If it’s on your 2017 to-do list to rethink, well, every square inch of your home’s decor, don’t panic. You don’t have to throw everything away and start from scratch. (Although, if you’re still holding on to your college futon, it’s probably time to upgrade.) In fact, you can change the entire look and feel of a room with very little money and almost no effort. Don’t believe me? Here are five easy things I’ve done in my own living room to refresh my style without a total overhaul. Read more »
Our furniture and decor scene is as varied as the homes lining our streets. There’s a bit of mid-century modern, some industrial, lots of antiques, and enough retro/reclaimed/gilt/wood/you-name-it goods to fill tiny trinities and vast manses alike. Here, some of the best (and our favorite) haunts for home furnishings from this year’s Best of Philly list. Read more »
It took most people a while to wrap their heads around the $60 candle (Diptyque, preferably the Baies scent). Sixty dollars? For a candle?! But then we smelled it — or, at least, we saw it in the dreamy Instagram accounts of every single fashion person ever, usually placed just-so next to a mountain of Chanel and, hell, if we can’t afford to own a Chanel mountain (or hill), maybe we can at least own that damn candle! — and we caved.
Now the bar (wick?) has been raised yet again, this time by a grouping of Fornasetti candles with scents of Mediterranean herbs, Lily of the Valley, sandalwood. But let’s be real: You don’t buy these candles for the wax or wicks — you buy them for the ceramic vessels, each an objet d’art in its own right. They feature the work of Italian surrealist artist Piero Fornasetti, whose artwork is now the basis of an entire design house (in fact, the luxury decorative objects have a cult following among in-the-know luxury collectors). So think of these less as mere candles and more as small works of art. The fact that they smell delicious, then, is just a bonus. Read more »
For those who thought Manayunk was a black hole of bars and tipsy twentysomethings, we have signs of (retail) hope. First, there’s Nicole Miller, which has been chugging along in its corner spot for 20 years. Then Philadelphia Runner announced it was opening a store in the former TAG Denim space (maybe in time for the Philly Marathon?) And now we’ve got Rowhouse, which officially opened this past Friday.
There’s a very specific sort of hate-reading that has nothing to do with checking out your sworn enemy’s Facebook statuses or scrolling through the site of a blogger you love to hate. (I have a friend who hate-reads FashionToast regularly, but insists that she has absolutely no deep-seated affection for author Rumi Neely.)
This hate-reading is targeted to design, specifically the old-hat styling conventions that have become something like the copious-knuckle-rings of the fashion blogosphere. This is my favorite kind of hate-reading, and the sort I do most often, with Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes & Gardens and the Restoration Hardware catalogs. I scoff at RH’s stupid playroom setups. Who seriously would dare have an all-white nursery strung with Christmas lights? (Me! Me! I would! It’s so gorgeous, like a fairy land of dreams!)
You probably know the Eames chair. But there was more to Charles and Ray Eames than that. This TED talk, given by Charles and Ray’s grandson, is helpful and revealing when it sticks to the subject of their design history — and not uninteresting in other moments. Worth a watch:
Taste: there’s no accounting for it, they say. They also say it’s all subjective. But there are certain identifying characteristics of tacky, are there not? Frosted mirrors. An overemployment of metallics. A white grand piano in a room with little black sculptures on the mantel.
Well, we need say no more. Below, just a few of the rooms from this home in Pennock Woods.
Design blogger Mark D. Sikes was asked by House Beautiful what he thought a 2014 home design trend would be, and he said, “Navy blue will be a big trend for 2014. I’m seeing a lot of the shade on the runways, on the streets, in editorials, in chic interiors… I actually think everyone will get it in 2014.”
At 2221 Locust Street, the owner got it even before 2014, painting the living room walls a rich navy blue framed by white molding. It looks terrific, but everything about this restored 19th-century townhouse is terrific, from its high ceilings and two kitchens to its historic archways, built-in wooden closets, pine floors, and leaded glass windows. There’s a garden out back and access to a rooftop deck as well. And needless to say, the location is phenomenal.
The listing says the home was just appraised for 1.635 million, making the current asking price a “major value purchase.”
Gallery and info below.
Name(s): Antoinette Marie Johnson (CEO/Founder at At Media), Tyler Westnedge (Director at At Media)
Neighborhood: Point Breeze
How long have you lived in your house?
Antoinette: “We purchased our home in 2009, from a builder who was frustrated at the market and about to list the home for rent. We used that to our advantage and bought it at much lower than market value.”