Welcome Mat: Home happenings around Detroit

Better Homes & Gardens

releases a warm, bold

color palette for 2015

Better Homes & Gardens named its second annual Color Palette of the Year last week week and it includes warm, bold shades such as Fresh Berry and Rainforest Green to more muted colors such as Sophisticated Gray (see this week’s cover story, which is all about the real 50 shades of gray). Better Homes and Gardens editors scouted trend forecasts, runway shows, and trade show booths to develop this year’s palette; they also spoke with color experts at the Color Marketing Group’s International Summit. They then narrowed down tones to offer hues that are “modern, lasting, and most importantly, livable,” according to a news release. “For 2015, our approach is all about optimism and a fresh outlook — adding vibrant pops of color in places where you might least expect them,” says Gayle Butler, Better Homes and Gardens’ editor-in-chief. Sherwin-Williams’ Naive Peach (pictured) fits one of this year’s trends. The March Color issue hit newsstands this week.

The Metro Detroit

Coca-Cola Collectors Club hosts annual swap meet

The Great Lakes Chapter of the Coca-Cola Collectors Club is hosting its annual Advertising Show & Swap Meet from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 1 at the Livonia Elks Club, 31117 Plymouth. Fifty dealers will be at this year’s show, selling everything from $1 Coke bottles to $2,000 vintage calendars, thermometers, signs and clocks. Memorabilia isn’t limited to Coke products, say organizers Jeff and Dana Zeigler. There will be dealers with various soda (Coke, Pepsi, Vernors, 7Up), beer, tobacco, dairy, gas/oil, candy related tin signs, thermometers, paper, toys, bottles, say the Zeiglers. The Coca-Cola Collectors Club was established in 1974 to promote the preservation and collection of memorabilia related to the Coca-Cola Co.; the Great Lakes chapter has 150 members. Admission to the March 1 show and swamp meet is $5; kids are free. There also will be free appraisals. For more information, visit


Cari Cucksey will share repurposing tips

at Cottage & Lakefront Living show

Metro Detroit’s own repurposing expert, Cari Cucksey, host of HGTV’s “Cash & Cari,” will be a special guest at the upcoming Cottage & Lakefront Living Show, which kicks off Thursday at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi and runs through March 1. Cucksey will be at the show every day, revealing how she refurbishes just about anything during her “RePurposing with Cari Cucksey” presentation. She also will exhibit furniture from her vintage store and her RePurpose ReColor Paint & Stain line. Meanwhile, dozens of vendors — everyone from builders to realtors — will be at this year’s show. One fun vendor: BeautiFunktional of Northville, which takes castoff furniture pieces and recreates them into beautiful, functional pieces for the home or cottage (see photo above). The show runs from 3-9:30 p.m. Thursday; Noon-9:30 p.m. Feb. 27; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 28, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 1. Admission is $10; $4 for children 6-14 and children 5 and under get in free. Visit NoviCottageShow.com, Facebook.com/NoviCottageShow or call (800) 328-6550.

The Southeast Oakland County Water Authority series of sustainable

gardening classes

Our gardens may still be firmly frozen at this point, but ideas can still bloom. If you’re looking to brush up on your gardening skills, the Southeast Oakland County Water Authority is offering a series of Earth-friendly gardening classes in March. Classes are on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Ridge Community Center, 4 Ridge Road. The topics are: March 2, “Creative Composts and Marvelous Mulches”; March 9, “Go Decomposers! Composting Science & Hands-on Projects”; March 16, “Healthy Soils, Organic Matter, & Soil Testing”; March 23, “Great Lakes Ecology and Rainwater Recycling”; and March 30, “Trees for Tomorrow: Planting and Maintaining Healthy Trees.” Registration is $40, which includes class presentations; a class reference book, “Healthy Soils for Sustainable Gardens”; MSU Soil Nutrient Test Kit (with soil interpretation from MSU); and class handouts. You must register by Monday. Call (248) 546-5818 or email LFDean2@gmail.com.

War Memorial ballroom undergoes

transformation, unveils new look

The Grosse Pointe War Memorial’s lakefront ballroom — a coveted location for weddings and other special occasions in the Grosse Pointes — has a new look. Under the direction of interior designer Tami Kessler, the ballroom underwent a significant transformation over the last six months that included updating its color palette, applying a metallic finish to its recessed domes, adding striated wallpaper and new blinds, and applying a darker stain to the parquet floors. Architectural details also were painted gray to bring out their beauty. “This is a magnificent venue,” says Kessler, a Grosse Pointe native herself. “... We upgraded the interior design to give it that ‘wow’ factor.” The Italian Renaissance-style War Memorial was built in 1910 as a home for Russell A. Alger Jr. and his family on the shores of Lake St. Clair. After Alger’s death in 1930, the home was eventually donated to the community to honor those Grosse Pointers who’d served and died in World War II and to serve the community. The ballroom seats 250 people. The War Memorial is at 32 Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms.