Today's Home Blog


Bassett Furniture: How It’s Made

Written by Whitney Wagner, Interior Designer and Store Manager, North Hills on August 24, 2016

Bassett Furniture such as sofas, chairs, ottomans, kitchen tables, beds, nightstands. Where do they come from?

All these furniture pieces start off as nothing more than raw materials: wood, fiber, foam, etc. What turns them into a finished product that we sit on, eat on or put our nightly glass of water on? A furniture manufacturer! (more…)

Using Coffee Table Books as Decor

Written by Rachel Lenchner, Interior Designer, North Hills on August 12, 2016

Coffee table books are a great way to accessorize and display your interests throughout your home. There is a coffee table book for just about anything, so it is the perfect self-expressive accent.

Use coffee table books not only as decor, but as a conversation starter. (more…)

Top Tips for Designing a Masculine Room

Written by Lisa Gonzalez, Interior Designer, South Hills on August 4, 2016

Do you dream of having your home’s main living area feel complete, furnished with everything warm, cozy and sumptuous? I am currently working on a design project for a client with just this request.

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Buying Paint: What, Where, How, Why and When

Written by Kim Cibak, Interior Designer, North Hills on July 28, 2016

Buying paint for your home comes along with lots of questions. Here’s everything you need to know.

Blue paint color brings this entire living space together.

Image credit: http://us.farrow-ball.com/

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2016 Ultimate House

July 14, 2016

This summer, some of Pittsburgh’s best home services companies are teaming up for Pittsburgh Magazine’s Ultimate House 2016. We’re excited to join in on the fun, and add our own unique touch to this amazing project.

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4 Questions to Ask When Buying a Cocktail or Coffee Table

Written by Isabel D'Angelo, Interior Designer, South Hills on June 28, 2016

What do I call it?

This gorgeous living space uses a rectangular coffee table to have great discussion over.

Image Credit: vanguardfurniture.com

“Cocktail table” and “coffee table” can be used interchangeably when talking about this piece. Some people will insist that coffee tables are round and cocktail tables are rectangular. Or that cocktail tables are slightly taller.

However, most designers will use the terms more loosely. Most high-end furniture manufacturers will have them labeled as “cocktail tables” on their websites, so keep that in mind when searching!

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Outdoor Spaces: Design Beyond Your Home’s Walls

Written by Jon Delach, Interior Designer, South Hills on June 22, 2016

outside sleeping areaI love summer, when my home seems to “grow” (no pun intended). The sunshine gives me the opportunity to take things outside, and utilize my outdoor living areas. My deck with its wrap around banquet seating, and my dining table under my gazebo…they just call to me when I’m at home in the summer!

Think of all your outdoor spaces as additional rooms. (more…)

Lighting: The Way to Good Interior Design

Written by Freddie Bainbridge, Interior Designer, North Hills on June 15, 2016

Today’s options for lighting can be overwhelming. There are so many types of fixtures, finishes, lighting effects, and on and on! (more…)

Working in Synergy with Your Designer

Written by Laura Mensch, Interior Designer, North Hills on June 3, 2016

If you’re thinking of updating a room in your home it can be difficult to go it alone. There are so many possibilities it can seem overwhelming. In these situations, bringing in an artistic and educated opinion can be crucial.

An Interior Designer will help you create a space that makes sense, within your budget. (more…)

Choosing Paint Colors Well

Written by Lisa Gonzalez, Interior Designer, South Hills on May 20, 2016

Painting a room is the best way to update a room, making the most visual impact and at the least expense. (more…)