Pittsburgh Home Trends for Spring

Products, tips and the latest buzz in the world of all things home and lifestyle.

WOW with Motawi

Make your kitchen backsplash pop by adding ceramic from Motawi Tileworks. Nancy Hoff Barsotti, a fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers, raves over the arts-and-crafts tile. The sumptuous 2015 collection includes fish, peonies and butterflies. “It’s more like a piece of artwork that you would be installing rather than a tile,” says Susie Neff, a design consultant at West End-based Ceramiche Tile & Stone, which carries the line. [Ceramiche Tile & Stone, 510 S. Main St.; 412/922-5600, ceramichetile.com] —JS


Designer Spotlight

An interior designer with more than 20 years of experience, Vicci Franz — owner of Vicci Franz Interior Design in Allison Park — is the coordinator  for Pittsburgh Magazine’s Ultimate House, a custom-design luxury residence in the Lake MacLeod community in Pine Township. The home, built by Primrose Homes, will be open for tours Sept. 18-20 and Sept. 25-27 (11am-5pm). Tour proceeds benefit The Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

What’s your design aesthetic?   
My aesthetic is the creation of transitional to contemporary interiors. I bring this design style to both residential and commercial interiors through very minimal, sleek elements or through rustic, textural elements. The key is the application of the materials in a restrained, nontraditional or unique way.

What’s on trend for 2015?   
Geometric forms are very popular. You will see these shapes or outlines of shape in occasional tables, sculpture and light fixtures, to name a few. They are open and airy, a nice complement to heavy furnishings and décor.

What’s your favorite way to update a room?   
Custom built-ins can add drama and luxury to any space. Find simple accessories to complete the shelving/display units, and use accent color(s) sparingly.  —JS


Storage Space

Storage containers don’t have to be hidden away. Use Bormioli Rocco glass bottles, jars and chalk jars made in Italy and available from Steelite International — which has its North and South American distribution center in New Castle — to keep everything from home-infused flavors of vodka to fresh herbs to lemon wedges displayed stylishly out in the open. —LD


Make It Work

Looking to make some updates yourself? The Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation is hosting several workshops, lectures and seminars this month on topics such as the history of masonry as well as DIY workshops on home improvement, wall framing, finishing carpentry, drywall and interior carpentry basics at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center in Wilkinsburg. Free to PHLF members; $5 non-members. [LPRC, 744 Rebecca Ave.; 412/471-5808] —LD


Draped in Luxury

Arhaus, with locations in Shadyside and Wexford, has launched a line of drapery and window hardware. Options for drapery panels include crisp cotton sateen, soft washed linen, Dupioni silk and cotton velvet with complementing sheers and hardware. The new items come in hues of white, slate and charcoal, among others.
[Arhaus, 235 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside, 412/362-7005; and 12075 Perry Hwy., Wexford, 724/934-5390]  —LD


Back in Black

The little black dress never goes out of style, so it makes sense that the sophisticated color translates to furnishings. Susan Muschweck, of Susan Muschweck Interior Design in Gibsonia, loves the look of black window sashes or interior doors painted black. Jenn-Air also recently introduced a refrigerator with a deep charcoal interior. The elegant look, sure to make food items pop, is dubbed Obsidian. —JS


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