On Trend: The Latest Buzz in The Pittsburgh Home Industry
Your guide to the latest news and local happenings in the home and decorating business.
Incorporate nature into your space with these one-of-a-kind teak console and cocktail tables. Each of the tremont tables by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is made from natural teak root, which was sustainably harvested from trees being used for lumber.
“The tremont style lends an organic element to a modern space,” says Stacy Weiss, president and owner of Weisshouse. “The layers of the root create a statement through its natural form, and the glass top [on the cocktail table] lets you experience the impact of the organic structure.” —LD
Available at Weisshouse, 324 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside; 412/441-8888, weisshouse.com
Houseplants don’t have to be high-maintenance. Staghorn Home & Garden Cafe sells Tillandsia ($4.50-$29), a common air plant with more than 700 species. Air plants, which local gardeners say are particularly popular of late because they require little care, can live without soil by obtaining water and nutrients from the air. They flourish in areas with bright, indirect light and good air circulation. Air plants need to be misted with distilled water or submerged in water a few times per week, depending on how dry the surrounding air is. Either mounted or grown in an air plant terrarium, air plants are a great way to spruce up any indoor living area and filter airborne particulates without taking up too much space. —CK
(Staghorn Home & Garden Café, 517 Greenfield Ave., Greenfield; 412/315-7298, staghorngardencafe.com)
Looking to find landscape inspiration for your yard? Join other garden enthusiasts on June 26 for the 19th annual Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Town & Country Garden Tour, which will feature 12 gardens in the North Hills. Attendees can expect to view residential gardens not typically open to the public and will have the opportunity to meet with the gardens’ owners. Register for the bus tour ($135), which includes transportation and lunch at the Wildwood Country Club, or the self-guided version ($55). —CK
(Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, 799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale; 412/444-4464, pittsburghbotanicgarden.org)
One new sprinkler-control system is redefining the smart home by extending technology to the yard. The Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller — Generation 2 ($249.99) integrates with Amazon Echo to allow users to control their sprinklers with voice commands. Generation 2, which uses wi-fi to analyze weather and humidity levels and takes into account soil types and lawn conditions, was featured at the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show in March. It is available at Home Depot, Amazon.com, BestBuy.com and rachio.com. —CK
Photo by adam milliron
Homegrown in Homewood
Now in its fourth year, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Homegrown program provides access to fresh produce to families in Homewood. As a food desert, the neighborhood does not have easy access to fresh foods or grocery stores that sell fresh foods. This year, Homegrown organizers plan to build 60 raised-bed vegetable gardens for the neighborhood. The organizers will equip participants with all of the supplies they need to maintain their vegetables and herbs. —CK