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Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
This Stickley Storage Cocktail table is marked down from $1,953 to $1,718.

Gorman’s holds Stickley sale through March 7

Stickley Furniture fans are a diehard bunch. Tom Lias, president and chief operating officer of Gorman’s Home Furnishings and Interior Design, once told me it wasn’t unusual for Stickley fans to “visit” their future furniture purchases at Gorman’s. Now, Gorman’s is holding a special sale on all its Stickley Furniture, offering truckload pricing through March 7 (pictured is the Stickley Storage Cocktail table, marked down from $1953 to $1718). That includes furniture for bedrooms and dining rooms, upholstery, leather and accents from every Stickley collection. Gorman’s is the exclusive Stickley dealer in southeast and west Michigan, excluding Kalamazoo. “Stickley reminds us that ‘great furniture creates and carries memories across time,’” said Lias in a press release. Call individual stores for locations and hours.

Cari Cucksey is teaming up with home furnishings company Laura Ashley on a series of DIY videos.

Cari Cucksey teams up

with Laura Ashley

on DIY videos, tutorials

Metro Detroit’s own Cari Cucksey is teaming up with fashion and home furnishings brand Laura Ashley on a series of DIY video, tutorials, guest blog posts and appearances to show the different ways the products can be used. Cucksey, the star of HGTV’s “Cash & Cari,” is an expert DIY-er and has her own paint line to bring antiques and vintage items to life. She’ll focus on using Laura Ashley’s wallpaper and textile collections. “Laura Ashley is a brand rich with heritage, something that fits perfectly with my design philosophy,” says Cucksey in a press release. The collaboration begins in March.

A bowl painted by Oakland County’s own Kristen Bell will be auctioned off as part of Empty Bowls Detroit, a fundraiser for Cass Community Social Services.

Empty Bowls Detroit benefits Cass Community Social Services

Do you want to build a snowman? Or buy a bowl hand-painted by Huntington Woods native Kristen Bell, star of Disney’s hit “Frozen”? Bell’s bowl is one several that will be auctioned in March as part of Empty Bowls Detroit to raise funds for Cass Community Social Services. Now in its sixth year, it runs from 5:30-10:30 March 4 in Shed No. 5 and includes soup, bread, cheese, beer and wine from local restaurants. Each guest will get a ceramic bowl to take home. The Empty Bowls Detroit auction, meanwhile, includes bowls painted by Bell, General Motors’ Mary Barra and comedian Tim Allen (go to bit.ly/EmptyBowlsAuction to bid). Tickets can be purchased for a $30 donation at bit.ly/EmptyBowlsDetroit or a $40 donation at the door.

Houzz.com’s app now has a View in my Room feature.

Houzz launches app feature

to visualize furniture, decor at home

Houzz Inc., a leading platform for home renovation and design, this week launched a new feature to its smartphone app that allows users to place furniture in their homes to visualize how it will look in a specific room. View in My Room, which comes free with the Houzz app for the iPhone, iPad and Android, allows users to virtually place and see over 1.8 million products from the Houzz Shop in their own homes before they buy. “View in My Room helps people bring design ideas to life and instantly buy the best products for their homes, whether they’re working on a large-scale renovation or simply looking for the perfect item to complete the look of a room,” said Alon Cohen, president and cofounder of Houzz, in a press release. To use View in My Room, a user simply taps the “View in My Room” button on a product page to launch their device’s camera. When the camera is held up to display the room, the selected product will appear in the middle of the screen, allowing the user to see how the product looks in their space. For more information, visit houzz.com.

reCAP is introducing a lid for Mason jars that rotates and opens.

Mason jar company will introduce lids that flip open

When it comes to rustic charm, Mason jars are the perfect multifunctional object. They can be used as vases, glasses and food containers. In March, reCAP Mason Jars, which makes special caps for Mason jars, will introduce two new products that will make these receptacles even more functional. The new reCAP Flip screws onto Mason jars and “flips” open to a large 2-inch opening, says the company. reCAP also plans to introduce a fun glow-in-the dark, magnifying bug catcher kit called the reCAP Explore. It includes a 32 oz. plastic Mason jar with a handle and glow-in-the-dark cap with magnifying lid. Both products will be unveiled at the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show, March 5-8, in Chicago. reCAP President Karen Rzepecki, an engineer and mom, invented the usable cap in 2012 as a way to pour and store homemade salad dressing without making a mess.