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.
December 17, 2002
WHEN I came to Philadelphia recently to visit a retarded relative at his group home in Philadelphia, I noticed: Only a small dining room. No sidewalk or landscaping. No family day planned for visitation. My relative had no appropriate toilet, no sheepskin sheets or any new clothes for more than a year. The dining room drapes were closed. The screen was still in on the front door, despite the cold weather. No sign outside lit up. Little visitation from city agencies or families.
July 18, 1995 |
Police are looking for a robber who confronted a woman in her dining room on Sunday and who might be responsible for a series of recent burglaries here and elsewhere in the county. "This has received the highest priority," said borough Police Sgt. Craig Rickard, who is investigating the robbery. Rickard said that county detectives, as well as officers from Cheltenham and Springfield, were collaborating to catch the man who has an affinity for cutting screens and walking into houses, regardless of whether or not the homeowners are there.
October 19, 1999 |
There are shoes, but no fashion; sculpture, but no pedestals; performances, but no scripts. In fact, "Folk Arts of Social Change," an exhibition put together by the Philadelphia Folklore Project and on view at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial on Catharine Street, takes art down from the walls, off the pedestals, and away from fashion alley. It draws its aesthetic not from the museum but from the dining room table, the union hall, the corner taproom - wherever people gather to talk and argue and share what they know about power, justice and political change.
June 27, 1990 |
An Oxford Circle man who was shot and wounded while trying to break into the East Falls home of Municipal Judge Charles J. Margiotti Jr. last year has pleaded guilty to burglary and weapons charges. Michael Riordan, 23, of Van Kirk Street near Large, was free on bail awaiting trial for breaking into another home when he entered Margiotti's house on Dec. 22, according to court records. Riordan yesterday also pleaded guilty to that offense before Common Pleas Judge William J. Mazzola.
September 25, 1992 |
I suppose you could say that we were having a little symposium about the eating habits of middle-aged men who consistently find themselves at home alone around dinnertime. This took place at a local gathering spot I'll call Matty's Tap. There was no transcript made of the proceedings. There was also no moderator. Unless you count Matty himself, who, on the chance that the discussion might get overheated, stood ready to slam his hand on the bar and restate the long-time policy of the establishment: "Don't Shout, or You're Out. " The panel, which consisted of the men standing at the bar, was like one of those panels the MacNeil-Lehrer show puts together on the Middle East or the economy.
April 11, 1986 |
Springhill Farm, Birmingham Township, Chester County 459-3430 Five villages of condominium townhouses and apartments are planned for Springhill Farm in Birmingham Township, Chester County. There will be 1 1/2- and two-story townhouses, and two-level apartment buildings, each having four or eight units. The one- and two-bedroom apartments have from 965 to 1,130 square feet of living space and cost between $69,900 and $82,900. The two-bedroom townhouses have from 1,328 to 1,400 square feet of living space and cost from $82,900 to $97,900.
November 30, 1997 |
Moorestowne Woods, Moorestown, Burlington County Nestled in a natural setting of mature trees and shrubbery, Moorestowne Woods lives up to its name. A stream, too, is on the well-maintained 21-acre site. Along the winding roads lined with colonial-style lanterns are two-level garden apartment buildings and three-level townhouses, all of which have a woodsy view. Quiet, secluded, the community exudes a villagelike coziness. "I like everything here, the trees, the location," Robert Fauver, 81, said.
March 25, 1986 |
"In setting out your sideboard, you must study neatness, convenience, and taste; as you must think that ladies and gentlemen that have splendid and costly articles, wish to have them seen and set out to best advantage. . . . " - Robert Roberts, The House Servant's Directory, 1827 There are hundreds of types of furniture in this world, and the sideboard is only one of them. Yet, upon close observation, the sideboard - a kind of table containing drawers and cupboards specifically used in the dining room - represents a compact history of changes in domestic manners and taste.
August 12, 1989 |
A 45-year-old Montgomery County man who was shot to death by a hit man as he sat in a West Oak Lane restaurant was gunned down by mistake, a police source said. Donald Branch of Green Valley Road, Wyncote, died in a hail of gunshots as he sat in the dining room of Tobin's Inn, Limekiln Pike near Haines Street, about 11 p.m. Thursday. Two other men were wounded in the incident. A police source, who declined to be identified, said Branch and the two wounded men were "innocent bystanders" caught in a volley of shots that was meant for another man. Homicide detectives are investigating the possibility that the gunmen may have come to the inn looking to shoot a member of the Junior Black Mafia, a notoriously violent drug gang, who reportedly was in the restaurant a short time before the shooting, the source said.