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Welcome Mat: Home news, events around Metro Detroit

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

More than two dozen vendors

will sell wares at Grosse Pointe Holiday Mart

Detroit-based LeadHead Glass makes beautiful, antique-looking terrariums out of salvaged glass and wood from old Detroit homes that have been deconstructed. Modeled after an Edwardian case, each one is handmade. LeadHead Glass will be one of the vendors selling everything from home decor items to jewelry at the upcoming Grosse Pointe Holiday Mart Oct. 16-17 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Now in its 57th year, the event will benefit the prenatal care and cancer prevention programs at Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan. The holiday mart kicks off with a Patron Preview Cocktail Party from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, which will include cocktails, entertainment and early shopping. Tickets are $85; go to Admission to the holiday mart is $5. It’ll run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Lafayette Park opens doors for tours on Saturday

Two months after being named Michigan’s 41st National Historic Landmark, Detroit’s Lafayette Park – the largest collection of buildings designed by world-renowned architect Mies van der Rohe and one of the nation’s first urban renewal projects – will open its door for tours Saturday as part of Docomomo National Tour Day. Tours begin at 11 a.m. and will explore the grounds and history of Lafayette Park, along with two interiors. Tickets are $15 and available at Construction on Lafayette Park began in 1956; it includes a mixture of town houses, four high-rises, a school and a small shopping center. Docomomo US is an international committee devoted to documenting and conserving mid-century buildings, interiors and landscapes. A Michigan chapter was recently started. Email for information.

Pewabic Pottery, Red Wings team up on new tile

Just in time for the Detroit Red Wings season opener, Pewabic Pottery on Saturday is releasing a new special commemorative Red Wings tile. The 4-inch-by-4-inch two-tone tile with a red mason stain and natural clay body is $60. There will be a tile release party Saturday with Atwater Brewery beer, pizza, and live music from Nicole New and the AJ Spangler Trio. For more details, go to

Chalk Paint

founder releases

new workbook

Chalk Paint founder Annie Sloan’s newest book is part sketchbook, part journal. Set to be released on Thursday, “Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint Workbook” is divided into six themed chapters: Bohemian and Vintage; Rustic Country; French Elegance; traditional Swedish; Modern Retro and Warehouse; and Coastal. In each chapter, Sloan, who is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her decorative paint line, offers tips about how to pick colors, choose fabrics and more. She also suggests colors that work with each style. The book also has pockets to hold pictures of what inspires you. The book is $19.95; go to

1876 Governor Warner mansion

ups fear factor for ‘Ghost Night’

Let’s be honest: Old mansions can be seriously spooky. On Oct. 17, the Governor Warner mansion in downtown Farmington, which was built in 1876 by the father of Michigan governor Fred M. Warner, will play up the fear factor, transforming from a Victorian Italianate style home into something creepier – and just in time for Halloween. “Ghost Night” is an annual tradition at the mansion, which was donated to the city of Farmington in 1980 to be as used as a museum. There will be ghost hunters, witches, palm readings and more. The event, which runs from 7-9:30 p.m., is recommended for kids ages eight and up. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Farmington City Hall, 23600 Farmington Street.

Novi Home Improvement Show

runs today through Sunday

Southfield artist Tomak Baksik creates kitchen counters that look like granite or mable but they’re not. They’re actually glass and polymer, a swirl of color that reflects light and is as durable as granite. Baksik will be one of the many exhibitors at this weekend’s Novi Home Remodeling Show, which kicks off at 2 p.m. today at the Suburban Collection Showplace. Nearly every area of remodeling will be covered, including roofs, basements, windows and drywall. Looking for a bargain? The Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan is holding super surplus sale, selling donations from members such as appliances, flooring, chandeliers and doors. The show runs until 9 p.m. today; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults 13 and up, $9 for seniors. Go to