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Penthouse @ 139 7th Street, Cultural District Pittsburgh, Pa

How best to clean every kitchen surface.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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Save Energy and Money While Staying Comfortable This Winter at Starloftspgh.com

In you StarloftPgh apartment in downtown Pittsburgh manage your comfort and utility bills.

Don’t just set one temperature and forget about it. Get in the habit of turning it down several degrees every night before you go to bed. If you’re like most people, you sleep better in the winter when lying snugly under several blankets. You can’t do that when the furnace is heating the http://www.starloftspgh.com to 75F all night (plus you’ll break the furnace that way).

• Manage the thermostat part 2. If you are away from your apartment and expect to be gone all day, turn down the thermostat before you leave. There’s absolutely no reason to heat an abandoned apartment eight hours every day. Turn the heat back on when you get home.

• Manage the thermostat part 3. Consider using a lower temperature setting for normal daytime and evening hours when the apartment is occupied. Just give 68 degrees a try, rather than 70, 72 or 74. You might find that you become accustomed to the lower temperature setting. If you’re still chilly, throw on an extra layer of clothing. This can save you abundant bucks on your gas and/or electric bills.

• Manage the thermostat part 4. If you have house or apartment partners, have a quick meeting to establish who has the responsibility to manage the thermostat, either all the time or week to week. You definitely want to avoid a situation where two or three people are constantly changing the setting.

• Close doors to unused rooms and shut the heating registers or vents in those rooms. The less space your central heating system has to service, the more efficiently (and cheaply) it can heat the rest of your apartment. However, there’s one caveat to this. If you close up too much of the apartment, your furnace or heat pump likely will short-cycle. This means it quickly heats the “open” parts of the apartmentq, then shuts down. It stops and starts time after time, which itself wastes energy and stresses the equipment. So in general, it’s OK to block heat to one or two bedrooms but not an entire floor.

The http://www.starloftspgh.com of downtown Pittsburgh have high insulation value to keep you very comfy during the cold winter months

Have a great day! Janet

How to Give Your Bedroom That Dark Academia Aesthetic That Every Bookworm Loves

Andrea Neculae

ByAndrea NeculaeDecember 6, 2021

The dark academia aesthetic has seen a rise in popularity in the past 18 months, making it one of the pandemic’s fastest-growing trends. Revolving around classic literature (particularly ancient Greek) and the pursuit of knowledge, dark academia is more of a lifestyle than a fashion choice. What began on Tumblr in the mid-2000s as a book club with a gothic twist today romanticizes academic life at Ivy League universities, such as Harvard and Yale. And, with many students left this year to live out their college experiences in their childhood bedrooms, the appeal of a preppy campus is undeniable.

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However, dark academia doesn’t have an age limit, and you don’t need cobblestone walls or pointed arches to achieve this look in your own bedroom.

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Color Me Moody

As the name suggests, this aesthetic is mysterious and dark — and so is its color scheme. Earthy colors are also commonly used to convey that beginning-of-the-school-year, autumn feel. Meanwhile, if you want something more exciting than muted earth tones (like beige, brown and off-white), a burgundy and olive green mix can be the choice for you.

Granted, as a renter, you may not always be allowed to paint the walls or stain the floors, so you might need to get creative with your use of the dark academia palette. For example, removable wallpaper is a no-strings-attached solution to giving your bedroom walls a darker vibe. Likewise, potted plants are also a great renter-friendly way to add color to the room, while keeping in line with the look you want to achieve. Plus, plants that fit this sub-culture best (which are usually from the ivy family) are a renter’s dream because they’re low maintenance.

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Going Back to The Roots

Don’t forget what dark academia is all about: Books. Arrange them on a bookshelf, stack them or use them as your bedside table. Just make sure they’re everywhere. Specifically, “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt is hailed as a staple of dark academia and is a must-have in your book collection, along with “The Iliad,” “Dead Poets Society,” “Pride and Prejudice” and anything by Oscar Wilde. And, the older the books, the better. Not only will they give you that vintage feel that you’re going for, but their sweet, musky smell will also add to the experience.

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Plaid It Cool

When it comes to fabrics, use rich patterns and heavy, ornate tapestry. To that end, adhesive strips are a sure-fire way to adorn your walls with textile art — without damaging the walls and ensuring you get your security deposit back. Luxurious materials — such as cashmere and wool — should also be on your decorating list. After all, you’re trying to replicate the way of life of Romantic-era nobles and upper-class American preppies. And, remember that there’s no room for minimalism here, so layer your bed with duvets and blankets, and add some plaid or tweed pillows for extra coziness.

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Have Decorating Down to a Fine Art

If you’re attracted to the dark academia aesthetic, you’ll most likely be found wondering around museums and art galleries or listening to Tchaikovsky while sipping tea. If this sounds like you, don’t be afraid to showcase your interest in the humanities: Musical instruments, Greek sculptures and art supplies can make excellent décor. Moreover, you can find all of these items in thrift stores, second-hand shops or garage sales, making them affordable. And, don’t worry about wear and tear — it will only add to their charm.

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A common motif for dark academia is chiaroscuro, which is the contrast between brightness and darkness. Most rooms that are decorated using this aesthetic are illuminated by flickering lights. The magical world of Hogwarts is considered dark academia by many, so you can take inspiration for your Muggle bedroom from its candle-lit corridors. And, while a hanging chandelier checks all of the boxes of a more theatrical, decadent feel, it isn’t an option for everyone. Instead, scour your nearest antique shops for a vintage lampshade or a lamplight to curl up next to with your favorite book.

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Don’t Shun Technology

Social media has always been a place of self-expression for mainstream styles and many subcultures. And, with the help of algorithms, users can more easily become immersed in the internet aesthetic of their choice. As a result, nothing is too niche — if you can think of it, you can find a mood board of it on Pinterest. And, of course, there’s a community out there for dark academics to share ideas, visuals and hobbies. Although technology doesn’t seem to match the core of sweater-knitting, flower-pressing, calligraphy-writing academics, it’s nonetheless a great source of inspiration. Your vast collection of highbrow literature can also come in e-book form, especially if you don’t have enough space for a library.

The #darkacademia has surpassed 1 million posts on Instagram, and the topic has sprouted many YouTube videos, including tutorials and hour-long whimsical playlists. All of this along, with its multiple facets and timelessness, make dark academia a trend that seems to be here to stay.

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Andrea Neculae

Andrea NeculaeAndrea Neculae is a creative writer at RentCafe, with a passion for bringing human-interest stories to light. Writer by day and bookworm by night, she loves reading and reviewing anything from the classics to sci-fi and fantasy. Her writing skills are complemented by a special interest in graphic and web design. From research about the rental market to home décor and interior design, Andrea’s articles cover many layers of a renter’s universe. With an academic background in Language Arts, Andrea is always looking to develop new skills and further her knowledge. You can connect with her via email.

Set up your place at http://www.starloftspgh.com like a nerdy bookworm!

Downtown Pittsburgh Listing Deal You Will Want to Check Out in December

For many of us, it’s hard to pass up an opportunity to live in Downtown Pittsburgh, especially when you find an amazing deal. This is what RentHop likes to refer to internally as gems. Thanks to years of accumulated rental data, we have some of the most affordable and quality rental listings the Downtown Pittsburgh has to offer. Our inventory of listings has grown exponentially over the years, this of one our favorite deals for rental listings.

The phenomenon of low supply/inventory of available listings continues into the month of December though demand has started to wane due to seasonality and the introduction of the new Omicron coronavirus variant. As a result, rental concessions being offered by StarLoftsPgh.com are remaining steady at pre pandemic rates (on average one month free) with some buildings not even offering any. Thankfully, RentHop is still getting a great inventory of gems. Today we’ll focus on some of our favorite deals in downtown Pittsburgh this coming December!

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Benefits of small rise apartment buildings.

Being on the bottom

In a smaller mid-rise, the bottom floor is really just the garden level of the building. Those buildings with a few more levels may mean the bottom consists of 1-3 stories. Regardless, living on the bottom floors provide:

  • Easy access both into and out of the building
  • A quicker trip to ground-floor amenities like common outdoor space
  • The ability to take the stairs all the time rather than dealing with the elevator

You also don’t have to worry about annoying a neighbor below you should you want to move furniture around, invite friends over or just tend to walk heavily.

Benefit of your home at http://www.starloftspgh.com

Good day, Charlie



You may not think so, but your bedroom is probably the most important room in your home. It’s the place where you get to unwind and relax after your busy day and, if you’re lucky enough, to grab an extra snooze on the weekends.


Your bed is the reason for the existence of this room and should be the focal point. However, there’s no need to get carried away with what’s fashionable at the time; your priority should be comfort. 

As far as comfort goes, the mattress is by far the most critical part. There’s a bewildering array of choices out there, so you may want to check US-Mattress to help you decide what’s best for you. Bear in mind that a good mattress should last you ten years or more if well cared for, and don’t be afraid to invest in this – you’ll be grateful for it when you sleep well in comfort.


Although we often think of the bedding, pillows, cushions, and rugs as the soft furnishings of a room, you would do well not to forget the curtains, especially for a bedroom. Depending on where you live, these could range from decorative to more functional. 

For instance, if you live in an inner-city environment, you may find you need heavier curtains to block out light and noise. Even if you live in the countryside, you may want to block the moonlight streaming in through your windows at night. 

As far as your bedding goes, opt for soft and cozy to lull you to sleep. You may prefer bright and bold colors or more delicate embroidered finishes. If you’re unsure what color scheme to choose for your bedroom, look for tips for the best and worst colors for sleep, especially if you’re one of those unfortunates who struggle to get to sleep at night.


Your choice of soft furnishings will already have set the tone for your master bedroom, but there are still some subtle touches you can add to create a space you’ll be delighted with. Lighting, fragrance, and music can all have small but profound influences on the ambiance of any room.


Lighting may be the last thing many of us think of. After all, bedrooms are supposed to be dark, aren’t they? The truth is, we still need some light in our bedrooms, whether it’s just ambient light for mood or slightly brighter, more focussed light for reading in bed. 

Your choice of lamps and light fittings can add interesting detail to your bedroom. This is an area where you can be creative and get the overall effect you desire.


It’s a good idea to ensure there’s fresh air in your bedroom. There’s no need to worry about the cold in winter if you have heavy curtains. A few sprigs of soothing lavender in a small vase near your bed will undoubtedly add to the ambiance but remember to place it where you won’t easily knock it over.


There’s a lot of information out there, but whatever you do, remember the master bedroom is your space, so make sure it suits you and your lifestyle at the http://www.starloftspgh.com

Plants at your Starloft home!

Having a green thumb right away would be nice, but that’s not always the case for most folks, and it certainly wasn’t the case for me. During the pandemic, I started gravitating towards plants. But sadly, plant after plant in my care would reach their ultimate doom, sometimes less than a month after bringing them home. This made me question if plants were really right for me. What was I doing wrong? Why were my plants wilting and dropping leaves so frequently? Ultimately, it had less to do with me having a green thumb and more to do with researching and understanding various plants and the environments they thrive in. It hadn’t occurred to me that, maybe, just maybe, every plant has different needs. So, while I didn’t have a green thumb immediately after bringing my first plants home, I read up on them, talked to them, and figured out all their plant necessities. Now my house is a thriving plant mecca filled with good vibes, fresh air, and lush greenery. My advice is not to be discouraged or throw away that wilting plant just yet; you have a chance to turn it around. A green thumb is on the horizon!


Plants are not only beautiful decor for your apartment, but they liven up your living space. Not to mention, they’re proven to have some pretty amazing health benefits. The fact is that we have a strong connection to nature. It has been scientifically proven that being out in nature around trees and letting the sun’s rays warm your skin can reduce stress and even boost your mood. While most of us don’t live in a tropical paradise, we can still bring a little bit of paradise into our homes. Multiple studies have shown that indoor plants keep owners healthier and happier, offering an array of physical and psychological health benefits that include: 

  • Reduce Stress
  • Brighten mood / reduce fatigue
  • Sharpen attention/ boost productivity
  • Therapeutic (horticultural therapy)
  • Improve indoor air quality

Important to note: All plants mentioned are pet-friendly and not toxic to cats or dogs. For more information about toxic and non-toxic plants, visit the ASPCA


Are you not quite sure what plant to start with? Well, beginners, you are in luck! These plants require little maintenance and won’t take up too much of your time. So, if you’re constantly on the go, traveling for work or pleasure, these starter plants may work best for your lifestyle.

Some Succulents

There is a large variety of succulents like echeverias or hens and chicks that are pet-friendly. These small babies do best in bright light and only need watering every couple of weeks, perfect for renters on the go. Just be mindful not to overwater these drought-tolerant plants or root rot will occur, ultimately killing the plant. 

Spider plant aka Chlorophytum comosum

Spider plant is a very adaptable plant that thrives in indirect light. It’s said to be one of the easiest-to-grow houseplants. This spiderlike plant quickly produces other plants that dangle from the “momma spider” plant like a spiderweb. Give them well-drained soil and bright or indirect light, and they’ll grow long and luscious. 

African violet aka Saintpaulia

These lovely plants come in a variety of pink and purple hues and require low maintenance. African violets are sure to brighten up your space with their blooms that typically last year-round. For a happy plant, place these beauties in bright indirect sunlight and keep the soil moderately moist. 

Friendship Plant aka Pilea involucrata 

This propagation-friendly plant is — like the name suggests — perfect for sharing with friends. They grow well in medium to low light and typically don’t grow taller than 12 inches. They prefer humid environments, but a humidifier will help with that. This low-maintenance, velvet-like plant appreciates moist soil and six to eight hours of light (not direct sun).


Renters in big cities may have less window space or less lighting. If your apartment lacks windows, no worries; there are plenty of plants out there that thrive in little to low light environments. 

Chinese Evergreen aka Aglaonema

Chinese evergreen does amazing in low light and only needs to be fertilized twice a year. Be sure to let the soil dry out between watering so that you won’t drown this beauty. Ideally, you can place these plants on tabletops or put them in a plant stand in your bedroom or living area. 


Lucky bamboo is said to bring good energy and fortune into your home — who wouldn’t want that? Bamboo can grow in indirect light, and certainly, some species of bamboo do well in low light as well. You have the choice of using water or soil as their growing medium, so go with whichever aesthetic fits your apartment decor. This stocky plant is ideal for desks or coffee tables, as they won’t take up much space. Your guest will love this nice accent piece. 

Prayer Plant aka Maranta leuconeura

These glossy dark-green plants can grow up to 10-12 inches and do exceptionally well in low-light environments. As the name suggests, these plants will fold up like praying hands at night and return to lying flat during the daytime. They flourish in humid environments and love lots of fertilizer and moist soil. 

Parlor Palm aka Chamaedorea elegans

These beautiful, tropical plants can grow up to six feet tall. They have bamboo-like stems that thrive in medium to bright indirect light but can easily tolerate low light. Water them every one to two weeks, making sure the soil dries out between watering. Place these luscious plants in the corner of your living room with some indirect sunlight and watch them grow. 

Rabbit Foot Fern aka Davallia griffithianaa 

Rabbit foot are trendy plants that are perfect for hanging. These plants prefer environments with high humidity. A quick fix would be to invest in a humidifier to keep this plant flourishing. Just remember to keep their soil moist, mist the leaves daily to add humidity, and they’ll thrive. Place these quirky plants in a hanging pot in your bathroom, kitchen, or living room and they’ll be happy.


Zebra Plants aka Aphelandra squarros

Zebra plants are known for their shiny leaves and dark green foliage. Their striped foliage prefers humid environments due to their tropical nature. Renters with small apartments will love these pretty plants. Have some potting soil that drains well and keep the soil moist for a happier plant. They usually only get up to two feet tall, which is ideal for smaller apartments. They will add some fun and bright decor to any small space.

Lace Flower Vine aka Alsobia dianthiflora

These vine-like plants can be tempting to pets, so they are best to house in a hanging planter out of the way of mischief. Place them in bright, indirect light and be sure to water them whenever the soil starts to feel dry. The stems will grow about three feet long, but you can easily cut stems to maintain them. Sit back, relax, and watch their vines add character to small apartments.

Polka Dot Plant

For renters who want to add some color into their space, the polka dot plant may be a great fit for you. These colorful guys can grow up to three feet and typically stay on the smaller side. Make sure they stay in bright, indirect light with their soil remaining moist. Treat them with lots of love and care, and their white or pink polka dots will continue to shine and brighten up your mood.


If you’re tired of constantly getting herbs from the local grocery store, we’d recommend giving a kitchen garden a shot. Chefs and foodies will love having their own herbs at their fingertips. These are the easiest plants to grow on a windowsill in your kitchen or living room: 


Basil is a fragrant plant that thrives in warm weather. Place them near a warm window with plenty of direct light. They prefer moist soil, so try not to let them dry out.


These fragrant plants grow well with bright light and will thrive in south-facing windows. You can also grow them under artificial light. Allow the soil to become slightly dry between watering.


This aromatic plant is said to be the easiest herb to grow. Thyme needs plenty of sunlight and well-drained soil. Allow soil to dry before watering, and be sure to fertilize every two weeks for the best results.


Oregano loves warm environments, needing six to eight hours of sun daily. Place them near a south-facing window that gets plenty of light. Be sure to let the soil dry out between watering to avoid root rot.


These flavorful plants need direct sunlight for four to five hours per day. Make sure they are potted with suitable drainage holes. Check the soil to make sure it’s dry before watering again.  

Catnip (for the kitties)

Catnip needs up to five hours of sunlight daily. They prefer medium moisture and require a pot that has the proper drainage to avoid root rot. 


While some of these plants are pretty popular, they are highly toxic to pets. If you have a cat or dog constantly getting into things, please avoid these plants at all costs. 

  • Aloe
  • Alocasia
  • Pothos aka Devil’s Ivy
  • Peace lily / Lilies
  • ZZ plants

Plants are a great addition to your rental space and are sure to brighten up your mood and apartment. Remember, a green thumb may not happen overnight, but with some patience and a bit of research, you’ll have your own lush green living space in no time. 

47th season announced by the Pittsburgh Public Theater

Pittsburgh Public Theater has announced the organization’s 47th season – ALL ABOARD! – kicking off this October online and in person. The Public recently completed the Classics N’at online benefit reading series, the second iteration of the organization’s Public PlayTime series. After welcoming thousands of new audiences throughout the course of the past 15 months, The Public has set its sights on a triumphant return to live performance, and a season poised to be one of the most memorable yet.

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