November 21, 2015
Q: I am a new owner of a Queen Anne Victorian. Although the furniture is Victorian, I do not want to use Victorian window coverings because the house has its original wavy glass windows and newly restored window surrounds. The windows are double hung, and only the bottom half would need to be covered at night for privacy. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. - L.B. A: This sounds like a fun project. And there is no reason you have to stay true to the heavy Victorian style for your window treatments.
March 30, 2015 |
Lois Sperow moved from a Victorian house to a smaller, historic house on Lombard Street. She wanted a sleek, modern kitchen-dining space where she could showcase her antiques and still accommodate large family groups for dinner. Her new house is 2,500 square feet plus a yard, but the kitchen needed a complete rehab. Her wish came to pass last year with a renovation accomplished courtesy of designer Omar Zaater and HomeTech Renovations of Fort Washington. The redo won a 2015 Contractor of the Year Award from the Bucks-Mont Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry in the residential kitchen remodeling category costing $60,000 to $100,000.
April 29, 2013 |
The year was 1983, and newlyweds Linda and Ray Tschoepe started to look for their first house. "We had a strong idea of what we wanted," says Ray. During their search, they happened upon a redbrick Queen Anne Victorian with a wraparound porch in North Wales. The house, built in 1897, was designed by architect Milton Bean for William and Andora Frank. From the curb, the Tschoepes yearned for it, even though it wasn't for sale. After looking at nearly 50 houses, they made an offer on one in Ambler.
September 30, 2012 |
When the Giovannone brothers obtained a permit to demolish a Victorian house in Roxborough, it's unlikely they expected a phone campaign, hundreds of concerned citizens, and protests outside the Ridge Avene home. But a week after they posted demolition notices on the 1880's house, that's exactly what happened. The battle over the Bunting House began last week, after residents learned that Giovannone Construction Inc. had obtained a permit to demolish the stone mansion at Ridge and Roxborough Avenues.
September 18, 2005 |
Women only? What if Matt Damon wants to play? "He can meet us afterwards for drinks," says Lauren Elfant, "but he's not invited to Ladies Poker Night. " Eleven women are crowded around an old oak table in the dining room of a Victorian house in West Philadelphia. An '80s trash-rock mix blares from a Bose SoundDock; veggies are diving into artichoke-cheese dip; Yuenglings and bourbons are going down. Book club? Stitch 'n' Bitch? So, like, last year. Poker is the new pink.
August 3, 2003 |
An old, nicely maintained house caught Karen Fogarty's eye on a walk at Tyler Arboretum so she sat under a tree and started to draw. "I was intrigued by it," Fogarty said. "The house had a life of its own. It was worth telling the story. " As she draws, Fogarty strives to capture not only the architecture and interesting patterns of light and shadows that cross the surface, but the "essence of the place. " "I try to capture a little of the permanence of the place and its ability to morph itself to accommodate the passage of time," she said.
February 18, 2000 |
A charred Wizard of Oz music box is all Ross Rossiter has left after a three-alarm fire ripped through a three-story Victorian late Wednesday, displacing all 16 residents who rented apartments in the converted house. "I lost things I'll never be able to replace," said Rossiter, a slender man of 35, who was about to jump from his second-floor apartment when a Westville police officer threw him over his shoulder and carried him out the front door about 11 p.m. Wednesday. "I have nothing.
March 1, 1999 |
Having just signed a $70.9 million contract extension, it seems like a relatively modest gesture for Kobe Bryant to buy a house for a mere $2.5 million. But that's what the Los Angeles Lakers star has done, a month after signing his lucrative six-year deal. The former Lower Merion High School phenom had been renting the Pacific Palisades, Calif., manse, which overlooks the ocean, for the past two years. With his future settled - for at least a few more years - he decided to buy, according to the Los Angeles Times.
November 1, 1998 |
If some girl named Maggie hadn't carved her name into the wall, Karel Hayes' living room would have been Martha Stewart-perfect. It has all the elements: the overstuffed chairs covered with a demure flower pattern, baskets of Architectural Digest magazine discreetly tucked into corners, gleaming hardwood floors, and black-and-white photographs mounted on minimalist white walls. And then there is Maggie's curlicued signature, deeply carved into the doorway molding for what she clearly intended to be all eternity.
May 10, 1998 |
It might have been a typical community gathering. Residents, friends, neighbors and even out-of-towners ignored the dark skies and sporadic rain on May 2 to gather at a house along a quiet street. Many spent the day milling around the yard or simply observing from the front porch. Most in attendance, though, were far from casual. They had come to the house - a historic property built in 1887 - to take part in a public auction. The sale, which included the house and its contents, attracted more than 200 bidders.