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Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
Hickory Chair’s Vauxhall Cabinet is marked down in the Henredon showroom as part of the Michigan Design Center’s Sample Sale March 11-12.

Michigan Design Center’s

Sample Sale runs March 11-12

Need some design help? The Michigan Design Center has extended the deadline until 5 p.m. Friday to register for a free 20-minute design consultation as part of its upcoming Sample Sale March 11-12. Fourteen showrooms are participating in the sale with furniture, lighting, rugs and accents marked down as much as 80 percent (pictured is the Hickory Chair Vauxhall Cabinet, available in the Henredon showroom). “Sample Sale presents an opportunity to pick up fine furnishings at unbelievably low prices,” says Susan Todebush, the MDC’s executive vice president and general manager in a press release. The sale runs from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. March 11 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12. Bring a nonperishable food item or cash donation for Gleaners Community Food Bank. The design center is at 1700 Stutz Drive in Troy. Call (248) 649-4772 or visit michigandesign.com.

Make It Memories is a new home decor store in downtown Northville.

New home store in Northville

lets customers make it personal

Make It Memories, a new home decor store that opened this week in downtown Northville, is all about making your accessories and furnishings your own or finding the right gift for a special someone. The 800-square-foot store, which offers items for every area of the home from the living room to the office to the nursery, will offer glass set, cutting boards, and wine bottle stoppers, all of which can be personalized. Make It Memories, located at 112 Main Street, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday for its winter hours Go to make-it-memories.com.

The Smith house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built between 1949-1950, will open again for tours in May.

Smith House tours start in May

Mark your calendars, local Frank Lloyd Wright fans: The Smith House in Bloomfield Hills will open again for tours this spring. Designed by America’s most famous architect and built by Detroit teachers Melvyn Maxwell Smith and his wife Sara Stein between 1949-1950, the house will open for tours on the third Saturday and the fourth Sunday of each month, from May through October this year. “Photography + Tours” will be the first tour of the day from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. which will allow interior and exterior photos; tickets are $55. Regular tours, meanwhile, are from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Tickets are $35; only exterior photography will be allowed. The house, which Wright once referred to as “my little gem,” is now in the hands of a private foundation. To make a reservation, call (248) 645-3307.

Hancock and Moore’s Emma chair is upholstered in an ombre hair-on-hide.

New chair collection

features opposites

Hancock and Moore’s new collection of slipper chairs is a play on opposites. Showcasing four different styles, it highlights the company’s different upholstery options, from fuzzy to sleek. Each chair begins with a handcrafted solid maple frame and then has two different upholstery options. Styles include the Keller, Bella, bask and Emma. The Emma comes in either a muted snakeskin print or an ombre buffalo hair-on-hide (pictured). Gardella Furniture in Detroit sells Hancock and Moore chairs. Call (313) 567-7470

The Voodoo Lily, now blooming at Belle Isle Park’s Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory show house, smells like rotting flesh.

‘Corpse Flower’ blooms at Belle Isle conservatory

The Voodoo Lily is an unusual flower that exudes an even more unusual scent — rotting flesh. Known as the “corpse flower,” it’s now blooming at Belle Isle Park’s Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory in Detroit through Sunday, or until the flower wilts. The Voodoo Lily’s stinky smell attracts flies for pollination. The conservatory is free and open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The Voodoo Lily is on loan from the private collection of Terri Koller.