May 25, 2015 |
Today I'm reporting from the front gate of suburbia. As well as the Frontgate. We begin when I wanted to buy a new chair for outside, because I like to read or work in the sun and I have only two chairs. I know what you're thinking. One person for two chairs, what's the problem? There are five problems, and they all happen to be dogs. Often when I come outside with my book or my laptop, the dogs are already occupying both chairs. If I move them off one chair so I can sit down, the five of them spend all day fighting over the second chair.
March 28, 2015 |
When most people think of extended-stay hotels (if they think of them at all), they might envision a cheaply furnished room in a desolate location - cold comfort for bleary business travelers and depressed divorcées. But, this underserved niche has received an extreme makeover in recent years, powered in large part by Philadelphia-based Korman Communities and its luxurious AKA chain. Now, a former Korman executive has developed a new take on the concept: Roost Apartment Hotel, a boutique-hotel-meets-Airbnb vision.
September 28, 2014 |
As you enter Gene and Bonnie Schwartz's 28th-floor condominium at the Murano, first impressions that the building's entrance and halls seem sparse and bare fade away - as intended by developer Peter Shaw, who wanted individual units to outshine the common areas. Instantly, a visitor to the Schwartz home is swept away by a 20-foot span of windows. In one corner, a large brass-and-wood telescope peers out on a view embracing Philadelphia International Airport and Citizens Bank Park and 30th Street Station, and everything between.
April 1, 2014
THE MAN who once proclaimed "Saturday night's alright for fighting" may soon learn what longtime marrieds already know - the other six days of the week can accommodate a dustup just as well. Elton John and his life partner of 21 years, David Furnish , will set sail on the sea of holy matrimony in May. It's a move prompted by last summer's legalization of same-sex marriage in England. "We don't feel the need to take an extra step legally," Furnish told the Las Vegas Review Journal . "But since we're committed for life, we feel it's really important to take that step, and take advantage of that amazing change in legislation.
July 20, 2013 |
With the residential real estate market on the mend and more first-time buyers in the mix, it is time to think about those little cosmetic changes new homeowners are into. In this case, painting. Experts say that one of the very best times to do interior painting is just before moving into a new home. Here are six reasons, according to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert for the Paint Quality Institute: 1. It's easy now. Interior painting is simple and not at all physically demanding when you can move freely within a room.
March 2, 2013 |
ROME - The Obama administration will provide food and medicine to Syrian rebel fighters, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday, announcing a cautious U.S. foray into frontline battlefield support that falls far short of the heavy weapons or high-tech gear the rebels seek. "The stakes are really high, and we can't risk letting this country - in the heart of the Middle East - be destroyed by vicious autocrats or hijacked by the extremists," Kerry said following discussions among a group of Western and Arab nations that are funding, and in some cases arming, the fighters.
September 12, 2012
OVER THE YEARS, KeVen Parker's Ms. Tootsie brand has come to stand for a whole lot more than fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. It's become about elegant entertaining in a hip, modern vibe. It's Prada sneakers paired with jeans from the Gap; it's an old wooden church pulpit from Parker's great-grandfather's church repurposed into a hostess stand for a restaurant. It's Southern heritage that embraces the past but moves it forward, epitomized by a typical night at Ms. Tootsie's Restaurant Bar Lounge on South Street near 13th, where you can dine on pulled pork sliders and a sweet (but potent)
August 27, 2012 |
The first thing a visitor might notice at the Abo house, set on a quiet, dignified street in Cherry Hill, is its second outdoor mailbox. Shaped like an airplane, it sits suspended on a pole above the other box and says simply "Air Mail. " Nearby, a small "Beer Garden" sign points to bottles planted upside-down in a cluster of shrubs. And then, there's the notice that reads: "In 1897, absolutely nothing happened at this location. " Very soon it becomes very clear that Jane and Marty Abo's home is not your run-of-the-mill suburban retreat.
August 4, 2012 |
We surveyed retailers to come up with two lists of dorm necessities and accessories you might want to consider as you're shopping: the requirements and the electives. Take notes on what's right for your room. The requirements Bedding. A comforter is usually one of the first dorm purchases. "Your bedding will define your style," says Jessica Joyce, spokeswoman for Bed Bath & Beyond. "It's where you study, eat, sleep and hang out, and it reflects your personality. " The Orla Kiely Stem Mini Bed Set is in one of the Irish designer's signature prints and includes a comforter and sham.
February 3, 2012 |
Greece's economy may be struggling, but one of its iconic motifs is unlocking a treasure trove of design possibilities. The Greek key, a symbol of all that is classical, has conquered the home furnishings industry yet again. At the Fall International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C., the interlocking pattern found its way onto all manner of accessories and furniture. But it wasn't the first time; the look is as old as Mount Olympus and as enduring. "The Greek key motif has always been a popular symbol of status and sophistication.