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‘Gearhead’ gallery specializes in car, racing art
Revved up for Saturday’s Dream Cruise? Do you live and breathe classic cars? A trip to Motorsport Studio in downtown Ypsilanti may be in order. Located at 20 N. Huron, it features all original car, motorcycle and racing art in a range of media (check out today’s cover story to read about designer Camilo Pardo and his art). Owner Charles Fabros, a former design/development engineer for Ford Racing, says the gallery features a mix of local, domestic and international artists. “What’s unexpected is how positive the reception is from people that aren’t racing or car buffs, who don't not know the exact details of what they are looking at,” he says. Some works “almost look like an abstract geometric free form painting.” Motorsport Studio is open noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.motorsport-studio.com or call (734) 480-0369.
Boston-Edison hosts annual attic sale
It’s that time again: Historic Boston-Edison is holding its annual Attic Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. You’ll find antiques, artworks, books, tools, collectibles, toys, Christmas treasures and more. Boston-Edison historic district encompasses four streets: Boston, Chicago, Longfellow and Edison, spanning from Woodward to Linwood.
Design show focuses on using salvaged scrap metal in decor
If you loved last week’s cover story about salvage shops but aren’t sure how to incorporate salvaged items into your style, A&E’s new design show, “Red Hot Design,” may give you some ideas. The new one-hour series, which premiered this week, features interior designer Shasta Smith as she and her team salvage, build and repurpose vintage scrap metal into architectural elements. Shasta is the owner of the Sacramento, California-based design shop the Vintage Monkey. The show airs at 10 p.m. on Fridays.
Livonia garden offers tranquility
Tranquility isn’t just a state of being, but a place — and for Don and Karen Rysztak, it’s in Livonia. Each spring, the couple wait for their pond to come to life. “From May to October, we enjoy blooming perennials, three varieties of water lilies, frolicking gold fish and the relaxing sounds of water flowing down two streams,” the couple says. “As an extra bonus, we watch the pond mosquito-free from our screened-in gazebo.” Don and Karen’s photo, “Tranquility in Livonia,” is this week’s winner of the Homestyle Garden Photo Contest. They’ll win a free home or garden book; they’ll also be finalists for the grand prize, a $100 gift card to English Gardens. To enter your best garden photo, go to www.detroitnews.com/gardenphotos. Or mail them to Homestyle Garden Photo Contest, 615 W. Lafayette, Detroit, MI 48226.
Milford furniture, decor shop moves to new nest
Your Nesting Place, a fun furniture and decor shop in downtown Milford, is feathering a new nest. After 13 years at 332 N. Main, Your Nesting Place is relocating to 105 W. Huron, a former auto repair shop, and will open Sept. 2. “We really needed more space, and I love the industrial vibe,” owner Chris Meredith says. “It’s been a long time since we renovated our store, and it was time to reinvent a little.” At their new location, they’ll offer chandeliers and more Flexsteel products. Leading up to the big move, they’ll be offering 30 percent off all of merchandise storewide and 65 percent off selected floor samples. They’ll open on Sept. 2 with a grand opening sale of 40 percent off custom orders from Flexsteel.
Globe Storage Container is educational, functional
School starts in just over two weeks and if your kids need to brush up on their geography skills, Overstock.com has a globe that is educational and functional with built-in storage. The iTouchless Sensor 360-degree Globe Storage Container has a top that is sensor-activated from all directions. When your hand approaches 4 inches from the globe, the top opens for five seconds and then closes automatically. It’s now $57.99. Go to overstock.com.