James Spencer's home on Pembroke Place will be featured on the Shadyside House Tour Sept. 21.

Designer banishes dark wood from grand Tudor in Shadyside

New York designer persuades Shadyside homeowner to take a lighter touch on a dark Tudor. Now it’s on the Shadyside House Tour.

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 The exterior of the home, which sits on 1.49 acres and is on the market for $279,900.

Buying Here: New Sewickley

A rustic log house is one of five built by an extended family in 1979.

3 days ago

 A fine American classical carved and gilded convex mirror, circa 1815-20, from Thomas Schwenke.

Child Health Association antiques show returns to Sewickley

After a three-year hiatus, the Child Health Association is bringing back its antiques show -- with lots of new twists.

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 The exterior of the house on Arch Street.

Renovation of Mexican War Streets home part of couple's upsizing philosophy

North Side couple tackle a 3,000-square-foot “dump," turn it into a highlight on next weekend's Mexican War Streets House & Garden Tour.

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 Artisan Jason Matukaitis of Friendship, one of six winners of the Reuse Inspiration Contest, poses with a bar he made for Espresso a Mana in Lawrenceville. He used reclaimed Pennsylvania walnut, salvaged steel tubing and sheet metal.

Winners of Reuse Inspiration Contest go creative with castoffs

Winners of the 2014 Reuse Inspiration Contest got creative with wood slabs, steel tubing, paint, skateboards, canes and more.

1 week ago

 The landscaped front yard features several types of perennial flowers.

Buying Here: Pleasant Hills

Landscaping with lots of perennials, shrubs and trees create a lush setting for house in Pleasant Hills.

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Home and garden notes: 9/6/14

Hazardous household waste collection at Settlers Cabin, Rose Festival on the North Side set for Sept. 13.

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 Christa Vattimo, 31, borrowed money from her company retirement savings account at PNC Bank for the down payment on a $97,000 home in West View. “I didn’t want to keep throwing money down the drain renting."

Some singles see value in mortgage payment

But homeownership barriers have made it less likely for people in their 20s and 30s to be owners than in previous generations.

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 Ranger Brian Reedy, chief of interpretation, leads visitors on a basement to attic tour of the Gallatin house in Fayette County.

Tour unlocks history as they explore the nooks and crannies of the Albert Gallatin homestead

This historic Fayette County home was built in 1789 by Albert Gallatin, U.S. secretary of the treasury to Presidents Jefferson and Madison.

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 Albert Gallatin was the nation's longest-serving secretary of the treasury.

Albert Gallatin: scholar, lawmaker, ambassador, banker

He served as member of the state assembly, briefly as a U.S. senator and as a member of Congress before Thomas Jefferson named him treasury

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At the Gallatin house, tours and a festival

Friendship Hill is located about 70 miles south of Pittsburgh on Route 166 between Masontown and Point Marion.

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 West Elm will give this special tote bag away to the first 300 customers who spend $50 or more in their new location at Bakery Square on Thursday, Sept. 4. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Home and Garden notes: West Elm store to open; 2 neighborhood tours planned

West Elm opens new location in Bakery Square, house tours in Mexican War Streets and Shadyside, composting workshops set.

2 weeks ago

 The exterior of 522 Wilson Ave., in Ambridge, a split-level house for sale.

Buying Here: Ambridge

Split-level in Ambridge gained stained-glass windows, skylights, loft and other character from former owner.

2 weeks ago

  Lawyer-turned-artist Glenn Olcerst is self-taught in creating glass and stone pieces. He designed and made this mosaic, named "First Historic District." It is now mounted on his home.

North Side lawyer found healing within his art

Glenn Olcerst has created a large work of tiny pieces of granite and porcelain for the side of his home in the Mexican War Streets.

3 weeks ago

 A cheery color palette and modern updates set apart this two-bedroom, 1 1/2-bath townhouse at 396 Newburn Drive in Scott.

Buying Here: Scott

Townhouse condominium in Scott boasts bright colors, modern updates, a pool and a close-knit community.

3 weeks ago

Peter McKay: Despite family sizes, house always had room for love

The house that was too big when we moved in, then was too small, is too big again as we send off the last of our five kids to college.

3 weeks ago


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