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Decor using bicycle parts looks right at home

By The Associated Press
Bikes have become part of hipster culture. There are bicycle-theme dining, drinking and shopping establishments from Portland, Ore., to Brooklyn, N.Y., and dozens of bike-friendly burgs in between. While the rides themselves are often tricked out with colored tires, swanky ...

Auction watch: Internet-only auction includes estate-sale bounty

By John Altdorfer
Bidders may suffer a case of SAD — seasonal auction deficit — as BHD Auctions commands center stage on a short list of sales in ...

How to use wallpaper in trendy design

By Angie's List
For decades, the wall-coverings business was dominated by wallpaper, adding accents and personality to rooms, and making cleanup in bathrooms and kitchens an easier task. Then it fell off, as people chose to remove wallpaper and paint rooms. Interest in putting ...

Homeowners urged to use house checkups as maintenance device

By Bob Karlovits
Frank Lesh of the American Society of Home Inspectors believes a scheduled look at a house’s operation is like heeding the “check engine” light in ...

Leto nabs Hollywood Hills West home

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Jared Leto of “Dallas Buyers Club” has spent $5 million on an unusual 1940s compound in Hollywood Hills West. The 1.5-acre gated property ...

Top residential, commercial real estate deals of the week — Jan. 25

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: $9.67 million Property: ...

Real estate notes: Busy Beaver opening W.Va. store; PSU Beaver building renovation recommended

By Tribune Review
• Busy Beaver Building Centers Inc. will open a store in Fairmont, W.Va., by June. It will be the 16th location for the Pittsburgh-based retailer and the second expansion under new owner and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Kallen. “We are ...

Garden Q&A: Tuberous begonias’ beauty fleeting

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: I love tuberous begonias and have had quite a few over the years. They are absolutely beautiful until they get powdery mildew on ...

Homework: Garden gazing globes make a comeback

By Tribune-Review
Garden gazing globes were popular until about 50 years ago, when they fell from their pedestals, figuratively speaking. The mirrored glass ornaments are now making a comeback, straddling the fence between attractive ornament and — to some people — kitsch. ...

Annual quilt show brightens Harrison Community Library

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
With their colorful patches and warm layers, there’s nothing quite like a quilt to make the winter months seem a little brighter and cozier. About ...

Smicksburg gains reputation as pottery hotbed

By Greg Reinbold
There’s a veritable pottery hotbed nestled amid the rolling hills and Amish farmsteads of Indiana County’s northwestern tier. At its center for the better part of ...

How to start your fresh start

By The Washington Post
If you’ve vowed to declutter and organize in 2015, now is the time to begin. Don’t get bogged down in trying to decide which room or space should be your first priority; just pick a spot — even a small ...

Seven Springs townhomes designed for recreation without losing high-end appeal

By Bob Karlovits
Real estate broker Harold “Scott” Swank says the latest phase of the Southwind townhomes at Seven Springs Mountain Resort is symbolic of its real estate ...

House sale may be in the cards for comic actor

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Comic actor, writer and talk-show host Dennis Miller has listed his beach home in Carpinteria for $22.5 million. Set on more than ...

Top residential, commercial real estate deals of the week — Jan. 18

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: $18.3 million Property: ...

Real estate notes: Zoning board approvals sought; Cranberry hotel renovations slated for August finish

By Tribune Review
• Antar Corp. will seek the approval Thursday of the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment on plans to change the use of a 4,000-square-foot building at 7310 Frankstown Ave., Homewood, from a sit-down restaurant to a restaurant and vocational training ...

Art, orchids and bonsai chase away winter at Phipps

By Kellie B. Gormly
During the cold days of winter, warm up with an indoor stroll among hundreds of exotic flowers and miniature trees at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical ...

Homework: Explore gardens around the world

By Tribune-Review
Cooled by fountains and waterfalls, the Bagh-e Shahzadeh garden in Iran is eight acres of lush green — think roses, pear trees and stately stone ...

January 2015 a good time to plan defense against tomato maladies

By Jessica Walliser
With the snow and cold temperatures we’ve been enduring the past few weeks, it’s hard to believe that I’ve been hearing from a lot of ...

Auction watch: Vintage furniture among highlights at upcoming sales

By John Altdorfer
A trio of local sales leads off 2015. BHD logs on for another internet-only auction while Constantine & Pletcher go the old school route with ...