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Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

Culture Lab Detroit

launches pop-up shop

Jane Schulak wants to harness the power of design. Schulak is the founder of Culture Lab Detroit, an organization that fosters conversations between the international design community and Detroit. On Oct. 30, Culture Lab Detroit will take that conversation one step further with a special pop-up shop, Culture Lab Design. Available for two weeks only at Nora, a modern housewares store in Midtown Detroit, it will sell vases, planters, and lighting created by international and local designers such as Kelly Behun and Paola Navone. Pictured is a very cool pierced flower rest (pictured), a collaboration between event planner David Stark and Detroit artist Victoria Ashley Shaheen. Prices range from $65 to $2,000. Pieces also are available online at www.noramodern.com.

Detroit Farm & Garden holds annual pumpkin festival

In 2012, landscape architect Jeffrey Klein decided to do something about the lack of quality landscape stores in the city of Detroit. So he opened his own store. Klein is the co-founder of Detroit Farm & Garden, a landscape and farm store in southwest Detroit. He says working on projects in Detroit in the past, it was always a challenge to find quality topsoil, compost, mulches and aggregates. “As a Detroit homeowner, business owner and urban agriculture devotee I felt a pressing need for a business of this type,” says Klein. Today, Detroit Farm & Garden, located at 1759 21st Street in southwest Detroit, sells a wide range of gardening products, seeds, containers and canning supplies. On Saturday, Detroit Farm & Garden will hold its third annual Pumpkin Festival from 1-5 p.m. with pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, and a pumpkin bake-off. For information, call (313) 655-2344.

Green Daffodil introduces

liquid soap

Ferndale’s Green Daffodil has a new look and a new product line – liquid soap. Owners Siouxan Miller and Anne Simonetti recently redid their labels to create a more sophisticated look; they also introduced all-natural Castile style premium liquid soap. It’s not just for your hands, says Miller. “It’s gentle formula is so versatile the uses are endless from your hands, dishes, shower, all-purpose household cleaner,” she says. “You decide.” It comes in several different scents: Lemon Verbena, Lavender, Rosemary Mint, Patchouli Lavender, Spa Day (green tea, aloe and lemon), Headache Helper (peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender). It’s $12 for an 8-ounce bottle. Green Daffodil is at 624 Livernois.

Another fairy garden option? Vertical

When I wrote about the growing popularity of fairy gardening a few weeks ago, I got an email from a reader who told me I forgot one type of garden: vertical fairy gardens. Yvette Rizzo with Hartland, Michigan-based Bright Green USA, which makes the GroVert, says vertical fairy gardens are great for anyone with limited space, especially those in more urban settings. “GroVert can be outside and then brought indoors or vice versa,” says Rizzo. They also work with indoor plants, succulents and can be designed to any zone, and they can be small or connected to create a wall of continuous design of one’s imagination, Rizzo says. GroVert ranges in price from $23.95 for a mini frame to $89.95 for a GroVert Walnut Frame Kit. Go to buylivingwalls.com.

Valspar introduces Furniture Paint, Cabinet Enamel

If you’re all about do-it-yourself projects, Valspar has two tools to possibly add to your DIY tool chest. Earlier this month, Valspar introduced Furniture Paint and Cabinet Enamel to transform some of the furniture that’s routinely thrown out every day because of scuffs and other imperfections. Furniture Paint is an oil-enriched satin finish paint that adheres to most surfaces, even laminate, with minimal priming and sanding needed (two coats are required for best results). Cabinet Enamel, meanwhile, is a semi-gloss paint designed for bathrooms and kitchens exposed to moisture and steam. It also requires minimal staining and sanding. Both products are available at Lowe’s for $24.99 a quart.

Kate Spade New York expands collection

Kate Spade New York is expanding its home collection with the introduction of 325 new pieces, including furniture, lighting, rugs and fabric. This week, the popular lifestyle brand announced that the full assortment of new pieces will be available next spring, designed in collaboration with manufacturers EJ Victor, Visual Comfort, Jaipur and Kravet. “Each piece in our extensive collection reflects traditional and modern influences, but with a unique Kate Spade New York twist,” said Deborah Lloyd, president and chief executive officer, in a press release.