Welcome Mat: Preservation network hosts block build

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

Historic preservation network hosts block build in Detroit

You’ve heard of Habitat for Humanity’s mission to restore houses for families in need, but how about volunteering to help historic homes? The Michigan Historic Preservation Network is holding its first Jefferson-Chalmers Block Build on Saturday. With the help of about 50 volunteers, they’ll work on projects at five historic homes, working on tasks such as window re-glazing and caulking, exterior painting and prep, tuckpointing and landscaping. Jennifer Reinhardt says the network chose the historic Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood because they already have a house on the 800 block there, purchased from the Detroit Land Bank, and they’ve already done a lot of work there. She said most of the homes were built in the 1920s and 1930s. “These houses are beautiful and they’re intact,” says Reinhardt. The Michigan Historic Preservation Network wants to keep them that way. Most of the volunteer slots are filled, but Reinhardt says they are still looking for people to help with setup and other tasks. Email reinhardt@mhpn.org.

Green Daffodil doubles in size

Ferndale’s Green Daffodil, an adorable studio on Livernois that makes soy candles, lotions and and other home products, has a fitting name for the big bash it is throwing this weekend: the At Long Last Celebration! After 10 years in business, Green Daffodil owners Siouxsan Miller and Anne Simonetti have expanded their retail business, taking over a vacant space next door and expanding their space from 700 square feet to about 1,800. They’ll celebrate from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, in-store deals and refreshments. “This expansion provides not only more space for shoppers to explore, but the ability to produce more of (our) handmade goodies,” said Miller in a news release. Green Daffodil is at 624 Livernois.

Ypsilanti Home Tour is Sunday

The 39th annual Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation’s Home Tour kicks off at noon Sunday and will feature four historic homes and two commercial spaces. The homes include two Queen Annes, an Italianate and a Gable Front cottage built circa 1865. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s tour, which runs until 5 p.m., will support a campaign to get a historical marker for the city’s historic South Adams neighborhood. Tickets are $15 and available at several local businesses, including Materials Unlimited and Salt City Antiques or go to http://www.yhf.org/home-tour-tickets/. Email Ypsilanti-Heritage@gmail.com for information.

Birmingham store overs personalized pillows of pooch

Who doesn’t love a good dog throw pillow? Even better is a pillow with your very own pooch’s mug on it. Cristions Fine Linen & Down in Birmingham now sells silk-screened decorative pillows that can be personalized with an image of your dog, cat, horse, even your grandchild. Available for $135 each, the 18-by-18-inch pillows are available in a medium brown color with a linen cover and come with a feather insert. Cristions’ Steve Coval says customers don’t even have to come into the store; they can call and then email an image of their beloved pet. Turnaround time is two to three weeks. For information, call (248) 723-3337.

One week, three garden walks

Elmer Grimm’s yard is one of six yards on this year’s Friends for the Development of Greenmead garden walk in Livonia.

Ready, set, walk! There are three garden walks in communities across Metro Detroit this week. The Friends for the Development of Greenmead are hosting Livonia’s 27th Annual Garden Walk from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 on Saturday or $9 in advance (available at Greenmead Historical Park, 20501 Newburgh Road). Five homes – including the yard of Elmer Grimm, pictured – and the Greenmead grounds are on this year’s tour. The 2016 Southfield Garden Walk, meanwhile, is from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, featuring 17 yards in the Farmbrooke and Stonycroft neighborhoods. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 356-2281. The 21st Annual Trailwood Garden Walk in Plymouth and Canton, meanwhile, is from 12-8 p.m., rain or shine, Tuesday. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 on Tuesday. Call (734) 455-6867 or visit trailwoodgardenclub.com.