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Michael Lotenero’s New Studio


this photo is by Michael Lotenero

I was so excited when I heard artist and designer Michael Lotenero was opening up a studio space in the Strip District! He is sharing space with Zerrer’s Antiques at 2703 Penn Avenue. He doesn’t have set hours but you can call or just stop into the antique place. He told me right now he is keeping afternoon hours and is planning an opening party. In the meantime, here are few shots from my visit!
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Paul + Petra’s Squirrel Hill Home

We stopped by Paul and Petra’s home over the summer to take a few photographs. Paul is the principal and Petra is the creative director of SPRINGBOARD design. The couple met on a plane ride to New York City when Petra was confused about the plane’s dessert. Paul explained to her that it was a Baby Watson Cheesecake and the rest is history.
 
Once we arrived, were warmly welcomed with a tour of the space along with funny stories of the different items throughout. Oh and beer and wine so that might be my new requirement if you invite us over for a shoot.
 
When I first pulled up, the front of the home looks like a traditional Pittsburgh home. I didn’t know what to expect and then we walked in to see this entire addition that was built on, I was a bit shocked to see that you could take a very traditional home and create something very open and contemporary. I asked Paul about their process and inspiration for their home, here is what he had to say:
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Simple + Retro in Columbus, OH


I just returned from visiting Columbus, OH, this is one of my favorite places to go. I was able to catch up with Ashley and Ben over a yummy breakfast at the Explorer’s Club. Not too long ago Ashley entered Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool Kitchen contest. She didn’t win this time but who cares, their house is pretty amazing! I wouldn’t mind crashing here for a few days. Check it out:
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The Architects Behind Google’s Space

When you drive by Bakery Square it’s almost hard to remember what it looked like before when it was the home of the Nabisco bakery. I love the updated look and how they kept a lot of the original charm of the previous structure. To me it looks like it got an updated make-over.

When Google decided to move it’s offices over to Bakery Square, it was exciting news for our area. I was especially curious as to what the offices would look like inside! Google has a reputation for creating an interesting work environment for it’s employees. Once they were finished, I saw a few media outlets picked up on the story right away and I sort of put it out of my mind until Strada Architecture contacted me.

Strada is responsible for designing the Google offices. This project must have been an exciting one for them to take on. I received an email directly from Rachel who works for this local firm and got more of the back story of what went into their design process.

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Alissa Martin’s Home in Lawrenceville

Alissa Martin, owner of Pavement, recently welcomed us into her home. The styling
sensibility we so admired in her shop (previous post here) has been translated into
brighter accents of color in upholstery, painted vintage furniture, and old signs, but
tempered with the use of matte black to anchor pieces like mantels, a dining
room table and chairs, and kitchen counters. This mix of urban cool with vintage quirk
gives Martin’s home a more relaxed, lived-in
feel than the boutique (she even has
beer on tap!)

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Design Inspiration from Butler Street { part1 }

Sometimes, the best decorating ideas come from a favorite neighborhood
store. This is especially true when said store is part of the exciting growth in
independently-owned boutiques that are shaping Lawrenceville’s trailblazer
reputation. We spent one recent Saturday checking out six of these shops
and their décor in hopes of bringing some of their inspired ideas to you.

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Who New?

If you have a lot of love for mid-century modern decor and furniture, you have to check
out Who New if you haven’t already! They have an amazing collection of hard to find
items and probably things you never saw before. I could spend half the day in there and
even if you walk around once or twice, you are bound to find something new that you
missed the first time around.

While visiting Pittsburgh a couple years ago before I moved back, I made it a point to
check this store out. I had been hearing about the new things that were happening in
Lawrenceville and all the new shops that were making the neighborhood their home.
I have to admit, the New York Times article that ran in 2007 gave me that extra push
to go. Years before when I left Pittsburgh, it wasn’t all that great of a neighborhood and
there wasn’t too much happening except once a year with the Art All Night event.
You knew that it had so much potential but just wasn’t quite there yet.

When I walked into Who New, I instantly fell in love with the selection they had. It was
one of the places that inspired the idea to create the Steeltown Anthem site. I thought it
was so amazing that this furniture store actually existed in Pittsburgh. I had seen other
places like this but in other cities.

Now that I have moved back, I was waiting for the perfect time to post photos of this
place. We went over last weekend and Roger who is one of the owners let Kristy and
I take photos of whatever we wanted and was very welcoming to us.

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