dressing up lancaster ave in paoli 

On the corner of South Valley and Lancaster Ave. have always sat these really cool 1920s store fronts. But for years they were kind of run down with apartments above.  When they were sold, people were naturally nervous because well, more tend to tear things down these days. They don’t often choose adaptive reuse.

But my friend from my living in Lower Merion Township days, Lauren Wylonis, had a vision and here we are: an absolutely stunning restoration and adaptive reuse…and an absolutely gorgeous retail store.

Kings Haven Design, another arm of her Kings Haven brand, which includes things like Kings Haven Properties as well.

The store is full of super beautiful and unusual things, a carefully curated collection.  This is a store that individuals just seeking that something special for their home and design professionals. As a matter of fact, you can read all about Kings Haven in the latest edition of my other friend Caroline O’Halloran’s Savvy Main Line!

What Lauren and her team have accomplished is extraordinary, and her taste is marvelous.

Lauren and I both made the move to Chester County from Lower Merion a few years ago at around the same time.  

“We have always shared a love of the cool old architecture of the Main Line and beyond, and Lauren parlayed that love plus her amazing taste and talent for finding the coolest pieces into the Kings Haven brands!

Check out her store! Adaptive reuse can be really really awesome!  I promise you will love, love, love the store!

Opens to the public December 10!

has developer bentley been “barn” again?

kennedy barnIn a rather un-developer-like turn of events, it appears Bentley isn’t tearing down the barn? Has decided to stop fighting residents?  Well, I will believe it when I see it, but here is hoping he really will find an adaptive reuse.

The world could use a few more historic barns and a few less McMansions. I am so glad Caroline O’Halloran is writing more.


Builder raises white flag on historic Devon barn

Tuesday, October 29, 2013   By Caroline O’Halloran

barn saleThe luxury homebuilder who wanted the right to tear down a 200-year-old stone barn in Devon is having second thoughts.

Tom Bentley has decided not to continue opposing residents who have been fighting to save the so-called Kennedy barn in their neighborhood.

“We’re working hard on a concept to preserve the barn and make it appealing to someone who might buy the lot,” Bentley said, in a phone interview.




fun in malvern

This Oscar party sounded like it was a blast!!!   Kiss & Makeup in Malvern did it up complete with a red carpet for their Oscars Party with Restaurant Alba according to Main Line Media News’ Caroline O’Halloran (Caroline does Flair, is totally awesome, and I have written for her before).

Video: Malvern celebrates the Oscars

Published: Monday, February 27, 2012  By Caroline O’Halloran flair@mainlinemedianews.com

The Main Line went to the Oscars Sunday night.
The borough of Malvern closed King  Street to traffic and a red-carpeted tunnel tent was  erected connecting Kiss and Makeup Boutique and the newly enlarged  Restaurant Alba.
The two businesses joined forces to host a  black-tie gala complete with “paparazzi” led by Devon Horse Show  photographer Brenda Carpenter, a silent auction, champagne and  handcrafted Oscar-themed delectables by Alba chef/owner Sean Weinberg.
Main Line Media News’ Caroline O’Halloran chatted up guests à la Joan Rivers for a red-carpet report livestreamed on this website.  And inside WFYL radio host Kim  Douglas mixed it up with the crowd.

So I will admit that I wish I had gone to this party as it sounded utterly fun.  I was invited to something else they did a while back, which in essence was like a makeover and boudoir-ish photos (Sugar and Spice I think) and, well, that stuff truthfully makes my nose wrinkle and giggle at the same time —- as a breast cancer survivor I am more than a bit lopsided some days so the mere thought  of trussing me up like a turkey in a bustier (or anything strapless) and soft lighting cracks me up. Even pre-breast cancer that would not have been for me. I would rather be behind the lens than in front of it.

But that is one thing people always forget – they do Mardi Gras parties, they do Valentine’s parties, but they forget about the Oscars. (and yes, yes I was amused with J Lo’s “J Low Slider” last evening.)

But back to Kiss & Make-up.  Now, there are other make up themed businesses in other areas with their name (New York, Pittsburgh), but I am talking about the place in Malvern – they also made it into swag bags for the Oscars, apparently which is very cool to hear since they are local and women in business.

In addition to Main Line Media News, the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote up their Oscar event a couple of days ago – see:

Malvern boutique has a red-carpet idea

February 26, 2012|By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
These ladies are a success because of all the effort they pour into their business.  They didn’t just hang out a sign and call it a day – they are obviously very creative!