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How to care for your poinsettia

By The Washington Post
Buying: You can tell the age of a poinsettia by the stage of development of the green and yellow buds in the center of the “blooms.” These are the true flowers, and the tighter they are, the younger the plant. Poinsettias ...

How to decide whether to shovel or hire snow removal

By Tribune News Service
To DIY or not to DIY — that’s the first question to answer about snow removal. Either way, Angie Hicks of Angie’s List has suggestions. If you plan to shoulder all or some of this seasonal chore, take steps to stay ...

How to check asphalt-shingle roof for winter weakness

By The Philadelphia Inquirer
If it’s snowing this morning, do not attempt to follow this advice. If it’s not snowing, then it’s time — some would say it’s way past the time — to check out your roof for winter. Winter weather can be especially ...

Oakmont’s businesses, walkability gain notice of empty-nesters, downsizers

By Bob Karlovits
Downtown living seems to be a draw regardless of the size of the community. “It’s one of the reasons we have people looking here,” said Walt ...

Real estate notes: Tech companies moving into Union Trust Building

By Tribune-Review
• The Davis Companies of Boston announced their first leases at the Union Trust Building, 501 Grant St., Downtown, since acquiring the building in April. Technology companies Jawbone and Truefit will occupy more than 30,000 square feet. “We are ...

Top residential, commercial real estate deal of the week — Dec. 14

By Tribune Review
DEALS OF THE WEEK A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania: $1 million Property: ...

When buying carpet, understand the process

By Ed Pfeifer
In my daily business I am lucky enough to sell lots of different products to a variety of customers. It’s fun to help folks complete home improvement and repair projects and I love to provide them with the right stuff ...

Artistry and artifice are on display in new tiles

By Kim Cook
Tile has a rich and varied history in decor, from Roman floor mosaics to majolica to Delft ceramics to Mexican terracotta. These styles and more continue to inspire artistry. Many of the newest collections of ceramic and porcelain tile were ...

Provincial O’Hara home boasts views, ornate design

By Bob Karlovits
Animals fill a house on Powers Run Road in O’Hara, but they are nothing compared to the chandeliers. In the kitchen, $20,000 worth of carved animals ...

Gyllenhaal sells Hollywood Hills abode

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Jake Gyllenhaal, who stars in the recently released thriller “Nightcrawler,” has parted with his gated compound in Hollywood Hills for $3,262,500. The single-story ...

Real estate notes: Approval sought to redevelop Duquesne Brewery building

By Tribune-Review Staff
• Trek Development is expected to seek approval on Dec. 11, from the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment to redevelop the Duquesne Brewery building at 711 S. 21st St., South Side, into artist work studios, art gallery and workshop space, ...

Top residential, commercial real estate deals of the week — Dec. 7

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 $4.9 ...

Wreaths: New twists on a holiday symbol

By Kimberly Cook
Say “wreath,” and the beloved evergreen standard comes to mind — unadorned or dressed for the holiday season with lights, bows, fruit or ornaments. Each year, however, brings more and more inventive versions of wreaths. Regional variations have become common, ...

Workshop participants to transform native plants into decorations

By Joyce Hanz
Since the beginning of time, gardens and nature have been a source for our decorating and crafting traditions. Using materials gathered from nature has a ...

Pine home features Craftsman’s classic elements with open design

By Bob Karlovits
Sitting atop a hillside in Pine’s Lake MacLeod development, the large house is almost more significant for what it’s missing than for what it has. The ...

Azaria’s character-filled 2-story home up for sale

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Hank Azaria, a longtime voice on “The Simpsons,” has listed a house in the Beverly Crest area of Los Angeles for $3.5 ...

Top residential, commercial real estate deals of the week — Nov. 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: $1,571,000 Property: 1819 ...

Real estate notes: Baum Boulevard building could get more office space

By Sam Spatter
• More office space and perhaps less parking area may be in store for the Baum Boulevard building that houses an Aldi’s, Crazy Mocha and two office tenants. John Odell, principal of Warner Pacific and owner of the former auto ...

Homes for the holiday: Christmas house tours abound

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
Neighborhoods throughout the region are conducting tours of old and new homes decorated for the holidays in a range of styles to suit every taste. ...

Homework: Gifts and Greens Market is Dec. 4-6

By Tribune-Review
Gifts and Greens Market is  Dec. 4-6 Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will host its annual Gifts and Greens Market from Dec. 4 to ...