Things We Love for Spring

Home editor Jessica Sinichak finds the local gems you’ll be obsessing over.


Homegrown Roots

The Clayhill coffee table from Arhaus is a great way to incorporate nature into your living space — without all the dirt. Made from sustainably sourced, petrified wood veneers, the tables are sculpted to mimic a tree trunk with varying color and texture, making each piece one-of-a-kind. According to Arhaus, the veneers are cut from lengths of fossilized trees that, for years, were buried under layers of mud and ash in the volcanic central Philippines. Yes, that’s right, your new table traveled from a volcanic region to be in your living room. Try to beat that as a conversation starter the next time you have houseguests over.

Arhaus, 235 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside, 412/362-7005; 12075 Perry Hwy., Pine Township, 724/934-5390; 



Board Rules

Everyone could use a good wooden cutting board, but in this case the boards and serving tray pull double duty as a work of art. The Canadian Maple, eco-friendly cutting boards, available at Gather in Sewickley, are dipped in different colors of epoxy, creating a swirl of colors. Even without goodies on top, these handcrafted trays are a treat. 

Cutting boards range from $38.99 for a 14-by-7 board to $89.99 for a 12-by-8 board. Serving tray, $112.99
Gather, 424 Beaver St., Sewickley; 412/741-2222, 



Clean and Green

Have you ever spritzed the kitchen counter after making a meal only to be overwhelmed by the scent of chemicals? Then you might want to consider bringing aHomeatherapy products from Rutz Naturals into your life. In addition to skincare, soy wax candles and room spritz, the Pittsburgh-based natural products company carries a line of organic, herbal-scented smell-good spray cleaners that also are powerhouse disinfectants. Use the spray cleaner, which comes in a variety of scents — including peppermint + lavender, rosemary, lemongrass, geranium and cilantro + lime — in the kitchen, bathroom and on your floors. 

$11.50 per bottle  for spray cleaner; $18 for room spritz
Inner Rutz, 295 Beverly Rd., Mt. Lebanon; 412/368-2162, 


Ooh La La Art 

Add some oomph to your walls with the new Vintage Textile Prints Collection from Ethan Allen. The 53 prints, which include bold florals and evocative abstracts, were inspired by a rare portfolio of 19th-century drawings and paintings by artists of the Brulet Lecomte textile design studio in France, according to the company.

Pricing ranges from $310 to $1,490 per tile. 
Available at Ethan Allen locations;


Designed by Ford

As evidenced on HGTV, “Restored by the Fords” star Leanne Ford has a distinctive style, but that doesn’t mean you can’t replicate it in your own home — especially now.

The Pittsburgh native, who hosts the hit show with her brother, Steve Ford, is partnering with Crate & Barrel this spring on a crisp and casual — yet edgy — collection of furniture and home decor. We particularly love the modern yet bohemian West Bar Charcoal Caned Cabinet.

While it’s shown housing a liquor collection, we could also see it as a killer storage space for wine and rocks glasses. 

Crate & Barrel, 1000 Ross Park Mall Drive, Ross Township; 412/630-8001,








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