Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rooms with Personality Designer's Creations Show How to Wow without Going Broke

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rooms with Personality Designer's Creations Show How to Wow without Going Broke

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The American Society of Interior Designers once again showcases the talent of its members at the 35th annual Duquesne Light Home & Garden Show.

"Local and Sustainable" is the theme of the dining room created by Nancy Drew of Drew Designs Ltd. It's painted in PPG's Warm Wassail.

"I centered the room around a table from Eastman Tribe made from reclaimed Douglas fir barnwood by local artist/craftsman John Eastman," Ms. Drew said.

The sideboard was made from the same reclaimed wood and has a roughhewn yet industrial look. Artist Stevo made the colorful mosaic fireplace surround, which has the aesthetic of a stained- glass window. The flooring is cork and the chairs on either side of the fireplace and around the dining table all came from Pier One. The lights over the table are from Lowes. The paintings on the walls are all original works by Pittsburgh artist Cory Bonnet.

"It's all about knowing how to put it together," noted Ms. Drew.

All four designers tried to use affordable options to demonstrate to consumers that you don't have to have a trust fund to create a room that looks pulled together.

"We try to be very budget-friendly," she said.

The genius of Melodie Schooley of the Pittsburgh Basement Co. is illustrating how you can use space in creative ways. Her basement room features an under-the-stairs pet habitat including a built-in crate and tiled area for dishes with their own potfiller faucet. The LED chandelier came from Cardello Electric.

"It's about new ideas for under-used spaces," said, Ms. Schooley, who has been focusing on basements lately.

She got an old door from Construction Junction, painted it and set it up as a table using white sawhorses from IKEA. The glass top was custom-cut by Rex Glass. Storage space is provided by cabinets and a sink and counter. The walls are by the Basement Co., which specializes in finishing the look of concrete block.

Going very custom and very sleek is the master bedroom by Nicole Santella of Artemis Construction and Design. …

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