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.

PPG Finds Paradise
Paradise Found, “a serious aloe-green,” is PPG Paints’ 2016 Color of the Year. If you want to splash some Paradise on your walls, think of pairing the shade with woods and whites. The green hue complements natural accents because of its organic neutrality, according to Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager at PPG Paints. The shade also simmers well with other neutrals to combine the comfort of home with modernity. [ppgpaints.com] —LK

Steel City Reclaimed
Vintage is the name of the reclaim game in interior design. Expert picker Seth Hunter’s Toll Gate Revival storefront opened late last year, showcasing Pittsburgh-based memorabilia and old-school classics. [3711 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 724/288-6618, tollgaterevival.com] —LK

Live-in Schoolhouse
Twenty-first century amenities in a 20th-century school pioneer a new way of living with an old-fashioned vibe. The McCleary School Condos complex, the first of its kind in Upper Lawrenceville, is housed within the original school framework, which was erected in 1900. Pieces of its history have been collected and recreated inside, including the marble staircases, authentic chalkboards and other artifacts. But this flash-back inspired design also will herald features of the future, such as a fitness center and rooftop deck. Crews broke ground on the renovations in the fall. [5251 Holmes St., 412/855-8419, mcclearyschoolcondos.com] —LK

Helping Hands
Together with Homes for Heroes, Pittsburghers can thank public servants with more than words. Homes for Heroes, a national company that recently opened its first Pittsburgh office, helps to put roofs over the heads of community heroes such as military veterans, teachers, firefighters, police officers, doctors and nurses. Heroes are connected with rebates and discounts to ease the process of buying or selling homes. [5362 Steubenville Pike, McKees Rocks; 412/999-0722, homesforheroes.com] —LK

Pop-Up District
Students from Duquesne University’s Public History graduate program and Hill District residents have teamed up on Our Hill, Our Home, Our Stories, creating pop-up museum displays to showcase the Hill District’s heritage. Stories about “life on the Hill” will be presented in not-your-usual-exhibition-spaces, from “libraries to laundromats.” Having wrapped up an exhibit at the Hill House Blakey Program Center in the Hill District last fall, curators are seeking thoughts on the past from community members for future exhibits. [ourhillourhome.wix.com/ourstories] —LK

50 Shades of Blue
The New Year may have you feeling the blues — but in a good way. The tranquil color — in shades ranging from dark navy to bright peacock blue and everything in between — was all the rage at the fall High Point Market, the bi-annual furnishings industry trade show in North Carolina that typically serves as the indicator of upcoming trends and color choices. “Blue was everywhere,” says Alyssa Carter, general manager of Today’s Home, which has locations in Green Tree and Ross Township. Carter says she noticed couches in rich navy-blue leather, as well as a plethora of blue accessories mixed with other pieces. Other trends she spotted include clear Lucite furniture legs, luxurious upholstered beds and a combination of gold, brass and silver metals. “Nobody converted to all gold or all silver,” she says. “It was kind of that mix.” [Today’s Home, 7601 McKnight Road, Ross Township, 412/364-4760; 1840 Greentree Road, Green Tree, 412/343-0505, todayshomeinc.com] —JS


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