October 16, 2011 |
More misadventures in home makeover, this time with curtains. You may recall that two years ago I painted my family room myself, on a Type A tear, but I took the Scottoline route. By which I mean, I took shortcuts. Lots of them. I painted around pictures rather than removing them, and the paint only reached 5 feet, 6 inches up the wall, which is my height plus my arm length, minus a ladder, which I don't own. This would be the mathematical formula for do-it-yourself wainscoting.
October 2, 2011 |
Lolabelle must have been one special dog. When she died on April 17, the performance artist Laurie Anderson, her mistress, was inspired to create an unusually elaborate, and emotionally intense, memorial to her longtime terrier companion. It's on view at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Anderson's exhibition, "Forty-Nine Days in the Bardo. " People who bond intimately with dogs will understand it intuitively, and probably will find it moving. Those unable to accept pets as human surrogates might consider it to be a bit over the top. Either way, "Bardo" is an impressive piece of creation, in large part because it's not just about losing a dog. In its broadest sense, it's a meditation on the timeless themes of love and loss, of how people accommodate themselves to the inevitability of death.
August 11, 2011 |
She didn't want to tell her boss that she was late for her job. She didn't want to tell her parents that she'd skipped work and spent the night with a friend. So instead, police said, Bridgette Neiss claimed that she had been abducted at gunpoint outside a Giant supermarket in West Pottsgrove before being dropped off by her kidnappers, unhurt, a day later in Phoenixville. Neiss, 18, of Spring City, now stands accused of two misdemeanor criminal counts related to filing a false police report, West Pottsgrove Detective Sgt. Steven Ziegler said Wednesday.
June 22, 2011 |
Bonnie Sweeten stood solemnly before a federal judge yesterday, wearing hunter-green prison jumpers and speaking softly. Her darkened hair fell below her shoulders. The Feasterville mom and one-time paralegal who faked her own abduction copped a plea to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Sentencing for the 40-year-old Sweeten is set for Sept. 21. She could face 70 to 87 months under advisory sentencing guidelines on the wire-fraud charge plus a mandatory-minimum two years for aggravated identity theft.
May 6, 2011 |
It's a request that designers hear constantly: Bring more sunshine into my home. Whatever a person's taste, "I think almost everybody wants to maximize the light in their living space," says HGTV host Genevieve Gorder. The conventional wisdom is that "if you have a room that's very sunny and packed with natural light, people use it more and they're happier in it," says designer and decordemon.com founder Brian Patrick Flynn. Gorder, Flynn, and Betsy Burnham of Los Angeles' Burnham Design share some tips and tricks for helping the sun to shine brightly in any home: Reflections All three designers recommend mirrors.
May 6, 2011
SUMMER IS on the way and that's a reason to celebrate. Here are some "Good Things" to help you do it. Custom cushions Summertime calls for a playful approach to decorating. So mix - don't match - fabrics to create reversible pillows that you won't find on anyone else's sofa. A quick flip is all it takes to change your look, and you can do it as often as you change your mind. Just a yard each of three fabrics can make three 16-inch and three 18-inch pillows. Use fabrics in similar weights; pair them in different combinations.
April 26, 2011 |
Alvin "Vene" Gutman, 93, of Lafayette Hill, a business executive and community leader, died at home Friday, April 22, the day before his 67th wedding anniversary. Mr. Gutman was president and later chairman of the board of Pressman Gutman Co. The firm, which wove, dyed, and printed fabric for clothing manufacturers, was established by his family more than a century ago. He spent more than 50 years with Pressman Gutman, which had offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Bala Cynwyd.
January 6, 2011 |
Ruth Brander, 97, of Haddon Township, longtime co-owner of the former South Jersey fabric shop Sewitorium and an area artist, died Saturday, Jan. 1, at her home. While her husband handled the finances at Sewitorium, the couple's fabric store on Haddon Avenue in Camden, Mrs. Brander was the "idea person," their daughter Gylda Bernstein said. Mrs. Brander handled the store's displays, layout, and advertising. She was usually at the front of the store, greeting customers and ringing them up. After she retired in 1975, her husband and daughter continued to run the store and a year later moved to a larger space in Cherry Hill.
October 20, 2010
By Michael Greenle In his novel The Corrections , Jonathan Franzen noted the "industrial decay of Philadelphia, the rotting enchantments of the Workshop of the World, the survival of mega ruins in micro times. " Nine years later, the description remains poignantly accurate, and it likely will be for years to come. We simply have more ruins than resources, and the often enchanting presence of the past gives Philadelphia its authenticity and sense of place. I was reminded of this by the recent news that two of our notable buildings, the Cramp's Shipyard machine shop and the historic Church of the Assumption, were lurching toward demolition.