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Maureen Feighan Detroit News Design Writer

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, spill and puncture resistant, these mats were introduced recently 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 are 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.

HGTV debuts ‘Container Homes’ series

Michigan isn’t the only place going crazy for shipping container housing (check out Homestyle’s March 11 cover story about Aaron and Grace Schnepp’s Royal Oak home that was built from seven shipping containers). HGTV has a new series called “Container Homes” that highlights dwellings made from recycled steel shipping containers all over the country. The six-episode series, which premiered on March 19, airs at noon Saturday on HGTV. “From simple, affordable, tiny homes to a luxurious, tricked-out complex made up of over a dozen containers, there’s no end to the creativity of these custom box homes,” says HGTV in a statement about the new series.

Bed Bath & Beyond

introduces Olivia +

Oliver collection

If you love a clean, classic look, you’ll like Bed Bath & Beyond’s new Olivia & Oliver Collection. Introduced this spring, the collection includes two dinnerware patterns, Madison and Harper, with corresponding accessories. The Madison collection features a flat and clean modern shape, while the Harper collection (pictured) has more organic shapes. Both patterns are available in white, gold band or platinum band. Prices range from $4.99-$79.99. Olivia & Oliver also includes crystal stemware and flatware, which will be introduced in April. To see the entire collection, go to bedbathandbeyond.com and search for “Olivia & Oliver.”

Go understated, rustic for Easter, Passover

You don’t need to go crazy with pastels when creating your Easter tablescape this weekend or for Passover in late April. According to the interior design website Decor Aid (decoraid.com), keep your table simple and rustic with understated decor. Below are some ideas:

■Put fresh spring flowers in simple vessels with subtly dyed (or even natural) eggs and unfussy place settings.

■A single daisy bloom tied with twine around a cloth napkin makes for a simple, classy place setting.

■Top an elegant cake stand with a “nest” of dried grass and an assortment of eggs.

■Alternate matching bowls of daffodils and natural-colored eggs. Skip the tablecloth for a muted touch of elegance.

■Mix pink tulips with freshly cut budding branches in a large clear jar.

Crate and Barrel

introduces paint line

Crate and Barrel, the retailer known for its sleek lines and modern take on warm but contemporary furniture, is giving its own paint line a roll. On Tuesday, the retailer will launch Color by Crate and Barrel, an exclusive collection of 35 interior paints created in collaboration with Colorhouse. The collection, which will be available in stores and online, “is inspired by the purity of color in an artist’s palette,” says the retailer in a press release. Paints will be available in three finishes: flat, eggshell or semi-gloss. Prices are $6.95 for 8 ounces, $25.95 for a quart, and $46.95 for a gallon.