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Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

Win ‘The New

Bohemians’ Book

Bohemianism is more than funky tapestries and nag champa incense; it actually dates back to the 1800s. According to author Justina Blakeney, bohemianism evolved in early 19th century France when artists moved into a lower-rent area out Paris. Trying to create art while living in Paris, “this convergence of cultures gave rise to a kind of vagabond lifestyle, where the pursuit of wealth and other traditional indicators of success were abandoned in favor of a creative life,” writes Blakeney in her book, “The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes” (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $35), released last month. Blakeney profiles 20 homes divided into six themes in her book — The Modern Bohemian, The Earthy Bohemian, The Folksy Bohemian, The Nomadic Bohemian, the Romantic Bohemian, and the Maximal Bohemian. If you are a bohemian at heart and would like this book, send me an email — mfeighan@detroitnews.com — with a description of your style and contact information. One reader will win Blakeney’s book.

Nautica introduces

new paint line

Nautica is well-known for its sporty, polished apparel and now it’s applying that look to a new line of paint. Introduced earlier this month, Nautica At Home Paint comes in 250 colors organized into six palettes inspired by the brand’s collections. The palettes range from ocean blues and coastal brights to sail-inspired whites and beachy pastels. “We’re excited to offer homeowners our new paint collection to enhance their home decor with Nautica At Home paint,” said Karen Murray, Nautica’s president, in a press release. “The enduring nautical style and quality of our new color collection provides designer-style without compromising performance.” The paint line is now available at Menards. Prices start at $13.98 for a quart and $30.98 for a gallon.

Grosse Pointe, Livonia hold garden walks

Get your walking shoes ready for June 26-27 because garden tours abound. Livonia’s 26th Annual Garden Walk will kick off at 10 a.m. June 27, featuring five Livonia homes. One cool home on this year’s tour, which is hosted by the Friends for the Development of Greenmead, has a 11,000 gallon koi pond with prize-winning fish. Tickets are $10 the day of tour or $9 in advance. They’re available at Greenmead Historical Park, 20501 Newburgh Road, or City Hall at Community Resources (fifth floor), or all city libraries, and from any of the Friends of Greenmead. Call (248) 477-7375.

The 24th annual Grosse Garden Tour, sponsored by the Grosse Pointe Garden Center, meanwhile, will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 26-27, featuring six private gardens throughout the Grosse Pointes (one is pictured above) along with the Trial Gardens and Veterans Garden at the War Memorial. Tickets, which are $12 in advance and $15 on tour days, are available at certain merchants and the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Drive, in Grosse Pointe Farms. Call (313) 881-7511 ext. 206.

Give Dad a cool experience this Father’s Day

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend $12.7 billion on Father’s Day gifts this year, spending an average of $115. 57. According to the federation’s Father’s Day Spending Survey, nearly 40 percent will buy clothes for Dad. Gadgets such as tablets are another big gift item (19.7 percent). Home and gardening supplies also are a popular gift choice. If you’d rather give Dad a special experience, Wheelhouse Detroit offers unique bike tours throughout the summer that cover everything from art to urban agriculture in the Motor City. Gearhead Dads may love Wheelhouse’s Auto Heritage Tour on June 28, which will take in several iconic Detroit stops such as the Packard Plant, Dequindre Cut and Milwaukee Junction. For architecture buffs, there’s an Architecture Tour on July 18 that include Lafayette Park. Go to wheelhousedetroit.com.