Chester County Life

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Irresistibly Uphome
by Chester County Life
Earlier this year, an attractive statuesque woman walked in the door of UpHome with a broad smile as owner Linda Ritter greeted her. Eileen Dolente, a resident of Media, headed directly to the Pine Cone Hill corner and promptly chose two bath mats. “I always make a point to come to UpHome when I do Malvern trips,” she says. “I love the French flavor and quality of the store. It’s ἀlled with numerous hard-to-ἀnd items. I used to produce the Epicurious cooking TV show, and I recognize Linda’s products from Provence. I have other Pine Cone Hill linens as well as two dining room chairs and a mirror. I’m sure I will to add to my Up-Home collection.”

  Laughing, Linda insists she didn’t plan Eileen’s appearance for the magazine inter-view. The customer’s positive critique, how-ever, is one of many from happy people who appreciate Linda’s exquisite eye for unusual home furnishings and uncommon gifts. Sev-eral times a year she and her husband Bryce wander in and out of small French shops, open air markets, and artists’ studios search-ing for treasures to bring the essence of the Provence region to UpHome. A select group of American artisans complete a beautiful picture of retail perfection.
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Selecting a School for Your Child
by Chester County Life
It’s not the time to just settle for the convenience of your neighborhood school, especially if the school is not an excellent fit for the needs of your child. Preparation for college and competing in a global economy begins at an early age, at home and in schools. The school you select for your child can make all the difference in the world for your child’s development and future.

  An excellent fit is achieved when the needs of parents and those of a child align with the needs of a school. The operative words are needs and align. Alignment may be expressed many different ways: matching needs, blending needs, supporting needs, harmonizing needs, merging needs, or unifying needs.
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Choosing a Senior Living Community
by Chester County Life
Part One of the “Choosing a Senior Living Community” series appeared in the January/February issue of Chester County Life. Part Two of the series focuses on the different types of senior living communities. Before Part Two is presented, a synopsis of Part One is provided as some helpful background. At some point, we all have to make plans for the future, whether for ourselves or someone we love. Should these plans include consideration of moving to a senior living community, it’s important to educate yourself and take time to explore options. Many factors come into play with this decision; and selecting the “best fit” senior living community requires serious planning.
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Key Financial CEO for the Day Program Nurtures Future Business Leaders
by Chester County Life
Today’s youth are faced with one decision after another almost every day. Choices made, good or bad, can pitch the direction their lives take. When someone reaches out to productively impact a young person’s future, guiding him/her toward a positive course, magnificence may follow. Read the story of how Patti Brennan, CFP, and her company Key Financial saw this firsthand one day in the summer of 2016.

  Mixed colors of gold – yellow, white, and rose – are now featured in many jewelry collections. All three colors come together in stacks, layers, or in a woven look, and in a number of designs diamonds and gemstones are intricately incorporated. A real sense of craftsmanship comes across when all three gold colors are fashioned into a spectacular piece.
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CHCI … A Source for Success
by Chester County Life
Contemporary Health Career Institute (CHCI) is a fast-track dental assisting program licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education – Division of Private Licensed Schools. Students receive hands-on instruction in an ultra-modern dental office, complete with the instruments they will use in their new professions.
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Art as a Foundation at the The Haverford School
by Chester County Life
Ask Fox a question, and you will discover how this enterprising teacher weaves his diagram of The Creative Process into teachable aha moments. These instances impact young men’s insight and understanding throughout their lives. Fox created a curriculum focused on the development of human perception, which cultivates fluency in the illustrative language of signs and symbols and leads to creative process proficiency across all disciplines.

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Pets Prance Back to School
by Chester County Life
Yes, our beloved animals go back to school, too. And what an amazing, pampered education awaits each and every one at the Wagsworth Manor Pet Resort that revels in four-legged pleasure.
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Hassle-Free Home Ownership
by Chester County Life
For the past several months you’ve been enjoying sunny days on your deck, backyard barbecues, maybe pool parties, and perhaps even a second home at the Shore. No wonder the summer seems to fly by! But, with winter around the corner, you face a long list of time-consuming tasks you dread every year.

  “The time it takes people to protect and maintain their homes is time taken away from family, friends, and whatever else they’d rather be doing,” says Rich Bastian, owner of All Hands On Deck (AHOD). “I know that because I own homes in West Chester and Stone Harbor. Every winter and every spring I spend countless hours doing chores like moving and cleaning our outdoor furniture, removing and reinstalling screens and making repairs, pressure washing the deck, the list goes on.”
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Outdoor Living Spaces: A Paradise Right Outside Your Door
by Chester County Life
Today, outdoor living areas continue to be the hottest trend in the landscape industry – patios and walkways, poolscapes, outdoor living rooms, outdoor kitchens, aquascapes, outdoor theaters, garden rooms, garden ponds and streams, sitting areas, porches, pergolas, gazebos, sunrooms, screened rooms, seasonal rooms, decks, fireplaces, fire pits, and nightscapes – the sky is the limit in outdoor living areas, exceptional possibilities and features seem endless.
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