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Maureen Feighan The Detroit News
A 2,000 pound steel alloy sculpture stands in front of The Gateway in Clarkston.

Three stores,

one new name

Three Clarkston stores – The Birdfeeder, Clarkston Flower Shoppe and Bonnie & Clyde – have now merged under one roof with one name: The Gateway. Owned by Steve Stroud, the Gateway unveiled its new name in November with a new metal sculpture of our lovely mitten-shaped state. The 2,000-pound steel alloy sculpture, crafted by Clarkston artists Mark Haines and Pat Weiss of Iron Raven Metals, was water-jet cut using a map of the state as a guide. “Our store carries products from over three dozen different Michigan made suppliers and we have a great affinity for our state. We wanted our landmark to celebrate and share that love with visitors and the community,” says Stroud in a news release. Stroud is encouraging visitors to get a picture next to the sculpture and post it on Twitter using the hashtag #TheMitten. The Gateway, which offers everything from garden products to clothing and jewelry, is at 7150 Main Street in Clarkston. Call (248) 625-9711.

The IKEA Home Tour Squad transformed this family room. The squad will visit Detroit in April and May.

IKEA looking for Detroit home projects to tackle

The IKEA Home Tour is hitting the road in 2016 and Detroit is one of its stops. The popular Swedish retailer has assembled a team of home experts from its stores around the country to help homeowners tackle home projects, from organizing an unruly closet to rearranging a living room. And from now through Feb. 7, IKEA is looking for video submissions from Detroit homeowners who need its Home Tour Squad’s help. According to IKEA, the retailer is looking for a variety of living situations and home challenges to tackle, all of which will be recorded for a makeover video. So far, the IKEA Home Tour videos have been viewed 24 million times. To add your home to the list, submit a video to hometourseries.com/submit. The deadline is Feb. 7. Makeovers will be completed in Detroit in April and May.

Furniture and home decor accents will be on sale during the Birmingham Design Studio’s 26th annual sample sale.

Birmingham Design Studio holds Sample Sale

The Birmingham Design Studio will hold its 26th annual sample sale Jan. 23-24, featuring marked down furniture from high-end brands such as Henredon, Hickory Chair, Hancock & Moore, Maitland Smith, Karges, Sherrill, and Shonbek. Accessories, original oil paintings and oriental rugs all will be marked down. The Birmingham Design Studio is at 808 S. Old Woodward. Call (248) 723-8888 or visit BirminghamDesignStudio.com.

Ingenious Designs’ Forever Fragrant, created by inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano, is now available at Target, Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond and The Container Store.

‘Joy’ inspiration offers

collection at four stores

Joy Mangano was a struggling divorced mother of three when she invented the Miracle Mop and her life took a new direction. Mangano, the inspiration behind the film “Joy,” which is now in theaters (she’s played by Jennifer Lawrence), this month announced she’s teaming up with several major retailers. A selection of Joy brand products is now available in all Bed Bath & Beyond, the Container Store, Macy’s and Target store locations nationwide as well as online. Products include the Miracle Mop, Huggable Hangers, My Little Steamer, Better Beauty Case, Comfort & Joy Memory Cloud Pillow and Forever Fragrant (pictured). The complete selection of Mangano’s products also are available at HSN and hsn.com.

Houzz.com’s 2016 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Survey found that granite is still the most popular counter choice for homeowners renovating their kitchen.

Houzz kitchen remodeling survey

reveals trends, spending

A growing number of homeowners are opening up their kitchens to other indoor spaces and also changing the style, from traditional to transitional or contemporary, according to Houzz.com’s 2016 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Survey. The survey, released Wednesday, found 48 percent of homeowners renovating their kitchens planned a change in layout and the most common upgraded feature was new countertops (93 percent), followed by new sinks and faucet (89 percent) and a new backsplash (88 percent). Granite continues to be the most popular material for counters with 45 percent of renovating homeowners using it, followed by engineered quartz counters (26 percent). According to the survey, 31 percent of renovating homeowners are spending $25-$50,000 on kitchen renovations; another third planned to spend above $50K (30 percent). More than half of homeowners are upgrading kitchens that were last worked on 21 years ago or more. Go houzz.com for more details.