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The owners of shared buildings often cite many conveniences in having a neighbor close -by. more
For the 18th consecutive year, Germantown Avenue is exploding with the color of flowering annuals planted by dozens of dedicated volunteers. 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
Like so many other time periods of the past, the late 70s and early 80s had their particular hallmarks when it came to styles and design. more
Prospective buyers looking to relocate to Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill are especially challenged, say local realtors.  more
The joys of working in the field of design are many, but as of late, the changes that have occurred over the past several years have become a bit more challenging. more
My wife, Valerie, is particularly fond of the flowers that bloom on our front porch for a month starting in mid-April. The orchid cacti (two specimens are in bloom in the picture) have survived another winter on our climate-controlled, enclosed front porch. more
The Clivia plant that my wife, Valerie, is inspecting in the photo is at least fifty years old; it was her mother’s. more
Normally this space is reserved to talk about design trends, styles, colors and architectural elements. These are the foundations of design. Rarely is it discussed exactly how those design projects evolve to completion. more
With so much changing in our world right now, we have been consumed with talking about and predicting what trends in design will result from the drastic changes in the ways we live and work. more
Earth Day returns on Thursday, April 22, 2021, the 51st anniversary of the seminal event that changed the world by giving birth to the modern environmental movement. Please plant a tree for Earth Day—any time in and around April 22 works. more
Over the past few weeks we have taken a look at design as it has evolved over the past 100 years or so and focused on its influences, whether they be social, political, industrial or originate from a totally different impact. more
Many of the architectural characteristics of the Victorian period came as a result of industrialization, that allowed for the mass production of all sorts of ornamentation, or Victorian … more
Mt. Airy resident Ty'Aja Jones-Brown and Norristown resident Maya Crockem are just two of many women changing the perception that women can’t do construction work. more
Flower Show chief designer Sam Lemheney has a springtime present for the quarter million loyal Philadelphia Flower Show attendees who go to the Horticulture Society event each year in the freezing … more
When looking back at interior styles following the popular Arts and Crafts movement, two styles that are often referenced together but could not be more different are Art Nouveau and Art Deco. more
Among the more dangerous pursuits of 19th-century explorers was orchid collecting. more
One thing you can say for sure is that once the pendulum swings one way, it will surely swing back the other. So it was in the 1880s and 90s that designers and architects, hating the mass production of the Industrial Revolution, staged a revolt of their own and laid the foundations for the English Arts and Crafts movement. more
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