Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show 2014

March 10, 2014 • Notes from the Kitchen...

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Mediterraneanbaby at Pittsburghs Home and Garden Expo-11Wow!! I absolutely loved the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show 2014!  Admission was only $10.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 6-12 years old, and free for children under 6 years of age.   The Show is in full swing from March 7th through the 16th at The David L. Lawrence Convention Center.  While I was there, I bumped into my friend, Chef Anthony Marino from Don’s Appliances!  He let me come up on stage with him for a pic before one of his many presentations of the week.  He’s an impressive chef and touts an amazing line of products with Don’s!

Mediterraneanbaby at Pittsburghs Home and Garden Expo-2I went to the Show in search of the perfect playground/play set for my little ones.  After I got over the initial sticker shock of the play yard, bumpers, and rubber mulch, I was ready to shop around.  I am debating between a cedar Child’s Play set from Playground World in Greensburg (mostly because Katelyn Bazzone has been so helpful) and a vinyl set from the Kauffman Family Marketplace in Burgettstown (again because of personal service; Harlan Kauffman took the time to email me and follow-up even while the Show is taking place).  Please let me know if you have any suggestions or advice with regard to play sets!!

As for my favorites from the show, I was blown away by the gorgeous display from Acclaimed Kitchens.

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Mediterraneanbaby at Pittsburghs Home and Garden Expo-30Everything they showed was just my style, particularly the Swarovski crystal cabinet hardware!!  Are you kidding me?? *I also loved the chandeliers over the kitchen islands, especially since I have one above my island at home and wasn’t sure if it was apropos.  I just LOVE bling!


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I also met a lovely couple that owns Goodies Chocolatier in Forrest Hills.  Their candies and chocolates were phenomenal.  They also specialize in unique fudge flavors like blueberry cheesecake, which was a hit with my kiddos.  While they do not have a website for me to link you to, they can be reached at Goodies.Chocolate@aol.com.

Mediterraneanbaby at Pittsburghs Home and Garden Expo-20JP Diroll Photography’s display was absolutely breathtaking.  His images, particularly of the City of Pittsburgh, were amazing.  Most impressive was his technique of displaying the photographs on aluminum.  Gorgeous!! You have got to check out his work.


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Finally, Turkey Hill all natural ice cream was such a treat for the whole family!!  They served two flavors: vanilla bean and salted caramel with sea salt!  The best part was that they served them in little paper cups with a wooden spoon.  It reminded me of my childhood.


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Although they weren’t technically part of the Show, we visited Ten Penny for lunch afterwards.  It was phenomenal and so convenient, only steps away from the Convention Center.  The decor is industrial meets city chic.  The staff was more than accommodating for the little ones and my mom and I each got to enjoy a fabulous spicy bloody mary.  The food was delicious, obviously well thought out and executed.

What a great day out with the family!! Thank you Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show 2014! We’ll be back next year.







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  6. Hey Nicole! Great article on the Pittsburgh home show, sorry I missed you!! If you have any other questions regarding the monkey tower and play base stop on into the office or come visit again at the home show! I’ll be there Monday night, Wednesday night, and Friday during the day. I’m very happy to help you find the perfect playset for your little ones! Look forward to speaking with you soon, have a great day!!

  7. Connie says:

    Had a great time with you, your Mom, and the kids on Saturday! Thanks!

  8. Gloria Balogh says:

    Love the cabinet hardware with bling!!! And do love the hair and all the interesting things you do with your whole family, that’s what it’s all about :)

  9. Sheila Brunner says:

    Thanks for sharing your visit to the home show. Always so much to see and learn when attending it. I always walk away with ideas for a new project. I want to try and get there this weekend.

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