Spring Market Tour lands in Penn Township 

This Sunday on the 2017 Spring Market Open House Tour takes me to 118 Irene Drive in Penn Township,  MLS #1262532, $179,900. I will be hosting the open house from 1:00 to 4:00 this Sunday March 12th. 

If you are looking for a convenient place to call home, this is close to perfect. This split level home which is on  a cul-de-sac is located off of Sandy Hill Road between Rt. 130 and Rt. 30. You will be located between the shopping centers of Penn Township and North Huntingdon/ Irwin.

Inside, you have a fully equipped eat in kitchen which opens up to the dining room. When you pass through the sliding glass doors in the dining room, you will arrive to the large covered porch with views of the fenced in yard which holds your shed, pool and deck .

Dining room with walk out to porch

The downstairs has a finished game room and is tapped off with a social center area for parties! Since the party or March Madness Basketball Center is in the game room, there is another bathroom located close by! For quieter times, there is a wood burning fireplace to set the mood. There is also another room on the lower level that could be used as a 4th bedroom or a den. This room was the second garage bay and can be easily converted back.

Game room with wood burner

Social center and wet bar

And one of the most important rooms are the bedrooms. The bedrooms run in sizes of the owners bedroom of 12×15 , the second bedroom of 13×10 , and the third one of 11×13.

Owners bedroom

If you have any questions about this open, please feel comfortable to contact me at 724-691-7220 or at TomSullivan@HowardHanna.com for any questions or comments. 


Styling Your Kitchen 

Elicia Gibson 

The kitchen is the heart of the home and a place for culinary masterpieces. While functionality is a top priority, who says it has to be plain and boring? Here are some different ways to spice up your kitchen.


Countertops are a great way to add style to a kitchen. Different types of materials offer different styles and effects. Concrete countertops bring in a modern feel, while marble or granite can add a classic touch. When considering a new countertop for your kitchen, also be mindful of the different functions of each material and choose one that suits your needs.

Lighting Fixtures

It’s hard to read a cookbook in a dark and dim kitchen, let alone try to make something! Spruce up your lighting! If you want a more modern kitchen, consider large industrial lights. For a more traditional kitchen, consider a chandelier or an antique light. If you have glass-faced cabinetry, you can add in-cabinet lighting to highlight dishes and cookware. Place a lamp by a dark cooking station for close-range lighting and it also doubles as decoration!


A backsplash is a great way to add style to your kitchen. It can add a pop of color to a monotone kitchen or tone down the space. A backsplash is a very functional part of the kitchen. It can be easily cleaned and protect walls from cooking splatter and mess. Backsplashes can be created with a variety of materials, from tile to stone to glass, making it easy to find something to compliment your space.

Dishes and Cookware

Dishes and cookware don’t have to be hidden away in cabinets and drawers. Place them around your kitchen to add extra focal points and also give yourself easy access to them while cooking. Add shelving to your wall and place decorative platters or dishes on them. A pot rack is fantastic, as it can be a great decoration and also free up additional drawer and cabinet space.


A fairly inexpensive way to change up a kitchen is applying a fresh coat of paint to walls or cabinets. Warmer colors, such as red, are believed to stimulate appetites, making them an excellent option for kitchens. White paint is a popular option since it gives off a fresh, clean feel and allows for more color variation with your decorations. Yellow is believed to make people hungry. Blue, gray, and green are also excellent colors to use.


A simple way to jazz up any kitchen is to add art. A few key art pieces here and there can make a huge difference. These can range from paintings and photographs hung on the wall to decorative sculptures and vases sitting on a windowsill or shelf. Choose art that is aesthetically pleasing and goes with the style of your kitchen. These pieces should complement your space, not dominate it.


Bringing a little green into your space! Low-maintenance plants are a fantastic way to decorate your kitchen. Plants such as basil, rosemary, mint, and cilantro are cooking staples, making them perfect to have handy. You can place them on window sills or hang them above. Make sure that wherever you place your plants, they have access to plenty of natural light, or consider grow lights if natural light levels are low.

Feel free to explore with your kitchen. Try out a new style or update what you already love. With so much time spent in the kitchen, you should make it what you want!