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Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
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‘Bee Cottage’ chronicles home, personal journey

Frances Schultz had big plans for a little cottage in East Hampton, New York. Engaged to be married, she planned to redo the cottage and start her second marriage there. Then life got in the way. She called off the engagement, but decided to make the cottage her own anyhow — and, in the process, found healing. “I came to see how inherent in my love for decorating were the very insights and analogies that loosened the knots in my spirit,” writes Schultz, a writer and decorator, in her new book, “The Bee Cottage Story: How I Made a Muddle of Things and Decorated My Way Back to Happiness” (Skyhorse Publishing, $24.99). Released earlier this month, the book — which one publicist describes as “Eat, Pray, Love” meets home decorating — chronicles Schultz’s journey through not just her broken engagement, but also cancer and her mother’s death, all while remaking her cottage and trying to find herself along the way. Part memoir, part home decor book, it includes 125 full color photos.

Create your own photo collage wallpaper

I’m obsessed with gallery walls. I love mixing and matching picture frames, changing out photos, adding my kids’ artwork. Now there’s a new way to create a gallery wall without picture frames. WeMontage creates removable wallpaper collages from images from your smartphone Facebook page, or Instagram. You send them the images, they print them up and you simply peel and stick. Prices start at $59.99 for a 3-foot-by-2 foot sheet. You can also customize a size. Processing is 6-8 business days. Go to wemontage.com.

Landscape architect will sign books, offer tips at English Gardens

Jamie Durie, a well-known landscape designer, author, and TV star, will be at English Gardens’ Royal Oak location from 1-3 p.m. Saturday for a book signing. The event is free and open to the public. Durie will share tips on creating a beautiful outdoor living space, answer questions and sign two of his books, “Edible Garden Designs” and “The Outdoor Room,” which also will be available to buy. English Garden is at 4901 Coolidge. Durie will appear at another event tonight for English Gardens members only.

Gorman’s holds annual summer sale

Let the sale begin: Gorman’s Home Furnishings and Interior Design is holding its annual Summer Sample Sale and Inventory Sell-Off at all of its Metro Detroit locations, starting today through Sunday. Floor samples, extra inventory, and custom cancellations will be marked 40-60 percent off. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 12-5 p.m. Sunday.

Pewabic, GM team up on Corvette tile

It’s an iconic tile to represent an iconic Detroit car: the Corvette. Detroit’s Pewabic Pottery has teamed up with GM to introduce a new Corvette collectible tile emblazoned with the classic Chevrolet Corvette logo designed by Robert Bartholomew in 1953. The 4-inch round tile is available in a two-tone design with a matte black glaze and natural clay body. It’s officially licensed by GM. Available only through Pewabic, it costs $50. For information, go to pewabic.org.

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