'Zombie Enna' wins Halloween photo contest
Who says Halloween is just for kids? Each Halloween, Forde Sanders, a graphic designer, transforms his Bloomfield Hills front yard into a creepy, haunted, forgotten cemetery with ghosts, goblins and crypts. He uses everything from foam insulation to discarded walls from ads he's worked on. His kids serve as technical advisers. Sanders' middle school son "comes out and critiques my zombies in the sense of size and proportion," says Sanders, who also was recently featured in a story about Halloween displays in Metro Detroit. Sanders and his "Zombie Enna" photo on Killington Lane (he actually lives on Kensington Lane) is the winner of Homestyle's Halloween photo gallery contest. He'll win a free Halloween decor book. To check all of this year's spooktacular entries, go to submissions.detroitnews.com and click on "2014 Halloween Decor."
Waterford teen gets dream bedroom, custom-made bed
When you're in wheelchair, finding the right mattress isn't just important — it's critical. That's why Rory Karpathian, owner of Beds by Design, created a custom made bed for Nicole McClelland, 16, of Waterford, who has spina bifada and uses a wheelchair. The new bed was part of a bedroom transformation for McClelland by the Rochester-based nonprofit Suite Dreams Project, which creates dream bedrooms for children with medical issues — for free! "The thought of Nicole getting a better night sleep every night felt so good, I wanted to do more," says Karpathian, who recently opened a store in downtown Rochester and has donated seven beds to Suite Dreams. McClelland's new bedroom, unveiled last week, was designed by designer Kristin Smith of Jones-Keena and Company and has an animal theme with adorable dog print wallpaper and a monogrammed pillow. "I love it," cried McClelland during the big reveal. To learn more about the Suite Dreams Project, go to suitedreamsproject.org.
Is wallpaper a wall covering or art? Both, says Detroit Wallpaper Company
Wallpaper's functionality goes far beyond covering a wall, says Andi Kubacki of the Detroit Wallpaper Company. "We like to think of it as an art installation," says Kubacki, a former mechanical engineer who left the field to follow his passion, art and design. More people seem to agree. After debuting its own line in November 2012, the Detroit Wallpaper Company, based in Ferndale, can now be found in designer showrooms across the country, including Atlanta, Georgia, and Ohio. Kubacki, a Bay City native, says he and co-owner Josh Young, originally from Midland, recently returned from the High Point Fall Market in North Carolina; what a difference a year makes. Last year, "about half of the people, they'd pinch their faces and say, 'Wallpaper?'... Now when we speak with people, everyone that comes in loves it." Kubacki and Young offer 77 original designs, along with a kids line of 10 more designs. They're bold, graphic and often inspired by pop culture, Kubacki says. "People are tired of color-blocked walls. They need something a little more luxe, more interesting." To learn more about Detroit Wallpaper Company and their designs, all of which can be customized in a range of colors, go to detroitwallpaper.com or call (248) 544-1054.
A perfect pumpkin for Halloween, Thanksgiving
Looking for some last minute Halloween home decor? Pier 1 Imports has some adorable pumpkins that'll work in your home right through Thanksgiving (and they won't get moldy!). Its Chevron pumpkin would be an adorable addition to any table setting. It regularly retails for $12.95. Visit your local Pier 1 Imports for more information or go to pier1.com.
Stickley Furniture historian visits stores in November
If you are a Stickley furniture fan, carve some time out of your calendar the weekend of Nov. 14. Stickley historian Mike Danial will visit Gorman's Home Furnishings locations in Troy, Lakeside and Novi to share anecdotes, methods of identification, style and construction techniques, and helpful tips. Stickley, which dates back to 1900, "has been recognized most often for their return to simple ideas, honest craftsmanship and sturdy wood and leather construction reflective of the Arts and Crafts movement," said Tom Lias, president of Gorman's, in a written statement. Danial will visit the Troy location (1465 W. Big Beaver) on Friday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m.; the Lakeside showroom (14285 Hall in Shelby Township) on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m.; and the Novi store (27800 Novi) on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call the individual store to reserve a seat.