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.
August 22, 2015 |
New York-based window treatment maker The Shade Store is leasing a two-story building at 1725 Chestnut St. in Center City, which will house its first Philadelphia-area showroom. The store, which opens Friday, will occupy the first floor of the 4,000-square-foot building that previously housed a succession of restaurants, including a Famous Dave's barbecue, said Larry Steinberg, a senior vice president at real estate brokerage CBRE, who brokered the lease. "For their first foray into the Philadelphia-area market, they chose Center City," Steinberg said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 23, 1997 |
In a real estate market where supply exceeds demand, first impressions can make or break a sale. The job for sellers in this buyers' market is to determine how to make their houses stand out in the crowd to the interested passerby, whether that person is on foot or in the car. The professionals call this first impression "curb appeal. " Research by the National Association of Realtors has shown that almost half of all house sales are decided at the curb. "The idea is to make the exterior sparkle," said Bari Shor, an agent with Jackson-Cross Co. in Center City.