Gardner-White offers family portraits for $5

Gardner-White Furniture is celebrating the re-launch of its Taylor store after $500,000 in renovations with a fun family portrait opportunity on Sunday. Donate $5 and Gardner-White will have a professional photographer on site from 1-3 p.m. taking family portraits. All donations will go to two charities: Pontiac-based Humble Design or Enchanted Makeovers of Taylor. Photos will be given digitally and emailed in the weeks following to one email address per household. The event is first-come first-served; no registration is necessary. The 40,000-square-foot store at 7680 Telegraph has been updated both inside and out with new lighting, remodeled bathrooms and new signage.

Valspar introduces Milk Glass

spray paint

Milk glass is a type of opaque white or colored glass that was first made in Venice in the 16th century. And while you can find milk glass vases and jars at nearly any antique store, Valspar has introduced a new line of spray paint for DIY-ers who want to create their own. Valspar’s Milk Glass spray paint can be used on metal, glass or wood and comes in four pastel hues: white, pink, celery green and Trousseau blue. It costs $7.98 a can. It’s available at Lowe’s stores for a limited time only.

Tau Beta’s Spring Market opens today

Twenty specialty vendors from across the country will sell their wares at this weekend’s 13th annual Tau Beta Spring Market at the Grosse Pointe Club to benefit the Children’s Center in Detroit. Wilson & Weir-home decor is a returning vendor that sells a mix of home and personal accents, including bar and serve ware, lamps, pillows and gifts. There also will be jewelry, clothing and unique gifts. Spring Market opens at 9:30 a.m. today and runs through 7 p.m. It continues from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Lunch (cash only) also is available in the Spring Market cafe during shopping hours. Admission is $5 per person.

Dedicate a tree with a special Tree Charm

Earth Day is today and if there’s a tree that holds special meaning to you or that you’d like to dedicate to someone special, a Bloomfield Hills company has a product that’s just the charm. Big Hugs LLC has introduced Tree Charms, specially engraved markers in a variety of designs and shapes. Tree Charms, which are available in brushed copper or brushed nickel, mount to the tree using a patented cable locking system and they’re manufactured using a UV-stable acrylic material designed for tough outdoor conditions. “Tree dedications are a popular and enduring way to honor the memory of a beloved person or pet, to commemorate special events, and to mark milestones,” says Katie Kiyo, owner of the Big Hug. Prices range from $44.95 -$54.95. Go to or call (248) 594-1560.

Meadow Brook Garden Club

hosts peonies expert

If peonies are your passion, check out today’s presentation by the Meadow Brook Garden Club. The garden club will host David C. Michener, associate curator at the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. The talk begins at 9:15 with coffee and refreshments and Michener, who is writing a book about peonies, will speak at 10. There is a $5 nonmember donation. Reservations are not required. For information, call (248) 364-6210 or visit Meadow Brook Hall & Gardens are at 480 S. Adams in Rochester.

Dish & Design

returns on May 11

It’s baaackkk. Homestyle’s popular Dish & Design – a series of talks for our readers that combines great food and design tips – returns at 5 p.m. May 11 to EuroAmerica Design in Troy. Sponsored by EuroAmerica, a contemporary kitchen and bath showroom, and Scott Shuptrine Interiors, the theme of our first talk is “Designing with Color” – just like today’s cover story. Appetizers will provided by Bravo! and Brio. To enter to win a set of free tickets or purchase tickets for $10 each, go to Only 10 sets of free tickets will be given out.

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