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 An addition to Kate and Chris Eyerman's home resulted in a dining room that measures 18 by 15 feet with a 15-foot cathedral ceiling.
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An addition to Kate and Chris Eyerman's home resulted in a dining room that measures 18 by 15 feet with a 15-foot cathedral ceiling.

A dining room worth celebrating

Pine couple have the perfect addition to celebrate the holidays — or just a warm summer day.


Shop Holiday: Cook up these gifts for chefs

These suggestions may make life a little sweeter for the cooks in your life.



Garden Q & A: Pruning best way to fight weeping fig thrips

Weeping fig thrips are likely reason that leaves on gift tree are curling. The good news is you can see them and get rid of them.



 This 16-year-old brick Colonial in Pine is on the market for $449,000.

Buying Here: Pine

The 16-year old brick Colonial is on a prominent site in the Oakhaven plan.


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New lending guidelines target first-time homebuyers

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are loosening mortgage requirements, and the housing industry hopes young people will be able to buy homes again.



Buying Here: Forest Hills

A Craftsman-style house in Forest Hills boasts lots of solid oak doors and woodwork -- even a water closet.


 

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Miss Frick's debut

Helen Clay Frick was photographed with her spaniel, Fudgie, in this studio portrait circa 1910.
Henry Clay Frick preferred New York City to Pittsburgh and wanted his only daughter, Helen, to make her society debut in that glittering venue among the Astors and the Vanderbilts. But Helen Clay Frick thought differently.

Interactive tour of Helen Clay Frick's debut

A candlestick from Miss Frick




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Restaurants


Best Dining: Unexpected trends

The best of Pittsburgh dining in 2014 includes the rise of international cuisine and a dominance of beer, coffee and cocktails.



Restaurant scene: Market Square spots part of trend for more authentic, healthier Greek food

Poros will offer polished Greek fare while Simple Greek (a revamped My Big Fat Greek Gyro) will go for updated fast-casual.


 

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Travel


India's ancient and modern coexist in a dizzying parade of humanity

An awesome land of extremes, contrasts and contradictions awaits visitors to India, a country of 1 billion people.



Travel notes: Fees could increase for baggage, upgrades

Airlines may start charging more for baggage checks or seat upgrades during peak demand periods.


 

Seen


Natalie Bencivenga's #SEEN: Pittsburghers in New York City

Over the weekend, Pittsburghers attended parties in New York. Learn more about events and partygoers in SEEN column.



The Pennsylvania Society hosts its 116th annual gala

More than 1,500 guests attended the 116th annual Pennsylvania Society Gala which honored Jim Rohr, former chairman of PNC.


 

Lifestyle


The Hot List of events for the weekend: Dec. 18-21

Holiday festivities galore, from the CLO’s “A Musical Christmas Carol” to “A Lyrical Christmas Carol” from PMT. (And rapper Bubba Sparxxx.)




 

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