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Welcome Mat: Home events around Metro Detroit

‘America’s Master Handyman’ to broadcast live from home and garden show

If you visit this weekend’s Novi Home & Garden Show, you’ll see a familiar face. Homestyle’s own Glenn Haege — “America’s Master Handyman” — will broadcast live from the show, which kicks off today at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi and runs through Sunday. This year’s show, sponsored by the Home Builders Association, covers 25,000 square feet of floor space, including everything from fire pits and plants to tips on boosting your home’s curb appeal. The Plant Michigan Green Theatre will have several speakers on “Energizing Your Outdoor Living Experience” with topics including garden and lawn maintenance, creating a butterfly garden, adding curb appeal and designing outdoor living space. And IKEA will debut its new kitchen line Sektion with a display. The show runs from 2-9 p.m., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults; $9 for seniors (ages 55 and over); and kids 12 and under are free. Parking is not included. Go to

Gorman’s launches spring furniture sale

Yes, spring just started a week ago, but it’s OK to already start thinking summer. Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design is launching its Summer Furniture Sale today. At all four of the retailer’s Metro Detroit locations, Gorman’s unlimited selection of custom order and stock summer furniture will be marked 30 to 50 percent off. Outdoor sectionals, dining, lounges and seating from brands including Tommy Bahama, Lloyd Flanders, Summer Classics, and Woodard Furniture will be marked down. Call your local Gorman’s for store hours.

Henredon showroom reopens in Michigan Design Center

The Henredon Interior Design Showroom at the Michigan Design Center in Troy has a fresh new look. After undergoing major renovations, the redesigned 9,000-square-foot showroom officially re-opened with a party Thursday with new products. “We are pleased to re-open our showroom with the latest market introductions from brands such as Barbara Barry Realized by Henredon, Drexel Heritage, Henredon, Hickory Chair, LaBarge, Lane Venture, Maitland-Smith and Pearson,” said Karen Heller, showroom manager. The showroom has a sleek, sophisticated color palette with creams, grays and other neutrals. Operated by Heritage Home Group, it is a trade-only showroom. For information, call (248) 643-6264.

‘Rehab Addict’ picks next Detroit project

It’s an iconic Detroit home that has appeared in multiple movies and TV shows: the Ransom Gillis House. Located in Brush Park, it was built in 1876 by Gillis who lived there for a few years before building a new house next door and moving, according to the Brush Park Preservation Society. Abandoned sometime in the 1960s or 70s and essentially vacant since 2005, this stunning house with a turret is likely about to get a big makeover by HGTV star and Metro Detroit native Nicole Curtis. The “Rehab Addict” star on Tuesday told WXYZ that her team has picked their next project. Earlier in the day, she tweeted a picture of the Ransom Gillis house. “We have been staring down Brush Park for a long time and I think we finally found a way to make the numbers works and do one of the most infamous homes in that area,” Curtis told WXYZ. Curtis, who splits her time between Detroit and Minneapolis, says the energy in Detroit “is unreal and it’s unmatched anywhere else.” “To do what I do and be in a city that is excited for us to be here — and not fighiting us — is a huge thing,” she told WXYZ.

Local designer participates in New York design event

Bloomfield Hills designer Corey Damen Jenkins recently took the Big Apple by storm. Jenkins of Corey Damen Jenkins Associates designed a table for last weekend’s Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) Dining by Design event in New York City. Jenkins, who also designed a table for Detroit’s Dining by Design event last fall, teamed up with Beacon Hill on his design, using a bright, lively fabric called Maravilha as his starting point. The vignette celebrated “the Gypset lifestyle, which merges period, artisanal, and contemporary elements from around the globe into a cheerful rhythm,” says Jenkins in a news release. “The textiles will give this table a bold and glamorous edge.” Surrounding the vignette was a hand-painted glazed wall covered by de gournay. Jenkins’ New York vignette was one of 50 installations at last weekend’s event.