Send questions to ‘Ask a Designer’

Happy New Year, Homestyle readers! If one of your 2016 resolutions is to tackle an unruly room or design challenge, maybe it’s time to bring in reinforcements. Homestyle has teamed up with the Michigan Design Center on an ongoing series called “Ask a Designer.” Send your questions to Or mail them to “Ask a Designer,” c/o Michigan Design Center, 1700 Stutz Drive, Suite 25, Troy, MI 48084. Please include contact information; pictures are encouraged. Your question may appear in an upcoming Homestyle.

Nicole Curtis aims to premiere Season 7 at end of January

Mark your calendars, “Rehab Addict” fans. In a newsletter to her fans sent in mid-December, Lake Orion native Nicole Curtis says she’s hoping to get the new season of “Rehab Addict” out by the end of January. “Stay tuned,” she wrote to subscribers of her newsletter on Dec. 13. Season 7 will likely profile the makeover of Curtis’ grandfather’s old house – a house he built – in Metro Detroit. “Rehab Addict: Detroit” ran earlier this fall and profiled the restoration of the beloved Ransom Gillis mansion in Brush Park. Curtis teamed up with Quicken Loans on the project, which involved turning the abandoned mansion into a duplex. Curtis said the restoration, which included eight episodes, was a special series, not Season 7.

Terrariums: Gardens on a small scale

Terrariums are small indoor gardens that often include succulents or other small plants. Maria Colletti, terrarium designer for Shop in the Garden at the New York Botanical Garden and author of “Terrariums: Gardens Under Glass,” says when it comes to terrariums, “It’s the little things that bring joy.” Colletti encourages readers to think of themselves as garden designers on a miniature scale and draw inspiration from favorite garden designs. “There is such a sweet pride in creating and sustaining a small garden that you can peer into every day,” writes Colletti. To learn more about terrariums, English Gardens is hosting “Terrific Terrariums” at 1 p.m. Jan. 9 at all of its stores. At 2:30 p.m., they’ll offer a Make It & Take It Terrarium Workshop. It costs $19.99.

Gorman’s opens Bernhardt Interiors Boutique in Southfield store

When Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design opened up its Three-Day Clearance Center earlier this year next to its warehouse in Farmington, that opened up space in its stores once reserved for sale items. Now, that space at its Southfield location has a new name and purpose: Bernhardt. Called the Bernhardt Interiors Boutique, it officially opens today and features an upscale, fashion-forward collection of 450 Bernhardt items. The 2,500-square-foot space, devoted exclusively to Bernhardt, includes bedroom pieces, dining rooms, living rooms, upholstery, and accents. Gorman’s says it’s the exclusive Bernhardt boutique in Michigan.

New decluttering help? Local organizer offers tips on Jan. 12

It’s often one of the top New Year’s resolutions: Getting organized. If clutter and disarray are your Achilles’ heel, local professional organizer Betty Huotari of Logical Placement LLC in Fenton will offer tips on how to start 2016 on the right foot at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Howell Carnegie District Library, 314 W. Grand River. Huotari is a certified professional organizer and former president of the Southeast Michigan National Association of Professional Organizers. Huotari’s talk is free and open to the public. Below are some of her tips for getting organized in the new year:

■Create a holiday or entertaining area/zone. It could be in shelving unit or cupboard kept downstairs so all the items you need are in one location.

■Organize your closest. It will take you less time to get dressed because the items in your closet are going to be the ones that you love and make you feel good.

■Create a system for your paper piles so they don’t stress you out and you can stay organized in the new year.

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