September 5, 2014 at 1:00 am

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Eclecticasa takes vintage stained glass windows and repurposes them as coffee, end or accent tables. (Laura Scaccia)

Royal Oak artist repurposes stained glass into tables

Royal Oak artist repurposes stained glass into tables

Laura Scaccia doesn’t just save old stained glass windows, she reinvents them. The Royal Oak artist is the owner of Eclecticasa, in which she takes vintage stained glass windows and repurposes them as coffee, end or accent tables. “Our tables stunningly repurpose the art glass while preserving its unique beauty and history,” she says. Scaccia says her inspiration starts with each window, many of which were removed from old homes in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. From there, the glass is cleaned and reinforced. She picks just the right legs and stain “to enhance the art glass but not upstage it,” she says. Eclecticasa’s tables, many of which are lit from within, can be viewed at the Michigan Design Center’s Resource Room in Troy, by appointment at the Royal Oak office or at eclecticasa.com. Prices range from $900-$4,000. Call (248) 631-6805.

Leon & Lulu offers discount to those affected by flooding

Leon & Lulu offers discount to those affected by flooding

As rain-soaked Metro Detroiters continue to sift through their damaged belongings and mementos in the wake of last month’s massive storms and flooding, Clawson’s Leon & Lulu wants to help in some small way. It’s offering 10 percent off its furniture to those affected by flooding. And if you have nowhere to put it right now, they’ll hold on to your order until you’re ready. The “We’re So Sorry You’re Soaked” sale runs through Sept. 20. Leon & Lulu is at 96 W. 14 Mile. Call (248) 288-3600 or visit leonandlulu.com.

Ferndale’s Green Daffodil celebrates fifth anniversary with party

Ferndale's Green Daffodil celebrates fifth anniversary with party

Three years after they started selling soy candles out of a basement, Siouxsan Miller and Anne Simonetti made a bold decision in 2009. They decided to go above “above ground” — with a store. “We took a leap of faith to expand, and that is when we hit daylight, literally, and we have not looked back,” the owners say. Thank goodness they did. This weekend, they’re stepping back to celebrate. They’ll celebrate their five-year anniversary with a party and sale from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday with a new limited edition candle collection. Green Daffodil is at 624 Livernois. Call (248) 547-4172 or visit greendaffodil.com.

Hawks create perfect photo op in Sterling Heights

Hawks create perfect photo op in Sterling Heights

Michael Kasztelan of Sterling Heights just happened to glance in his backyard recently when he noticed not one, but two, feathery friends nestled among the lily pads and black-eyed susans in his garden and pond. “While walking in my dining room opposite our backyard pond, two Cooper’s Hawks were posing,” Kasztelan says. Kasztelan’s photo, “Hawks Landing,” is this week’s winner of the Homestyle Garden Photo Contest. He’ll win a free home or garden book; he’ll also be a finalist for the grand prize, a $100 English Gardens gift card. The big winner will be announced next week!

‘Rehab Addict’ starts another Detroit job

'Rehab Addict' starts another Detroit job

She’s back. Lake Orion native Nicole Curtis, star of DIY Network and HGTV’s “Rehab Addict” where she restores old homes, is tackling another rehab job in Detroit. According to her Facebook page, Curtis is rehabbing a house at 571 East Grand Boulevard on the city’s east side, near Belle Isle. She held a brief open house late last month to give more than 600 interested visitors a “before” view of the house. Curtis, who bought the house at auction, says all of Season 6 of her show, “Rehab Addict,” will be filmed in Detroit. New episodes of her show begin airing Oct. 2.

Summer’s winding down — time to clean the garage

Summer's winding down - time to clean the garage

Saturday is the sixth annual “National Clean Out Your Garage Day.” And if your garage is a jumbled mess of yard tools, sports equipment, fertilizer and old furniture, maybe it’s time to get organized. Below are some good organizing tips from the Lehigh Group, maker of Crawford garage and home workshop organization products:

■Sort the mess: Separate items into categories such as auto supplies, lawn and garden tools, holiday decorations and sports equipment. Pitch, donate or sell items you don’t use. Before organizing, sweep the garage floor, or wash down the floor with a hose.

■Zone it out: After deciding what stays, separate the garage into zones for storing each category of item, and then identify the most appropriate storage method.

■Go vertical: Garages provide ample wall and ceiling space that can easily be used for vertical storage with hanging shelves, pegboards, storing rails and overhead systems. Use specially designed wall hooks to hold and secure items such as leaf blowers, wheelbarrows, rakes and shovels.

■Be an organized sport: Set up a game plan to organize sports gear and bikes. Use grip clamps for bats, or organization systems for hockey sticks, balls, helmets and more. For bicycles, screw-in hooks and flip-up bike hangers, along with pulleys, are ideal.

Green Daffodil Studio has crafted an anniversary scent. (Green Daffodil Studio)
Michael Kasztelan of Sterling Heights just happened to glance in his ... (Michael Kasztelan)
Clean and organize the garage for fall. (Neil Gates/Crawford)