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New-to-market Grandma Moses work headlines sale

By John Altdorfer
During one of the longest auctions droughts in many summer seasons, the short list of sales happenings features just one event. But that solitary auction …

Young renters seeking comfort, efficiency of Downtown living

By Bob Karlovits
Todd Palcic is aiming his new apartment development at the “smart renter.” The developer, who has put together several condo and apartment projects Downtown, says …

Hot Property: Michael C. Hall looks for quick exit from Los Feliz home

By The Los Angeles Times
Michael C. Hall has listed a property in Los Feliz at $4.5 million. Considering that the “Dexter” star and serial home buyer and seller purchased …

Real estate notes: Approval sought for Wilkins hotel

By Sam Spatter
• The Forza Group and Anthony D’Imperio on Thursday will seek the approval of the Wilkins Township Zoning Hearing Board to construct a hotel on the site of D’Imperio’s restaurant, at 3412 William Penn Highway. Preliminary plans indicate Forza Group …

Top commercial, residential real estate deals of the week — July 27

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: $8,389,441 Properties sold: …

Garden Q&A: Bagworms detrimental to a variety of plants

By Jessica Walliser
Question: I came home from vacation to find my “Sky Rocket” juniper covered in little brown cone-shaped things that appear to be covered in bits …

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in North Fayette to open first phase

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
After 16 years of delays because of issues of abandoned mine lands, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in North Fayette will finally open its first phase Aug. …

Homework: House & Garden Tour will explore Pittsburgh’s Manchester neighborhood

By Tribune-Review
House & Garden Tour will explore Manchester The Manchester Historic Society will host the annual Manchester House & Garden Tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3. Attendees can purchase tickets on the day of the tour at Pittsburgh …

Knowing plants helps you save seeds

By Jessica Walliser
This is the first in a two-part column on saving seeds. Harvesting and saving seeds is an important part of gardening. Generations of gardeners have …

Mercer restoration company turns junk into repurposed treasure

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …