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Welcome Mat: Home events around Detroit

Catching Fireflies

issues Cupid Call

Catching Fireflies has issued its annual Cupid Call: If you know someone who deserves something special this Valentine’s Day, let them know. Through Feb. 10, the whimsical boutique will be accepting nominations for someone who deserves a special Valentine’s gift, someone who had a hard holiday season, is dealing with health problems, recently lost someone special. “If we can make just a few days brighter by giving away fun finds, we’ve done our job,” says owner April McCrumb. Email your nominees to with subject title: CUPID CALL. Winners will receive a Valentine’s Day card stuffed with Catching Fireflies own cupid currency that spends the same as cash during the month of February at their locations in Ann Arbor, Berkley and Rochester. More than 400 people were nominated last year.

Encaustic tile is colorful, bold

Christopher Lee and Amy Feigley-Lee and their toddler, Ruby, may live in a 112-year-old house in Detroit, but they didn’t it want to necessarily feel like one. That’s one reason why Lee and Feigley-Lee , the Detroit couple whose journey to renovate Christopher’s great-grandfather’s old house is now unfolding on DIY’s “Amerian Rehab: Detroit,” decided to install encaustic tile around all of their fireplaces. What is encaustic tile? It’s a type of cement tile with handcrafted, colorful patterns. According to, each cement tile is handmade to order in the same way that hydraulic encaustic tiles have been crafted since the 1800s and passed from generation to generation. Each tile is built with three layers. Prices start at around $6 for an 8-inch-by-8-inch tile. Go to New episodes of “American Rehab: Detroit” air at 9 p.m. Thursday on DIY.

Art Van’s Ladies Night Out with Nigel Barker

Everyone’s favorite former “America’s Next Top Model” judge is crashing Ladies Night Out Sunday at Art Van Furniture, 14055 Hall Road in Shelby Township. Nigel Barker — who also photographed Art Van’s spring catalog last year — will be on hand from 6-9 p.m., signing 300 free copies of his new book, “Models of Influence.” Ladies Night Out also will include food, massages, makeovers, a photo booth, a DJ, even Zumba dancing. Guests must be 21 to attend. The event is free, but reservations are required. Go to

English Gardens presents free seminar on birds, bees

The seminar is called “The Birds & the Bees,” but it’s not THAT kind of presentation. Instead, experts at English Gardens on Saturday will discuss why birds and bees are important for your garden and what you can do to attract them. The free presentation starts at 1 p.m. at all of English Gardens’ Metro Detroit stores. Bees have had a rough go of things since 2006, when beekeepers noticed healthy bees leaving their hives and not coming back. The condition now has a name — Colony Collapse Disorder — but scientists are still figuring out what causes it, though pesticides, invasive parasitic mites, and lack of food may all be factors. Bees are big business: According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, without bees to pollinate fruits and vegetables, the United States could lose $15 billion worth of crops.

Birmingham art center offers classes, gifts for Valentine’s Day

Looking for something special for your sweetie? The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center’s Gallery Shop offers a wide variety of gifts for every style and aesthetic, from ceramics to jewelry, all made by local artists. Pictured is a vase by Canton artist Tim Cory. The BBAC also has a drop-in workshop, “Pop heARTs,” for all ages from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Participants will make a 4-inch acrylic pop art piece just in time for Valentine’s Day. They’ll also learn about the work of American Pop Artist Jim Dine and his popular heart series. It costs $5. The BBAC is at 1516 S. Cranbrook Road in Birmingham. Call (248) 644-0866.

IMAX Worldwide launches

collection by ‘The Good Wife’ set decorator

If you love the stylish, sophisticated set designs of CBS’s hit legal drama, “The Good Wife,” now you can bring some of those accents into your own home. IMAX Worldwide has introduced a new collection of stylish, detailed home accessories, lighting, and accent furniture by “The Good Wife” set decorator, Beth Kushnick. “The BAK Home collection is aspirational yet completely attainable, and inspired very much by my role as a set decorator,” says Kushnick, a set decorator for 30 years, in a press release. “I’m always on the lookout for classic pieces that work in a variety of spaces.” BAK Home includes side tables, lanterns, clocks, picture frames, lamps and more. It’s available on