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Pangborn Design Collection opens Ann Arbor location

It’s been a year of beginnings and endings for the Pangborn Design Collection. After closing its showroom at the Michigan Design Center earlier this year, artist Dominic Pangborn this fall opened a new retail location on Main Street in Ann Arbor offering his signature home accents, accessories and artwork. The response so far has been fabulous, says Pangborn, who also recently came out with a luggage line. “Because of the university, we get a lot of out-of-towners, and they know us from the airport, and they’re tickled that we’re there.” Pangborn, known for his bold, bright designs, says as wonderful as the Michigan Design Center was, it was very limited from a retail perspective (it’s closed on weekends) and wasn’t the right fit. For years, Pangborn says he has been asked when he would open an Ann Arbor location. “A lot of customers came from Ann Arbor area, and they’d ask, ‘When are you going to open in Ann Arbor?’ ” Now he has. The 2,000-square-foot location at 335 Main is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. A grand opening was held Thursday.

Catching Fireflies creates Loops of Love for breast cancer fighters, survivors

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and to honor those who’ve fought this devastating disease, or continue to fight it, Catching Fireflies is creating Loops of Love. In its store windows at all three locations in Berkley, Rochester and Ann Arbor, chains of pink paper loops are displayed with the names of women and men affected by breast cancer. Catching Fireflies also is donating a dollar for every loop to local charity the Pink Fund, which provides short-term financial aid to breast cancer patients in active treatment. And owner April McCrumb also is selecting a number of nominated names to send a surprise Catching Fireflies gift card. “Many of our firefly fans visit our shop for a dose of happy, and this is one way we can treat those who have went through this tough experience,” McCrumb says. To nominate someone for a Loop of Love, send an email to service@catchingfireflies.com with “Loops of Love” in the subject line. Include the nominee’s full name, mailing address and whether they are currently fighting, have won or lost the battle to breast cancer. Nominator must include their full name and relationship to the nominee as well.

Scott Shuptrine design lab opens in Novi

If you’re in Novi, check out Scott Shuptrine Interiors’ new Novi location, located inside Art Van Furniture, which opens Friday. The new design lab will feature exclusive collections by Hooker Furniture, Bernhardt Interiors, Century Furniture, American Drew, Highland House and Vanguard Furniture. Free design classes, called Trending with Scott’s, also will be offered at the new design lab, starting Nov. 13 with a Holiday Entertaining and Decorating class. It’ll be led by lead designer Whitney Kane. The new Scott Shuptrine design lab is at 27775 Grand River.

What do your dishwasher habits say about you?

I have a confession: I’m a dishwasher control freak. After my hubby loads up the dishwasher (I swear he would put the entire contents of our cabinets in the dishwasher if he could), I often redo it after he’s gone. I can’t help it. According to a recent online survey by Cascade, I’m not alone. The survey lumped folks into three categories and found 42 percent of respondents fell into the Controller category, saying they reload the dishwasher after their loved ones go to bed. Here are some other categories and breakdowns from the summer survey:

■The Perfectionist: 65 percent say they organize their dishwasher like their closets, with everything in its rightful place.

■The Staller: Half say they stall and will do anything else before doing the dishes.

■One last tip: Stop the prewash. According to Cascade, 46 percent think its gross to load dishes without prewashing. But in order to “get the ultimate clean and shine, people should skip the prewash entirely,” Cascade says. Old habits die hard.

High Point Fall Market includes new Frederick Cooper collections

Thousands of designers, retailers, bloggers and manufacturers descended on North Carolina this week for the annual High Point Fall Market, the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world. Frederick Cooper was among those who unveiled fall collections this week, and for Cooper, it’s all about Hollywood glamour. Inspired by the Hollywood Regency style, gilded finishes and sculptural silhouettes take center stage. Cooper’s Artemis collection includes the dazzling Luxe Chandelier with more than 100 crystals delicately displayed in a cascading pattern. Each crystal is hand cut.

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