This Weekend: Annual Wilkinsburg House & Garden Tour

Also: If you’re looking to redo a room to invite relaxation, PPG Paints promises a wide variety of soothing colors for 2017.

photo courtesy of wilkinsburg community development corporation | jeff lovett


One of the best ways to get decorating ideas is to visit other people's homes. 

​Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization committed to revitalizing the neighborhood, is hosting its annual House & Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The event will showcase an artist studio, an urban farm, historic churches and other spots in the Hamnett Place area of Wilkinsburg, a nationally listed historic district. Thirteen total stops will be included.

During the event, there will also be a screening of Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation’s documentary “Through the Place” at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center (744 Rebecca Ave.), and an ongoing “Ask The Master Gardener” session for curious green-thumbs at Garden View Manor (441 E. Swissvale Ave).

Tickets for the event, open to those ages 12 and older, are $15 each.


PPG Paints has taken its color to the streets.

PPG Paints this summer announced this summer its 2017 Color of the Year would be Violet Verbena, and the color was enthusiastically celebrated this month with pop-up art displays by local chalk artist Ben Patterson in Market Square, PPG Plaza and Bakery Square Plaza.

PPG Paints partnered with Patterson to bring Pittsburghers together to celebrate the vibrancy of the city through the lively violet hue.

Patterson creates his chalk art nationally, which enables him to interact with the audience as they watch him create, and he does 2-D and 3-D drawings.

GLIDDEN paint and Olympic Paints and Stains, each owned by PPG Industries, also this month named their 2017 colors: Byzantine Blue and Cloudberry, respectively, calming new colors for a year of serenity in blues and purples.

photo courtesy of pPg


Byzantine Blue is a bright mix of violet and periwinkle — don’t be fooled by the name, the color is more purple than blue — that is both gender-neutral and versatile enough to bring together any room in any house, modern or traditional. What’s notable about Byzantine Blue is that it appears to change hues based on the colors it’s paired with. The paint appears greyish when paired with dark furnishings but bluish-purple when paired with white or light colors.

Byzantine Blue can be found in GLIDDEN DIAMOND interior acrylic paint, sold exclusively at Home Depot, and with GLIDDEN COMPLETE all-in-one paint and primer, which is available at Walmart stores.


Cloudberry, a soft violet color, is meant to inspire JOMO. You’ve heard of FOMO, the “fear of missing out,” but JOMO is the “joy of missing out,” because it allows you to feel joyful when you’re disconnected from the buzzing outside world relaxing in its soothing feeling.

Cloudberry and other Olympic Paints and Stains colors can be found in Lowe’s stores.

PPG Paints has more than 3,000 locations.

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