September 5, 2015
Q: My partner and I have been shopping for furniture, and I hope you can answer this question. Is it just us, or is furniture getting bigger all the way around? We have a lot of modern, low furniture, including a platform bed, and a low couch and chairs. We love the sleek midcentury look, but are having a hard time finding new pieces that don't make us feel like little kids - plus, our condo isn't huge. - A. A: It isn't just you. There is an overall trend for larger-scale furniture.
September 4, 2015
I HAVE FRIENDS who cannot watch horror movies alone. One in particular keeps every light on in the house and packs her living room with warm bodies before she will even roll the credits on "The Exorcist" (and actually, the credits are the scariest part with that maniacal bells music). I have other friends who love "The Walking Dead" but shield their eyes at some of the gorier parts, which is every part between the commercials. I do not understand the fear that overtakes these people, who are otherwise upstanding, mature members of society.
August 21, 2015 |
HIGH POINT, N.C. - Dressers that meet the furniture industry's voluntary safety standards still pose a risk of crashing onto children, and efforts by manufacturers to adopt tougher measures have been sluggish and ineffective, a top federal regulator says. Speaking at a meeting on the growing threat of furniture and television tip-overs, Marietta Robinson of the Consumer Product Safety Commission said the current industry standard offers only "minimal stability" for dressers. Some large manufacturers, she said, are failing to meet even that low standard.
July 27, 2015 |
David I. Lesser was a good enough friend to Robert Petril that Mr. Lesser and his wife, Gale, shared both of Petril's honeymoons. The Lessers "took us away to a timeshare in Newport, Rhode Island, which they owned," Petril said, soon after Petril married his first wife, Sherry, in the early 1990s. Vacationing from their two apartments, "it was a wonderful time for the four of us. " After his first wife died, Petril said, "I became engaged while out to dinner with David and Gale.
July 13, 2015 |
Drive down streets in any affluent neighborhood and you will see perfectly serviceable home furnishings waiting for trash crews to haul them away. "I hate for good things to go to waste in a landfill. I would be willing to arrange for things to be picked up and given to Goodwill or sold," said Leonore Spinelli, an agent with Century 21 Alliance in Moorestown as well as a residential interior designer and virtual stager. "The situation is such a shame, but great for street pickers," Spinelli said, although some communities discourage such collections.
July 4, 2015
Q: My partner and I are audiophiles and have been shopping forever for a media cabinet. Everything we see is designed for a TV and DVR but not turntables, amps, or classic stereo equipment. We considered having something custom-made, but don't know where to start. What do you think? - Austin A: I love this idea. Most people think custom furniture is only for rich people, but that is not the case at all. Any time you have an unusual need, such as a stereo cabinet with specific equipment or cable routing needs, or want seating that is a particular size, going custom ensures you get what you want.
June 2, 2015 |
When Scott Carlbon moved to Burlington City 15 years ago to open an antiques shop, he bought his first set of home furniture - a sofa, a mattress, and a reclining chair - from Francis and Carolann Imhoff's store across the street from his own store. Since then, the Imhoffs have become friends, he said. "Fran," Carlbon says, is the first to rush over to help unload a shipment at his Antique and Arts Emporium. "They're the kind and generous small-business people that are kind of lost today," Carlbon said last week, lamenting the Imhoffs' decision to retire.
May 28, 2015 |
The mother of a 2-year-old West Chester boy who was crushed and killed beneath an IKEA dresser last year has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit, claiming the retail giant's bureau was "defective and dangerous. " Jackie Collas, who was the focus of an Inquirer report earlier this year on the growing threat of furniture and television tip-overs, claims IKEA failed to warn of the danger or provide proper safety features. "We believe this is a catastrophic and preventable injury," said Collas' attorney, Dan Mann of Philadelphia.
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.
April 11, 2015 |
Each of Steve Donegan's lamps is unique - not even those sold in pairs are exactly alike. He works with vintage finds - perhaps a glass shade or an antique metal base - and sometimes with new pieces he makes in his studio, like a copper torch. A sculptor by trade, Donegan came to design lighting only a few years ago and discovered something addictive about creating functional objects that also make a statement and impact the environment. "The right light can create a mood.