Welcome Mat: Home tour focuses on West Dearborn

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
Six homes and one garden are on this year’s Friends of the Dearborn Symphony annual Home Tour.

Home tour benefits Dearborn Symphony

The West Dearborn downtown area will be the focus of this year’s Friends of Dearborn Symphony Home Tour on May 19 and for the first time, several condos will be among the featured properties. “There will be 6 homes and 1 garden on the tour this year,” said Yasmin Eloian of the Friends of the Dearborn Symphony in an email. “In addition to our focus on modern downtown living, we wanted to celebrate all the new construction and activity in the West Dearborn downtown area.” The tour, now in its 37th year, runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It begins at First United Methodist Church, 22124 Garrison. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the tour. For information, go to or call (313) 565-2424.

Lucky Brand Tabletop includes 31 dinnerware items.

Lucky jeans dishes out tabletop line

Are you a serious denim fan? Who says denim needs to be limited to clothes? This spring, Lucky Brand, known for its cool jeans, launched its first demin-inspired tabletop line. Available at Macy’s, the Lucky Brand Tabletop line features 31 items, including place settings, flatware, glasses and serving pieces with 3 distinct design groups “meant to mix and match to give your home a personal touch,” according to a press release. Prices range from $7.99 to $160.99. It has a fun mix of saturated denim hues mixed with textured solids and uses dip dye techniques. There are also metal and wood serving pieces and copper flatware.

Green Daffodil in Ferdale will host a Spring Pop-Up shop on Saturday featuring goods from several local artisans.

Mother’s Day gift ideas

If you’re looking for a gift for the No. 1 lady in your life this Mother’s Day – Mom! – don’t fret. There’s still time:

■Ferndale’s Green Daffodil, 642 Livernois, is hosting a fun Spring Artist Pop-Up Shop from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Find artisan-made home goods, ceramics and more.

■Nora, a modern home goods store in Midtown Detroit, will celebrate with a pre-Mother’s Day shindig on Saturday with bon bons from Guilt Chocolates and a brewing session with New Order Coffee (starts at noon). Nora, 4240 Cass Avenue, is open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

■English Gardens will help kids make something for Mom at a Super Sprouts Kids’ Club event from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at all five locations. For a $5 fee, kids and an adult helper can paint a pot and plant a flower.

A room features two colors in Motor City Paints’ new collection, named by Metro Detroiters: Black Bottom Blue and White Stripes.

Metro Detroiters come up with paint names inspired by city

What do Belle Isle Blue, Kaline Cobalt and Motor City Mist have in common? They’re all paint names for Motor City Paint’s new paint collection and were named by Metro Detroiters. Earlier this year, the paint retailer teamed up with the Detroit Historical Society and the Detroit Historical Museum, asking the public to name 25 of the retailer’s 75 new colors, all of which were inspired by historic Detroit locations such as Belle Isle and the Fisher Building. Brian Ambrozy and Beth Cox were the two grand prize winners, receiving a $1,000 paint job. Beth Cox of Livonia won with the name “St. Anne’s Lace.” Detroiter Brian Ambrozy won the social media component of the contest for the most shares and likes on social media.

Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary is holding its annual plant sale on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Cranbrook, Meadow Brook host plant sales

Two historic homes, two fundraiser plants sales are planned this week. Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary will host its annual Spring Plant Sale from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday with native plants, perennials and more. Proceeds go toward restoration efforts at Cranbrook House & Gardens. The Meadow Brook Garden Club, meanwhile, will host its annual Plant Sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday. Meadow Brook Hall is at 350 Estate Drive in Rochester.