Welcome Mat: Art in the Village a summer tradition

Jeanine Matlow
Special to The Detroit News

Zenergy Ball Chair can help with those long days at a desk

Though the kids may be heading back to school, grown-ups don’t always get a break from their routine and sitting at a desk all day can take its toll on the body. The Zenergy Ball Chair offers a unique solution. Available at All Star Interiors in Southfield, the anti-burst 17 1/2 inch exercise ball, covered in mesh, features a fully-inflated seat height that reaches to 23 inches, but will lower when occupied. For some, it may help support better posture and balance. Priced at $219, assembly is required and a pump is included. The vinyl seat is easy to clean and comes in different colors. 29111 Telegraph Road, 248-357-2020.

Zenergy Ball Chair

La-Z-Boy offers iClean to keep stains off of fabrics

Now your furniture can be protected from everyday spills with iClean, a new stain-repelling fabric from La-Z-Boy that repels spills before they become stains. “No longer do parents need to postpone owning that beautiful sofa until kids grow or move out,” said Paula Hoyas, vice president merchandising, in a press release. For most liquid spills, the fabric can be cleaned by simply blotting the spill with a paper towel. Available in 45 base cloths and 18 correlates, the fabrics, available on most La-Z-Boy frames, include a three-year limited warranty. For more information, see the video at la-z-boy.com/iclean.

Use iClean to prevent stains.

Franklin’s Art in

the Village

a summer tradition

An integral part of the Franklin Village Labor Day festivities, Art in the Village, Franklin’s fine art fair, will celebrate its 36th year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Admission is free and featured works by more than 80 artists will include glass, pottery, fiber, furniture, jewelry, photography, painting, watercolor, wood, sculpture and metal. There will also be a parade at noon, musical performances, family fun and more. In addition, the holiday weekend marks the beginning of the fall season for the historic Franklin Cider Mill. The events take place on Franklin Road between 13 and 14 Mile. For information, go to franklinartinthevillage.com.

Franklin’s Art in the Village

Final Touch Designs

offer seasonal wreaths

At Final Touch Designs, their new location at 140 East University Drive in Rochester isn’t the only detail worth noting. Known for their floral designs and other fashionable home accents, their current selection includes seasonal hand-tied wreaths made from dried materials (starting at $60). Though these pieces often adorn a wall or door, Lorrie Ann Minock, floral designer and owner, gets creative by placing one around a lamp base. “They also make a great fall centerpiece with a hurricane to add a touch of autumn to your home,” she says. For information, call 248-608-8400.


– Jeanine Matlow,

Special to The Detroit News