• Strategy for Sale Preparation

    Strategy for Sale Preparation

    Make a list before you list

    With low interest rates, a strengthening economy and optimism about existing property sale value, many of those who waited-it-out are now ready…
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  • Crazy for Petunias

    Crazy for Petunias

    Make your garden come alive with these sturdy annuals.

    Georgia O’Keeffe liked the silky purple petunia blossoms in her garden and painted them in 1924, saying, “I decided that if I could…
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  • The Arts and Crafts Movement

    The Arts and Crafts Movement

    Right on the edge of the Delaware state line, one couple’s home pays tribute to a distinctive era.

    It’s not easy to describe the home of Zig and David Shields. The house has a distinctive style that evokes the Arts and…
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  • Delaware Valley Wildflowers

    Delaware Valley Wildflowers

    Native flowering plants shine in the spring.

    In spring, at least for a while, strong sunlight reaches the ground in the shady deciduous woodlands of the Delaware Valley. The…
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  • The Art of Timber Framing

    The Art of Timber Framing

    Chester County’s Hugh Lofting revives a centuries-old craft.

    More than 40 years ago Hugh Lofting walked into a timber-framed house in New Hampshire and discovered his life’s work. “My mouth…
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  • Planting With a Purpose

    Planting With a Purpose

    TheDCH Honors Longtime Volunteers Bunting and Wick

    The Delaware Center for Horticulture (TheDCH) recently recognized two longtime volunteers for their contributions to the organization and their cultivation of a…
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  • Downsizing


    When less is more

    When lee and eric miller decided to retire three years ago, they sold their business, their house, their furniture, and most of…
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  • Dairy Farms- A Family Industry

    Dairy Farms- A Family Industry

    Big and small milking operations in Chester County.

    “Drink your milk. It’s good for you!” Children hear these words every day. From Elsie the cow to “Got milk?” commercials in…
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  • Happier Houseplants

    Happier Houseplants

    Let there be (appropriate) light

    In winter my houseplants get more of my attention, not because they need me but because I need them. Some are older…
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  • Historic vs. New

    Historic vs. New

    Which home is right for you?

    The romance of owning an historic house is alive and well in this part of the country. Imagine living in a colonial-era…
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  • Literary Lairs

    Literary Lairs

    Libraries at the heart of the home

    It was the standard wedding gift for du Pont newlyweds in the early 20th century. Each couple was given a sweeping country…
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  • Garden Accents Let Your Personality Blossom

    Garden Accents Let Your Personality Blossom

    Put your personality in your garden with garden accents

    How do you incorporate your personality into your garden? With garden accents. These ornaments give your garden a unique statement that your…
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  • Lavender’s Wonderful Uses

    Lavender’s Wonderful Uses

    Versatile plant flavors more than your garden

    Lavender is something every aspiring gardener wants to grow, and many experienced gardeners use it in perennial borders, as low hedges and…
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  • The Kitchen Conundrum

    The Kitchen Conundrum

    How to get the kitchen that will make you and your house happy

    Tackling a kitchen renovation is a daunting task for any homeowner. Even if you've started a magazine file, pin boards, or created…
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  • A Second Home in the Snow

    A Second Home in the Snow

    Fully owned condos at The Montage, Deer Valley

    I recently achieved the skier's holy grail: a perfect day on the slopes. I was in Park City, Utah, at the serene…
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  • The New Traditional

    The New Traditional

    Today’s decor, yesterday’s inspiration

    One of my early postgraduate design jobs was as an interior designer for a high-end furniture store in downtown Wilmington. It was…
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  • Curating the Home Gallery

    Curating the Home Gallery

    Don’t neglect your artwork

    Art-covered walls are nothing unusual in our area, where the artistic tradition started by the Brandywine School still runs strong. The thrill…
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  • More Blueberries, Please

    More Blueberries, Please

    Beautiful, yummy and healthy

    I have been adding blueberry bushes to my home landscape. There they sit among the other hardy shrubs, neat and pretty with…
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