How to make your StarLoftPgh look like an art gallery.

Turning your apartment into a fabulous art gallery is one of the best ways to style your place. You can fashion your space into a show-stopper with genuine, gallery-quality pieces or by creatively framing and positioning affordable reproductions, prints, and posters. While you get the artwork, remember that galleries are often minimalist settings, so decluttering your home will be part of your efforts.

When conversation starters drape your walls, there’ll be no more awkward dinner parties with icy interactions. With the decor tips we will share in this article, every room in your apartment will deliver color and pizzaz. Switch out the gloom and dreariness for daily immersion in art.

Transforming your starloftpgh into a never-ending exhibition implies that you focus less on furniture and more on your art pieces. The process will challenge your eye for detail and your ability to put together cohesive designs. Here is some ideas, so let’s get into it.

Opt for White or Neutral-Colored Walls

The appearance of your home is mainly determined by the walls. With simple white or neutral walls, your rooms appear larger, broader and have a more minimalistic ambiance. You’ll be able to experiment with a wide range of artwork as a result of this. Compared to crowded patterns or harsh tones, the colors and designs on the walls shine out better against a plain background.

You should think about the statement that a particular shade of white sends before choosing a can of paint. A white with somewhat warm undertones is fantastic for home decor. Too bright a white makes a place appear unwelcoming as if you’re entering into a grocery store or a hospital.

The starloftspgh uses the neutral oyster bar as the wall colors, and is very clean and appealing to almost everyone.

Set Your Space Apart With Sculptural Art

Sculptural pieces elevate the space above knick-knacks. Install large, stand-alone works on a pedestal to grab attention when anyone walks into the room. If you prefer, you can display smaller sculptures in groups of three or five. Lighting also has a role to play as illumination can highlight the details of your pieces. With a wall mirror behind the sculptures, you can also add depth and dimension.

Remember to keep delicate sculptures away from areas with high foot traffic to avoid accidents.

Drape the Walls With Art

Unless you’re an art curator, artist, or gallery owner, buying art isn’t something that comes easily to everyone. However, following a few straightforward criteria can make you realize that selecting art for the house is far more natural than one may expect. Though certain principles, such as investing in neutral sofas or carpeting, may be followed, utilize your wall art to make more eclectic selections. Express yourself through colors, content, and texture that speak to you.

Infuse Classic Designs

Pick an odd number of pieces with which you can arrange uniquely and artistically. Regardless of the total number on display, odd numbers often look better than their even counterparts. For a cohesive atmosphere, follow a color scheme, e.g., black, gold, and violet prints or paintings. Envision a layout and place your pieces on the floor before you hang them up.

Lit Up the Space

You can add a whole new way of looking at your space with smart lighting. The tricks of lighting are endless, whether it’s using light to accentuate your wall hangings or frames, choosing the appropriate lights source for an antique table, or installing faint yellow lights in a fake ceiling. The starloftspgh have enough controllable lighting to make this possible for you. You can also use lights to concentrate attention on certain places. You may also use fairy lights to create a relaxing atmosphere in a room.

Where to Get Art Pieces for Your Apartment

Pittsburghers like their art, particularly in the Culural district where local artists display, and sell their artworks. Empty walls can leave you feeling quite gloomy staring at those lifeless walls, particularly in the winter months. 

You can avoid this by using your some of your budget to make smart purchases to transform your house into an art gallery. You can get great works at pocket-friendly prices from the following locations:

Artsy

If you seek fine art from New York or international galleries, then you should check out Artsy. Some curators may chide you for buying art you did not appreciate in person, but it’s 2021, and e-commerce is the norm. Artsy sells works in all styles, showcasing artists like Jean Dubuffet, Damien Hirst, and much more. Though these do not qualify as cheap art, they host live auctions, display sales from international fairs, and give emerging artists a platform. 

Society6

Society6 carries artworks from hundreds of thousands of artists all over the globe. Their inventory displays creative works from international artists and designers who supply their original works to the company. Society6 then reprints them with high-quality materials, which makes them more affordable for you.

From wall art to tapestries, you can get them delivered right to your door. The artists are fairly compensated for their works by receiving the majority of the sale proceeds. 

Art School Exhibitions

Though you may wish for a Picasso or Basquiat, those may be unrealistic at the moment. In the meantime, why not stop by a college exhibition to support new acts? College students are taught the techniques of these masters and infuse their ingenuity in creating pieces that may one day be renowned. While their works may have not yet graced the walls of a top museum or gallery, this just translates to you having a genuine original.

Local Pittsburgh Artists

Dinner tonight, at your starloftpgh home: Peperonata (bell pepper stew) With Cuttlefish and Oregano

Simple, yet tasty!

A southern Italian summertime regular, saucy peperonata (stewed peppers, onions and tomatoes) with tender cuttlefish and oregano is extremely delicious. Have plenty of bread on the ready to mop up the silky juices.

LIST OF INGREDIENTS

  • 2 LBS. of cuttlefish, Wholeys fish market
  • 1 1/2 LBS. of bell peppers, Pennsylvania Macaroni
  • 2 of vine tomatoes, Pennsylvania Macaroni
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • fresh oregano, or dry
  • Bertolli extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt

METHOD

1

Clean cuttlefish and cut into strips. Trim bell peppers and cut into strips similar in size to the cuttlefish. Chop the tomatoes. 2

Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a pan with a crushed unpeeled garlic clove. Add bell peppers and sauté for 2 minutes, then add chopped tomatoes. Remove garlic and cook for 5-6 minutes, then cover and cook for another 6-7 minutes.3

Remove everything from the pan and add the cuttlefish. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add bell peppers and tomatoes back into the pan and mix allowing flavors to meld for 1 minute. Top with a bit of chopped fresh oregano and serve.

Cuttlefish with bell pepper an oregano.

Have a great dinner.

Janet, owner of www.starloftspgh.com

Gallery Crawl at your home.

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, 28 January | Event in Pittsburgh | AllEvents.in

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District

Fri Jan 28 2022 at 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm
(Eastern Standard Time)

It’s the first Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District of 2022 — packed with more than a dozen Crawl Stops including new gallery exhibitions, two live music showcases, and one-of-a-kind events in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.

Since 2004, the Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, has been a free, one-night-only, multi-venue showcase of Pittsburgh’s dynamic art and entertainment scene. Tens of thousands of visitors have explored this quarterly “open house,” featuring local and international artists in exhibitions, performances, and screenings inside of galleries, storefronts, and restaurants throughout your doorstep below at the http://www.starloftspgh.com.

Joke of the day!

Three drunks hailed a taxi. The taxi driver seeing that they were so wasted when they got in, he just switched on the engine and switched it off, and said we are here. The 1st guy gave him money, 2nd guy said thanks, but the 3rd guy slapped him. The taxi driver was stunned because he was hoping that none of them would have realized the car didn’t move an inch. So what was that for, he asked. Control your speed next time, you almost killed us.

Walk to the Gallery Crawl from your front door.

The first Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District of 2022 is a literally at your doorstep when you live at the http://www.starloftspgh.com —packed with more than a dozen Crawl Stops including new gallery exhibitions, two live music showcases, and one-of-a-kind events in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. Check out the full lineup at TrustArts.org/Crawl.

How best to clean every kitchen surface.

Backsplash

A great place to start cleaning is with your kitchen backsplash. You’ll need cleaning spray and a slightly abrasive brush or sponge. You can pick up a bottle of stainless steel cleaner or glass cleaner for a metal or glass backsplash. Otherwise, you can make a simple solution of one part water and one part vinegar to deal with most of your backsplash stains.

Stovetops

If you have an electric stovetop, you should only need a rag or sponge and some warm soapy water for cleaning. If there’s gunk built up over time or stains that don’t want to come out, try mixing half a cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water to form a paste, and then scrub the dirty areas with a rag and your baking soda paste.

Gas stovetops can be easier to clean than electric stoves because you don’t have to worry so much about scratching the stovetop. Remove the grates and drip pans and soak them in warm water, then wash them with a brush and dish soap. Take a rag and warm soapy water or baking soda paste and scrub out any gunk that might be remaining on the stovetop.

Counters

You might be wiping down your counters every day, but gunk can still accumulate over time, especially in the corners. Wipe down your counters with a wet rag as you usually would, but make sure you really get down in the corners with your fingernail and scrub hard at any spots that feel crusty under the rag. This is also a good time to sanitize your counters with a food-safe sanitizing spray.

Inside the fridge

An essential part of cleaning your kitchen is cleaning the inside of your fridge, as spoiled food can go to waste or cause food poisoning. Start by removing all the food from your fridge and discarding anything that is rotten or expired. Then, remove any shelves you can, and clean them in your sink with dish soap and a sponge.

Anything you can’t remove from the fridge can be wiped down with a hot sponge or rag. Finally, replace the shelves and all your food, putting the oldest food in the front of the fridge and newer items further from expiration in the back.

Kitchen sink

Your kitchen sink will get dirty from washing your rag while cleaning all your other surfaces, so take the spray nozzle and spray all around the side of the sink. Use a sponge to clean off any dried food that might be stuck to the side.

Floor

The last element of your kitchen you want to clean is the floor. It’s best to save the floor for last because it will accumulate some of the grime you wipe off other surfaces during your kitchen cleaning. Sweep what you can, and then mop or spot-mop your floor with a rag. A solution of vinegar and water can be great for this too, and you can try mixing in some fragrance oil for a pleasant smell afterward.

The Penthouse apartment will be available May of 2022.

Call 412.943.7660 for a tour.

Live Downtown Pittsburgh

If you’re relocating for work, opt for downtown living in an elegant apartment. Downtown is a great, central location with tons of entertainment, walkability, and access to the trolly. Enjoy the cultural, and sports events on the weekends, a bustling development with 100+ restaurants and bars! Downtown is a great place to be for those who enjoy high-energy environments and don’t mind a little noise and traffic.

Call Janet for a tour of the Penthouse @ the http://www.starloftspgh.com

Pure Barre Pittsburgh Downtown Grand Opening Event

Join Pure Barre for a free workout on Friday, Jan 7th – Sunday, Jan 9th 2022.

Location: Downtown Pittsburgh, Out your front door from the http://www.StarLoftsPgh.com

150 8th Street, Pgh. Pa. 15222

Call 412-930-4840 for more info, or visit website https://www.purebarre.com/location/pittsburgh-downtown-pa

Pure Barre is a total-body barre workout that transforms you physically and mentally. Our musically-driven group classes focus on low-impact, high-intensity movements that strengthen and tone your body in 50mins or less.