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Welcome Mat: Home news, events around Metro Detroit

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
Art Van Furniture’s new spring catalog hits stores Saturday.

Art Van celebrates new catalog with furniture giveaway

Warren-based Art Van Furniture is celebrating the arrival of its Spring Style catalog on Saturday with a frenzied giveaway. At noon Saturday, Art Van will draw the name of one winner at each of its stores to win a free piece of furniture with a maximum value of $1,000 for its Free Furniture Frenzy. The giveaway – which will be done at all 56 of Art Van’s stores in the Midwest; customers must be present to win – coincides with the release of Art Van’s new 79-page catalog, which features a mix of the retailer’s collections including Modern, Urban and Art’s Backyard. The catalog will be available at its Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio locations while supplies last; it’ll also be mailed to more than 500,000 households across the Midwest. Go to

British designer and couture botanical artist Joseph Massie will visit the Detroit Institute of Arts on April 28th for the 17th annual Elizabeth Sites Kuhlman Lecture.

Botanical artist visits DIA for talk, demonstration

Joseph Massie may only be 27, but he’s already an acclaimed floral designer. The British designer, described as a couture botanical artist, has won five Royal Horticultural Society awards for his work and other accolades. Now Massie is coming to Detroit. Massie will give a talk and demonstration called “A Collaboration of Fashion, Art and Flowers” at the Detroit Institute of Arts on April 28 for the 17th annual Elizabeth Sites Kuhlman Lecture. The lecture, which starts at 10:30 a.m., is sponsored by DIA’s Friends of Art & Flowers; tickets are $30 for the lecture only and $60 for the lecture and lunch. Call (313) 833-4005 or go to Seating is limited.

The Gwendolyn Tete-A-Tete is one of Corey Damen Jenkins’ new 15-piece collection for Leathercraft.

Local designer introduces leather collection this weekend

It’s a big weekend for Birmingham interior designer Corey Damen Jenkins. On Saturday, Jenkins will officially introduce his new collection of leather furniture with Leathercraft at a launch party at their showroom at the High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina. “We’re in the final stretch!” writes Jenkins in an email. “The 4,000-square-foot showroom is being completely remodeled to coincide with my new vision, and the 15-piece furniture collection is looking so good!” Pictured is the Gwendolyn Tete-A-Tete, a uniquely shaped white leather sofa. Jenkins also will be featured in May’s “Traditional Home” magazine for a home he decorated in Bloomfield Hills.

Local florist launches Flower Truck

Her business is called pot & box, but Hamtramck floral designer Lisa Waud has a tendency to think outside the box – way outside the box. Last fall, Waud, a Petoskey native, wowed visitors from across the globe with her ambitious plan to transform an abandoned house in Detroit with flowers called Flower House Detroit. Now, Waud is putting her own unique spin on delivery trucks. Later this month, she introduces her own Flower Truck, an old ice cream truck that’s been converted into a mobile flower delivery truck thanks to a $10,000 grant from NEIdeas. “We’ll have a regular schedule so people can find us,” says Waud, who bought the truck off Craig’s List. Waud says she and her team will follow a regular route with three regular stops to start, and more stops likely to come: 4-7 p.m. Wednesday on Canfield near Shinola and City Bird; 3-6 p.m. Thursday at Astro Coffee in Corktown; and 4-6 p.m. Friday at Red Hook in Detroit’s West Village. Waud also is launching a flower subscription service, called “I’m On It,” that will deliver flowers four times a year. Go to

Flexsteel has introduced a new recliner that pivots, reclines and is cordless.

Flexsteel introduces cordless recliner

Imagine a recliner that does a lot more than recline. Late last year, Flexsteel introduced a recliner that swivels, glides, and best of all – it’s cordless. The small-scale power recliner is available at Be Seated Leather Furniture, 3350 Rochester Road in Rochester, and from now through April 24, it’s marked down 50 percent. Prices start at $997. It comes in two colors: brown and burgundy. Call (248) 852-7328 or visit