodes used to call a "good old country butt-kicking. " Ray knew about those, about what happens when a team ceases to either believe or care. His tenure as head coach ended in that kind of disarray and now, 14 years later, the guy who replaced him is facing the same situation.
August 27, 2012 |
The first thing a visitor might notice at the Abo house, set on a quiet, dignified street in Cherry Hill, is its second outdoor mailbox. Shaped like an airplane, it sits suspended on a pole above the other box and says simply "Air Mail. " Nearby, a small "Beer Garden" sign points to bottles planted upside-down in a cluster of shrubs. And then, there's the notice that reads: "In 1897, absolutely nothing happened at this location. " Very soon it becomes very clear that Jane and Marty Abo's home is not your run-of-the-mill suburban retreat.
March 25, 2012 |
Here's something I do that might be crazy: I rearrange the furniture. Often. Blind people don't stand a chance in my house. And most of the time, neither do I. Rearranging the furniture is one of my favorite bad habits. My most favorite bad habit is eating chocolate cake, and my least favorite bad habit is marrying badly. It all began with an ottoman, which somehow expanded into the Ottoman Empire. Let me explain. I was sitting on my couch in the family room, working on my laptop with the TV on. I went to put my feet up on the coffee table, and my foot knocked over a mug of coffee.
March 2, 2012 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - So much is happening with the coffee table that Cosmo Kramer needs to update his coffee-table book on coffee tables. During the 1990s Seinfeld era, the coffee table was mainly a place to place food and remote controls - and maybe rest your feet when Mom wasn't looking. The ubiquitous wooden piece of furniture was a far cry from the 1950s cocktail table, limbo-low with a sculptural wooden or chrome base and an elegant round glass top. Home furnishings design forecaster Michelle Lamb is seeing a return to artistry in coffee tables, and more function than ever.