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Welcome Mat: Home and garden events in Metro Detroit

Plymouth potters guild hosts holiday sale

Plymouth’s Village Potters Guild is holding its annual Holiday Sale this weekend at its studio, 340 N. Main Street. Both functional and decorative pottery created by the guild’s 25 members will be for sale, including mugs, ornaments, tiles, dinnerware, vases and jewelry. Prices will range from $4-200. The sale runs from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. today; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and 12-4 p.m. Sunday. For information, call (734) 207-8807 or visit

Tips for stress-free holiday decorating

I wish I could sub out “Merry” from the traditional Christmas greeting and wish my loved ones something else this holiday season: a stress-free Christmas. But is it possible? Some some yes — with planning, simplicity and a little organization, you can minimize your freakout factor this season. Below are some helpful tips for stress-free holiday decorating from blogger Brandi Jeter Riley of the blog, Mama Knows It All, and discount retailer Big Lots:

■Start by selecting a theme or color. Whether you enjoy glitz or glam, traditional red and gold, or the woodland wonder look, picking a theme makes planning, shopping and decorating easier.

■Decorate early. Start your decorating before the holiday frenzy begins to help reduce stress and keep the holidays fun. The week before Thanksgiving is a perfect time to start.

■Block off a specific time frame on your calendar. One way to ensure you plan ahead is to select a specific day or week to decorate.

■Less is more. Every nook and cranny does not need to be decked out. Use simple accents like garland, lights and centerpieces to provide a holiday touch or liven up a room. Candles also offer ambiance.

New homeowner wins ‘Camille Styles Entertaining’ book

Annette Kingsbury and her family recently downsized to a smaller 1937 brick Tudor in Lathrup Village. She wants to throw a housewarming party, but isn’t sure where to place it all so “there isn’t a bottleneck around one table.” “Did I mention our place is small? The good news is we have a fireplace, so I get to decorate a mantle for the first time ever,” writes Kingsbury in an email. Camille Styles to the rescue! Kingsbury is the winner of “Camille Styles Entertaining.” Kingsbury’s email was one of several great requests for this book. I’ll be giving out more in the new year (and on Homestyle’s Facebook page) so stay tuned!

Wiegand’s Nursery offers pine cone chandelier workshop

Every December, my godmother in California buys me a pine wreath to hang outside. I look forward to its pine scent every year. Ray Wiegand’s Nursery & Garden Center in Macomb Township is offering a workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday to create your own fresh sugar pine cone chandelier to bring that lovely pine scent indoors. The cost is $30 (which includes materials); seating is limited so RSVP as soon as possible. Call (586) 286-3655 or visit and click on events.

Ferndale’s Ridge Fine Art show features handmade wares

If finding something handmade is tops on your priority list when it comes to holiday shopping, check out this weekend’s Ridge Fine Art & Handmade Wares Show from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Drayton Avenue Presbyterian Church, 2441 Pinecrest in Ferndale. This year’s show, the 16th annual, will feature the work of 25 Michigan artists, including ceramics, tile, candles, soap, fiber and glass (pictured is a beautiful wolf tile by Laurie Sharkus). Admission is $2; parking is free.

Northville gallery offers ceramic platter, perfect for turkey

Yes, turkey will be the star at the show at most Thanksgiving feasts next week. But how it’s presented can sometimes make a huge difference. The Dancing Eye Gallery in downtown Northville has a lovely ceramic platter, perfect for showing off your beautiful bird. Made by Cheryl English of Black Cat Pottery, it’s completely functional and food-safe. It’s $120. The Dancing Eye Gallery is located at 101 N. Center Street. Call (248) 449-7086.

Sherwin-Williams names Coral Reef its Color of the Year 2015

Sherwin-Williams this week announced its Color of the Year 2015, which is Coral Reef. Calling it “uplifting and vivacious,” Sherwin-Williams says it’s the perfect color for a mid-decade year “that’s poised for revitalization.” “Coral Reef embodies the cheerful approach to design that we’re seeing for the coming year,” said Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams’ director of color marketing. “Its unexpected versatility brings life to a range of design aesthetics, whether traditional, vintage, cottage or contemporary. Simply add this carefree color to your home’s palette and watch your creativity blossom.”