Win your own Oscar

viewing party, including

new living room set

Lights, camera, Oscar action! If you’re planning a big to-do to watch the Oscars on Feb. 22, Gardner-White Furniture wants to you to do it in style. Gardner-White is giving away a very fun all-expenses-paid Oscar viewing party for 10 people. The grand prize includes a new living room set (up to $1,500 value); 65 inch HDTV; swag bags; and a chance for you and your friends to be the star on your very own red carpet set up at your home, complete with photographer and interviewer from Gardner-White. The contest runs now through Feb. 13 and is open to anyone living within Gardner-White’s delivery area, which is the greater Metro Detroit area. Enter online at

IKEA introduces new

Sektion kitchen system

IKEA is introducing a new modular kitchen system that can be more easily customized, features integrated lighting and has built-in organizing systems. The new Sektion kitchen system, which hits IKEA stores Monday, will replace IKEA’s current kitchen system, Akurum. IKEA says the difference between the two is the new Sekiton system can be customized to accommodate any kitchen. It features built-in interior organizers; integrated LED lighting; and a modular design that is easier to install. The new system is available in a range of colors and styles, from traditional to modern. Customers can use the online IKEA Kitchen Planner to design a Sektion kitchen.

Charley Harper Art Studio

introduces fabric collection

Charley Harper was a modernist illustrator whose images appeared in a variety of publications, including Ford Motor Co.’s magazine, Ford Times. Harper, who loved to draw wildlife, especially birds, died in 2007, but today his self-described “minimal realism” art lives on with the Charley Harper Art Studio. Recently, the Charley Harper Art Studio introduced a new line of fabrics that features Harper’s designs of cardinals, foxes, koalas, elephants and more. The 100 percent organic cotton line, made in collaboration with Birch Fabrics, comes in three different fabrics: canvas, knits and poplin. There’s the Cardinal Stagger Knit, Bank Swallows Fall Popplin and Octoberama canvas. It’s available for $8.75 a half-yard at

Watch out, Martha Stewart:

More celebrities start lifestyle websites

Gwyneth Paltrow has one. So does actress Blake Lively. They’re a hot new trend with celebrities who want to share their lifestyle secrets with their fans: lifestyle websites. They often feature everything from favorite recipes and vacation recommendations to workout gear and yes, home ideas. Paltrow’s website — — has tabs titled “Go,” “Be,” “See,” “Make,” and of course, “Shop.” Lively’s website — — meanwhile, has links for Home, Shop, Ladies, Men, and even Artisans. She sells food, clothes, and home goods that reflect Lively’s tastes, according to Both sites are kind of fun to peruse, though goop is certainly for a more high-brow audience.

Sanus Speaker Stands elevate sound systems

Gearing up for a big Super Bowl bash? Whether you’re watching the game or the commercials, it’s amazing what a difference a good sound system can make. Sanus, which makes audio and video mounts, has teamed with sound system SONOS to create Sanus Speaker Stands. By elevating the speakers, it’ll make your living room feel like it’s actually right on the football field, according to Sanus. The Sanus Speaker Stands ($99 at Best Buy) feature a multiuse bracket, fluted cap to complement your speaker, and rubber feet so they can stand on a hard floor surface. They’re compatible with SONOS Play 1 and Play 3 speakers.

Palmer Park kicks off

WinterFest, dog parade

Move over, Giselle. Here comes Fido. As part of Palmer Woods’ fourth annual WinterFest from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, dogs of all ages and breeds will hit the runway for a Doggie Fashion Parade at 2 p.m. Presented in collaboration with the Michigan Humane Society, dogs will strut their stuff around Palmer Park’s Lake Francis to win treats for themselves and prizes for their owners. There also will be music, carriage rides and snowshoeing. A Pet Food Collection Drive will be held for the humane society’s Pet Food Bank. Attendees are encouraged to bring any unopened and unexpired dog, cat, puppy or kitty food to donate. WinterFest, presented by People for Palmer Park, is free and open to the public, though a $5 donation is suggested for the doggie parade to go into a fund to create a Palmer Park dog park. Palmer Park is on Merrill Plaisance Street in Detroit, west of Woodward between 6 and 7 Mile Roads. Dogs must be registered by 1:45; go to

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