Pittsburgh Home and Lifestyles - Winter 2013

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Fresh Ideas in Flooring


Gift Guide 33 Fab Ideas page 33


Holiday Entertaining



CONTENTS Winter 2013

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Editor’s Note

SPACE Welcome Home Designer living gets cozy-chic with these must-have furnishings and accent pieces. By Reese Randall

19 In Good Taste Haute Potato

An unexpected holiday dessert to bowl you over. By Gina Mazza

13 Kitchen Confidential Island Paradise

A homebuilder creates a welcoming space with a Craftsman-inspired kitchen. By Dana Black McGrath

27 Entertaining

Holiday Entertaining—And Beyond Welcome friends and family to a festive fete. By Dana Black McGrath



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Water Works


Home Sweet Office

The kitchen is the new family room. And the bathroom isn’t far behind. By Gina Mazza

23 In THE GARDEN All Decked out Proper maintenance and care can keep your deck accessories in top shape for spring.

Work your home office so your home office works for you. By Gina Mazza

By Gina Mazza


Holiday Gift Guide From cutting edge designs for the fashionista to must-have hostess gifts for the foodie, here are 33 gift ideas for everyone on your list. By Reese Randall


Floor It Functional flooring ideas to sweep you off your feet. By Elizabeth Speed

64 Object of Desire Drop Down Gorgeous

Before the New Year’s Eve countdown begins, illuminate your house party in style and let the ball drop. By Reese Randall


Color Commentary Make a statement about comfort and color and conquer painting your way. By Elizabeth Speed

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Home P I T T S B U R G H

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PUBLISHER Wayne Dollard EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Julie Talerico ❘ j.talerico@icmags.com MANAGING EDITOR Reese Randall ❘ r.randall@icmags.com OFFICE MANAGER Leo Vighetti ❘ l.vighetti@icmags.com ADVERTISING COORDINATOR Debbie Mountain ❘ d.mountain@icmags.com ART DIRECTOR Melissa St. Giles CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Gina Mazza Dana Black McGrath Elizabeth Speed GENERAL SALES MANAGER Tamara Myers ❘ t.myers@icmags.com SALES MANAGER Brian McKee ❘ b.mckee@icmags.com ADVERTISING SALES Sophia Alfaras Matt Amoroso Pamela Arder Jennifer Dahlem Julie Graff Robin Guest Aimee Nicolia Connie McDaniel Gabriel Negri Vincent Sabatini Michael Silvert RJ Vighetti ICM PRINTING SALES MANAGER Tom Poljak ❘ t.poljak@icmags.com ©2013 by IN Community Magazines. All rights reserved. Reproduction or reuse of any part of this publication is prohibited without the written permission of the publisher. Direct all inquiries, letters to the editor and press releases to: Pittsburgh Home & Lifestyles c/o IN Community Magazines 603 East McMurray Road McMurray, PA 15317 724/942-0940; Fax: 724/942-0968 pghhomeandlifestyles.com icmags.com Please recycle this magazine when you are through enjoying it.



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editor's Letter

Open House In September, IN Community Magazines announced the much-anticipated launch of a beautiful, glossy home and lifestyle magazine for our great city and region. I’m thrilled to welcome you to the premiere issue of Pittsburgh HOME & Lifestyles magazine. As the former managing editor of Pittsburgh Home magazine, I’m a veteran when it comes to home and lifestyle coverage. For more than 15 years, I’ve written extensively about home style, lifestyle and personal style and have partnered with dozens of Pittsburgh retailers, designers and vendors to produce quality content that relates to their businesses. Over the years, I’ve watched these businesses grow and flourish, and I’m excited to put my energy into this latest endeavor. Our goal is to support the talent and creativity of our local architects, designers and builders and in doing so influence the aesthetic conversation in the region. Alongside editorial director Julie Talerico (former editor in chief at Pittsburgh magazine), we kick off this first issue with feature coverage on kitchens and baths, soothing paint colors, functioning floor ideas and options in home office organization. Each quarterly issue will feature tips and ideas for the green thumb, hostess ideas for entertaining, and food-for-thought finds of locally sourced fare—as well as the latest in home furnishings, fashion, products and technology. As with any new home (or home magazine), a welcome feel is important. Enter our art director Melissa St. Giles, former art director of the national, award-winning Amour Creole magazine, based in New York and Boston. With her keen design aesthetic, PH&L has extraordinary curb appeal—showcasing 40 pages of elegant design. With so much good living to share—and as your magazine ambassador for where to find it, welcome to Pittsburgh HOME & Lifestyles magazine—where our door is always open.

Reese Randall Managing Editor r.randall@icmags.com

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What’s New on the Home Front

Living Room



home Designer living gets cozy-chic with these must-have furnishings and accent pieces. By Reese Randall



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[1] Sofa ($3335-$1999) Wing chair ($1665-$999) Ottoman ($999-$599) from the Parisian Loft collection by Precedent Furniture. Today’s Home, 1840 Greentree Rd.;412/444-0021, todayshomeinc.com dfohunt.com thtradecontract.com. [2] Marbled mirror ($29.99) by Threshold. Target, all area locations, target.com.


[3] Rectangular cocktail table (price available upon request) Weisshouse, 324 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside 412/441-8888, weisshouse.com


[4] Poolball candle holder set ($52). Hacienda, 2350 Railroad St., Strip District; 412/904-4477, haciendafurniturepittsburgh.com.


[5] EXPEDIT shelving unit ($89.99). IKEA Pittsburgh, 2001 Park Manor Blvd., Robinson; 412/747-0441, ikea.com.

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[6] Ottoman (price available upon request) fashionably upholstered with a collection of Vogue magazine covers. Evelyn James Interiors, 5870 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/5215220, evelynjamesinteriors.com. [7] Solid art grade bronze mortise entry lock set ($900-$1,300) by Rocky Mountain Hardware is available in 10 natural patinas and guaranteed for life. Splash, 1237 Freedom Rd., Cranberry, 724/772-1060; and 4807 William Penn Hwy., Murrysville, 724/733-2600; and 200 Fifth Ave., downtown, 412-281-3712 exploresplash.com. [8] Como bamboo woven chair ($399) in white or white with gray from the Paola Navone Collection at Crate & Barrel, 1000 Ross Park Mall Dr., Ross Township; 412/630-8001, crateandbarrel.com.

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[1] Italian made kitchen (pricing available upon request). Weisshouse, 324 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside; 412/441-8888, weisshouse.com.

Kitchen & Dining Room

[2] Teal cabinet ($149.99) by Threshold. Target, all area locations, target.com.



[3] Red and gray Riviera flocked pendant lamp ($129/small; $199/large) from the Paola Navone Collection at Crate & Barrel, 1000 Ross Park Mall Dr., Ross Township; 412/630-8001, crateandbarrel.com. [4] 19th Century-French Restoration-inspired dining table and chairs ($6095-$2435), marble buffet ($3285-$1295) from Tuscano by Kincaid Furniture. Today’s Home, 1840 Greentree Rd.; 412/4440021, todayshomeinc.com, dfohunt. com, thtradecontract.com.

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[5] 48-inch Professional Series Pro Grand Commercial Depth Dual Fuel Steam High-Performance Range (price available upon request). Available at Don’s Appliances and Hillmon Appliance Distributors; all area locations; donsappliances.com and hillmonappliance.com.






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[6] Rounded chair ($399/each) with curved back wrap. Weisshouse, 324 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside; 412/441-8888, weisshouse.com. [7] LIDINGO kitchen in gray door and drawer styles. Glass door ($78), solid door ($82) and drawer fronts ($88/set of 2). IKEA Pittsburgh, 2001 Park Manor Blvd., Robinson; 412/747-0441, ikea.com. [8] OBEROENDE glass and stainless steel ceiling mounted extractor hood ($899). IKEA Pittsburgh, 2001 Park Manor Blvd., Robinson; 412/747-0441, ikea.com.

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What’s New on the Home Front

[1] King panel sleigh bed ($4960-$2979), oval night stand ($2225-$1339), five-drawer chest ($4080 -$2449) from Biltmore by Fine Furniture Design. Today’s Home, 1840 Greentree Rd.; 412/444-0021, todayshomeinc.com, dfohunt.com, thtradecontract.com.

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[2] Mindful yoga pillow ($49) from Vietnam. Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh, 5824 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/421-2160, tenthousandvillages.com [3] Brown and cream faux fur pillows ($160/each). Macy’s, select area locations, macys.com. [4] Victoria & Albert tub (price available upon request) engineered from volcanic limestone mined in South Africa. Tub has a natural high-gloss finish and the exterior can be painted, faux finished or stenciled. Crescent Baths & Kitchens, 6301 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/782-3300 or 412/626-6691, crescentbkpittsburgh.com. (Photo by Stacey Fortuna.)

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[5] Contemporary back-lit mirrors and medicine cabinets (pricing available upon request) by Electric Mirror. Crescent Baths & Kitchens, 6301 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/782-3300 or 412/626-6691, crescentbkpittsburgh.com.


[6] Antique metal clocks ($36/each) in blue or rust finish. Hacienda, 2350 Railroad St., Strip District; 412/904-4477, haciendafurniturepittsburgh.com. [7] Chelsea vanity ($3,195) by Furniture Guild in vanilla comes in an array of configurations and colors with mirrored front. Available at Splash, 1237 Freedom Rd., Cranberry, 724/772-1060; and 4807 William Penn Hwy., Murrysville, 724/733-2600; and 200 Fifth Ave., downtown, 412-281-3712; exploresplash.com.

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[8] Solid sheet pillowcases ($40-$95) by Bar III. Macy’s, select area locations, macys.com. [9] Domicile reed side tables ($1,770/each). Weisshouse, 324 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside; 412/441-8888, weisshouse.com.

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Kitchen Confidential

Inside the Hub of the Home


Paradise A homebuilder creates a welcoming space in his own home with a Craftsman-inspired kitchen. By Dana Black McGrath

When Dan Meade, president and owner of Prime 1 Builders, and his wife, Mary Anne, set out to build their own home, they knew they wanted a space that would be welcoming for entertaining family and friends. Dan, a carpenter by trade, always respected the distinct lines of the Craftsman style and naturally was drawn to it when building a home for his own family, which includes two active children. Situated on six acres in Peters Township, the house, which was completed in March 2012, replaces an older Cape Cod that previously sat on the property and was leveled to make way for the new home. ➢ Dan & Mary Anne Meade PH&L â?˜ WINTER 2013




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Inside the Hub of the Home

photos by Gary Yon

Kitchen Confidential

A Closer Look

from New Wilmington, Pa. To help tie the design of the kitchen and the great room together, the same cherry cabinetry also is incorporated into the great room, which is treated as an extension of the kitchen. In tying the two areas together, Dan also decided to extend the granite counter from the kitchen into great room, which the Meades utilize as a handy buffet bar while entertaining guests. “It’s perfect for putting out food and having a self-serve buffet,” says Mary Anne. That food is most often prepared in the kitchen, which “has every amenity a cook could want,” says Mary Anne. “We decided we may as well go for broke with the appliances.” The extensive list of high-end appliances reads like a foodie’s dream and includes a 60-inch Wolf duel fuel range with six burners and a large griddle in the center, and a spacious Sub-Zero refrigerator. There are two dishwashers, a large wine cooler, a Wolf warming drawer that is hidden by a cabinet front, and a Miele combination convection oven/oven/microwave. Appliances, with the exception of the dishwashers, are from Don’s Appliances. Another convenience includes a pot filler that is situated above the range on the decorative backsplash, which was done by ➢

“We are not Craftsman purists by any means,” explains Mary Anne, who says that some devotees of the Craftsman movement were critical of the project for deviating from the dictates of the style. Instead, the Meades’ home, while drawing design ideas from the Craftsman style, also incorporates some very modern features as well to accommodate the busy family’s lifestyle. From the start of the design process, the couple knew they wanted a large, open floor plan that was in keeping with the principles of Universal Design. That wish list also included a warm and inviting open space in the kitchen. “Dan comes from a big family and I’m Italian and love to cook,” says Mary Anne. “We all know everyone gathers in the kitchen. So, if we could have a space that would allow everyone to gather and mingle, the cook wouldn’t be off on their own preparing meals.” With Mary Anne’s input, Dan got to work designing their dream kitchen, an expansive space that opens into the great room, which is situated just one step down. The end result is something Mary Anne says she couldn’t have imagined. “It is more than I ever dreamed of—having a kitchen as functional and beautiful as this one.” Dan’s vision for the kitchen included an oversized island with lots of workspace, and multiple places for people to work throughout the area. So, when designing the layout, he allowed for a larger 60-inch space from the island to the range so that cooks and guests could move around freely. Mary Anne loved the idea of a large island, but didn’t want to see too much granite throughout the kitchen. The kitchen’s sprawling granite counters are “Splendor Gold” from Mont Granite and fabricated by Colucci Tile and Stone, a product that Mary Anne says “has a lot of movement and color.” To add some interest to the island’s granite surface, they chose to incorporate a raised bar made of cherry. Cherry also is the wood they chose for the custom cabinets, which were crafted with a cinnamon stain. For the cabinets, they turned to Hollow Creek, an Amish company

decorative backsplash: Provided by Ceremiche, installed by Prime 1

cabinets: Hollow Creek, an Amish company from New Wilmington, Pa.

granite counters: “Splendor Gold” from Mont Granite and fabricated by Colucci Tile and Stone

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Walk-in Pantry Black Galaxy granite that features copper flecks, supplied by Excel Glass in Greensburg.



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WHERE TO SHOP Builder Prime 1 Builders P.O. Box 141, Morgan; 412/257-0160, prime1builders.com Cabinetry 2774 State Route 208 New Wilmington 16142 Hcdriver82@yahoo.com

Ceremiche Tile and Stone in the West End. The main sink for the kitchen is housed in the island, but there is a prep sink as well. Underfoot, the travertine flooring from Pro Source Flooring features radiant heat, which continues throughout the entire first floor where white oak with a natural stain stretches beyond the kitchen area. Overhead hangs a rustic yet refined chandelier that was crafted by Hubbardton Forge. The natural beauty of the six-acre homesite is revealed through Marvin windows, which are styled in keeping with the Craftsman look. The window trim, a custom job done by the builder’s own craftsman, also is of the Craftsman style. Situated just off the kitchen is a large walk-in pantry that features the same custom cherry cabinetry installed in the main kitchen space. The pantry was finished several months after the kitchen, in October of the same year. By then, the Splendor Gold

granite used for the kitchen counters was no longer available. Instead, the homeowners chose a coordinating Black Galaxy granite that features copper flecks, supplied by Excel Glass in Greensburg. Inside the pantry there also are laundry hook-ups, even though the house already features a second-floor laundry room. Mary Anne explains that they designed the entire house with aging in mind. They decided to put laundry hook-ups in the pantry should the need for one-floor living arise. In that event they could move the laundry to the first floor and not have to use the stairs. For now, the busy family is enjoying sharing their home with family and friends. “I had a surprise party for Dan at home last October,” says Mary Anne. “There were over 50 people and most of them hung out in the kitchen—and there was still room. It’s just a nice space for entertaining."

Appliances Don’s Appliances 2335 Washington Rd., Canonsburg; 724/916-0100, donsappliances.com Flooring Pro Source 101 Southpointe Dr., Bridgeville; 412/221-7575, prosourcefloors.com Lighting Hubbardton Forge 154 Route 30 S., Castleton, Vermont; 802/468-3090, hubbardtonforge.com Counters and Tile Mont Granite 302 W. Steuben St., Pittsburgh; 412/921-6740, montgranite.com Colucci Tile & Marble 517 McNeilly Road, #200, Pittsburgh; 412/531-0858, coluccitile.com Ceremiche Tile & Stone 510 S. Main St.. Pittsburgh; 412/922-5600, ceramichetile.com Excel Glass & Granite 103 Jayhawk Dr., Jeannette; 724/523-6190, excelglassandgranite.com

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In Good Taste

Food Finds to Feed Your Taste Buds


potato An unexpected holiday dessert to bowl you over By Gina Mazza

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In Good Taste

Food Finds to Feed Your Taste Buds

Whole Foods Market recently debuted Stokes Foods’ Purple Sweet Potatoes ($2.49/lb.) in the Pittsburgh market and these lavender-hued spuds pack four times the nutrient and antioxidant power of their orange cousins. Dazzle your plate and your palate with their rich, wine-like flavor. Try this recipe or simply bake and drizzle with honey, butter or maple syrup. Available at Whole Foods Market and stokesfoods.com.

Purple Sweet Potato Ice Cream 1 lb. purple sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar 1/4-teaspoon cinnamon 1/2-teaspoon vanilla extract Pinch of salt Freshly squeezed lemon juice Place sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 20 minutes—or until tender. Drain and let cool to room temperature. Pour milk into a blender and add brown sugar, sweet potatoes, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Puree until very smooth. Add lemon juice to taste. Press the mixture through a mesh strainer, using a flexible rubber spatula to wipe any left behind—then freeze in an ice cream maker.

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Crazy for Crepes These pre-made crepes ($6.29/each) from Crepini by the Crepe Team, NYC, have holiday entertaining all rolled up. Tempting flavors include strawberry, grilled cheese, spinach and feta, cheese and blueberry, and Portobello Parmesan. Available exclusively at McGinnis Sisters.

Cocktails infused with smoke are heating up the local scene. Whether at Andy’s Wine Bar located at Fairmont Pittsburgh, downtown, where mixologists create one of their signature cocktails called the Dark & Scary—a mix of smoked pumpkin-infused Captain Morgan, Bacardi, cinnamon syrup, ginger ale and orange juice that’s shaken and poured into a large bottle bathed in cedar wood smoke, to Industry Public House in Lawrenceville with its signature cocktail called The Smoke Stack, smoked drinks have a flavor that’s complex with a stunning presentation. The Smoke Stack (price dependent on whiskey or bourbon selection) uses natural maple syrup drizzled into fine bourbon (or whiskey), then is poured through a strainer and placed under a fire of wood chips. Covered to allow the smoke to accumulate, the drink is finished off with a large ice cube and orange peel. Visit Andy’s Wine Bar, 510 Market St., downtown; 412/773-8884, andyswinebar.com and Industry Public House, 4305 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/683-1100, industrypgh.com.



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Jam On We’ve got the buzz on The Purple Spoon, the Gibsonia-based company which manufactures more than 35 varieties of preserved fruits and flower-infused jars of jellies. Made fresh in small batches, with seasonal ingredients such as pumpkin pecan, red clover, cranberry walnut, elderberry, dandelion, blackberry, violet and peach, its latest line of jellies ($6.50/4oz) includes an infusion of wine and spirits—from a White Zinfandel to a jar of Margarita made with tequila—that are ready to add kick to any holiday spread. Available at McGinnis Sisters, Reyna Foods and Soergel Orchards.

Epicurean—Yet Easy Fruit pastes ($6.99/4.2oz) by Rutherford & Meyer transform canapés into a gourmand experience. Tangy and intense yet refreshing, this New Zealand import comes in fruit variations including plum, cherry, fig, apricot, pear and quince. Serve over warm Brie, prosciutto and toast points or crackers. Available at McGinnis Sisters.

Did You Know?

All Quacked Up The Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts (pifof.org) launch had Pittsburghers quacking with delight last fall with The Rubber Duck Project—now here’s a way to have your reasonably proportioned duck, and eat it, too. Duck eggs ($1.49/ each or $5.96/dozen) are larger and richer tasting and have twice the nutritional value of a chicken egg. They can be used in various ways—including baking and are available fresh all year long due to their thicker shell.

Jeroboam (jer-o-bo-am) refers to a wine bottle holding 4/5 of a gallon or a “double magnum” of champagne or wine. Rooted in the Biblical name Jeroboam, a king dating back to ancient Israel, known as a “mighty man of valor.” With contents equaling four to six bottles of wine in one—it’s no wonder a bottle this size is mighty for holiday entertaining or gifting.

Where to Shop Giant Eagle Market District: 100 Settlers Ridge Center Dr., Robinson, 412/788-5392; 5550 Centre Ave., Shadyside, 412/681-1500; South Hills Village Sq., South Hills, 412/831-1480; Village at Pine Shopping Center, Wexford, 724/934-0155; marketdistrict.com.

Reyna Foods: 2031 Penn Ave., Strip District, 412/261-2606, reynafoods.com.

McGinnis Sisters: 700 Adams Shoppes, Adams Township, 724/779-1212; 3825; Saw Mill Run Blvd., Brentwood, 412/882-6400; 4311 Northern Pike, Monroeville, 412/858-7000; mcginnis-sisters.com.

Whole Foods Market: 5880 Centre Ave., Shadyside, 412/441-7960; 10576 Perry Highway, Wexford, 724/940-6100, wholefoodsmarket.com.

Soergel Orchards: 2573 Brandt School Rd., Wexford, 724/935-1743, soergels.com.

For more information go to duckeggs.com. Available at Giant Eagle Market District.

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start enjoying

a healthier and more relaxing life

John Barbour sells saunas. But he doesn’t just want to sell you, he wants to equip you for a lifestyle that has rewarded him with relaxation and better overall health. For decades, Barbour has been a successful investment advisor, but his love of saunas (pronounced SOW-na for purists), and the benefits he’s received from them inspired him to pursue a different type of success. So, with a lifetime of collected knowledge that only an experienced enthusiast acquires, Barbour turned pro, designing custom saunas for clients at prices that meet every budget. “We’re not about one-size-fits-all when it comes to saunas,” Barbour said. “We’re about listening to what people want out of a sauna and then building it that way to please our customer.” Barbour can make simple, rustic saunas for single apartment dwellers or mansion-sized saunas for 10 or more people to use while enjoying music, conversation and family get togethers. “Sauna building is not a complicated thing, but to get it right requires a lot of experience and digging to discover what is perfect for someone,” he said. “Many people’s only experience in a sauna comes after a workout at the gym, but it can and should be so much more. We make sure that people understand how to sauna bathe properly, in the Finnish tradition, to get the most enjoyment from every session.” For those who have never experienced it, a sauna is a heated room, typically constructed of soft cedar wood. Dry heat emanates from volcanic rocks atop a heater, on which water, either clear or infused with eucalyptus or peppermint, is poured to produce bursts of steam to raise humidity when desired. The positive effects of the sauna have been demonstrated to reduce stress levels, relax sore and aching muscles, invigorate circulation and even help breathing by clearing sinuses. Warm Timber’s heaters are imported from Sweden and are dual purpose - for dry heat only or for a combination of dry and steam heat produced from an internal reservoir. And the comfort doesn’t stop there. Because Warm Timber’s been able to gather ideas from suppliers, architects and enthusiasts,

some unique elements have emerged that can make your sauna the ultimate in relaxation therapy in your home. “We can build audio transducers into the walls of a sauna, which makes the musical vibes seem to come from the wood itself,” Barbour said. “We can also install a fiber-optic system in the ceiling that looks like stars. But really, the sky’s the limit and we encourage our clients to surprise and inspire us with the embellishments they dream up.” Barbour’s advice for those worried about the effort and cost of maintaining a sauna in their home? “Stop worrying,” he said. “I use my personal sauna almost every day and its condition is still pristine. Unlike a spa it’s easy to operate and keep clean and adds only about $.38 to my electric bill each time I use it,” he said. “You can get even more efficient heaters to cut that cost down depending on your usage. Purists usually prefer straight benches but we can also build them ergonomically to suit your comfort. The wood we use is only top grade, a renewable resource grown in the Pacific Northwest and ultimately milled here in Pennsylvania. Each board is hand selected and we strive to build with every short and odd piece, reducing waste, which is an even greener solution.”

Let us work together to build something you’ll love. Contact us today to get a free quote. warmtimber.com 412.952.8937.

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Why you'll love our saunas Great timber Warm Timber Saunas are made of only the best cedar. Stable, yet soft and aromatic. Each board is hand selected and knot free for easy maintenance and longevity. The vertical grain benches offer maximum comfort and provide the highest level of beauty, comfort and durability. beauty and Function Every sauna we create is custom-built for beauty and function. Our material quality and craftsmanship will make your sauna a place of beauty that is warm and welcoming. Our attention to every last detail will ensure it functions smoothly, efficiently and is long-lasting. made For you A Warm Timber Sauna is built custom to your needs and requirements. We will help you find the ideal sauna location, suggest the perfect interior layout and recommend an optimal thermal flow for efficient heating. One of a kind, not one-size-fits-all.

In The Garden

Décor & Toolbox Tips

All Decked Out By Gina Mazza

Proper maintenance and care can keep your deck accessories in top shape for the spring.

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In The garden

Décor & Toolbox Tips

3 Tips to get started on your deck


From football game get-togethers to weekend barbecues, your deck furniture served you well through the fall. Before the snow takes over, take proper care of your outdoor furnishings and accessories.


To prevent rust on metal burners and grates on your grill, guarantee pre-storage condition with the Grill Daddy Grill Cleaning Tool ($14.98) and rid your grill of grease and grime.

Cover patio furniture with weatherproof fabric. Toss on this Classic Accessories Veranda Patio Lounge Chair Cover ($42). It’s water-repellent and won’t crack in cold conditions.

3 Clean acrylic cushions the DIY way by combining one cup of bleach, two cups of detergent and one gallon of water into a bucket or pail, such as this Leaktite Metal Pail ($10.77/package of 3). Spray on and allow it to soak for 30 minutes. Finally, scrub with a brush or cloth. Products available at The Home Depot, all area locations; homedepot.com.



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Garden on the Go

the main ingredients If you live in an area that does not permit open composting, the Keter E-Composter ($76.99), 120 gallons, comes with a base and won’t rust, stain or dent. Its sleek design conceals old food and lawn trimmings until you’re ready to give your flowers, herbs, vegetable plants and shrubs a nutritious treat.

Snow globes have their appeal this time of year, yet nothing breathes energy into a mid-winter home like a terrarium— a micro-world of natural wonder. A throwback to the Victorian era, these pint-sized gardens under glass (starting at $32) are affordable and portable. Perfect as an everlasting dinner centerpiece; make your own with succulents, cacti, ferns and moss—or purchase one housed in hand-blown glass.

Available at Roxanne’s Dried Flowers, 2115 Penn Ave., Strip District; 412/281-6950, roxannesdriedflowers.com.

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This All-Terrain Landscaper’s Wagon ($129) is sturdy transportation that can haul up to a 550-pound load—moving your garden tools and plants from the shed to your landscape location with ease.

Available at True Value, all area locations; truevalue.com.

Available at gardeners.com.

mix it up Eggshells and coffee grounds from breakfast could be the best way to fuel healthy plant growth in next summer’s garden. Instead of tossing those kitchen scraps in the garbage, start a compost pile—a mix of nutrient-rich organic ingredients used to revitalize depleted soil. It's also free, easy to make and good for the environment.

Pillow Flight Create an oasis of comfort in your sunroom or transitional porch with this ivory Metallic Linen Pillow ($11.97) with gold bird applique.

Available at Lowe’s, all area locations; lowes.com.

▷ Home Tweet Home

Don’t forget to put out the birdseed for your winged visitors. Pour some inside the concealed screen of these Charm Birdfeeders ($95/each). Handmade of stainless steel, these modern feeders are easy to maintain. Available at uncommongoods.com.

Branch Out

Tree toppers aren’t just for stars anymore. Reflect your flair for originality and reserve this top spot to showcase what you love—a photo of your dog or cat on a blowup foam-core-backed print, for example. Dig out that old disco ball and hang it directly above your tree, and you've got a reason to dance. Or, if you’re a nature lover, hunt-andgather pinecones, peacock feathers and other earthy elements. Use this Peacock Clip Ornament ($6.95) at the top of your tree—singularly, or in a bunch—and spruce up your spruce. Available at Pier 1 Imports, all area locations; pier1.com.

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Whether your holiday entertaining style calls for a well-dressed table setting or casual kid-friendly buffet with festive, but unbreakable dinnerware—it’s the company that makes the holiday season special. Spending time with family and friends, enjoying a festive feast filled with traditional family favorites or sipping a sparkling seasonal cocktail is what makes holiday entertaining enjoyable. ➢

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Get it While It’s Hot Load up on cookware and bakeware for the season at Crate’s annual All-Clad Factory Sale and More event, Dec. 6-8. Each year the store and cooking school serves as a venue for an All-Clad Factory Sale, which offers special values on open stock cookware such as sauce pans, frying pans, sauté pans, lids, tools and more. Crate also partners with other vendors for the event to provide even more bargains. Products from local manufacturer USA Pans will be discounted up to 60 percent and discounts will also be offered on Wüsthof knives. Tastings and other promotions are scheduled throughout the store during the event. Available at Crate, 1960 Green Tree Rd., Scott Twp; 412/341-5700, cratecook.com.

All Bundled Up Already wrapped in the warmth of the season, this Food Network Knit Snowman Sweater Wine Bottle Cover ($14.99) is likely to be the hottest hostess gift this season—equipped with a blue knit sweater and hat cork cover. Available at Kohl’s, all area locations; kohls.com.

I’ll Drink to That Sip the spirits of the season in this Holiday Cut Crystal Double Old-Fashioned Glass ($119.95/set of four).

Fashion Meets Function Your New Year’s Eve bubbly should chill in black-tie style with this silver-plated Top Hat-Shaped Metal Ice Bucket by Kate Spade New York ($79.99).

Available at Williams-Sonoma, 5514 Walnut St., Shadyside, 412/688-9220; The Galleria of Mt. Lebanon, Mt. Lebanon, 412/341-3411; 1000 Ross Park Mall Dr., Ross Park, 412/635-7401; williams-sonoma.com.

Available at Bed Bath and Beyond, all area locations; bedbathandbeyond.com.

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Available at Macy’s, all area locations; macys.com.

To make sure you relish your own party, plan ahead and don’t be hesitant to find help where you can, including a caterer, party planner or buying a few prepared holiday dishes from the local market. Even professional party planners and decorators look for help to create a picture-perfect event.

Dan Skena, owner of Party Savvy, and his wife, Sue, planned a seasonal holiday engagement party for their daughter at the historic Mexican War Streets home of Bob Sendall, owner of All in Good Taste Productions. Sendall styled the engagement dinner with seasonal décor, fancy florals and decadent food. From white branches— which bring the essence of freshly fallen snow, to mirrored mosaic trees and crystal rocks of faux ice to reflect the glow from tall taper candles, silk linens from Lendable Linens and leaves from the flower stems create the ambiance of walking through a snowy forest, adding a frosty shimmer and sparkle to the table scape.


Sliver & Gold Have your cake and keep it neat, too with this Gold Trim Cake Stand ($129) by Martha Stewart Collection Serveware featuring a matching dome with stenciled floral design.

All in Good Taste Productions 1520 Monterey St., North Side 412/321-6869 allingoodtasteproductions.com. Lendable Linens 3253 Old Frankstown Rd., Plum 724/325-5555, lendablelinens.com. Party Savvy 4315 Old William Penn Highway, Monroeville 412/856-8368, partysavvy.com.

Build it and They Will Come Bake up some ideas for your vision of a grand gingerbread house at the PPG Wintergarden’s 11th Annual Gingerbread House Display and Competition. It’s tradition to build a gingerbread house during the holiday season. If you need inspiration for your culinary cookie creation, visit the PPG Wintergarden downtown for the 11th Annual Gingerbread House Display and Competition. The event features the artistry of gingerbread houses from local schools, community groups, individuals, businesses and more throughout the region. Many surround the towering 32-foot Christmas tree that is the centerpiece of PPG Square for the “Spirit of Giving from Around the World” exhibit (commonly referred to as the Santa display) which features life-sized Santas representing traditions from countries around the globe. Open through Jan. 7, admission to the event is free. PPG Place Wintergarden, Two PPG Place, downtown. For more information go to ppgplace.com/directory/wintergarden. Collected donations benefit the Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. For more information go to givetochildrens.org. PH&L ❘ WINTER 2013



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Gingerbread House Party Get cookin’ with these gingerbread house-inspired products and accessories.

Cut Loose Perfect for creating an entire gingerbread family, this Tovolo Gingerbread People Cookie Cutter & Stamp Set ($13) includes gingerbread people cutters, stamps and recipe card to help guide your decorating. Available at Sur la Table, South Side Works, 2681 Sidney St., South Side; 412/431-4675, surlatable.com.

Stiff Competition Royal Icing—the smooth, thick icing that holds gingerbread houses together fastens all the parts of your edible dwelling in place. Whether you’ve baked all day or used the graham cracker shortcut, use Wilton’s Royal Icing recipe starting with 3 tablespoons of Wilton’s Meringue Powder ($6.70/4oz.- $10.09/8oz), 4 cups confectioner’s sugar and 6 tablespoons of warm water. Mix ingredients until peaks stiffen (makes about 3 cups). Available at K & B Candy Supply Company, 1107 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles; 412/824-5500, kbcandy.com.

Mint Condition There’s enough peppermint to go around—join in the festivities and slip on a pair of Candy Jar Earrings ($28.24) in red and white peppermint. Available at etsy.com.

Smear Gear Gather little helpers around and gear up gingerbread house construction with this mess-proof kids’ cotton twill holiday striped apron ($24.95). Available at Williams-Sonoma, 5514 Walnut St., Shadyside, 412/688-9220; The Galleria of Mt. Lebanon, Mt. Lebanon, 412/341-3411; 1000 Ross Park Mall Dr., Ross Park, 412/635-7401; williams-sonoma.com.



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Cookie Cabin Dish some of your best cookies on this Winterberry Log Cabin Platter ($24.99) from Pfaltzgraff. Available exclusively online at pfaltzgraff.com.

CKB Design Group LLC

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NEW EXPANDED SHOWROOM: 75 Shenot Rd., Wexford, PA 15090 (across from Bobby Rahal’s)

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Holiday Gift Guide

From cutting edge designs for the fashionista, to must-have hostess gifts for the foodie, here are 33 ideas for everyone on your list. By Reese Randall

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Blast from the Past The sound of music never sounded so good. Wrap this Tabletop Hifi Console ($1,800) in paper and top it off with a bow—and wait for the sounds of joy as it’s happily received. Available at symbolaudio.com.

Top Desk Perfect for a dorm room or home office, this Salt Crystal USB Lamp ($29) can brighten up any conversation or shed light on late night studying. Available at Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh.

Mini to the Max Give the gift that connects you to the world. The iPad mini (price depending on model) with 7.9-inch retina display, Apple iOS7 and 16GB of memory comes with built-in apps including iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers and Keynote, all available for free—it’s a small wonder with big capabilities. Available at the Apple Store.



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Too Cool for School Play your favorite beats while beating the cold—sounds good and even better when you slip on these Leather & Shearling Tech Earmuffs ($95) by UGG Australia. Available at Nordstrom.

Action Hero Save the day for the film fanatic on your gift list with this GoPro HERO 3 Camcorder ($199). Available at Target.

Well Connected Expand your tech capabilities with the Hubman ($8.95) and turn one USB port into four high-speed ports.

Available at Crate & Barrel.

WHERE TO SHOP Apple Store 5508 Walnut St., Shadyside; 412/316-2460, apple.com/retail/shadyside Crate & Barrel 1000 Ross Park Mall Dr., Ross Township; 412/630-8001, crateandbarrel.com

Nordstrom 1000 Ross Park Mall Dr., Ross Township; 412/548-4300, shop.nordstrom.com.

Dr.’s Orders Prescribe the sound of music with the Pill ($199.99) from BEATS by Dr. Dre. The wireless speakers are portable and small enough to fit in the palm of you hand.

Symbol Audio symbolaudio.com Target All area locations; target.com Ten Thousand Villages 5824 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/421-2160, tenthousandvillages.com

Available at Target.

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Fashion & Footwear

› Italian Luxury Give a lift to a friend with these high heel knee boots ($139.90) and T-strap heels ($109.90). Available at Primadonna Collection.

This Everyday Dress ($250) by Kiya Tomlin is a sweatshirt in disguise. Made of pre-washed cotton fleece, this dress was designed for work and play in high fashion comfort. Available at Kiya Tomlin Pittsburgh. (photo by MiaPINK Photography)

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Available at Macy’s.

A new look for any occasion, he’ll love this dress wool modern fit jacket ($540) with pant ($250), stretch cotton modern fit shirt ($195) and gloves ($125) all by J. Lindeberg. Available at MODA Pittsburgh.

Fashion Meets Function

A vibrant punch of color adds dimension to the classic LBD. This color-blocked blue jersey dress ($89) is ready-to-wear.

Modern Man

To Infinity & Beyond This Island Hills infinity scarf ($24) from Indonesia is ideal for warmth and style. Available at Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh.

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Sole Man The guy in your life would appreciate the comfort and style of these Castleton Wingtips ($135) by Rockport. Available at Macy’s.

GQ Ready

This entire look is understated, yet strong in a layered style beginning with a soft brown vest ($119) over a yellow sweater ($75) and button down shirt ($29.98) paired with a casual navy pant ($39.98), by Tasso Elba. Available at Macy’s.


› Cashmere Chic Kinross represents modern and luxe classics—for both men and women. Crafted with adherence to a 200-year-old Scottish tradition for the finest quality in cashmere, Kinross sweaters (pricing available upon request) are this season’s essentials. Available at Larrimor’s.

Winter White

Carabella 328 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont; 412/828-2187, carabellaoakmont.com

Surprise her with this ivory silk chiffon top ($206) and print leather A-line skirt ($396) by Donna Degnan.

Kiya Tomlin Pittsburgh Indigo Square, 5983 Broad St., East Liberty; kiyatomlin.com

Available at Carabella.

Littles Shoes 5850 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/521-3530, littlesshoes.com

Larrimor’s 249 Fifth Ave., downtown; 412/471-5727, larrimors.com

Macy’s, all area locations; macys.com

Fancy Footwork Casual and comfortable never looked so fashionable than with these studded slippers ($130) with a touch of bling and classic short lizard boots with studs ($155), both by UGG. Exclusively available at Littles Shoes.

MODA Pittsburgh 5401 Walnut St., Shadyside; 412/681-8640, modapittsburgh.com Primadonna Collection 723 Filbert St., Shadyside; 412/688-8222, primadonnacollection.com Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh 5824 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/421-2160, tenthousandvillages.com

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Baubles & Bags

Rock Star Give the gift of bling and slip this on—an 18k gold yellow citrine and diamond cocktail ring ($3,500) by Vianna Brasil.

A Wave of Emotion Express your feelings of love with this Wave necklace ($130) from Peru, handcrafted from sterling silver and sodalite. Available at Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh.

Available at Henne Jewelers.

Hand-in-Hand Style and substance go together with this Diana handbag ($425) by Sandra Cadavid. Get carried away with its rolled leather handles, vertical skinny belt detailing and 24 karat gold plated metal hardware.

Luxe Be a Lady


Available at Victoria Fox Chapel, Sybil Salon and Spa and sandracadavid.com.

Ear Candy

Bestow a little luxury with this custom diamond bangle (price can vary depending on diamond weight )which has a three-layer lattice with diamonds randomly set in bezels (or between bars) of 18K yellow gold.

Add sparkle to the frame of her face with these Vianna Brasil 18k gold diamond and green-gold quartz and prasiolite earrings ($3,450).

Available at Robert Hallett, Goldsmith.

Available at Henne Jewelers.


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Cuff Love Drip her in diamonds with this cuff bracelet ($11,000), designed freeform and made of three pieces of 18K yellow gold with channel set diamonds.

Available at Robert Hallett,Goldsmith.

Available at Robert Hallett, Goldsmith.

With each pendant made to fit the diamond, the diamond necklace is designed in a "hug" style in 18K yellow gold (prices range from $1,200 to $9,500 depending on size of the pendant and diamond).

Wristful Thinking If your wish list includes this LouLou Wristlet ($295/each) by Sandra Cadavid, get ready to choose between four different colors, including black and gold (shown here), gray and saddle brown. Available at Victoria Fox Chapel, Sybil Salon and Spa and sandracadavid.com. WHERE TO SHOP

Henne Jewelers 5501 Walnut St., Shadyside; 412/682-1127, hennejewelers.com

Emerald City Jewelry for the contemporary woman—inspired by the colors, shapes, art and culture of Brazil—this Vianna Brasil 18k white gold emerald cut amethyst and diamond ring ($3,485) is an unexpected and extraordinary gift. Available at Henne Jewelers.

Robert Hallett, Goldsmith 518 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont; 412/828-0200, roberthallett.com Sandra Cadavid sandracadavid.com Sybil Salon and Spa 5815 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside; 412/363-2113, sybilsalonandspa.com Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh 5824 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/421-2160, tenthousandvillages.com Victoria Fox Chapel 1137 Freeport Rd., Fox Chapel; 412/781-0800, victoriafoxchapel.com

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Bottoms Up

A Delish Dish Finish off the crab dip and crackers from these Threshold Yum Appetizer Plates ($3.99/each)—the messages on the plates speak volumes.

Every hostess can use another place to store wine bottles—try this Iron Wine Rack ($45) for a rustic and decorative element of style. Available at Hacienda Furniture.

Available at Target.

Say Cheese Wine and cheese have paired well together for centuries—make room for a great presentation of utensils with The Cellar Cheese Knife Set ($43). Available at Macys.

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Multitask party duties using this polished stainless steel mobile server trolley ($1,425) from the Design Institute of America, with glass top and shelf.

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

Available at Perlora.

There’s no stopping a celebration, except when using these Hanukkah Wine Stoppers ($7.99/set of 2) to help keep the bubbly fresh.

No Distractions Allowed Family game night has never been more focused than when you play a round of Disruptus Game ($29.95) where the object of the game is to challenge players to think of new ways to describe familiar objects using disruptive thinking as a main resource to win. Available at Crate & Barrel.

Shake It Up Modern has its moments, but classic is always in style. Serve drinks in this Vintage Cocktail Shaker set with 6 Glasses ($95). Available at Weisshouse.



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Available at Target. WHERE TO SHOP Crate & Barrel 1000 Ross Park Mall Dr., Ross Township; 412/630-8001, crateandbarrel.com Hacienda Furniture 2350 Railroad St., Strip District; 412/904-4477, haciendafurniturepittsburgh.com Macy’s all area locations; macys.com Perlora 2220 E. Carson St., South Side; 412/431-2220, perlora.com Target all area locations; target.com Weisshouse 324 South Highland Ave., Shadyside; 412/441-8888, weisshouse.com

The Bike


Airport Pittsburgh International Airport offers convenient options for those traveling on two-wheels. It is a popular option for those who work at the airport as well. The Montour Trail Airport Connector opened the 6.5 mile extension in March 2012 at Pittsburgh International Airport. “Trails improve quality of life and provide transportation alternatives for residents. They also bring tourism and economic vitality,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. It is now possible to bike the recently-completed Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and C&O Canal Towpath from Pittsburgh International Airport to Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. With US Airways and United Airlines offering 67 weekly departures from PIT to Dulles and Reagan National airports, you can bike one way and take the return flight home! The connector begins/ends at the end of the moving walkway in the long parking lot. A convenient bike rack is located just outside the walkway. Additionally, the Hyatt Regency at Pittsburgh International Airport permits guests to bring bikes into rooms and is planning to offer special packages for those biking the trail from D.C. to Pittsburgh or vice versa next spring.


Under Control at PIT “Pittsburgh International Airport is well prepared for snow. Air traffic may be impacted by heavy snowfall, but this airport rarely ever closes due to snow,” said Bradley D. Penrod, President, Allegheny County Airport Authority. Pittsburgh International Airport is a five-time winner of the International Balchen/Post award for excellence in the performance of airport snow and ice control. The ability of Pittsburgh International Airport to stay open and stay safe in all types of weather conditions improves air service by improving the on-time rates for airlines and enhancing customer service, thanks to its comprehensive snow and ice control plan, the latest friction technology and excellent heavy equipment for snow removal. Facts • Snow removal time for each runway: 30-35 minutes. • The snow blower machines can move 3,000 tons per hour. • Our runway system is like maintaining a two lane highway from Pittsburgh to Cleveland.

More Flights:

Paris, France; Nashville, TN; Punta Cana, DR Airline updates: Delta Air Lines Nonstop Pittsburgh to Paris will resume in April and will be operating five days a week. Southwest Airlines has launched its new daily nonstop to Nashville International Airport. American Airlines upgraded its aircraft on its Pittsburgh-Chicago route and launched new daily nonstop Pittsburgh to Los Angeles. Delta Air Lines added Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Saturday-only nonstop service December 21. AirTran resumed nonstop service to Ft. Lauderdale last September.


Airport Shops Opening Look for new shops at Pittsburgh International Airport: Pinko is opening its first U.S. store featuring runway-inspired women’s fashions from Italy. Furla will offer premier leather and sophisticated accessories in signature Italian designs. Tumi will offer top international suitcases and travel accessories. Lacoste, the French apparel company, will offer travelers high-end apparel for men and women. Desigual features colorful and vivacious women’s clothing and Collezioni – the Beauty Gallery is a first-of-its kind high-design beauty store that will offer more than 100 top international fragrance, cosmetic and skincare brands.


and Zip! Pittsburgh International Airport now has the Zipcar, which is a car-rental service with five vehicles for rent at either $8.25 per hour or $65 per day. Zipcar is the leader for cars on demand by taking the simple concept of car sharing to new heights. They are very popular because they are easy to reserve on line with 24/7 access to thousands of cars around the globe and they contribute to a greener environment due to fewer cars, less congestion and less pollution. The vehicles are available in the Avis lot. Reserve a Zipcar at zipcar.com. PH&L 2013 PH&L❘ WINTER ❘ WINTER 2013


Water works The kitchen is the new family room. And the bathroom isn’t far behind. By Gina Mazza Kitchens have come a long way since famed chef Julia Child and her husband, Paul, created a simple, functional design for their Cambridge, Massachusetts home. Julia’s workspace was filled with time saving mixers and blenders, along with umpteen gadgets and “enough knives to outfit a pirate ship.” Ms. Child may have paved the way for today’s slew of celebrity chefs, who inspire cable-viewers to replicate their sophisticated cuisine at home. While today’s kitchen is still very much a place to prepare meals, it has become the hub from which all household activities are orchestrated. Similarly, bathrooms have expanded beyond just a space to shower, shave and do one’s, ahem, duty. The modern bath is spa-esque, a serene haven from the cares of the world. Whether you lust after a La Cornue range or simply want your shower time to be more of an “experience,” today’s marketplace has plenty of offerings. In this interview, Tom Trzcinski, CMKBD, owner of Kitchen & Bath Concepts of Pittsburgh, gives the scoop on what homeowners can expect to find when remodeling or building a new kitchen or bath. PHL: Is the kitchen the new family room? KBC: Yes. First we had the great room.

Now our main living space is tucked into the kitchen. More people are working from home so the idea is to control all aspects of your life from a central place. Conversely, you can now monitor what’s happening in the kitchen from an adjacent room or from across the country. You can start a meal while on a conference call in your upstairs office, or program the oven timer from an app on your mobile phone while at your office downtown. PHL: Technology is changing our kitchen experience. KBC: That’s right. We’re seeing big-screen TVs that divide into four smaller screens. One might have a recipe you’re preparing; the next one you’re having a video call with your mom in California; the next one you’re monitoring what your children are doing on their computers. TVs have become so thin you can easily conceal them behind cabinetry. It’s all about maximizing efficiency: appliances with USB ports, and drawers or trash cans that open by touching the face of it with your hand, hip or knee. Refrigerators are now able to sense if that carton of eggs or milk inside has spoiled by measuring the amount and type of gas the food gives off. It all makes multitasking very comfortable, even from a distance.

Sewickley kitchen Materials and textures pull this space together. White-painted cabinetry around the perimeter provides a well-balanced backdrop for other elements. The perimeter tops are Silestone quartz in Yukan color with Calcutta Gold marble. A tin ceiling brings a reflective element to the space while staying true to the house’s time period. PH&L ❘ WINTER 2013


Tansu kitchen refrigerator with built-in lighting Inspired by multiple Japanese Tansu chests, this refrigerator features a weathered finish of red with brown glaze on rift oak. Custom, handmade iron hardware completes the look. The door panels emanate subtle squares of LED lighting.



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Mt. Lebanon kitchen This impressive La Cornue Chateau 150 range and hood, imported from France, anchors the space. The surrounding walls are kept clean and free of cabinets so the range is the focal point. Arched pantry doors in custom red paint with Italian Gold glazing add a softer element, while repeating the lines of the barreled ceiling.

PHL: Clearly, this isn’t your grandmother’s kitchen. How does the younger generation approach kitchen design? KBC: The new youth want what Mom and Dad had, but at an earlier age. They’re more interested in what happens in the space. They tend to keep it simple and clean, infusing it with artwork and things they can take with them when they move. Design details have more importance once they grow into a larger house and become more anchored. PHL: Are homeowners thinking “eco-friendly” when choosing materials? KBC: It’s definitely a permanent trend and I see different stages of acceptability. People won’t pay extra if they don’t see the value, and they won’t adjust their lifestyles for it. But there are more options now. On the high end, you see reclaimed hardwoods up to $100 per square foot. On the low end, sustainable woods like bamboo can be less expensive than average flooring. PHL: What’s the bottom line on a kitchen makeover? KBC: We’ve done kitchens from $50,000 to $600,000, so it’s a broad spectrum. We have products that can accommodate the full range. If you investigate the higher end

Tansu kitchen Control panel for the Harmon Kardon system is hidden discreetly inside a drawer. Sub-woofer speakers are tucked into the toe kick space.

dealerships [such as KBC], you’ll find that there are ways to do less expensive projects by juggling the materials. The most dynamite kitchens are not about buying the most expensive cabinetry; it’s the whole package and how you pull it together with details like lighting, decorations, paint colors. PHL: Is “save and splurge” a good strategy?

KBC: Yes. Decide what your focal points are going to be and put your money there. Generally, people put their budgets where they entertain first, like the kitchen. They’ll make a splash there and downplay everything else in the house to balance it out. PHL: Any advice on integrating the room with the rest of the space? KBC: The most critical thing in any room is rhythm. For example, the same manner in which your furniture is placed in adjacent areas needs to be done in the kitchen. You can use different colors, flavors and styles within the space but the idea is to take the surrounding architecture and overall design elements, and maintain that same rhythm. If you have an eclectic design in adjacent rooms, you’d better have it in the kitchen. The idea is not to delineate the space but to embrace it.

Mt. Lebanon kitchen A motorized pullout cabinet keeps the tile detail free of any hardware.

Sewickley Kitchen The stone veneer serves three purposes: 1) It brings the exterior stone façade to the interior, 2) conceals structural supports for a recessed beam that was added in order to open up two rooms into one, and 3) visually breaks up the white cabinetry. PH&L ❘ WINTER 2013


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▼ Gibsonia Master Bathroom A handheld on the wall bar offers flexibility for users’ varying heights. The recessed shampoo niche below the controls does double duty as a footrest while shaving.

PHL: What’s trending right now with bathroom design?

KBC: The catchwords are “minimalist,” “soothing”, “comfortable” and “Zen.” It’s a place to not only prepare for the daily grind but seek refuge from it. People are visiting day spas and staying at resorts when they travel, and they want to experience at home the same luxuries they enjoyed at that hotel or spa. PHL: Again, does technology play a part? KBC: Oh yes. Televisions are important in the bathroom, even being able to view from the shower. We’re seeing a portable Bluetooth speaker that clips onto the showerhead so you can listen to your playlist in the shower. There are electronic, thermostatically controlled valves with multiple settings so everyone in the home can set their preferred water temperature.



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Simple, clean lines create a spa-like atmosphere. “Floating” cabinets open up the space. Lighting below the cabinets is on a motion detector—convenient when using the bathroom in the middle of the night.

all in the details PHL: Lighting is especially important in the bath-

room, right? KBC: Absolutely. The electronics industry has really integrated products into residential bathrooms. You can set the lights to voluminous during the day and cozy it up in evening to take a bath. Motion detectors not only sense movement and turn on dim lighting along the floor at night, they can also sense the height of the person entering the room and adjust the lighting to the level that you or your spouse likes. We’re seeing more task lighting on faucets and sinks so you can wash your hands without turning on the lights. Heated floors can be set for different times of day. Chromotherapy [light therapy] can be incorporated to change the color of the room based on your mood. PHL: Tubs seem to be a standout design statement

in some bathrooms now. They’re made of marble, metal, copper, wood, stainless steel and even glass. KBC: Since freestanding tubs were introduced, we’ve been seeing more of them but most people still want showers. Today’s showers are so big you could wash a pony in them. Again, this is good for aging in place, as they can handle any phase of your life and even accommodate a wheelchair. Shower fittings create a more dramatic experience—from rain heads and massaging body jets to steam showers and hand wands. And you can get creative with LED lighting, such as ceramic tiles with fiberoptics that light up in the shower. PHL: What about other bathroom fixtures? KBC: Vessel bowls are popular for sinks but underhungs are still the most requested. Translucent countertops that light from underneath are a trend. Commodes are becoming minimalist, with tanks built into the walls. Models are available in which you don’t need toilet paper; there’s a little fan underneath to dry you off. PHL: Hmmm…

▼ A ceiling mounted tub filler is strategically positioned in an arched cherry bulkhead so water flows gracefully into the tub from above.

Flat-screen TV is concealed behind a motorized shade.

Diamond Run Master Bathroom

Sewickley Kitchen Cabinetry:Quality Custom Cabinetry by Kitchen & Bath Concepts Countertops: Vanite by Vangura Plumbing Fixtures: Seymours Backsplash Tile: Ceramiche Tile & Stone Appliances: Hillmon Appliance

KBC: I know . . . I’m not sure I’d trust it! Today’s bathrooms are all about being pristine, sanitary, minimizing germ transfer. Contrary to wanting to hide dirt in other spaces, in the bathroom the emphasis is on seeing the dirt so you can wipe it right away and keep the area spotless.

Mt. Lebanon Kitchen Cabinetry: Premier Custom Built by Kitchen & Bath Concepts Countertops: Quartzite by Vangura Plumbing Fixtures: Seymours Backsplash Tile: Ceramiche Tile & Stone LaCornue Range & Hood: Kitchen & Bath Concepts Other Appliances: Don’s Appliance

Kitchen & Bath Concepts of Pittsburgh is located at 176 Rochester Road in Pittsburgh. To inquire, call 412/ 301-8000 or visit www.kbcpittsburgh.com.

Tansu Kitchen Cabinetry: Quality Custom Cabinetry by Kitchen & Bath Concepts Countertops: Caesarstone by Ultimate Granite; Oak Butcher Block by Groathouse Lumber

Plumbing Fixtures: Watermark by Crescent Supply Stone Backsplash: Ultimate Granite Appliances: Hillmon Appliance Gibsonia Master Bathroom Cabinetry: Premier Custom Built by Kitchen & Bath Concepts Countertops: Vanite by Vangura Plumbing Fixtures: Seymours Floor & Wall Tile: Ceramiche Tile & Stone Diamond Run Master Bathroom Cabinetry: KBC Custom Casework by Kitchen & Bath Concepts Countertops: Caesarstone by Ultimate Granite Plumbing Fixtures: Seymour's Floor & Wall Tile: Ceramiche Tile & Stone

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sweet office Work your home office so your home office works for you. By Gina Mazza

In this world of ultra-mobile technology, most of us work from home in some capacity. Maybe you’re self-employed and strategizing business deals from the comfort of your den; or you’ve negotiated with your employer to work remotely a few days a week. For others, working at home equates to managing family and household from a corner nook in the kitchen. Whether you need a space to pay the bills or Skype with an overseas client, the key is to make it comfortable, organized and aligned with your personal style. If you’re fortunate enough to dedicate an entire room to your work-at-home endeavors, create it in your own taste. Remember, you’re in your home, not an office building downtown. Don’t be afraid to eschew the formal office furniture look in favor of a design that better suits you and the rest of your home decor. An elegant bergère upholstered chair with armrests glams up any desk, and nothing says you can’t frame your children’s artwork to inspire your daily tasks. Choose colors you love. Trash the clutter, tech equipment and bulky work binders. Consider a cushy rug, colorful wallpaper or artful table lamp. Decorate with whatever makes you happy.



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Flaunt your stuff If you feel more comfortable surrounded by things you love, go for it. Just remember to give order to the chaos.

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and Peace of Mind

Keep it natural. Nothing calms and clears the mind like spending time in nature. If possible, situate your desk in a position that enables you to view the outdoors. No nature to look at? Place a green, leafy plant, fresh flowers or a desktop fountain nearby. Stay in your power position. The ancient art of placement and design called Feng Shui suggests that you have a clear view of the door into your workroom. Sitting with your back to those who enter can put you on edge and distract your tasks. Use furnishings that allow freedom of movement. Choose furniture that can be reconfigured and rearranged, as needed. A dining table can do double-duty as a spacious desk. A rolling chair, laptop stand and multiple work surfaces give you the ability to rearrange things, switch positions and manage tasks better for a more efficient home office.



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have a seat Bergère chairs are an elegant choice, as long as you’re not logging long hours in them.

Simple flair A few just-so pieces, like this desk, could be all you need to outfit your workspace.

Think outside the box Don't need a serious office? Bring your desk out into the open, or create privacy within a larger space. Use an open-backed bookcase or strategically positioned decorative screen as a room divider, for example. PH&L ❘ WINTER 2013


Style File With this colorful, mechanic-shop filing cabinet ($159) featuring stainless steel drawer grips, you’ll be sure to locate files—letter and legal size—quickly and easily. Available at cb2.com.

Stroke of Genius

Dispense Responsibly

Accessorize in style with this cocktail glass design tape dispenser ($9.99) from Scotch Magic. Available at Office Depot, all area locations; officedepot.com.


Add whimsy to your workspace with these fun finds for your home office.

This lightweight, superslim Bluetooth keyboard ($99.99) attachment is compatible with your iPad tablet. Removable magnetic clips and a USB port allow for easy positioning and detachability so you can type anywhere. Available at Brookstone, all area locations; brookstone.com.

Hide & Chic

This espresso colored, croc-embossed ottoman ($398) is a multipurpose must-have for sitting or storage.

A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place Customize this chalkboard organizer ($220) to your heart’s content. Mail, work files, magazines, keys and more all have a space in its five pockets. Available at etsy.com.



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Available at Nordstrom, 1000 Ross Park Mall Dr., Ross Township; 412/548-4300, shop.nordstrom.com.

Floor It! Functional Flooring Ideas to Sweep You Off Your Feet. By Elizabeth Speed



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What’s afoot underfoot? Our flooring experts tell us there are some distinct trends when it comes to flooring options for your home. The moguls of modernity at Weisshouse in Shadyside cite big geometrics in carpets. For the titans of tile at Best Tile, it’s a move toward tile that is two to three times the size of the previously standard square-foot product. Overall, gray is red hot, and green options are a cool choice. If a fabulous floor is in your future, consider these trends among the hard, the soft, the environmental, and the economical.

The Hard Stuff A strong, durable surface has been the floor of choice for centuries. But many of the cutting-edge choices for hardwood, tile, and laminate are fresh and new within the last few years. Technology makes things possible that weren’t previously, meaning there are new considerations for unprecedented looks when it comes to a solid surface beneath your feet. Ceramic and porcelain options that have the natural beauty of a wood grain with the durability of tile are popular choices. Designer Catherine Montague, an interior designer with Green Design Innovation, cites Italian tiles from the Sequolo and Falling Water lines available from Best Tile in Wexford. “As a designer, when I’m looking for something different, these really caught my eye,” she says. The tiles are textured like a hardwood, but made of clay so they’re water resistant and unmatched by wood fiber. This enables tiles such as these to be installed in bathrooms—or even outdoors and their texture means they are less slippery. “It’s a rustic look…but contemporary at the same time,” says Montague.

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Soft spots At Weisshouse, carpet leaves customers feeling anything but neutral—even if the shade they choose is just that. The trend is toward wool carpet, according to staff designer Ron Reinheimer. The shop's sisals are all natural, coming from sheep rather than petroleum. They’re as good for the home as they are for the environment, with low, tight loops and a touch of stripes (or subtle striping) which adds design interest. Easy to clean, durable, and with options at a variety of price points, wool carpet is as practical as it is pretty.


Unbelievably wide Planks of hardwood rarely exceed five inches in width, but options in Shaw’s Grand Canyon Line defy these physics, reaching 8 inches wide with stable, novel engineering. When installed, the wide planks have a rustic feel and unique look.


High low Also trending at Weisshouse are big geometrics or carpets with subtle, but large-scale prints. “They offer a high end design look,” says Reinheimer, adding that clients often opt to bind the edges and transform a wall-to-wall carpet into an area rug.



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Planet Friendly Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. They are tenets of green-friendly living, and driving the usage of reclaimed hardwood floors. While installing century-old wood planks may be good for the environment, it’s problematic for consumers as the old materials may come up lacking in integrity or quantity. Enter Shaw’s American Restoration line. “This is an engineered product that’s environmentally friendly, using fewer trees to create a high-density wood core for stability,” says Sandi Ownby, hard surface design manager at Shaw Industries. When installed it has the look of reclaimed wood with a matte finish reminiscent of oil-rubbed floors from an era long gone.

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Cost Conscious Ingenious engineers create flooring products that ensure you need not forgo the look you want because of price considerations. Consider Shaw’s tiles from the Resilient line. Made of vinyl, they look like tile but offer several key differences: installation is easy enough for a novice, and can be done in a day. They also are flexible and forgiving…so there’s no concern for cracking. And, they offer a warmer feel under bare feet. But more so than any other factor, you can hardly tell they aren’t what they seem to be— meaning more value for the investment.

Recycling Remedies The Pittsburgh Carpet Recycling Center will recycle your old carpet. Rather than take up space in landfills, it can become part of a new car, furniture or packaging material—even new carpet! Contact commercial supplier Steinberger Floors for information, fees, and even possibly a pickup. 1611 Railroad Street, Heidelberg 412/276-2076 SteinbergerFloors.com

WHERE TO SHOP A and S Carpet Collection 4848 William Flynn Highway, Allison Park; 724/443-2200, ascarpetcollection.com Best Tile 11040 Perry Highway, Wexford 724/935-6965, besttile.com Green Design Innovation 308 Challis Lane, Sewickley; 412/638-2696, greendesigninnovation.com Molyneaux Tile Carpet and Wood all area locations; beautifulfloors.com Shaw Industries Products shawfloors.com Weisshouse 324 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside; 412/441-8888, weisshouse.com Young Brothers Flooring 8232 Perry Highway, North Hills; 412/364-5151, youngbrothersflooring.com



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Color Commentary

Make a statement about comfort and color and conquer painting your way.

By Elizabeth Speed

When it comes to comfort, we’re not all necessarily on the same wavelength—especially when it comes to color. “Comfort means something slightly different to everyone,” says Lauren Gratchick of Le Tapisseur Fine Fabric & Wallcoverings in East Liberty. “For one of my clients, it means light neutral palettes in cream. For another, it’s a dark space with wood tones, and warm browns and grays.” It’s to-each-their-own when creating a space that is relaxing, warm and easy. But there’s no doubt that color in a space is a major factor in terms of comfort. For a fullspectrum look at comforting color options, color experts paint a picture of a literal rainbow of the best ideas when it comes to your residential retreat. For Benjamin Moore color and style



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expert Sharon Grech, “The wall color is really important. It takes up the largest visual space in a room, so it’s important that the color and sheen are right since it sets off all of the other things in the room.” She reaches first for warm colors to create a comfortable space, but is quick to add that it’s a personal choice for everyone so there’s no one-color-comforts-all option. A recent client had a heritage home, and turned to her for help with its previously white living room. “We went with Sparrow on the wall,” she says, citing a rich gray color from the Benjamin Moore palette. “They were nervous it was too dark, but in such a large room the warm color brought a sense of intimacy.” Barbara Richardson, color marketing manager for Glidden Paint, turns to rich and warm colors. She cites a shade of red. “Crisp

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color: Sparrow A bold but warm hue of gray on the walls, white trimmed windows reflect light in to this room to create a family’s retreat.

Autumn Leaves is incredibly warm and cozy due to the depth and richness of the hue,” she says. “[It will] convey the robust feeling of fall and incorporate the spicy tones of the season.” Staying primarily primary, Richardson also favors a yellow called Luscious Mango. “This color is golden and warm…the patterning on the pillow and throw underscores the tactile feeling that is perfect when creating a space that conveys the feeling of warmth and comfort,” she says.

A warm color, especially a rich one like Crisp Autumn Leaves, can be paired with a neutral, such as the Stone White pictured here, for a contrast of light and dark.

Luscious Mango is a bolder choice for this space, but adds warmth. For comforting color on a smaller scale, use a showcase color on the back wall of a bookcase, or to paint furniture in the space.

Coordinating Colors (l-r)

Coordinating Colors (l-r)

Crisp Autumn Leaves ❘ Frosted Mulberry ❘ Stone White

Luscious Mango ❘ Silver Birch ❘ Wild Truffle

A taupe-gray wall color sets off light, contrasting colors in other accessories like rugs and table lamps, keeping the mood in this bedroom light and inviting.

"Tone on tone neutrals are perfect for creating comfortable room settings,” says Erika Woelfel, director of color for Behr Paints. “In this bedroom, Pier is a dramatic taupe-gray wall color that looks sophisticated when combined with the rich dark tones of the mahogany furniture.” The wall color is a beautiful backdrop for the textiles in the space, featuring dusty pastels like mauve and light aqua for the bedding, and soft yellow curtains to filter the natural light.

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Palette Pleasers ›

Colors that paint a picture of serenity.

Julie Richard, Ace Hardware’s design expert, favors cocoa tones as soothing selections from the Clark+Kensington paint line. And when comfort is the goal, a matte paint is Richard’s go-to style. She’ll pay special attention to the lighting in the room, and avoid accessorizing in a way that’s overly matching. Plus, light and a variety of accessories add to the calming effects of this neutral-colored bedroom.

“Natural colors like green and brown help create comfortable spaces in the home, and impart a feeling of relaxation and wellbeing.” —Erika Woelhel, Director of Color for Behr Paints

New for 2014, designers see colors lightening up. That’s apparent in this bathroom, which uses Van Allen Green on the walls and Breath of Fresh Air on the tub to showcase the stunning view outside. “Think about the view [from a window] and work with it,” says Benjamin Moore’s Sharon Grech. She notes that a blue would blend in with the seascape, but the green used here helps it stand out.



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Super Nova, a deep purple tone from Benjamin Moore, highlights the accessories in front of it. It brings out the warmth of the wood grain, and the gold in the mirror frame.


textures and Patterns to Inspire any room.

Gratchick favors the warm neutrals in this space. It’s not too busy or contrasting, but creates a space that doesn’t demand your eye jump around, creating a cohesive space with floors and walls in the same color value.

Wallpaper is another way to incorporate calming color, shown here in a breakfast nook. “Yellow naturally is considered a de-stressing color, and the tone on tone creates a subtle contrast,” says Lauren Gratchick of Kolano Design, which also operates the local wall coverings and design finish retailer Le Tapisseur. WHERE TO SHOP Ace Hardware All area locations; acehardware.com Behr Paint behr.com Benjamin Moore Paints benjaminmoore.com The Home Depot all area locations; homedepot.com

Le Tapisseur Fine Fabrics and Wallcoverings 6024 Penn Circle South, East Liberty; 412/441-4081, letapisseur.com Masterwork Paint all area locations; masterworkpaint.com

Glidden glidden.com

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O bject of D esire

Drop Down

Gorgeous Before the New Year’s Eve countdown begins, illuminate your house party in style and let the ball drop. Create a little New Year’s Eve magic at home with this Bubble Ball pendant lamp (starting at $84) from Pure Edge Lighting. In party-ready colors of amber, blue, red and clear, the 20-watt halogen lamp comes in three finishes, including satin nickel, polished nickel and antique bronze.

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Available at Typhoon Lighting, 1130 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square; 412/242-7050, typhoonlighting.com.



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