Sunday, March 1, 2015

Home & Design

After 23 years of understated Cantonese elegance on this quiet Second Street stretch of Queen Village, I suspect chef-owner Bon Siu has forged more of these enduring bonds than most.
A wooden fence can serve you well for 7-12 years if it’s made of untreated lumber, and 30 years or more for pressure treated lumber. However, it will require correct installation, proper maintenance, and occasional mending.
Anyone whose home has ever been hit by a ferocious rain shower, hail storm, or snow fall, or felt the impact of a hurricane, knows the havoc these forces of nature can wreak.
Laminated flooring has been taking the home decor market by storm for two decades now. And no wonder, with all it has to offer -- durability, low maintenance, and glowing good looks, all for a modest outlay of cash.
In case of flood, a sump pump will get the unwanted water out of your basement – which is important in order to protect valuables and sentimental items in your downstairs storage room, office, or living space.
In the late 19th century, when thousands of Italian immigrants were pouring into South Philadelphia to make their fortunes, Seventh Street was transformed into a bustling bankers row. By 1897, there were 25 rowhouse-size banks between Bainbridge and Washington Avenues, all competing to provide newcomers with loans, money transfers, even railroad and steamship tickets.
Kristin Recchiuti was on maternity leave about five years ago when it occurred to her that the 3,000-square-foot house she and husband Ed purchased in North Wales in 1998 was no longer working out for them.
After seven years volunteering with impoverished Tibetan nomads, Margaret Ferrigno was kicked out of China in 2008, along with other foreigners, in an effort to quiet protests ahead of the Beijing Olympics. So, she moved to Philadelphia - and quickly realized that there was injustice to be fought here, as well.
In the lobby of the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, five tall-case clocks stand at attention. They're beautiful examples of craftsmanship, sure, but they represent something more: the notion that almost any object we bring into our homes can have rippling effects.
Q: Might you be able to help us locate replacement knobs for a Thermador 36-inch cooktop purchased in 2011? We have called Thermador, several appliance parts dealers, and even a couple of recycling businesses - without success. The recyclers do not know of a cooktop graveyard. I am hoping that you have additional ideas.
Q: My wife loves your column, and I hope my newspaper publishes your answer so she can see it; I don't know what else to do. She subscribes to many magazines, and cuts out the pictures and recipes, but she doesn't throw them away when she is done. The magazines are on the floor in piles waist-high - in every room. Please help. I can't stand this any longer!