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Published: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:27:26 GMT2016-10-26T17:27:26Z


The Parent Trip: Sonia Rosen and Samer Abboud of Mt. Airy

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:27:26 GMT2016-10-26T17:27:26Z

Meet your maker: John Luttman of Artifaqt

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:38:13 GMT2016-10-21T18:38:13Z

Maker Artifaqt, the Phoenixville studio of sculptor, woodworker, and industrial designer John Luttman, 59. He's designed furniture and decor for Disney hotels and restaurants for decades, and in recent years began working with chefs like Jose Garces and Eric Ripert to make custom serving pieces for their restaurants. Now, he's making his latest line, created for Ripert's three-Michelin-starred Manhattan restaurant Le Bernardin, available to home cooks. He's calling it the Chef Collection.

Changing Skyline: Philly's new Whole Foods building has everything except good design

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:20:13 GMT2016-10-21T15:20:13Z

There were moments during last weekend's opening of the supersize Whole Foods at 22nd and Hamilton when it felt like half of Philadelphia was in the store, all trying to navigate their carts between the German-style beer hall and the artisanal cheese room. Nothing says a city has arrived like a suburban-style supermarket.

Ask Jennifer Adams: How long should an area rug pad last?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:33:39 GMT2016-10-21T05:33:39Z

Q: I read one of your columns a while ago about using a pad underneath area rugs. Now I have an experience to share. Recently, every time I entered my living room, I noticed a strong smell but couldn't determine where it was coming from. One day, I took t

Oct. 21-27: In the garden, it's time to ...

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:31:41 GMT2016-10-21T05:31:41Z

Plant bulbs. The ground is now cool enough to make the bulbs happy, so get them in. Plant them point side up, three times as deep as they are tall. To get a more natural look, toss them into the bed, then plant them where they land. Don't be afraid to sta

PHS will preview Flower Show with 20,000 flower bulbs planted in Center City

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:27:13 GMT2016-10-18T22:27:13Z

After this week, Center City will have about 20,000 more flowers than it did before, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Good Eye: This Catholic church celebrates the miracle of flight two ways

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 12:47:19 GMT2016-10-16T12:47:19Z

With its chunky tower, curvy corners, and antennalike cross, Our Lady of Loreto in Southwest Philadelphia has the look of an early, art deco airport terminal. That's no accident. The small parish church is near Lindbergh Boulevard, on the way to Philadelphia International Airport, and it was designed to celebrate the miracle of flight, of both the religious and technical kind.

Changing Skyline: Real sign of change on Philly's East Market isn't the digital signs

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:45:04 GMT2016-10-14T21:45:04Z

You could practically hear the ka-chings reverberating down Philadelphia's East Market Street in 2011 when City Council designated the corridor a "special advertising district." The measure turned the walls of buildings into gold by allowing giant digital billboards that can flash lucrative ads every few seconds.

Oct. 14-20: In the garden, it's time to ...

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:33:18 GMT2016-10-14T05:33:18Z

Plant garlic. Prepare the soil by turning in lots of organic matter, then make a hole with your finger (mine is exactly 2½ inches, so it makes a good measuring device), drop the clove in point side up, and cover with soil. Recent research says there's a n

Ask Jennifer Adams: Should new flooring upstairs match the downstairs?

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:33:14 GMT2016-10-14T05:33:14Z

Q: It is time to replace our upstairs carpeting, and I would like to go with a hard surface. Our downstairs has oak floors. Should we attempt to match the downstairs floor, which doesn't seem possible, or go with something that contrasts?

Mayor Kenney seeks Jewelers Row preservation commitments from Toll

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 02:19:23 GMT2016-10-13T02:19:23Z