Paul and Laura recently purchased and renovated a townhome on Woodland Road at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Fifth Avenue in Shadyside. They chose Weisshouse to provide furnishings for their new home and me, Lauren Carey to assist with selecting the perfect pieces to fit their lifestyles. I was so fortunate to meet this lovely couple. They were wonderful to work with and have the best views of Shadyside and Oakland from their enviable roof top deck.
Paul and Laura lead very busy lifestyles. I was thrilled to interview Laura after we installed most of the new furnishings. Paul and Laura both really responded to various pieces in the showroom upon their initial visit and I used that to narrow down my selections when coming up with a design scheme. In addition, they wanted a comfortable sofa and chairs that were deep but not too high as they didn't want to block the incredible views from their town home's floor to ceiling windows. I first presented Paul and Laura with a more muted color scheme that consisted of earth tones like brown, tan and taupe. Paul and Laura really thought the space plan had a nice flow and loved the pieces that I selected. However, Laura wanted a more exciting color palette. After puling yellows, greens and blues together for the second proposal, the three of us knew that we were looking at the right selections for the space and the clients, themselves. A wooden slab dining table and six turquoise dining chairs elevated the dining room to a sophisticated yet comfortable look. Adjacent to the dining area, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams' Martin sofa and leather chairs complete the understated elegance with a waterfall glass table, stainless steel floor lamp and colorful wool rug. Read below for Laura's take on her experience working with Weisshouse.
LC: What inspired you and Paul to move to the new town house and what most attracted
you to the space?
LN: We wanted to purchase a home while mortgage rates were so low. In particular we
sought something near the University of Pittsburgh, that was low maintenance, lots
of outdoor space, comfortable for entertaining, and lots of light. The rooftop deck
is the most attractive feature!
LC: Where do you see yourself spending the most time in your home?
LN: On a deck or in front of a window working on a laptop.
LC: Why did you and Paul first come into Weisshouse and had you heard of Weisshouse
previous to your initial visit?
LN: I had visited Weisshouse several years ago when I first moved to Pittsburgh because
the window displays are so eye-catching.
We came back because we drive by the store frequently and spotted a sale sign in the
window as well as a natural wood dining table - reminding me that Weisshouse is the
best place in town to get furniture that is not cookie-cutter style.
LC: Have you ever worked with an interior designer in the past? If yes, please
explain. If no, please elaborate on your experience.
LN: No - I have a strong sense of likes and dislikes, so I never dared to work with a
designer. I'm glad that I tried it. The end result is a look that is much more
sophisticated than I could have achieved. Yet the feel is still comfortable. And I
was able to incorporate my favorite colors! Honestly - it saved us loads of time as
LC: Finally, both you and Paul have such busy lives and careers. Can you briefly tell
me a little bit about that?
LN: We both run research laboratories at the University. It's like running a small
business with 10 employees and a million dollar budget. It takes constant vigilance
to keep any small business competitive and successful. The perks in our case are
making scientific discoveries, working towards improving human health and lots of
|Kitchen: lucite chairs around a glass and metal pedestal table|
|Dining Room: Elmo side and Elmo arm chairs surround a wooden slab table on a stainless steel base|
|Living Room: Martin sofa, Martin leather chairs and a glass coffee table with client's own wool rug|