Pool, hot tub, backyard ideas at Novi pool & spa show

If you’re contemplating getting your own swimming pool, a great place for research is this weekend’s Novi Backyard, Pool & Spa Show at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River. More than 50 exhibitors selling everything from pools and spas to hot tubs and backyard furniture will be at the show, which kicks off today and runs through Sunday. One exhibitor – Glenn’s Fireplace & Spa in Livonia – will display spas that feature a 24-inch waterfall, infinity edges and cyclonic filtration systems. Pictured are Berlin Comfo Back Adirondack chairs ($313), available at Patio Plus Furniture in Waterford and Northville. The show runs from 3-9 p.m. today; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 6-14. Visit or call (734) 398-9700.

‘Decorating Your

Table for Spring’

offers floral ideas

Carolyn Higgins, the head floral designer at Goldner Walsh Garden & Home Shop in Pontiac, will visit the Community House in Birmingham, 380 S. Bates, on Monday to offer some tips on how to create the ultimate spring table display. “Decorating Your Table for Spring,” presented by the Community House Friends of the Garden, begins at 7 p.m. Higgins will go over a variety of different floral styles. The presentation is open to the public; tickets aren’t required, but a $5 donation is suggested. Call (248) 594-6410 or email

Music in Homes series continues

with Victor Ghannam quartet

Palmer Woods’ “Music in Homes” series continues Saturday in a Tudor style home with a concert that will cross a range of genres, from Middle Eastern to flamenco. The Victor Ghannam World Music Quartet will perform “Magical Oud, Music for the Soul” at 8 p.m. Saturday. Ghannam was a founding member of the National Arab Orchestra. He’ll perform with Iraqi-born violinist Qusay Al-Ali, Roger Kashou, the orchestra’s lead percussionist who plays the darbukkah (Arabic tabla), and Gursharan Yash Singh Sandhu. Tickets are $40. Go to or call (313) 891-2514.

Troy-based company introduces anti-fatigue pet mats

Who says only humans can benefit from ergonomic floor mats? Troy-based Wellness Mats this month will introduce a new line of anti-fatigue mats for our favorite furry friends called PetMat. Made from a proprietary polyurethane that allows the mats to be anti-microbial, along with stain and spill, and puncture resistant, these mats were introduced this week at the Global Expo in Orlando. Wellness Mats says they worked with local vets and leaders at Michigan State University to develop these mats, which can be used as a pet mat, crate mat, or pet bed. They evenly distribute weight for better joint and orthopedic support and a good choice for aging dogs with conditions such as arthritis and hip dysplasia. They come in round and square; prices start at $99.95.

Planning a home

or garden tour?

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Swing into spring with

metallic finishes, tribal motifs

Open up the windows and let in some fresh air: Spring officially starts Sunday. So what does that mean design-wise? Designer Mikel Welch lists what trends he sees on the horizon this spring:

Metallic finishes: Brass and chrome finishes have been all the rage, but this spring, consumers will begin to see a sparkled twist added to natural classics such as pewter, gold and bronze.

Tribal motifs: As design continues to become more globally influenced, interior designers are seeing a rise in vibrant tribal patterns, African-inspired textiles and hand-carved furniture.

Southwestern design influence: Woven fabrics will be paired with leather and suede, and furniture will be upholstered with kilim fabrics or even rugs.

Rustic modern design: Think reclaimed wood accented with modern hardware and stained wooden case goods paired with modern elements of brass, chrome and powdered coated steel.

Art Van buys

Hillside Furniture

Hillside Contemporary Furniture has a new owner: Art Van Furniture. Last week, Art Van announced that it had bought the Bloomfield Hills-based store, 2300 S. Telegraph, which has been in business for 42 years. Hillside will keep its name and Art Van will keep all of Hillside’s employees. Jeff Selik, founder Bruce Selik’s son, will serve as general manager. “Hillside has been my passion for the last four decades, but it was time for a change as I decided to retire,” Hillside founder Bruce Selik said in a press release. “This acquisition is a wonderful opportunity for us to serve new customers, and we’re honored to be entrusted with the brand Bruce worked so hard to build,” Art Van founder and Art Van Elslander said. Hillside will continue to offer contemporary furnishings for nearly every room. Art Van will introduce a PureSleep Mattress gallery.

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