Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Show House

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Pittsburgh Magazine’s Ultimate House is described as a “refined, but casual residence that combines the rustic woodland spirit of the new Forest Edge neighborhood in Cranberry Township with the modern character of Infinity Custom Homes.” The 3rd annual show house is sponsored by Pittsburgh’s best home decor brands and tour ticket proceeds benefit The Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

It’s certainly a show house worthy of the hashtags #dreamhome and #housegoals – try not to drool over these pictures. I had a hard time keeping my mouth off the ground during my visit. Be prepared to start saving your pennies if you’re dreaming of making this palace your home, its valued at $1.45 million.

The Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

I mean, they could have made the island a bit bigger…

Entertainer's Basement

The Wet Bar

I love the soft grey-green color of the cabinets and the marble backslash in the lantern shaped mosaic.

Open Living Room

With formal white built-in shelving.

Elegant, but not stuffy, dining room

Look at that chandelier!

 

First-floor guest suite

Blue wall color: Celestial Blue.

Disney-themed kids room

Yes I want that tufted velvet couch. The kids furniture is from Ethan Allen Disney line.

Master bedroom suite

More fun, glittery chandeliers!

Yes, there’s another wet bar in the mater suite

More wine storage!

White marble bathroom of dreams

Seriously … the white marble tile!

Show-stopping walk-in closet

 

Hidden room in closet

Push open the built in wardrobe to find a secret room.

Luxe laundry room

I’d be more willing to be a laundress if I had this beautiful laundry room with patterned tile and sage green cabinetry.

 

Entertainer’s Basement

This is more than a finished basement.

Stellar, Wine Cellar

A room made for storing wine? Yes please.

Workout Room

Maybe a room specifically for working out would help motivate me to do so?

 

Attic Space Hangout

Yes, there’s another kitchen space, loft, bunk space and bathroom on the huge third floor.

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Local Pittsburgh Winery, La Vigneta

La Vigneta Winery is a Pittsburgh homemade wine business owned in part by a friend of mine, Francesca. She makes moscato so she’s my friend. Just kidding shes a fabulous lady, I admire for going after her dreams! You can now find this La Vigneta wine all over farmer’s markets in the Pittsburgh area, but the business was grown from a first batch made in a Pittsburgh basement.

Francesca’s Dad taught her about homemade wine making. Owning a catering business he experimented with making wine in his Greensburg home in glass car boys. He’s originally from Alia, Sicily. This is where he learned to make wine in an authentic, old-fashioned way!

In 2013 Francesca was inspired by how good the homemade wine was and ordered a batch of pressed juice from California. With her Dad’s help Francesca started making wine in her Brookline home’s basement in. May 10th 2013 was their first day selling together at a Mt. Lebanon farmers market.

Creating their first batch of Petite Sirah, a dry red wine and now their most popular red wine a Sangiovese. The later was actually not what they intended to create they accidentally ordered it! They created 30 cases this first season. The first commercial batch sold featured the same wine base 3 different ways, sold as dry, semi dry and sweet, starting their wine experimentation.

An Italian family member helped name the wine business. La vigneta means the little vineyard in Italian. There’s a small town in Tuscany called Vigneta with hotel called Hotel Il Grotto. This is someplace Francesca hopes to visit one day to celebrate the success of their homegrown wines.

Now they create anywhere from 8-12 wines based on the season. Their moscato is their number one selling white wine! They use it in an apple pie cocktail, using other local proprietor Paul Family Farms maple syrup!

Francesca and her family have also added to the excitement, moving to a 17 acre farm in Sarver PA. They plan to continue expansion, with a tasting room open to the public. On the property they grow grapes and blueberries and are renovating a beautiful old farmhouse. They have plenty to celebrate being slated to sell over 7,000 bottles of wine this year!

Next time you’re at a local farmer’s market make sure to look out for the La Vigneta Winery booth to try their delicous wine. You can La Vignetta at local wine festivals all around the Pittsburgh area, like we the Ligonier Country Market every Saturday. La Vignetta is giving me another reason to look forward to the upcoming Fort Ligonier Days festival!

I know what I'm doing this weekend @lavignetawinery

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Paul Family Farms Maple Syrup

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Paul Family Farms is a producer of small batch maple syrup on a family farm located in Potter County. The family is continuing their predecessors tradition of creating small batch, wood-fired PA maple syrup.

Its some seriously delicious maple syrup. Perfect for Sunday morning pancakes. You can find this sweet nectar at local Pittsburgh Farmer’s markets and in local specialty foods like the Maple Bourbon Ice Cream from Millie’s Pittsburgh, breakfast pizza from Iron Born of Smallman Galley or the Sticky Peach wine from KingView Mead. Definitely a delicious foodie find 🙂

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Seven Springs Wine Festival 2018

Seven Springs Wine Festival

This past weekend I attended the 2018 Seven Springs Wine Festival. The concept of a summer day filled with endless wine samples sounds amazing, and it is! The grounds that I visit in the winter covered in snow were transformed and covered with PA wine vendors to explore. Most wine vendors had multiple sweet options for me to enjoy. There weren’t many moscato options, but plenty of sweet wines made with Niagara, and concord grapes as well as fun fruity peach, raspberry and blackberry wines.

I had a lot of wine that day, but my favorite vendor was one of the lasts I visited, Seven Mountains Wine Cellars. I had a few wine samples and ended up purchasing three of their varieties.

Just Peachy is a light and fruity wine that, “awakens the senses with irresistible aromas and a clean crisp natural peach flavor.”

All Razzed Up is another sweet wine made with concord wine and “razzed up” with red raspberries. Seven Mountains recommends mixing this wine with fresh or frozen fruit to make a fun sangria.

Tickled Pink is made with a blend of three labrusca grapes creating a delicious refreshing wine with cotton candy sweet finish.

 

I also really enjoyed the Sangria from Antler Ridge Winery. As sangria should be its really fruity and delicious. I couldn’t help but buy a bottle.

My day at the wine festival was just amazing. It’s just fun to spend a day outdoors discovering new wines. Can’t wait for next year’s wine festival on the mountain! Check out my first wine fest post for more fun.

Seriously look how much fun this group had. 92 bottles left behind!?

 

Header image from Seven Springs Website.

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Handmade Fall Decorations

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It’s almost that time of year! That is the time to welcome fall into your home with rustic pumpkins, leaves, gords and other seasonal items. Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. I love creating fall DIY decorations and festive displays.

I find therapeutic stress release in crafting. Tying that with my love for wine, I found the inspiration to upcycle wine bottles and other glass bottles into handmade decorations.  I realized how many bottles I was going through and throwing out. These creative painted wine bottle decorations make great vases, candle stick holders or they are great standing by themselves as decoration pieces.

For fall seasonal decor I’m using leaves and autumn colors in my DIY creations. Here’s a few DIY fall decoration ideas you can make with upcylced wine bottles and items found at the craft store.

Fall Decorations & Craft Ideas

Happy fall 🍂🍁🍃

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Grateful Fall Decorations

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Pumpkin Decor Ideas

Can't stop crafting! #🍁 #🎃

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It's Friday & I'm about to drink more wine to fuel my crafting habit. CHEERS!🍷🎃

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Thankful Fall Decorations

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Candy Corn Painted Glass Bottles

Candy corn is everyone's seasonal favorite right?! 💛🎃

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Pin These Craft Ideas!

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