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High-tech toilet seats: No hands or paper required

By Katherine Roth
Every so often, a revolution transforms something truly basic, rendering the status quo somewhat, well, primitive. First came covered sewers, then indoor plumbing and flush toilets. Now, one bathroom at a time, another major shift in toilet hygiene is quietly …

Interior painting: How to pick color and finish

By Tribune-Review
In the spring, many a homeowner’s fancy turns to thoughts of fresh paint, because what else renews a room as quickly? That doesn’t mean interior painting is a breeze. There are defined steps to a quality job, and they start …

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

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 $1.289 million Property: …

Real estate notes: McCandless Crossing getting crowded

By Sam Spatter
• Activity at McCandless Crossing, McCandless, has picked up since the weather broke, with Dick’s Sporting Goods opening a 45,000-square-foot store, HomeGoods next door with 25,000 square feet, Cinemark’s 12 screens occupying another 45,000 square feet, and Trader Joe’s 11,500 …

Westmoreland Home Show offers more exhibits, live performances

By Debbie Black
The 19th annual Westmoreland Home Show has expanded this year with more exhibits, entertainment and other new attractions to entice visitors to the event April …

Western Pennsylvania gardeners get their grow on at annual symposium

By Candy Williams
The Garden & Landscape Symposium of Western Pennsylvania is an annual rite of spring for many plant enthusiasts — even before they slip their green …

How to organize your garage

By Pocono Record Stroudsburg Pa.
Cleaning out the garage isn’t a fun job, but if you follow a few simple guidelines, it won’t be unbearable. • First and foremost, have a plan. Be prepared with trash bags, cardboard boxes, storage containers and cleaning supplies. Ask …

Sales slow for spring break, but interesting items abound

By John Altdorfer
With Passover and Easter fast approaching, many local auctioneers will enjoy a spring in observance. Still, bidders will discover a few treats on the schedule …

How to grow a terrarium without tears

By Kathy Van Mullekom
If only the rest of life were as simple as growing succulents in an open terrarium. It is, according to Michelle Slatalla, editor in chief of Gardenista — www.gardenista.com. “All you have to do is find a few like-minded plants, …

Bundchen, Brady list home for $50M

By The Los Angeles Times
Gisele Bundchen, supermodel and actress, and her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, have put their mega-estate in Brentwood on the market at $50 …

Top commercial, residential real estate deals of the week — April 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 $8.15 million Property …

Bailey Park development takes shape on Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington

By Bob Karlovits
Bailey Park is so new, it had to be given a name. “There is no sub-neighborhood here,” developer and architect Justin Cipriani says of the …

Efron lists Hollywood Hills West home for sale

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - Zac Efron has put his chic home in Hollywood Hills West up for sale at $2.849 million. Originally designed for the Case …

Top commercial, residential real estate deals of the week — March 30

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: $25.091 million Property …

Real estate notes: Buyer of East Liberty block weighs long-term plans

By Sam Spatter
• Jason Lardo of Integrity Construction has acquired a vacant lot and adjoining building in the 5800 block of Baum Boulevard in East Liberty but has not announced his plans for the properties. The purchase through Baum Grove LP involved …

Homework: Hershey Gardens trip; tableware trunk shows

By Tribune-Review
Tableware trunk shows Feathers in Shadyside is having Garnier-Thiebaut and Le Cadeaux trunk shows from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 4 and 5. Garnier-Thiebaut, based in France, creates colorful jacquard tablecloths and linens, in addition to classic white and …

How to get to know the garden in your new home

By The Associated Press
Americans are a restless bunch. They change locations with a frequency that would tire a migrating songbird. But there is more to moving day than unpacking boxes; there’s also learning to care for that garden inherited with the new home. …

How to paint without the pain

By The Washington Post
Barbara Richardson, color marketing manager for Glidden Paint Richardson, helps consumers choose and apply paint wisely. Here are her tips on how to avoid stress while painting: Pour paint into a smaller container. It’s more practical to carry around the …

Sales heating up may be a good indicator of spring

By John Altdorfer
The winds of winter still chill the regions. But a quartet of local auctions should warm the hearts and imaginations of bidders looking for signs …

Real estate notes: New housing developments coming to Jackson Township

By Sam Spatter
• Don Rodgers of Creative Real Estate Development Co. is planning to develop two new housing complexes in Jackson Township, Butler County, consisting of Creekside Manor, a senior housing complex including three four-story buildings with 68 units in each and …