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February 2019 Volume XLI, Number 6 PUBLISHER

Edwin Malet EDITOR

Jo Anne Durako ART DIRECTOR / PRODUCTION

Alex Bianco ASSOCIATE EDITOR

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Mercedes Thomas

Our February focus is on fine homes and another important investment: our kids. We look at independent schools’ growing interest in their arts curricula. In “For the Love of Art,” Ed Malet tours amazing facilities and visits creative teachers at local schools. Plus, there’s a Guide to Area Independent Schools Open Houses to help you find out more on arts teaching. Our fine home coverage begins with a Chester County home once owned by Dr. Albert Barnes, best known for his art collection. In “Fidèle’s House … Forever Green,” Kirsten Werner of Natural Lands discusses the history of this local property, Ker-Feal, and the Barnes legacy. “A Cotswolds Mansion Recreated in Chadds Ford” by Matt Freeman is our fine home feature, shown on the cover. This manor house is a replica of a place visited on a very special vacation. Mercedes Thomas writes “A Season for Every Home (Sale),” exploring the best time to sell, and six contractors’ ideas in “New Year, New Kitchens and Baths” may give you reasons not to sell. For indoor gardening, Elise Brown suggests considering succulents, and perhaps visiting the Philly Home + Garden show, February 15–17. And Jane Dorchester reviews the winners of West Chester’s historic preservation awards. Our town tour heads to “Downingtown and Exton,” two very different towns but both worth a visit. Laurel Anderson finds plenty of great dining, beer and much more than malls. For winter fitness, read Ray Porreca’s “Get Fit Without the Fuss” for recommendations for unusual activities—including mall walking and playing in the snow. And foodies should rediscover “Cast Iron Cookery” with the help of Laura Brennan’s Brandywine Table column. We hope you make the most of February with our Family Fun and Best Local Events coverage. And finally, you may have noticed the size of County Lines changed but not our great content. We’re now the same size as Philadelphia Magazine. Not a bad model! Thank you for reading! Jo Anne Durako Editor

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Laura Muzzi Brennan ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES

Shelly F. Gill Susan Gillespie Sandy Mayer McCarthy Greg McCarthy Sue O’Hagan BUSINESS MANAGER

Debra M. French CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Laurel Anderson Leslie Finkel George Fitzpatrick Matt Freeman Emily Hart Carol Metzker Fred Naddeo Cindy Walker CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Alix Coleman Wil Moore Andrew Seymour Timlyn Vaughan INTERN

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