March 2, 2016 |
THE THOUSAND or so hand-painted faces looking down from the buttery walls of the Palm restaurant are full of smiles, for the most part. Mr. T isn't happy, of course, and it's hard to tell how the collies (Dixie and Pumpkin) feel, but most faces are beaming, from Rob Lowe's brother, Chad, to former Eagles linebacker Dhani Jones and the actor Lorenzo Lamas, who played Lance Cumson on the 1980s TV show Falcon Crest . Chad who? Falcon what? Isn't Donnie Jones the Eagles' punter? That's been the problem lately at the Palm.
February 29, 2016 |
Worcester Township one recent winter day: a landscape of neo-Colonial homes with white siding and stone façades on large lots piled with snow. But then, down a bucolic road, a Tuscan villa appears. Has the traveler been transported to sunny Italy? The pale-amber stucco structure with arched windows and an elegant portico belongs to Bill and Donna Minor, who built the house nine years ago. "I didn't want just another box," Bill says. Donna had been to Tuscany and was fond of the Spanish- and Tuscan-influenced homes in Southern California, where she lived for 20 years.
February 17, 2016 |
The Palm, one of Center City's longest-running steakhouses, will close for what is billed as a major renovation after business on Feb. 29. The restaurant, in the Hyatt at the Bellevue at Broad and Walnut Streets, is due to reopen late in the fourth quarter of 2016 or early 2017. The parent company said the Philadelphia restaurant will be the seventh to receive a new design. The Palm opened in 1989 and quickly became a power room that helped usurp the city's private clubs. Of late, though, it has been upstaged by newer competitors.
February 7, 2016 |
Timing is everything for Josh and Jen Hilbert. They lived in their 3,500-square-foot Radnor home for about seven years before renovating it. "We received three sets of plans from our architect, Jim Cassidy, soon after we moved in 2007," Josh says, "but we didn't proceed until we thought it was the right time and we were comfortable with the proposed changes. "I think it is important to get to know a house before you change it," he says. "We tweaked the plans over the years, but last year decided to finally go ahead and do it. " The couple, who met at Council Rock High School in Bucks County, have two children.
January 25, 2016 |
Dave and Carol Spacht could be living in a bygone era. Several mornings a week, the couple lock the Dutch door of their early-19th-century farmhouse and go to work - he to his nearby sawmill, she to her job as a seamstress, wearing a ruffled cap, a long dress, an apron, and a shawl. Instead of traveling from their Blue Bell home by horse and wagon, though, Carol Spacht hitches up her skirt and gets behind the wheel of a Toyota Corolla. Dave Spacht drives a Dodge truck. Still, this is a couple who value age. "We've never owned a new car," Carol says.
December 21, 2015 |
Step into Ann Keith Kennedy's house in Haddonfield at this time of year, and you find yourself in the midst of a very modern celebration of Christmas. The living room is swathed in red and white, from white stars of Bethlehem in the windows to red cushions and ribbons on the furniture. A tree glowing with white lights guards toy trains and a Nativity scene, the gift of a great-grandmother in Alabama. The red-and-white motif stands out against shining wood floors, taupe walls lined with white bookcases designed by Kennedy, and comfortable yet simple furniture.
December 14, 2015 |
Even from the street, Joyce and Donald Sico's Tudor on a corner in Riverton leaves no doubt that the holiday season is upon us. From its front porch to its upstairs balconies, the house is ablaze with lights that suggest a warm glow indoors as well. But seeing is believing, and a visit a few weeks before Christmas reveals a holiday enchantment inside that has been spun gracefully, without overpowering the home's innate charm. Joyce, 62, and Donald, 61, are both from New York state.
November 25, 2015 |
TWO MEN WERE gunned down inside a Harrowgate home yesterday, police said, slain in cold blood mere feet from where one victim's family eats its meals. Last night, that family filed back into the home as the streetlamps clicked on over Jasper Street near Pacific. The aunt of the man who lived there declined to comment and didn't wish to disclose his name. Police provided only his age, 20. It was more than they knew last night about the other victim, a man whom they hadn't identified but whom they estimated to be in his late 20s or early 30s. A neighbor called 9-1-1 about 3 p.m. after having trouble reaching the 20-year-old, according to Chief Inspector Scott Small.