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.
November 19, 2015 |
At age 88, John Rountree said, he had long resigned himself to the fact that sons Jacquell and Dominic did not get along. "Ever since they were little kids, they were always arguing and carrying on, even up to 8 and 10 years old," Rountree said. "I got so I didn't pay attention. " At a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Rountree told a Philadelphia Municipal Court judge about Sept. 21, the day that decades of sibling rivalry and smoldering enmity ended with 31-year-old Jacquell Rountree shot to death.
October 28, 2015 |
Question: My husband and I recently moved to a small, one-and-a-half-bedroom apartment in a new city with our young child. Our infant's room is about the size of a walk-in closet. Despite the lack of room, we love it here. The problem is dealing with requests from family, particularly the grandparents, to stay with us. They've asked if we could put them up overnight when they visit - but we have about two feet of walking space in the living room. The only other rooms are the dining room and galley kitchen.
October 24, 2015
Q: My husband and I can't agree on something we need to deal with very soon. We have a lot of dinner parties but are having more than usual the number of people over for Thanksgiving and can't fit them all in the dining room. My husband wants to make our living room the dining room, and not just for the holidays. He wants to put a couple of picnic tables in the middle of the living room, even though we rarely use the living room. I prefer a more formal setting. Please help. - Nita A: Are you against switching the rooms, or you just don't like the casualness of picnic tables?
October 9, 2015 |
Brian Sirhal and Tim Spinner - the duo behind the Mexican trio of Cantina Feliz, La Calaca Feliz, and Taqueria Feliz - are spinning pizzas with their new suburban project, Pizzeria Felici . Pizzeria Felici (see what they did with the name?) is in the Elements Horsham at 303 Horsham Rd. (215-323-4530). Specialty is Neopolitan-style pizza cooked in a double-hearthed, wood-fired oven. Menu, designed by chef Jim Burke (ex-James), includes starters/antipasti, pastas, and entrees. Michael Brenfleck, last at La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount, is chef.
October 5, 2015 |
Bonnie Berch and John Landis moved to Philadelphia from Oakland, Calif., in 2007, so he could join the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design, where he is now chairman of the Department of City and Regional Planning. The couple bought a 160-year-old German farmhouse in the middle of Chestnut Hill that had lots of history but not enough sunlight for the two West Coast transplants. "We were happy to find the house in Chestnut Hill, but found there was no place to sit and read or eat in natural light," said Berch, a native Californian.