Carla Westerman

Carla Westerman is a freelance writer who has lived in Chester County for 25 years. She is the author and photographer of the pictorial guide Chadds Ford: History, Heroes and Landmarks. She has written features and news for regional magazines and newspapers since 1980 and enjoys writing about people, art, history, food, and travel. Carla was a food writer for a decorative arts magazine while living in Hong Kong. She speaks four languages and works as a consultant leading cross-cultural seminars for business executives.

Carla Westerman's Articles

  • Modernizing an 18th Century Farmhouse

    Modernizing an 18th Century Farmhouse

    Local architects and builders transformed a Willistown Township home.

    It doesn’t happen often. But when a custom home- building project is completed before deadline, it’s the sweet spot for both the…
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  • Surprising Finds Around Unionville

    Surprising Finds Around Unionville

    The Southern Chester County town boasts a charming network of shops.

    The village of Unionville is well known to foxhunters heading toward Cheshire hunt country. Just three miles north of Kennett Square, its…
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  • The Rebirth of the Delaware Art Museum

    The Rebirth of the Delaware Art Museum

    With a fresh start, the Wilmington institution can now put the focus back on art.

    Delaware Art Museum marked its centennial in 2012, with much to be proud of in its past but a deep uncertainty about…
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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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  • Opera Delaware in Transition

    Opera Delaware in Transition

    The company takes opera off the main stage and out into the community.

    Opera is known for its high drama onstage but in recent years there’s been lots of drama offstage as well. One after…
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • A Chester County Artisan

    A Chester County Artisan

    Tucked away in one of West Chester's narrow alleys, Rose Valley Restorations has become a destination for antique furniture in need of…
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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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  • The Union League

    The Union League

    Philadelphia’s Storied Club

    The Union League has been a bastion on Broad Street for Philadelphia's elite since the end of the Civil War. The French…
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  • Architectural Trim

    You recognize it as soon as you enter the door: the house that exudes character. But what are the defining qualities of…
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  • Cross Cultural Architecture

    Cross Cultural Architecture

    John Milner has designs on China

    When architect John Milner took a call from China two years ago, he was puzzled. Why would a Chinese developer be contacting…
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