Welcome Mat: MDC marks 40 years with gala

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Designer Gail Urso evoked the exoticism of Morocco at a previous Celebrations event at Michigan Design Center.(Photo: Jeff Aisen)

MDC marks 40 years with ‘Celebrations’

Michigan Design Center marks its 40th anniversary with a “Celebrations Around the World” Gala Fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. May 11 and an open house from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 12. At the gala, attendees can enjoy a strolling dinner, cocktails and live entertainment while meeting the designers of 25 vignettes that will be on display throughout the showrooms replicating desirable destinations like India, Morocco, the Caribbean, China, Paris, Venice, New Orleans and London. The gala is a fundraiser for the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center’s (BBAC) ArtAccess programs, which bring hands-on experiences to people of all ages with limited access to the visual arts. Tickets for the gala are $100 and must be purchased at michigandesign.com/news-events by May 4. The open house on May 12, where visitors can see the vignettes and meet the designers, is free. At a previous celebration, designer Gail Urso evoked the exoticism of Morocco, pictured above. At 1 p.m. that day, a special presentation “Accessorize Your Garden” will be given by award-winning landscape designer Patrick Zaremba. Admission to the presentation is $10, and proceeds will benefit BBAC’s ArtAccess programs. Purchase tickets by May 10 at michigandesign.com/news-events. 1700 Stutz Drive, Troy. P.S. Stay tuned for an upcoming Homestyle cover story on the global-themed vignettes.

All-in-one gadget helps get the work done

If it’s finally time to address your extensive list of home repairs, the new and improved Kelvin 36 could help you tackle some of those tasks. The all-in-one gadget has 36 features including a screwdriver, hammer, flashlight, level and tape measure and more for you to fix chairs, hang pictures, install shelves, etc. Lightweight but super tough, it’s also great for DIY projects and home improvements. And the stylish multitool is small enough to fit in your back pocket so you can leave the toolbox behind. For added convenience, it features everyday household tools such as a bottle opener and corkscrew. Available in black cyan, magenta and white, it can easily be stored in a drawer or a glove compartment. The retail price is $49.99. For information, go to kelvintools.com.

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The Kelvin 36 (Photo: Kelvin Tools)

Ladies Night Out in  Milford features more than 30 businesses

Downtown Milford presents Ladies Night Out from 5-9 p.m. April 27. Visit more than 30 businesses, including those that carry unique pieces for the home like Nana’s Niche & Corner, Your Nesting Place, Home Again Décor and Acorn Farm. Many of the downtown stores and restaurants will offer giveaways, discounts, storewide sales and complimentary snacks and beverages. For information, go to meetmeinmilford.com.

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Milford is getting ready for Ladies Night Out. (Photo: Downtown Milford)

Landscaping trends — what’s in?

If you think the grass is always greener, you may be right, according to the 2017 U.S. Houzz Landscaping Trends Survey that found front yards are making a statement. In fact, 2 in 5 reported their new front yards are very or extremely different from others in the neighborhood. More than half of those updating their front yards say that beds or borders, shrubs and perennials are the most important features of their home’s curb appeal. Nearly half of those improving their outdoor spaces are updating lighting, with most choosing LEDs, and one in five homeowners are choosing “smart” lighting that can be controlled via a mobile device or computer. For information, go to houzz.com.

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Landscaping surveys show that people are interested in shrubs, perennials and updated lighting. (Photo: Houzz)

Woven storage basket works in any room

Though woven elements can lend warmth to your interiors throughout the year, they seem to be in greater demand during the spring and summer seasons. These classic pieces often come in the form of wicker or rattan like the handsome Sedona Honey Round Rattan Storage Basket from Crate and Barrel. Handwoven of natural rattan, the shapely storage basket has a warm finish that brings an organic feel to any room. Priced at $129, it has sturdy handles that make it easy to transport blankets, towels, laundry and more. For information, go to crateandbarrel.com.

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Sedona Honey Round Rattan Storage Basket (Photo: Crate and Barrel)

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