7 Philly Architectural Salvage Companies That Will Transform Your Space

It seems like everybody in interior design is clamoring to get into the architectural salvage game. Beloved brands like Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel make a killing off brand new “salvaged iron” tables, and Pinterest is chock full of reclaimed wood DIYs. So there’s certainly a desire for upscale salvaged goods — for good reason. Not only do they look phenomenal, but buying salvaged materials (like petrified wood and abandoned doors) also helps the environment by keeping perfectly good items from clogging up our landfills. Wondering where to go to spruce up your home while unleashing your inner Captain Planet? Look no further than these seven Philly architectural salvage companies that’ll transform any space into a cozy, charming haven. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: A Fun Home in Aston

414 Crozerville Rd., Aston, Pa. 19014 | TREND Images via Weichert Realtors

414 Crozerville Rd., Aston, Pa. 19014 | TREND Images via Weichert Realtors

We’ve seen homes with lovely backyard playgrounds before. But it’s very rare indeed to find one with the playground built in.

This completely renovated former farmhouse in Aston has it – or rather, one of the most popular pieces of playground equipment – as an integral part of the home.

But before we get to it, let’s rattle off all the other nice features this home has. Read more »

Best of Philly: Home Services You Never Knew You Needed

BOP Home Services

Photo by Colin Lenton for Philadelphia Magazine.

Best of Philly 2016 is now online as well as at newsstands. Check out the best in home services as well as the rest of the best in food, drink, shopping, beauty, health, fitness, fun and games.

Figuring out who should handle your most pressing house needs (moving, junk removal, housecleaning, etc.) can be a struggle. Word of mouth only gets you so far, and you can barely trust Yelp reviews nowadays. Enter these Best of Philly winners — they’re the movers and shakers, the contractors and cleaners that your home has been waiting for. 100 percent Philly Mag tried and tested, here are the home services you need in your life ASAP:
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Jawdropper of the Week: Clean, Crisp and Refreshing in Radnor

100 Rock Rose Ln, Radnor, Pa. 19087 TREND images via RE/MAX Realty

100 Rock Rose Lane, Radnor, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via RE/MAX Main Line

This being Philadelphia, a lot of us love our homes to at least convey a sense of history. That’s even truer on the Main Line, and especially so in tony Radnor. But those of you with a penchant for crisp, clean lines should find this High Modernist home out that way highly appealing.

The home’s white stucco exterior, with its black window bands and stone wall, may make you feel like you ran across a sunnier version of a Louis Kahn home. Inside, features like sleek white interiors, lots of windows letting in natural light and open floor plans make this home even sunnier. A striking spiral staircase is the focal point of the foyer. Read more »

Neighbors Weigh In on American Street’s Future

 

This illustration shows what a typical block with a bioswale in part of its median would look like. | Image from Gilmore & Associates for the City of Philadelphia

This illustration shows what a typical block with a bioswale in part of its median would look like. | Image from Gilmore & Associates for the City of Philadelphia

As Philadelphia went through its industrial revolution that made it “The Workshop of the World,” one of its greatest industrial districts was the one that arose along American Street in Kensington thanks to a Reading Railroad branch line.

Most of that industry is now gone, and what remains is on a much smaller scale. But the street remains huge — and foreboding to some, thanks to its desolate appearance, a byproduct of that deindustrialization. This has led to an unusual partnership between three city agencies aimed at both remaking the street for a mixed-use future and turning it into a showcase for green infrastructure.

At a public open house on July 26, representatives of the Streets Department, the Water Department and the City Planning Commission invited residents of South Kensington (Old Kensington), West Kensington and Norris Square to give their opinions about what issues the city should address first when rebuilding the street. Read more »

Best of Philly: 7 Shops to Help You Create the Home of Your Dreams

home decor BOP

Photo by Courtney Apple for Philadelphia Magazine.

Best of Philly 2016 is now online as well as at newsstands. Check out the best in Philadelphia-based home decor shops, as well as the rest of the best in food, drink, shopping, beauty, health, fitness, fun and games.

Curating a home that feels entirely you is one of the more fun challenges that come with adulthood, but is still a challenge in and of itself. Luckily, we’ve rounded up the crème de la crème of all home decor shops in Philadelphia to help you outfit the pad of your dreams. From top-secret Instagram steals on home furniture to boozy barn sales, here are the Best of Philly winners for all things home decor, from fancy to refurbished:  Read more »

First-Time Find: A Place to Grow in Swarthmore

2 Yale Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

2 Yale Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Often, young families face a dilemma once they have children: Do we stay in the neighborhood we love, or must we move somewhere where they’ll have play space, or good schools, or some combination of those and other factors?

With this home close to the center of Swarthmore, you can avoid having to make that decision, for you will have taken care of all that the moment you buy it. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Compact Elegance in Wash West

1225 Panama St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1225 Panama St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

So big suburban homes aren’t your thing. But neither are tiny fixer-uppers. This expanded updated trinity located on a historic Wash West block might just be the perfect medium.

Details like a wood fireplace with a gorgeous marble mantle, random width pine floors throughout and built-ins in the living room make this home golden. The built-in bookshelf along the wall is the perfect place for bibliophiles to store their treasures, and the spacious living room is ideal for entertaining friends. Read more »

Point Breeze Among Best “Bad” Neighborhoods for Home Buyers

Image via Google Maps

Today’s run-down block, tomorrow’s golden opportunity. | Image via Google Maps

The good news: Ori Feibush is right. The bad news: Ori Feibush is right.

If a newly-released RealtyTrac analysis of property sales data in marginal neighborhoods across the country is any guide, we can expect continued fireworks in Point Breeze for years to come.

That’s because according to RealtyTrac, zip code 19146 is one of the “35 Best Down-and-Out Neighborhoods to Buy a Home.”

Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac analyzed data on 3,561 urban ZIP codes in the United States to come up with its list of 35 “Rough-and-Tumble Neighborhoods on the Rebound.” Read more »

Main Line Monday: Great Heights in Wynnewood

Great Room

175 Old Gulph Rd., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096 | TREND images via RE/MAX Realty

This 1978 custom-built home can be described in three words: open space galore.

Set against a secluded, wooded dream, this unique home in Wynnewood mimics the blocky, adobe structure of the Pueblo people. The elevated entranceway is a great spot to view the spacious great room with its high vaulted ceiling. The charming dining room and the family room with a fireplace both feature doors that lead outdoors to the deck. Whether it’s the study with built-in cabinetry and the sunroom with new Pella windows and custom built-ins, the rooms in this home brim with character. Read more »

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