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Today’s living rooms are providing us with much more than a place to put guests after a family meal. Whether you call it a drawing room, sitting room, living room or family room, the “heart of the home,” as it is so often called, is now receiving wider decorative attention than ever.  more
Nicolas Troyano is on a mission to remove the invasive ivy that is strangling so many huge trees in Chestnut Hill. more
Even before pandemic shutdowns, historic house museums were having a rough time. But our local house museums are working hard to buck that trend, including those in Historic Germantown. more
Christopher Alexander believed that ordinary people, not just trained architects, should have a hand in designing their own houses, neighborhoods and cities. more
Northwest Philadelphia’s remarkable treasures of Modern architecture are being celebrated in late May at the annual DOCOMOMO-US conference, this year being held in Philadelphia. more
The economic boom following World War II led to an even larger consumer culture and increased the desire for even more stuff, especially clothing, shoes and accessories. more
Discovered in the Chauvet Cave in France, the mural was first seen around 30,000 BC.  It has remained popular as a form of both public and private art ever since. more
But no matter the age, or the season, or the social atmosphere, I have always felt that rules are important. more
One evening I gave a talk on how to add humor to a space, and the success of hanging a rubber chicken in the window of an elegantly renovated  kitchen.  I gained four new clients from that lecture.  Yes, those were the days.…but I digress. more
“I believe people in this area really do want to support our local artists,” Masterman said last week, “and I feel like we are just scratching the surface so far." more
I wanted something historic, with deep crown moldings, multi-paned windows with true divided lights, and a center hall that opened to spacious living and dining rooms. There also had to be a calling of my name, or at least a whisper that that house had to be mine! more
I have always collected porcelain and china. Weekends in the 80’s and 90’s were spent browsing antique shows and vintage shops, and I always was attracted by beautifully painted plates with matching cups and saucers. more
Some design professionals believe that modern architecture can be a catalyst for preservation, and that old and new can coexist in harmony. I am not a follower of that premise. more
It is the rare individual who can walk through an available residence and have the ability to see past an unfortunate layout, outdated kitchen and baths, ghastly wallcoverings and linoleum floors - not to mention paint colors that are reflective of the current owner’s taste.   more
“Populuxe”, published in 1986 and written by the Philadelphia Inquirer art critic Thomas Hine is a deep dive into American life as it was being lived  in the mid 1950’s to the mid 1960’s.  more
Poinsettias don't have to die after the holidays. There's a way to bring them back in time for next fall. (Adapted from the Inside the Design Shop blog at Robertson's Flowers) more
The Pantone color for 2022 is called “Very Peri”. Now, if you are not up on your color tones and variations, you may not know that “Peri” stands for Periwinkle, which in its purest form is a kind of a light violet blue.  But Pantone did something a little different this year. more
Don’t be afraid to be creative with your decorations. Individual collections, hobbies and interests can become the impetus for distinctive and personal holiday décor. more
This year, there’s a run on almost everything, including Christmas trees. That was what brought Chestnut Hill resident Gail Cataldi to Laurel Hill Gardens on the first Monday following … more
Highlands Historical Society is celebrating its success in buying back the Highlands Mansion and Gardens in Whitemarsh Township from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. more
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