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.
March 24, 2015 |
Late last year, Lynn Utter found herself in a tough spot. As she was mulling over a decision to resign from her job as president and chief operating officer of Knoll Inc., the East Greenville office furniture design and manufacturing company, she learned she had been selected to receive the Paradigm Award, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's prize honoring female business leaders. "I felt badly," said Utter, 53, adding that she had wondered whether "I dare make this move now or should I wait until after March?"
March 15, 2015 |
Living in an 1835 Society Hill townhouse might spur some people to decorate to suit that period. Not Yvonne Novak and Aaron Weindling, who say they don't want to fill their 180-year-old home on South Seventh Street with Chippendale furniture and wingback chairs. "It is our home and not a museum. Antique sofas are hard to find, expensive, and not very comfortable," Novak says. "We have chosen to adopt a combination of previously owned and new things that fit our space and our lifestyle.
March 6, 2015 |
LAST WEEK I followed a moving truck stuffed with donated furniture around the city. The men inside weren't white-haired or portly or dressed in red suits, but they might as well have been shouting "Merry Christmas!" as they pulled up to a small rowhouse on a cramped North Philly street. Even before the truck came to a stop, a woman and her little-man of a 12-year-old son were out the door, ready to help unload a few new mattresses and some secondhand furniture. The mother, whose identity I'm withholding for obvious reasons, fled an abusive relationship last year when the man she was living with pointed a loaded handgun at her. She ran in the middle of the night with her children and whatever belongings she could stuff into two garbage bags.
January 30, 2015
P ATRICIA DONAHUE, 62, of Roxborough, owns Consignment Marketplace in Manayunk. The business carries a variety of used housewares and furniture for every room in a house. The items are displayed in a 5,000-square-foot showroom on Main Street near Shurs Lane. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: It's 3 years old, but I've owned it since June 2014. I worked for the former owner. When she sold the building, I bought her business for $25,000 and rented the first floor from the new landlord.