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Spring Fling: “Table Tops that Pop” at PerLora

Designers at the furniture store will demonstrate how to put together a hot table for spring. Plus, check out the latest array of hand-drawn home goods from Lily & Val.

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A winter storm may be barreling down on the area, but those at PerLora and PerLora Loft are looking ahead to warmer weather.

The furniture showroom, owned by Perry and Lora Sigesmund, will host a “Table Tops that Pop” how-to event for design and lifestyle editors and bloggers on dressing up your table for spring from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 25 at its location on the South Side. After noon, the event will open to the public.

Designers from the store will be putting together a floral arrangement at this first event — which is the first in a series of design gatherings — as well as sharing their most tasteful table decorating tips.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a table demonstration without some food to bring the décor to life.

The event will feature artisanal truffles from Pittsburgh-based chocolate company A519’s head chocolatier, Amanda Wright. There also will be a sampling of Blume Honey Water, a locally produced beverage concocted of bee-friendly honey.

Claire Hardy’s floral art collection and Mary Irwin Scott’s Riverside Design Group plate collection also will be on display at the event.

Attendees at the event are asked to RSVP to Alexandra McCanna at alexmc@acrobatiquecreative.com by Friday, March 17.

(PerLora and PerLora Loft, 2220 E. Carson St., South Side; 412/431-2220, perlora.com)

Lily & Val Debuts New Housewares

Since 2012, Lily & Val has been known for its chalk art. Now, the Shadyside-based store is introducing a new line of hand-drawn home goods.

Created and owned by Valerie McKeehan, who opened the formerly online-only brand’s brick-and-mortar flagship store last October, Lily & Val’s latest offerings include cotton tea towels, trinket trays and hearty mugs. Each item features whimsical quotes in McKeehan’s signature chalk art designs.

Some examples are the “You Are My Sunshine” tea towel adorned by sunflowers, a “Coffee is My Happy Place” stoneware mug and the “Pretty Little Things” trinket tray.  

Those aren’t the only goodies at Lily & Val. The chic store — which resembles a cozy living room — also sells home décor, vintage pieces, women’s accessories and other one-of-a-kind items.

There also is a print bar (which includes a design menu), plus a wall of stationery and greeting cards with chalk-inspired missives for all seasons and occasions.

Searching for a DIY project? Get more ideas for the home on the Lily & Val Living blog, which includes crafts, recipes, decor ideas, hand lettering and other doses of creative inspiration.

(Lily & Val, 5900 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside; 412/346-4555, lilyandval.com)


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