Pittsburgh Home And Garden Show 2015

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Pittsburgh Home And Garden Show 2015

Roger Yost had a clear picture of what he wanted — and didn’t want — when he began searching for a home in the Pittsburgh area. “After living on the West Coast and also in Tokyo for two years, I needed some space around me,” he says. “Everything was very cramped.” Yost moved to Pittsburgh from Seattle in 2009 after being recruited by Allegheny Health Network; he now is the vice president of decision support services for the health-care provider. When he arrived in Pittsburgh, he set two stipulations for his real estate agent: His home couldn’t require more than a 15-to-20-minute commute to downtown, and it had to be located on at least an acre of land. After an exhaustive search that included viewing more than 30 houses, Yost, 52, found a diamond in the rough in Edgewood.

Pittsburgh Home And Garden Show 2015

The home’s cabin-like den, which Yost describes as a “man room on steroids” includes furniture custom-made to fit Yost’s body from Gene Sanes Upholstery in the Strip District. It overlooks the lush backyard. Inspired by abundant greenery that surrounded him while he lived in Seattle, Yost planted trees, added rocks and dug out gardens to add privacy and beauty to the landscape. Rather than rebuild a porch that was stripped years ago from the front of the house, Yost created a landing using large rocks hauled on a flatbed tractor-trailer truck to his home from the Laurel Highlands. Among the home’s dramatic elements is the chandelier over the second-floor landing. Under Yost’s direction, Typhoon owner Davis designed the piece, which features round globes suspended from a number of chains. “I wanted it to be free-floating glass orbs,” resembling pieces he’d seen in the “Harry Potter” movies, he says. “When it’s dark, you can’t even see the chains.” The landing also holds a window seat with a cushion Yost fashioned from a futon left from his days in Japan. Photographs that remind Yost of his rural roots line the staircase wall. “When I was living on the West Coast, my parents sent me a couple of these photos,” he says. “I’ve been collecting them for probably 20 years now.” After investing so much effort to make the home his own, Yost says he has no plans to move. He says Pittsburgh reminds him of Seattle in the 1990s, when that city was on the cusp of coolness. “I love it here,” he says. “I like the mix of old and new, the old steel and the rough edges with the modern element. There’s this energy here, and people are just discovering it.”

Pittsburgh Home And Garden Show 2015

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John DeSantis, Executive Director of the Show, noted “We are especially pleased to announce that the Show has reached the milestone of 35 years – and the largest home event in Pennsylvania gets even bigger and better. As homeowners from across the region have come to expect, the Home & Garden Show will present one-stop shopping – literally EVERYTHING for the home – gathered just once a year, in one place, at one time”.

Pittsburgh Home And Garden Show 2015

Not just good stuff. Great stuff. Five Inexpensive But Memorable Date Spots in Pittsburgh These spots are tailored for couples who are looking for a simple, chill night out on Valentine’s Day (or any other day). If your significant other isn’t the type to be wooed by expensive wines and chocolates, this is the list for you. Comments

Pittsburgh Home And Garden Show 2015

Five Inexpensive But Memorable Date Spots in Pittsburgh These spots are tailored for couples who are looking for a simple, chill night out on Valentine’s Day (or any other day). If your significant other isn’t the type to be wooed by expensive wines and chocolates, this is the list for you. Comments

Pittsburgh Home And Garden Show 2015

Five Inexpensive But Memorable Date Spots in Pittsburgh These spots are tailored for couples who are looking for a simple, chill night out on Valentine’s Day (or any other day). If your significant other isn’t the type to be wooed by expensive wines and chocolates, this is the list for you.

Pittsburgh Home And Garden Show 2015

Bangor, Maine, got dumped on the most with 121 inches of snow. That amounts to more than 10 feet. No thanks. Pittsburgh comes in at 27th with a mere (?) 46.4 inches. Here’s hoping the list was released now in the belief that the we’ve seen our last snowstorm until next year — because, really, who wants to see this again?

Pittsburgh Home And Garden Show 2015

Homeowners in Western Pennsylvania have always been avid gardeners, whether they are tending a tiny backyard or a swath of rolling countryside. New at the 2016 Home & Garden Show is one of central area where everyone from beginner to Master Gardener will find the answers, help, and advice they need. Created by the horticultural programs at Bidwell Center, and drawing together garden and plant societies from across the region, this is the one-stop solution to every question.

Transforming the Convention Center’s first level is The Garden Pavilion, with lush landscape gardens, rushing waterfalls, and fragrant flowers in full bloom. Hundreds of exhibits offer everything for the lawn, garden and patio – from decks and sunrooms to garden tractors and swimming pools.

In the Garden Pavilion all 10 days, folks who are nurturing their green thumb will meet celebrity gardener Don Engebretson, “The Renegade Gardener.” One of America’s best known gardening authors, Engebretson will be on hand for presentations and advice throughout the Show. His humorous appearances on HGTV and PBS reveal the joy of gardening. And his advice is tailored to the needs of tri-state are gardening buffs.

In the Home Interior Galleries, more that three hundred firms will show visitors exciting new ways to transform every space in their home. Furniture, accessories, lighting, artwork, and coverings for the floor, walls and windows are joined by skilled craftsmen, expert artisans, and design professionals who are glad to explain the latest trends. At Designer Showcase homeowners can step right into the showrooms of the regions most honored interior designers. At Ask-A-Designer, bring you photos, sketches, or color swatches and have a seat for a free fifteen minute consultation. And Design Trends 2016 bring the latest hot ideas from around the globe right into the Convention Center

Also in the Garden Pavilion is The Ultimate Backyard with great prizes for outdoor living, and Pets At Home with everything for those other occupants of the home. Visitors can also meet cats, dogs, fish and birds who are looking for a new best friend.

Anyone backyard grillmeister knows that cooking fish or other flakey food on a grill nearly is impossible. Before this non-stick, reusable grill mat, the only option was to whip out the aluminum foil and hope for the best. This mat allows you to cook any type of food without it falling through the grill rack. It’s also great for preventing marinades from dribbling off into the flames. The grill mats clean up with just a little soap and water and are designed to last for years. Sold only at the home show 2 for $22 (includes grip and flip spatula)

The Kitchen & Cooking Collection will cover more than an acre – the region’s largest gathering of cabinets, appliances, accessories, counter surfaces, foods, wines and other delicious taste testing. Hundreds of kitchens and cooking exhibits are among the most popular attractions, all at the region’s most trusted marketplace for home and garden shopping. The finest kitchen designers in the region offer ideas and advice, alongside examples of their award-winning work. And The Pennsylvania Food & Wine Festival makes for tasty shopping with casual sampling from dozens of food purveyors.

Cutting edge technology meets culinary flair in this spectacular concept kitchen. Show visitors will stroll into a stunning collection of the latest kitchen applications – multiple cooktops, ovens, refrigerators and more – all powered and operating. Popular local chefs provide tips and tastings, while putting all of this new equipment to the test. Much more than simply seeing the next level of new kitchens, visitors will experience how these new devices work – and taste the results!

In the Children’s Village at the Show, Shady Lane School will host an environment for children and their parents to enjoy together. The Train Collectors’ Kids Club will once again be featured, with dozens of toy trains chugging merrily through charming miniature towns and villages. And the ever-popular Turtle Races return for kids of all ages.

Yost has spent the last five years lovingly restoring the cedar-shake home’s historical elements as well as modernizing the kitchen and bathrooms. ​Kellen Fenaughty and Adam Lackett, who founded design/build company EngineHouse in Wilkinsburg, along with Engine House project designer Emma Davison, aided Yost throughout the renovation process. He met the former Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture students, now designers and builders, through Dee Briggs, a sculptor and adjunct professor at CMU, and Ann Davis, the owner of Typhoon Lighting. Yost purchased most of the new lighting for his home through the Regent Square-based lighting company. Yost says he opted to work with the EngineHouse builders because of their commitment to quality work. Among other things, the furniture makers designed, built and installed Yost’s kitchen cabinets and concrete countertops.

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