Shadyside’s Unique One-Stop Shop at Penhollows

Nothing beats the charm of small, locally-owned shops. After ten years, Penhollows continues to captivate anyone who happens to stroll by. The wonderfully unique shop has a nice mix of art, antiques, home goods, and books. Collecting ever-evolving items, much of the merchandise combines new and vintage themes to reflect a worldly style while celebrating the achievements of local artists and writers.

Catering to a wide variety of styles and budgets, Penhollows opens its doors at 11 am on Tuesday through Saturday and closes at 5 pm. Guests are also welcome on Sundays from 12 pm to 4 pm. Don’t try to go on Monday, though, it’ll be closed.  

Oh, The Things You Could Find

Always a plus, Penhollows is located in Shadyside just a few blocks from Franklin West apartments. If you’re looking to liven up your space with the perfect conversation piece, you’ll surely find something that speaks to you at Penhollows.  

  • Penhollows carries merchandise from several different vendors that mirror high quality, innovatively styled, has worldly influence, and thoughtful design. Much of their inventory changes with the seasons, as well. Penhollow steps right into the spirit of spring, with cute little Easter bunnies and floral printed decor.
  • Whether it’s a family member or a good friend, gift season is a year-round thing. Instead of defaulting to giving a gift card, why not shake things up a bit. You’re bound to find something for everyone, from intriguing books and newborn onesies to upscale perfume and a three-piece shaving kits! Don’t have anything for that white elephant party coming up? Penhollows absolutely has your back.
  • Wanting to help create your perfect environment, Penhollow’s Design Center offers full interior design services. The talented staff serves as a resource for customers looking for distinctive furniture that’s truly unique. They understand that your home reflects your lifestyle, so customers will be able to access leading furniture, fabric, floor covering, and lighting lines. But, don’t forget to call (412) 665- 0767 or send an email at to schedule an appointment first!

Penhollows might not be the biggest in square footage, but it sure makes up for it in quality with a pleasing reputation. Check out their site or follow them on Instagram @penhollows. On the other hand, you just can’t beat visiting in person!

The White Wall Trend: How to Make It Work

Design trends are quite the enigma. What once seemed tired soon becomes the most popular aesthetic in recent years. Kicking off our apartment decor series, we’re here to discuss white walls. You’ve seen them in Kinfolk magazine, you’ve seen ’em on Instagram, and you’ve likely seen them in your chic friend’s living room.

The question remains: how do they look so cool? What’s the formula for perfecting the minimalist, white wall trend? Well, friend, we’ve compiled some handy tips to answer this very question. Prepare to make your Shadyside apartment the hippest hangout around in just a few simple steps!

Don’t Hold Back on Colorful Accents

White walls give your furniture, wall art, and decor accents the chance to take center stage. Bring the pizzazz with vibrant throw pillows, patterned pieces, and bright pops of color. Your living space shouldn’t feel like a perfectly curated showroom — make it unique by putting your special touch on things!

That witty, pink needlepoint that was gifted to you by your aunt? Frame it. Those patterned throw blankets you picked up while on vacation in Mexico? Bring ’em out! Let your colorful personality shine, and your decor will, too.

Plants Are Your Friend

To avoid a white-walled room that feels cold and barren, breathe life into your home decor by introducing lush greenery into your space. Think fiddle-leaf figs, snake plants, lucky bamboo, and more potted succulents than you know what to do with. Green leaves contrast against white walls with refreshing ease, and you know what they say about house plants increasing happiness and fulfillment, right? It’s a win-win!

Play with Texture

While furniture, color schemes, and decor items are certainly essential to a room’s overall components, no interior design is complete without texture. It may play a supporting role in a space’s function, but texture is no less vital to a design’s success.

Texture appeals to our senses by adding dimension to a room, and works in both the visual and tactile sense. Add texture with an eye-catching rug, a statement art piece, a carved wooden table, or unique metal accents.