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.

splash photo courtesy artistic tile


Make a Splash
SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home’s location in Cranberry Township is getting a new look this year and new products lines to go with it. Some of the luxurious brands that will be featured in the remodeled showroom include Artistic Tile, Watermark Designs and Duravit. SPLASH also is launching Signature Select, full custom, fully handmade high-end cabinetry for kitchens, bars, offices, bathrooms and closets. SPLASH also has showrooms in Murrysville and Glenshaw. —JS
(1237 Freedom Road, Cranberry Township; 724/772-1060, splashshowrooms.com)

neighborhood flea photo by full circle foundry

Flea in the Fall
Popping up since 2014, the eclectic urban marketplace Neighborhood Flea will hold its last event of the season from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 in the parking lot on 23rd Street between Smallman Street and Penn Avenue in the Strip District. The free event features a mix of handmade goods, art, housewares, natural bath and body products, jewelry, workshops, coffee, food and more. Come to the event hungry — and willing to get your hands dirty. In addition to a roundup of food trucks, the Neighborhood Flea regularly features a hands-on workshop that invites participants to create a product. —JS 

paint photos courtesy ppg paints


Purple Reign
Purple has long been noted as the color of royalty, and this is one color that will rule your walls. PPG Paints has chosen Violet Verbena, a greyed-off, moody purple, as its 2017 Color of the Year. While the color is striking, the mix of grey and violet is neutral enough to work for a variety of design aesthetics. “Violet Verbena blends perfectly with many different surroundings, like a chameleon,” says Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager at PPG Paints. “It looks polished yet playful in a child’s room, and it is calming enough to be used in hospitals or other spaces that require tranquility.” Don’t be surprised if the color also makes an appearance in your favorite clothing store this fall. Schlotter says this shade of purple is being seen in commercial, hospitality and residential spaces and textiles, as well as on the fashion runways. —JS 
(PPG Paints, multiple area locations; 855/219-2083, ppgpaints.com)

xcam photo courtesy xfinity


Security Check
Party at your house? We don’t think so. For any parent concerned about leaving the kids home alone — or security in general — Comcast Xfinity Home has you covered. The company’s new xCam feature allows homeowners to connect with a multitude of Wi-Fi devices to access live footage of their property, as well as wider viewing angles on mobile devices and even better Wi-Fi connectivity than before. Customers can get up to six high-definition cameras, four of which can be set to record “motion events” that are stored for up to 10 days. The system also allows for cross-brand synergy with Nest, Chamberlain, August, Kwikset and Lutron products, allowing homeowners to sync light dimmers, thermostats, door locks and garage door openers into their Xfinity Home system. —NS 

festival of homes photo courtesy ryan homes

Festival of Homes
Take a peek at homes for sale and under construction at the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh’s annual Festival of Homes, sponsored by 84 Lumber and Don’s Appliances. The free event, billed as the largest new residential construction show in the state, is set for 12 to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 in various new housing communities throughout the region. Member builders, developers, real estate professionals and event sponsors also will be on hand during the festival to answer questions about building a new home or planning for future projects. —JS 


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