Welcome Mat: Home events, news around Metro Detroit

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

North Rosedale Park hosts ‘A Table Top Affair’

Looking for tablescape inspiration? Detroit’s North Rosedale Park is hosting a “A Table Top Affair” from 7-10 p.m. Nov. 6 at the North Rosedale Park Community House. Several tables will be designed by local interior designers. There also will appetizers, cocktails and a boutique featuring items such as an inlaid Damascus game table and set of Wedgwood china for 12. And at the end of the night, the decor of two tables will be raffled off. Proceeds will go toward expanding the handicap-accessibility of the North Rosedale Park Community House, which has been undergoing renovations. Tickets are $45; go to nrpca.org/table-top or call (313) 273-5366.

Nicole Curtis, Bernzomatic team up on community grants program

Nicole Curtis is one busy lady. The Lake Orion native and HGTV star will open the iconic Ransom Gillis house for an open house at 2 p.m. Sunday after three months of restorations and the new season of her show, “Rehab Addict,” premieres at 9 p.m. Thursday. Meanwhile, Curtis also has recently teamed up with Bernzomatic, which makes handheld blowtorches, on a program called Find Your Fire Community Grants Program. The program invites people doing good deeds in their community – such as refurbishing a local park or restoring a landmark – a chance to win a $10,000 grant to make it happen. To enter, go to Bernzomatic.com/Grants. Entries are being accepted now through Dec. 7; public voting will begin in January. Three winners with the most votes will receive a $10,000 grant plus Bernzomatic tools. Seven runner-ups receive $1,500 grants. The grand-prize winner with the most votes will get a special visit from Curtis.

The art of decorating a bookcase

I have hundreds of books, but it took years before I realized they don’t have to be arranged vertically on a bookshelf. They can be stacked horizontally and used to stack other accessories. Donna Brown of Dazzling Designs in Northville says when it comes to creating a dynamic bookcase display, books are a flexible tool. “They can fill the space and they can raise and lower the height” of other accessories, says Brown. Brown spoke in September at the Henredon showroom at the Michigan Design Center as part of its summer event series. Below are some of her tips (more bookshelf tips on 19H):

Coffee table books rule : Brown says she loves coffee table books in a bookcase. “They’re great for stacking and great for color.”

Go white : If you want your bookcase to be really neutral, Brown recommends wrapping the cover in white paper. “That neutralizes them.”

Lighting is key : This may seem odd, but Brown recommends putting a lamp in your bookcase and putting it on a timer. “It gives you light ... and it adds ambiance to a room.”

Be wary of little things : You can use smaller accessories, but you “don’t want a lot of little things you can’t see.”

Add a picture : A picture inside a bookcase adds another item of visual interest. Hang a nail up and add a framed picture, Brown says.

Stark Fabric Line --

Dish & Design offers holiday decorating, entertaining tips

Our final installment of this year’s Dish & Design series is Nov. 11 at EuroAmerica Design in Troy and it’s all about the holidays. “Holidays With Homestyle” will focus on creating the perfect tablescape for Thanksgiving, holiday decorating ideas and more. Chefs from Ale Mary in Royal Oak will prepare a dish and we’ll have wine pairing from Tom’s Oyster Bar. Seventy-five lucky readers, along with a guest, will join us. “Holidays With Homestyle” is free, but seating is limited. To enter to win tickets, go to detroitnews.com/dishanddesign. The deadline to enter is Nov. 6.

Donate a toy Monday, enter to win $200 gift card

The Michigan Design Center, 1700 Stutz Drive, will launch a toy drive Monday through Nov. 20 to benefit the Troy Fire Department’s annual holiday party. Visitors to the design center are asked to donate a new, unwrapped toy for kids 9-13. Those who drop off toys on Monday, or Kick-off Day, will be entered in a drawing to win a $200 gift card to the design center.