February 13, 2016
Q: I just acquired my mom and dad's antique buffet. I like it, but I'm worried it might be too big for my smaller home. I've read your article about mixing new pieces with old, and the brown buffet does blend with the other browns in my living room. But I'm still not sure. Any advice? A: Thank you so much for your note. And I love that you sent in this photo because it looks as if you found the perfect spot for that buffet. Even though it's old, you'd be amazed at how many furniture manufacturers are re-creating this look today.
February 5, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My husband passed away recently and I have some items of his I'm unsure how to tastefully display to honor his memory. They are his Bible, a U.S. flag in a triangular display box (he was a veteran), a set of deer antlers, works he authored, his guitar and family photos. I don't want to build a shrine, but I don't want to stick these things in a closet, either. He was passionate about his pursuits, and his passion was contagious. I want to pay tribute to him without making others uncomfortable.
January 18, 2016 |
Lisa Rose's bungalow in Narberth is not big. That can't be said about her temporary housemate. Kelly, a large, exuberant black shepherd mix, is being trained as a service dog by Paws and Affection, a nonprofit organization run by a neighbor. Rose volunteered to foster Kelly, who, after eight or nine months, will go work with a child who cannot walk. "It will be extremely difficult to give her up," Rose says, hugging her enthusiastic, wriggling companion. The same welcoming attitude evident in opening her home to Kelly is behind the changes Rose has made to the 1,500-square-foot clapboard dwelling she bought in 2008 as a home for herself and her son after her divorce.
November 10, 2014 |
The first impression is of an enchanted cottage. With its gate and garden, this tiny house, set off the main street of Burlington City, begs to be explored. Its owner, Roseanne Harding, is proud of the little treasure that beckoned her and, yes, convinced her that she could make do with a house so small that sacrifices were necessary. "I try to be careful about everything I bring in," says Harding, who acknowledges that after living in far grander spaces, even on a country farm (more on that soon)
May 29, 2014 |
ELLIOT RODGER could not get a woman to sleep with him. The reason he remained "a kissless virgin" at 22, he believed, was that he was small of stature. If he were built more like the hulking, brutish men he imagined were getting laid daily by an ever-changing harem of hotties, the shrimpy Rodger said, he might've enjoyed the sex he craved. If only Rodger had hired a hooker, his six victims might still be alive. Instead, this pouty-lipped son of a Hollywood director went on a murderous rampage, taking the lives of those who'd filled him either with contempt or longing.
September 14, 2013 |
A walk onto the street, to get fruit and medicine, becomes a frantic run for survival for the unnamed woman played by Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani in The Patience Stone . Suddenly, there is an explosion. A truck full of militia firing automatic weapons tears around the corner, dust and damage everywhere. The woman lives in a small house behind a walled courtyard, where she has two young daughters and a husband. He is lying comatose, a bullet in his neck, a tube with serum going into his mouth.
July 3, 2012
Q. My parents both died in 2010. At the time of their deaths, they owned a small house in North Philly. Shortly after that, the house next to theirs was declared unsafe and taken down by the city. In the process, mother and dad's house was so badly damaged, that it had to go. The insurance company paid the estate for the loss, and the children divided the money. Now the city has notified us to pay the real-estate taxes on the lot. They tell us that we now own it even though the title is still in our parents' names.
May 22, 2009 |
Once, when I was in the market for a house, a real estate agent effervescently exclaimed about a place's "curb appeal. " The expression was unfamiliar, but I knew what was meant: the house's appearance from a distance. Does it make an imposing impression from afar, or does it shrink into humble insignificance? Castle or cottage? The notion of curb appeal is a curious one, as it does not reflect the orientation of the house's residents, who will likely live inside it. Instead, it considers the vantage point of a hypothetical observer - whether friend or stranger, prospective purchaser or cat burglar - who, glimpsing the house from a distance, will be suitably impressed or not. This inverted perspective has become common over the last 30 years.
March 13, 2009 |
With television helicopters fluttering overhead, a documentary film crew working on the ground, and a contingent of Long Beach Island locals calling the play-by-play, this area's most famous beach cottage rolled gingerly onto an ocean barge yesterday, en route to a new home on the north shore of Long Island, N.Y. Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown's little Lieb House became the SS Lieb. In all his years of practicing architecture with his wife, the 83-year-old Venturi has probably never had a media experience quite like the one that began unfolding at 7:30 a.m. in the sandy yard of the Barnegat Light marina.
November 27, 2007 |
The Philadelphia Historical Commission's recent decision to preserve part of former Mayor Richardson Dilworth's 50-year-old house in Society Hill while permitting construction of a 16-story luxury condominium tower on the house site seems entirely appropriate. Dilworth was a man with a foot in the past - he was the last Philadelphia mayor born in the 19th century - but with an eye glued to the future. The historical commission's ruling preserves that flexibility. Society Hill has been termed the nation's most successful urban-renewal project, and it got a great boost in 1957 when Philadelphia's first family built a house there.