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Mercer restoration company turns junk into repurposed treasure

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop 11:18 a.m.
This truck bed is for sleeping. With a queen-size mattress tucked inside the back of a 1956 Chevrolet, this vehicle won’t be driven again. But …

How to avoid buyer’s regret

By The Washington Post
People sometimes buy too much stuff without first thinking through what they’re buying. Initially, they feel good about their purchases, because they got a good deal, they thought the items would simplify their lives or because they just loved something …

Easy ways to spruce up your landscaping

By Mct Information Services
Having a mid-summer’s dream of better landscaping? Here are three easy projects from Angie’s List to help realize your vision: Mulch makeover: Fresh mulch will liven up your flowerbeds and areas around trees. Landscapers and garden centers sell mulch in …

Real estate notes: Hempfield residential development filling up

By Sam Spatter
• Nearly half of the 44 lots in the Ravenwood development in Hempfield have been sold, with 15 homes built and occupied and two model homes — one a ranch, the other two-story — available for viewing. There have been …

Top commercial, residential real estate deals of the week — July 20

By Sam Spatter
DEALS OF THE WEEK A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania $2.46 million Property …

DeGeneres sells trophy home for $55M

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres has sold the A. Quincy Jones-designed Brody House on Los Angeles’ Westside to Napster co-founder Sean Parker for $55 million …

Diners to discover new delicacies at Hartwood Acres’ Edible Flowers Luncheon

By Joyce Hanz
The beautiful and historic Hemlock Terrace at Hartwood Mansion provides a picturesque setting as Hartwood staff prepare to host their sold-out Edible Flowers & Luncheon …

Smart furnishings help make most of cramped dwellings

By The Associated Press
For many young people, a first apartment might be a cramped studio or just a bedroom in a shared living arrangement. Juggling that room’s living, dining and sleeping spaces requires creativity. Take Meg Volk, a New York-based producer and photographer …

Ask a Designer: Finding beauty in subtlety

By Tribune-Review
Make your room  make a statement Paint your walls a bold color, and friends will likely praise your creativity. Invest in a standout piece of furniture or striking work of art, and your decorating is bound to earn compliments. But …

How to get the most from your fencing dollar

By Mct Information Services
To get the most out of your fencing dollar, be sure to consider these questions from Angie Hicks of Angie’s List: • What’s the purpose? Do you want to create privacy? Wooden fences may be your best bet for that. …

Small sales whet appetites at local auction houses

By John Altdorfer
Three smaller sales, with a treasure or two to be found in each, provide bidders with a minor wake-up call during a brief siesta during …

Hot Property: Mel B spices up Hollywood Hills West

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Melanie Brown — also known as Mel B or Scary Spice from her days with the British pop group Spice Girls — …

Top commercial, residential real estate deals of the week — July 13

By Sam Spatter
$15,491,422 Property sold: 202-06 Seven Fields Blvd., Seven Frields Seller: Seven Fields GE Inc., Youngstown, Ohio Buyer: ARCP GE Seven Fields Pa. LLC, Phoenix Details: …

Real estate notes: Cranberry corporate park filling up

By Sam Spatter
• It didn’t take Gerry McLaughlin of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank long to fill up space at Keystone Summit Corporate Park in Cranberry when Exco Resources’ 56,000 square feet of space was bought out by the landlord, Keystone Property Group …

Long winter, wet spring impact Western Pa. basements

By Bob Karlovits
A sodden spring and a sloppy start to summer has saturated the soil. But foundation experts say the problem that’s impacting homes goes back months. …

Garden Q&A: New plants can be grown from stem, leaf clippings

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: I have several Sedum e_SDLq Autumn Joy” plants on a bank in my yard, but I would like to fill in with more of them. They’ve only been there two years and aren’t big enough to divide. Rather …

Homework: Stop false alarms; Urban garden tour; Electronics collection

By Tribune-Review
How to avoid false alarms The occasional security-system false alarm may seem like a minor homeowner hassle, but it’s actually a nationwide problem you can help solve. In researching this topic recently, Angie’s List found that more than 90 percent …

Need storage? Might have to sleep on that

By The Washington Post
Restoration Hardware’s catalogs might be getting bigger, but its furniture, if you can believe it, is shrinking. In 2012, the retailer responded to growing demand for lighter, leaner pieces by introducing a line of scaled-down furnishings. This year, its Small …

Real Notes

By Sam Spatter
• Several roads in the region may be widened or expanded to include turning lanes if the state Commonwealth Finance Authority approves requests for the funding. A $350,000 grant to widen the westbound approach of Thorn Hill Road in Marshall …

Top commercial, residential real estate deals of the week — July 6

By Sam Spatter
DEALS OF THE WEEK A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania: $3,645,000 Property sold: …