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Summer Style Watch

Summer Style Watch

Sun! Barbeque! Vacation! But style doesn’t rest. To that end, our resident designer shares the goods that’ll be keeping him cool through the dog days. In professional circles, when I’m asked what I’m into at any given moment, my standard reply is, “I have no taste.” It’s not that I’m trying to be difficult. Just […]

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With a Little Help from Some Friends

With a Little Help from Some Friends

A few reasons to look forward to a fresh start. Spring cleaning’s silver lining: buying new stuff. Sleek and efficient, these are fast becoming essential tools around my house. —Laurie Palau Gear Up Platinum 2 Bike Freestand Rack | $100 | thegstand.com Bikes are the problem children of the garage. Two or three can suck […]

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A Designer’s Wish List

A Designer’s Wish List

Seven ideas that’ll make your home a little homier. And, should you buy two (or more) of everything, those of your friends and family, too. By Michael Herold Barneys New York Geometric Throw $225 | Barneys New York, Rittenhouse Square A wool and silk blend that’s as comfortable as it is stylish. And, at a […]

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How to Store Your Christmas Decorations

How to Store Your Christmas Decorations

When January comes, fear not. There’s a place for everything. By Laurie Palau The holiday season now routinely catches me off-guard. Probably because the retail displays go up earlier every year. I spotted my first in Kohl’s, in early September. The basic premise seems to be the longer we’re exposed, the more time we have […]

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Going with the Grain

Going with the Grain

Zak Yannarella is resurrecting a bygone era in his Carversville workshop. But it’s not to be fashionable or even distinct. He’s doing it this way because it’s all he’s ever known. By Scott Edwards The hills that surround the tiny historic village of Carversville keep the outside world at a safe distance. Here, it’s easy […]

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When Furniture Had a Personality

When Furniture Had a Personality

As far as we’ve come, it’s the impeccably-crafted collections of the iconic designers from the last two generations that we look to as the pinnacle of form and function. By Michael Herold Mass-produced reproduction furniture is taking over our living spaces, our offices and our lounges. It’s so pervasive that it’s easy to forget that […]

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Modern Made Comfortable

Modern Made Comfortable

A Bryn Athyn bank house is updated and streamlined—without shedding its colorful personality. Turns out, minimalism and comfort can coexist under the same roof. By Scott Edwards  ·  Photography by John Armich Nestled at the bottom of a short, steep hill, burrowed deep in a crowded but nurtured neighborhood in Bryn Athyn, Montgomery County, sits […]

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The Spring of Our Discontent

The Spring of Our Discontent

We should be embracing warmer days and all the possibility they bring with them. Instead, we dread what their arrival means: a weekend lost to endless chores. By Laurie Palau Organization is my life—a good part of it at least—, but I never understood the concept of spring cleaning. We spend the long, gray second […]

June 1, 2012 | By | Reply More
Run Your Home Like a Business

Run Your Home Like a Business

It may sound soul- draining, but it’s just the opposite. A little organization will help your life to spin more easily on all fronts. By Laurie Palau I get this all the time: “My house is filled with clutter, but I’m so organized at work.” It doesn’t surprise me. For a system to run smoothly […]

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‘Tis the Season to Lose Your Sanity

‘Tis the Season to Lose Your Sanity

Between the hurried shopping, endless spending and coping with agitated strangers and relatives, the holidays can take their toll. A survival guide to get you to the new year. By Laurie Palau All the decking the halls, not to mention navigating congested mall parking lots and hosting—how to put this delicately?—challenging relatives, can turn the […]

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