Welcome Mat: Home happenings in Metro Detroit

Women’s Show

features some familiar Homestyle faces

If you visit the Michigan International Women’s Show this weekend at the Suburban Collection Showplace, you’ll see some familiar Homestyle faces on Saturday. Smart Solutions’ Jeanine Matlow will speak at 1:30 p.m. on the Spotlight Stage. In her talk, “Conversation Pieces for the Home,” Matlow will offer tips on how to use accents in your decor. And The Detroit News’ Food Editor Steve Pardo will be at the Stonebridge Kitchen & Bath Cooking Stage at 11:30 a.m. Saturday for a “Perfect Pairing” cooking demonstration. More than 400 exhibitors will be at this year’s show, which actually kicked off Thursday. There will be experts offering everything from cooking and fashion tips to makeup and relationship advice. Free gifts will be given to the first 100 attendees each day. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10; kids 6-12 are $5; and children 5 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Parking is separate.

Several Mother’s Day flower sales planned

A new survey of moms by remodeling website Houzz.com found that 27 percent would like something for the garden or home this Mother’s Day. And of those, 34 percent specifically want an outdoor plant. If plants for Mom are on your shopping list, several flower sales are coming up and you can even take Mom with you. Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County is hosting its Fifth Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Flower & Plant Sale from 3-8 p.m. May 8 and and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 9 at Culver’s on Lapeer Road at Dutton in Orion Township. You’ll find bulbs, annuals and gardening workshops; the annuals were grown by inmates at Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson and all proceeds go right to Habitat for Humanity. The Rose Hill Center, a residential psychiatric facility in Holly, meanwhile, will host its 14th annual Rose Hill Flower Sale and Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9. Roses grown and tended to by Rose Hill residents will be for sale. “For the past 14 years, our annual flower sale and fair has brought together friends and families to enjoy the beautiful flowers grown each year in our greenhouses,” said Rosemary Kelly, co-founder of Rose Hill Center. Along with the flower sale, there also will be hayrides, face painting and a petting farm. Rose Hill is at 5130 Rose Hill in Holly. Visit rosehillcenter.org or call (248) 634-5530.

Sleep experts offer

tips at Art Van event

It affects our health in ways big and small: sleep. In honor of May being National Sleep Better Month, Art Van Furniture is bringing in two sleep experts on Sunday to its Shelby Township store to answer your biggest sleep questions. Dr. Robert Oexman, director of the Sleep to Live Institute in Missouri will answer questions, along with Dr. Martha Frankowski, a neurologist at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. For new moms, local sleep expert Patty Werner, founder of Baby Sleep All Night and a certified sleep consultant with the International Maternity Institute, also will share her tips and expertise. Art Van’s “Ladies Night Out” Slumber Party is from 6-9 p.m. at the Lakeside store, 14055 Hall.

Village Potters Guild hosts annual spring sale

It’s that time again: The Village Potters Guild in Plymouth will hold its annual spring sale from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tableware, tiles, jewelry, functional and decorative pottery — all made by the guild’s members — will be sold. The studio is at 326 N. Main in Plymouth. For information, visit villagepottersguild.org or call (734) 207-8807.

Japanese floral design chapter celebrates

50 years with free demo

The year 2015 is a significant year for the Detroit Chapter 85 of Ikebana International. It marks 50 years since this group — which studies the art of Japanese floral design — came together. And earlier this year, one of its founding members, Toshiko Shimoura, died suddenly. Member Elizabeth Cheslock says Shimoura will be with them in spirit on May 8 as the 50-member chapter celebrates its anniversary with a free demonstration of Ikebana by Emiko Suzuki, a professor of the Ikenobo School of Ikebana. The demonstration will be held at 1 p.m. the Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward. Cheslock says 50 years after it started, “the chapter continues to flourish and study Ikebana and the cultural arts of Japan.” Ikebana has been practiced in Japan for more than 600 years. The deadline to register for the free demonstration is May 7. Call (248) 684-2460 or email ikebanadetroit@gmail.com.

Pontiac glass studio

holds spring sale, offers

pet-themed bowls, figurines

Local glass artist April Wagner and her epiphany studios will open their doors this weekend for their 2015 Spring Show and Sale from 12-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The free event will include hourly glassblowing demonstrations. There also will be a new line of glass wine decanters for purchase, along with vintage-inspired tea towels by visiting artist Emily Donald. And for cat and dog lovers, the studio also will be selling some very fun pet-themed items. There will be hand-blown glass cat and dog figurines; food bowls; and paw print drinking glasses. Prices range from $25-$125. A portion of the proceeds from the pet-themed pieces will benefit the Michigan Humane Society. Epiphany Studios is at 770 Orchard Lake in Pontiac. Call (248) 745-3786.