August 6, 2016 |
Q: Please help. I see so many pictures of midcentury ranches, but what do I do with a ranch house that was built in the 1970s? My house is dark on the inside, with a tiny kitchen and has a lot of old-fashioned shutters, lights, and wallpaper. I just don't know where to start or if I should just move. - L. A: Ranch style houses from the 1970s are hugely unappreciated. Even when they were new, people disguised them with early-American, Spanish, or Victorian styles (very popular back then)
May 16, 2016 |
The property had been vacant for eight years. Overgrown ivy obscured brick paving, shutters were falling off, and the portico was collapsing. But it was on a charming street in the Yorkshire Historic District of Burlington City, and the corner house with two adjoining lots had space for a garden and off-street parking. It had an interesting story, too: According to local lore, it was a bordello during the last half of the 19th century. The new owners, Bob Mott and Dennis Baker, had met in Hawaii and had been together for only a year when the Navy transferred Baker to New Jersey in 2014.
September 12, 2015
Q: In my new job, I travel a lot and have noticed hotels have wallpaper that's practically a solid color. Why do they bother when they could just paint the walls instead? - M.L. A: You have a good eye for detail. When I studied design, I wondered the same thing. But I discovered many reasons hotels and homeowners use certain wallpapers instead of paint. The biggest reasons include getting a custom, finished look - especially over rough walls - and achieving a deadening sound for a warmer atmosphere.
November 17, 2013 |
Jeff and Kris Morrison have a contemporary center-hall Colonial in the West Chester area. Or so it appears at the first, enter-the-living-room glance. But stand still for a minute, and the neutral tones and overstuffed sofas recede into the background. In their places pop out a family heirloom and a talented offspring's creation. In a corner is Jeff's grandfather's green wooden trunk, the kind with the metal latches and the individual sections in the top compartment. In each section is an original paper picture of a 19th-century woman.
October 14, 2013 |
Q uestion: My problem is foil paper on drywall. The paper is on very tight and is impossible to remove. In a column a long time ago, you mentioned a product by Zinsser called Shieldz. Do you think that would work? I have a powder room and small bathroom with the problem. I know I could drywall the rooms, but hope it won't be necessary. Answer: Manufactured now by Rust-o-leum, Shieldz is a primer you apply to walls to make hanging wallpaper easier. It has nothing to do with removing foil paper, or any wallpaper for that matter.
September 28, 2012
A few years ago, Candy Depew changed her job title from "artist" to "designer. " "I got tired of that concept of the starving artist," she says, "and of how no one thinks they have to pay an artist - or if they do, the artist gets paid last. " It seems that small semantic shift is enough to augment the size of a bank account: According to her research, designers are paid a minimum of 20 percent more than artists for doing the exact same work. Still, she calls her life an "art project," and her title modifications are markers on that canvas.
August 24, 2012 |
A reader said there was a 20-foot crack running across her 15-year-old concrete patio that had been repaired with caulking. She asked if she should have the patio repoured. Another reader, who has been in residential construction and building supplies for 45 years, wrote that any 200-square-foot patio that has lasted 15 years with only one crack means the patio was built right in the first place, but with one exception. "The crack tells me the original builder did not put in the correct expansion joints.
January 8, 2012 |
We are what we eat. But we are also where we live. Volumes of anthropological, criminological, and sociological research back me up on this. What results is a rich stew of eccentric flavors seasoned by our parents' housing histories and their parents' housing histories, too. Is it any wonder then that home-buying - and home-selling - decisions are often driven by emotion, that gut feeling that this is the house we were meant to live in?...
July 1, 2011 |
Question: I read your column on removing wallpaper. My problem is how to fix wallpaper that is opening at the seams. I have tried using the seam sealer that comes in tubes but none of it works. Answer: It's apparent that the seams are reopening as a result of a wallpapering job done poorly. If the seams won't close with all the products on the market designed to accomplish this, the problem may not be fixable, and you'll need to remove the paper and do it again. Q: We've bought a five-year-old house in Winter Haven, Fla. The driveway is all brick and very nice.
April 4, 2011 |
John Collins and his children, owners of the Wayne-based wallpaper designer Wallquest Inc., were in Washington on Thursday, drinking mojitos and eating arroz con pollo with Export-Import Bank boss Fred P. Hochberg, to collect honors as the government-backed bank's Small Business Exporter of the Year. Wallquest employs 120 at its Devon Park Drive headquarters and plant, and 30 at smaller factories in New York and New Jersey, almost double its payroll of two years ago. Foreign demand, targeted marketing, and careful use of both old and new print technology have given the industry new life, after cut-rate mass retailers nearly wiped out domestic wallpaper-makers, says vice president Jack Collins, John's son. Wallquest sales abroad, financed by a $10 million PNC Bank working capital line partly guaranteed by Ex-Im, rose 76 percent in 2010, to more than $17 million, for buyers and brands in China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, and more than 40 other countries.