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Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

Wildwood debuts


lamp collection

Wildwood Lamps will debut a new collection of lamps this fall inspired by the Biltmore Estate, the massive 1895 country retreat built by George Vanderbilt in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge mountains. The collection – which will debut at the fall High Point Market later this month – was inspired by the estate’s furniture, architectural elements and artifacts, says John Cunningham, Creative Director of Wildwood Lamps in a press release. “Our goal was to not reproduce the antiquities of the estate, but instead, develop relevant, trending lamps, accessories and wall decor for today’s interiors,” says Cunningham. Pictured is the Edith Lamp, named after Vanderbuilt’s wife, which was inspired by a floral relief on a cinnabar box in the Vanderbuilts’ collection. The new line won’t be available in retail locations until next April.

Fabric Warehouse moves to home

decor fabrics only

Brad Foltyn, owner of Warren’s Fabric Warehouse, says his business is now a true home decor store. What does that mean? It means Foltyn is phasing out apparel fabrics and selling only upholstery fabrics, drapery, upholstery, slipcovers and more. Foltyn says by focusing on home decor products, they can look for higher-end fabrics at a better deal. Fabric Warehouse is at 24401 Hoover. Call (586) 756-2117 or visit fabricwarehouseonline.com.


accessories store moves to new

location in Sylvan Lake

Local interior designer Janet Genn has a name for that little extra something we all want in our home decor. In fact, Genn named her furniture, accessories and gift store after it: Extra Oomph. Opened three years ago in Birmingham, Extra Oomph this fall moved to a new 1,800-square-foot location on Orchard Lake Road in Sylvan Lake. Genn carries a mixture of unique furniture, accents and holiday decor. “I carry shabby chic furniture and try to have unique gifts and local artists as well,” says Genn. “I also decorate homes for Christmas so I have a lot of beautiful holiday items.” Extra Oomph is at 2544 Orchard Lake Road. Call (248) 309-3131 or visit extraoomph.net.

Love pink? Win “House Beautiful Pink” book

When I was pregnant with my daughter eight years ago, I refused to embrace the color pink. It was too conventional, expected, and girly-girly – or so I thought. When Hope arrived, my anti-pink stance – and a lot of other silly ideas – went out the window. Pink is fun, fresh, and yes, feminine. It can add a touch exuberance to a space. And while we see a lot of pink in October for breast cancer awareness month, this happy hue is increasingly finding its way year-round into fashion and home decor. Author Lisa Cregan, whose book “House Beautiful Pink” was released last month ($24.95, Hearst Communications), believes there’s a shade of pink for everyone – including men. “Pink has the power to lift your spirit,” she writes. Her book showcases some great uses of pink in various rooms, designers’ secrets for using pink, and complementary colors. Touches of gray, for example, add “neutrality and keep (a) place from looking so girly-girly,” says designer Ashley Whittaker. If you want to add some pink to your decor, send me an email at mfeighan@detroitnews.com about your plans. One reader will win Cregan’s book!

6 tips for reducing

energy costs

As the leaves fall, our thermostats go up. Below are some great ways to help reduce your energy costs from Indow Windows.

■Start with an energy audit: An energy audit is an assessment of the energy needs and efficiency of a building or buildings. Professionals certified by the nonprofit Building Performance Institute are trained to approach homes as a system, as opposed to focusing on one problem like thin insulation or a weak furnace.

■Air seal: Caulk and weatherstrip around windows, doors and chimneys.

■Insulate: Insulate walls, attic and crawlspaces. Insulation is the best investment you can make in a long-term residence, according to homeadvisor.com.

■Address drafty windows: Homeowners with single-pane windows or faulty double-panes, should consider installing storm windows.

■Clean or replace the furnace filter once a month: Dirty filters can force furnaces to work harder, reducing their efficiency and efficacy.

■Install a programmable thermostat: It will automatically turn down the heat when it’s not needed.

Final Boston-Edison home concert

series on Saturday

The historic Boston-Edison District’s 2015 “Sounds of Music” concert season concludes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with a performance by jazz singer Kathy Kosins and pianist Cliff Monear. Tickets are $40 and include a harvest-themed buffet dinner prepared by Jeff Toney of Chef Toney Private Catering. For information and tickets, go to historicbostonedison.org.