Top Things to Do in Pittsburgh, PA

Uniquely situated on the confluence of three majestic rivers, Pittsburgh is a beautiful and fun city for both visitors and residents. Everyone, regardless of age, can find something to do that matches their interests and have an experience they will never forget in Steel City. Whether you are just visiting or looking for apartments for rent in Pittsburgh to move here, these top attractions and activities are guaranteed to keep you entertained.

Mount Washington and Duquesne Incline

Mount Washington is one of the most charming places in Pittsburgh due to its prime location offering the most incredible city views. The Duquesne and Monongahela Inclines are the two funiculars that take people to the top of the Mount where they can enjoy some of the best restaurants and walks. For those wanting to get away from the downtown while still keeping an eye on it, this is the place to be.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Located in Schenley Park, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is more than what its name indicates. It is also a City of Pittsburgh historic landmark and one of the locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The gardens founded in 1893 feature a wide variety of plants, as well as elaborate, formal gardens in various styles, from Roman to English to Japanese, to name a few. So, make sure to grab your friends and family and head out there for a relaxing, informative experience throughout 20 indoor and outdoor gardens.

Andy Warhol Museum

Dedicated to the one and only Andy Warhol, the museum bearing his name is the largest in the nation focusing on the art and life of just one artist. It is located in the North Shore which makes it easily accessible for those either living in Pittsburgh or just visiting for the weekend. Be sure to check it out and enjoy some of the artist’s famous artwork in person.

Carnegie Museum of Art

Another place for the art lovers, but also a great day with the family spot, the Carnegie Museum of Art features a wide variety of art collections, from ancient to modern to contemporary. Located in the eastern part of the city, the museum is a great way to spend a day or an afternoon wandering through famous artwork from around the world.

Bike the Burgh Tours

Offering a historical bike ride through the city, the Bike the Burgh Tours allows you to learn about Pittsburgh while riding a bicycle. A 3-hour tour takes you through some of the most beautiful and popular areas of the city, while allowing you to engage in some moderate exercising. If you are a tourist, you can rent a bike there, while as a local you can bring your own bike and just ride along.

Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

One of the largest establishments featuring a zoo and an aquarium in the U.S., the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium are a must see for those either visiting the city or living here. A great spot for both children and adults, the zoo allows anyone who is interested to come and discover their natural connection with animals. So, make sure to put it on your list!

If you are currently looking for apartments for rent in Pittsburgh, rest assured that no matter what part of the city you choose for your next home, you will find plenty of things to do in your free time.

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Published at Fri, 02 Oct 2020 09:45:26 +0000

Expert Interview: Jessica Love of Urbane Design Shares Her Secrets for Decorating a Rental on a Budget

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Jessica Love, Interior Designer of Urbane Design

We love interior design, and many of our readers do as well. Although some renters are afraid of going for big makeovers for their place, we believe that all homes must be shown love, and you should personalize your apartment to fit your style. Of course, there are many ways to do this without breaking the bank (or your lease), so pick and choose the tips that fit your budget.

To help you out with some practical advice, we have taken to the experts to share their top tips for easy décor. Today, we share the insight of Jessica Love from Urbane Design, an Austin-based interior design firm. Their mission is to engage with you in a collaborative process that will help define your space and create the perfect décor for your home. Thank you, Jessica, for your tips!

We asked Jessica for her top advice for decorating an Austin rental on a budget. Here’s what she told us: 

Decorating a rental property can often seem overwhelming. There is an inordinate amount of decisions to weigh, from the financial investment and the aesthetic payoff. It’s important to decide which areas you can learn to live with and which you cannot, and definitely want to change. Below, we have listed the areas on which you can focus to get the best bang for your buck in a rental property.

What’s the best place to start when wanting to upgrade or decorate a rental?

  • Firstly, No Excuses

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Your home — rental or not — is your sanctuary and your confidence starts at home. It doesn’t matter if your lease expires in a year or if it prohibits you from using nails on the walls. There are so many renter-friendly options, and therefore no excuses when it comes to decorating your home. Why do we think we have to wait to buy a home to purchase quality furniture, art, etc? Let’s start loving and enjoying our homes today!

  • Invest in Versatile Pieces

In my opinion, one of the great things about being a renter is that you have the option to move once your lease expires. With that in mind, it’s important to choose versatile furniture pieces, rather than items that fit perfectly in your current space. Making smart selections such as a modular sofa or a dresser that could double as a TV stand in another room is a wise decision.

Read any design blog or DIY advice column and you will find paint on every single one. It’s always important to get your landlord’s permission to paint your walls before you do, and in many cases a nice neutral will be perfect. Typically, it’s a win-win for both parties, as a nice new coat of paint will improve the property. Worst case scenario, you can offer to paint the walls back to the original color before you move out.

  • Peel and Stick Wallpaper

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There are a number of options nowadays when it comes to temporary wallpaper. It’s literally a big sticker and most of them can be installed over existing wall texture. Peel, stick and enjoy. When it’s time to move out, peel it back and the wall will be exactly as you found it. We love wallpaper as accent walls, in smaller areas, for instance behind a bed or sofa.

Never underestimate the power of good lighting. It could be as simple as swapping out an existing fixture in a room, and that will transform it completely. If that is not an option, invest in a great table lamp and floor lamps instead. You can take these with you to your next rental, so think about getting versatile pieces.

What are some of the most effortless ways to upgrade your place?

It’s always a great idea to bring the outdoors in. Plants are inexpensive and go with any décor style. For a smart investment, look for easily maintained plants that improve indoor air quality as well.

  • Window Coverings

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Let’s face it, getting a rental with nice window coverings is certainly a score. Assuming you’re not so lucky, consider an inexpensive curtain on a rod or bamboo shades to cover unsightly windows. We love curtains because you can take them with you and chances are they will fit the windows in your next rental as well!

Whether your rental has unsightly carpets or cold laminate floors, a good area rug will be the perfect addition. Rugs add color and texture to a room, and the best part is, they are yours forever and ever! We recommend investing in a quality rug that truly fits your style and you could see in your forever home.

What are some essentials for décor?

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It’s never too soon to start an art collection. So many people wait to buy “the perfect home”, but then they become overwhelmed with the amount of options and the decision fatigue that typically comes with buying art. Buy pieces you love and they will never go out of style. When possible, we are always advocates of supporting your local art community.

  • Decorations

Finish off that versatile furniture with plush pillows and throws, and adorn your walls with cherished photos, wall-hangings and art. Layer in those accessories and potted plants. You’re going to feel like you truly are home in no time!

We also wanted to know what local hotspots she has to recommend for buying furniture & décor items, because it’s important to support our local businesses.

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Shopping on a budget? No problem! Never underestimate the power of Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. We find great deals on these platforms all of the time. Here’s a pro tip: love something at West Elm or Crate and Barrel? Try searching your favorite store find in these search engines. Most people will list the purchases they made in such a store in hopes of getting some money back on those items. Often it’s that someone forgot to measure their space and purchased a discounted item that they could not return, or simply wanted to declutter their place and it didn’t fit their style anymore. We love mixing the old with the new, it gives a warm feeling to any space. Don’t forget about your local antique stores and auction houses. Often times, you can find great deals at low prices!

And finally, we love DIYs, since they’re so friendly and inexpensive. Here’s Jessica’s top tip for how you can improve your rental on your own.

Painting will refresh a space quicker than any other item on your wish list. We also love revamping the hardware on cabinets and installing new light fixtures for a fresh look.

We hope these tips can help you get started on your journey to beautify your home and turn it into your own, personal sanctuary. Remember that it should always tell your personal story, so infuse the place with whatever it is that truly feels like you. Thank you again, Jessica, for all of your insights and amazing advice. You can check out her work on the Urbane Design website for some additional inspiration.

Photo credit for featured image: Sarah Natsumi Moore

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Published at Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:35:26 +0000