Home & Holidays: Check Out Shadyside Splendor, I Made It! Market

Take a peek inside some of Shadyside's fanciest mansions plus stock up on handmade goods at these upcoming festive events.

holiday home tour

Here’s your chance to visit some of the most magnificent historical homes in Shadyside — and to support a good cause while you’re at it.

Reprising last year’s successful inaugural event, Shadyside Splendor takes place this year from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. The self-guided public home tour — which benefits the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra — includes four Shadyside mansions from the gilded age. Each will be decorated in a different holiday motif.

To get you in the holiday spirit, musicians and carolers are set to perform in each mansion.

Optional festive brunches will be served at the Twentieth Century Club (10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and the Mansions on Fifth (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.). Tickets are $50 per person and do not include brunch. Reservations are required.

(To purchase advance tickets, visit showclix.com/event/shadysidesplendor or call 888/718-4253. Day-of-event tickets for $60 will be sold at a stand on the corner of Fifth and Amberson avenues in Shadyside)

photo credit: Anthony Musmanno


design inspiration

For this family-room addition to a 100-year-old home in Sewickley, the owners desired a fun, bright space that was inviting to both friends and family — and that’s what interior designer Betsy Wentz gave them.

The owner of Studio B in Sewickley, Wentz — who originally partnered with her mom, Kay Wiegand, in the design firm — created an open floor plan with a cozy seating area. A table is earmarked for eating or family game nights.

To make the room bright and airy, Wentz — who also designed one of our 2014 Homes of the Year — kept the walls and carpets light but incorporated touches of cheerful peacock blue and citron green (colors loved by the homeowners) into furniture and accent pieces.


art life

After Koolkat Designs closed earlier this year in Mt. Lebanon, owner Kate McGrady partnered with the owners of Rollier’s Hardware to open The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Magazine explores the two-story venue, also in Mt. Lebanon, that showcases the work of area artists.

News + Events

E Properties & Development broke ground Tuesday on the McCleary School Condos, the first major condominium development to date in Upper Lawrenceville. Located at the site of  a former elementary school, the five townhouses and 20 condos aim to include design elements from the original McCleary School. Mayor Bill Peduto gave remarks at the grand-opening ceremony.

The ninth annual I Made It! for the Holidays is set for noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 at Nova Place (formerly the Allegheny Center Mall) on the North Side. The nomadic indie craft marketplace will feature 100 local artisans hawking homemade wares, plus music, crafts for adults and children, a food-truck roundup and more.

(100 South Commons; North Side, imadeitmarket.com)


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