August 17, 2014 |
Teresa Shields Westkaemper lives in a sprawling four-bedroom house in Jenkintown with husband Paul Westkaemper and their three daughters. She is an accomplished watercolorist with a master's degree in fine art, and a very specific artistic sensibility: She loves circles and the colors red and blue. "I can't tell you why I like circles, but I always have, and I express them everywhere," she says. It makes sense, then, that after a renovation that included demolishing and rebuilding the rear of the structure, the Westkaemper home is blue in the front and has a red caboose, so to speak.
July 31, 1998 |
MARIGOLD MAKES IT BACK The Marigold Dining Room, 501 S. 45th St. in University City, is up and running again under the new partnership of Richard DeMatt and Charles "Chaz" Covington. When Dish reported the deal in the spring, the guys weren't ready to reveal their identities till they quit their other jobs - DeMatt was a waiter at the Four Seasons' Fountain Room, Covington cooked at the Harbor League Club in New Jersey. Both were eager to see the Marigold restored to its long-running Americana style under previous owner Betty Rastelli, who still owns the quaint Victorian building.
April 4, 1986 |
FOCUS ON HOUSING Blue Bell Woods Whitpain Township 646-2233 Blue Bell Woods, townhouses with three different floor plans, are under construction by Toll Bros. in Whitpain Township. Set on a 50-acre site, the townhouses are being built in three "villages" adjacent to large areas of woods and open space. Each unit, priced between $127,900 and $139,900, will have about 2,000 square feet of living space. Extra-cost options, including a basement and a loft, add considerably more living space.
February 6, 1993 |
To his CB buddies, Steven Boozer is known as "Clamdigger" - his handle the last 20 to 25 years because of his passion for fishing and his time spent with the merchant marine. But for two days in October, nobody heard from the spunky 71-year-old as he lay bleeding and dazed in his Clayton home. Boozer, who wears leg braces and lives alone, had been knocked unconscious in his kitchen the night of Oct. 3. A friend who stopped by two days later to deliver Boozer's mail found him drifting in and out of consciousness and bleeding from a head wound.
August 31, 1986
I write, as a taxpayer interested in waste of money, about the houses in the Logan neighborhood that were built on unstable land. Instead of spending $35 million to repair them, tear them down. Build a playground. Then look around Philadelphia, as I have, and you will find 100 homes for sale in very good condition, three bedrooms, two baths, kitchen, dining room, living room, finished basement and garage, for less than $60,000. If the U.S. government and the city are sincere, they could buy these homes for under $5 million and convey them to the owners of the homes in Logan; they would continue to pay whatever they now owe on their Logan homes.
October 25, 1989 |
"Ten-pound looks," a defense lawyer called them - the cold angry stares of victims confronting Ralph and Anthony Birdsong. The brothers are charged with two killings, several pistol-whippings, a rape and the wounding of four people in an orgy of violence inside an Oak Lane rowhouse in July 1988. As their murder trial continued yesterday, the brothers seemed to ignore the courtroom stares from victims of the bloodbath, but defense lawyer Dick Brown noted the hostility. Witness Kim Glenn was throwing "10-pound looks," Brown said, and asked her, "You're angry, aren't you?"
November 19, 1997 |
Villari's Lakeside is a popular place. It's sort of an all-purpose restaurant with a pretty dining room overlooking Lake Nash, a busy, lively lounge, banquet facilities and an outdoor bar and deck for whiling away summer evenings. Given all of that, we were surprisingly disappointed during a recent visit. Villari's offers a free Monday night football buffet and on this particular Monday night, the Eagles were the featured attraction, so the lounge was hopping, which seemed to have caught the restaurant off guard.
June 27, 2013
Star spangled serveware Dish out your favorite patriotic treats on the Fourth of July with this star-shaped two-tiered stand. Made of galvanized metal, it works on the picnic table as well as in the dining room. Use it to serve ice cream sundae toppings or summer snacks and hors d'oeuvres. In honor of Independence Day, pledge your allegience to a patriotic table with this festive stand. - Michelle Dembo Galvanized metal star stand, $69, at Pottery Barn stores or online at potterybarn.com.
June 7, 2013 |
Two Indian restaurants have opened branches that are more ambitious than their flagships. Munish Narula has positioned Tiffin Bistro (1100 Federal St., 215-922-1297) between the casual side of his mini-chain, Tiffin, and the posh atmosphere of his South Broad Street destination, Tashan. Narula and company changed little in the room that includes a small bar and a white-tablecloth dining room beautifully appointed in limestone. Menu from chef Kirti Pant, whose background includes Junoon in New York, Amber India in San Francisco, and Cinnamon Club in London, includes dishes from all over India.
November 16, 2007
"The most fascinating rooms are adventurous and unpredictable," Elle Decor editor Margaret Russell writes in her introduction to So Chic: Glamorous Lives, Stylish Spaces (Filipacchi, $40). Fascinating is certainly the word for the 35 highly idiosyncratic homes spotlighted here, all culled from the magazine's archives - and nearly all belonging to designers and other creative types. Featured are Cindy Crawford's Indonesian-influenced beach house, writer Candace Bushnell's glamorous New York apartment, and fashion designer Donatella Versace's over-the-top Milan home.