April 18, 1997 |
Window treatments are a bit like hair styles. You see a picture in a magazine of a style that looks great, so you tear out the page and say, "I want that!" Wrong approach, says Pam Singer, manager of the Calico Corners home-decorating store in Strafford, Chester County. What looks wonderful in a glamorously styled magazine room may not be right for your home at all. "There are certain styles that are suited to an old stone house in Philadelphia," she says, "but a new house with large, overscale furniture and Palladian windows will suggest a different treatment.
April 26, 1996 |
Virginia Miller leads a visitor through a maze of 100 windows, each one adorned with a different combination of diaphanous curtains, casually arranged top sashes, colorful tiebacks and wrought-iron rods. These are windows with no views, and no walls, for that matter. This is the window-coverings department of J.C. Penney at the King of Prussia Mall, where the knowledgeable, efficient Miller can outfit a total decorating novice with the latest look in window treatments guaranteed to turn a drab apartment into something worthy of Melrose Place.
April 27, 1997 |
When Brian and Beth Dworkin decided to go into business for themselves nearly nine years ago, they had one clear idea of what they wanted their store to be. "We wanted to offer things that weren't available in every store in the mall," said Beth Dworkin. "It was our goal to be unique. " So the Dworkins shopped for an existing business to take over and settled on a home decorating store in Pitman. They changed the product mix of linens, window treatments and gifts to include items for babies and small children, and Distinctively Yours was born.
October 21, 2007 |
When is landscape lighting not just about lighting? When it becomes an important ingredient of curb appeal, says a lighting company "outdoor living expert" who contacted me recently. This was just the latest snowball in the avalanche of story pitches I've been getting from manufacturers trying to offer their products as routes out of the real estate slowdown. So, please, disregard the market forces affecting residential real estate - tighter credit, too much inventory, overproduction of new homes, too many flippers invading and then fleeing, and the fact that most Americans seemed to think they were living in cash registers and now the till is practically empty and the bill is due. Go buy some lights.
September 14, 2001 |
With fall in the air, you might be thinking about sprucing up the inside of your home. After all, you'll be spending more time there in the coming months and want the space to be inviting. But with the economy in a slump, many folks are reluctant - or unable - to spend much. Can a modest outlay - such as the $600 federal income-tax rebate many families have received - begin to make a difference? You bet it can. Even if you can't afford a major room refurbishing, you can still get mileage out of, say, adding a pair of stylish rattan armchairs and an end table, or introducing new colors and textures into a room with such things as an area rug, pillows, accessories and plants, not to mention affordable window treatments and lighting.
June 14, 2002 |
Philadelphia native Sheila Bridges believes that with a little planning, a few flea-market finds, and several gallons of carefully chosen paint, you can turn any house into a place of calm and comfort. And you can achieve that goal even if you don't think you have the money to decorate. Her new book, Furnishing Forward: A Practical Guide to Furnishing for a Lifetime (Bulfinch Press, $40), distills her considerable wisdom. Bridges' ideas are sought by celebrity clients who range from novelist Tom Clancy to hip-hop musician/producer Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.
April 18, 2012
ROLFE NEILL WAS the first editor of the Daily News after the sale to Knight Newspapers Inc. more than 40 years ago. A master of promotion and branding, one of his first acts as editor was to demand that the building at Broad and Callowhill streets bear the name of both newspapers above the entrance. Until then, the Daily News was effectively a tenant in its own headquarters – in the Inquirer Building. And it was done. In fact, the message was so clear that the simple block letters of the Daily News logo were visually dominant over the fussy gothic script of the Inquirer's.
February 17, 2013 |
In winter, my parkside property has a stark beauty. Male cardinals perch vibrantly red on bare tree branches. Tall grasses sway, bleached of their summertime green to a pale wheat color. On a recent frost-dusted day, a tiny black-and-white bird sat under the snow-covered overhang of my front-yard feeder. Outside, a calm had descended. Inside, well, it was pretty darn chilly. Not absolute-zero frigid, just cold enough to merit two pairs of socks, fuzzy slippers, two shirts, a cardigan, and a down vest.
December 27, 1996 |
Steve and Kim Stock leaned back into chairs, their eyes resting on the huge books nestled in their laps. It was a dismal, rainy Thursday evening, and they were hard at work shopping for furniture. What they mostly were doing was turning pages in the books that interior designer Laura Morton had marked, and deciding whether they liked the accessories, furniture and window treatments she had selected for them to see. These young schoolteachers were about to decorate their first home, without the hassle of sore feet and the frustration of trying to remember whether the color of a piece in one store actually matched the one they saw somewhere else.
October 15, 1993 |
Like a blank canvas, a bare window in a child's room invites decoration. But unlike the rest of the house where style and taste often determine window fashions, in a kid's room what covers or frames the outdoor view should be more a matter of practicality and safety than just fad or fancy. If possible, it should also reflect a young person's color and taste preferences. As you shop, be realistic. What solves a child's needs at one age may be inappropriate at another. Mother Goose curtains, for instance, may be cute for a preschooler but not for someone in junior high.