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Searching for and finding the home of your dreams is often just that: a dream. more
The owners of shared buildings often cite many conveniences in having a neighbor close -by. more
I grew up in a “Rancher”.  In fact, my father built it himself, in 1959, and it remained our family home for the next 50 years.  more
There are a few design guidelines that can be applicable no matter what the scope of a project.  If you own a Federal home your furnishings need not be Federal antiques. more
Philadelphia in April is awash in green and pink, and yellow, and purple, and Chestnut Hill in May will be extraordinarily bedecked in floral blooms of all shapes, sizes and colors. more
  Although it is a well certified and established belief that the architectural exterior of a building conveys, with great distinction, a very specific period in time, a single historic … more
In my last article, I expressed praise, as well as caution for all you DIYers out there.  For those of you who are computer savvy, and also knowledgeable on how the design and renovation … more
Each century, each year, each political, social or industrial movement can create its own design direction r philosophy. There is no movement for which that is more true than the period known as the … more
Any space within a home, be it a living room, dining room, bedroom or den, only becomes your space when it reflects your personality, lifestyle and individual tastes. There is no better way to create … more
The New York Times Magazine cover for its feature on the rise of 'sweatpants style' and the demise of fashion. by Patricia Cove A few weeks back, the cover story of the Sunday New York Times Magazine … more
A walk in any garden designed by its owner or mother nature can provide beauty, inspiration, and peace. by Patricia Cove People who love design, and I certainly put myself in that category, can … more
Four bolts of Liberty of London's current fabric collection inspired by historic English love stories. by Patricia Cove One of the most important features of any design is the fabric and materials … more
Original stone pillars with gates and a kidney shaped driveway marker (left) in front of a stone wall obscured by cascading vines. A hairpin fence (right) is typical of homes in the area in the mid … more
How to “modernize” this beautiful room done in the early 2000’s? Read the recipe below. by Patricia Cove Two weeks ago we talked about a project that had been sent to me by a couple who was … more
Denise’s and Joe’s fabulous living room. How can we bring it into the 21st century? by Patricia Cove A few weeks ago, I had asked for readers interested in a virtual redesign of a space to send … more
The architectural style guide by Virginia Savage McAlester. We are all lucky to live in this area of Philadelphia. Our natural landscape, rivers and streams, gardens and parks create an oasis rarely … more
There were many arrangement options to this room. The seating could face the windows or the opposite, entrance wall, but the most beautiful was selected: surrounding the fireplace! by Patricia Cove … more
A condo space "before" on the left and "after" on the right. by Patricia Cove Don’t we all love “Before and After” photos? I am always attracted to photos with “before and after” hairstyles … more
Take time to make sure your living spaces are as inviting and comfortable as possible. by Patricia Cove It is so difficult to be upbeat right now when everyone is scared, and there is no respite in … more
As our homes get “smarter,” how do we hide the cords and keep interiors clean and the tech discrete? by Patricia Cove Some of us are techno geeks. Some of us are not. In fact, when it comes to … more
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