Welcome Mat: ‘Design 2 Ways’ returns to MDC

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

Brass corkscrew embodies

Shinola’s ‘ethos’

Shinola has teamed up with tattoo artist Scott Campbell on a special brass wine corkscrew designed to embody the company’s ethos. Campbell also is the creator of Saved wines, which is named after his New York tattoo studio. Campbell’s new T-shaped corkscrew is carved with patterns that “manifest inspired ideas and the focus and determination to act upon them,” according to a press release. The corkscrew costs $125 and will be available in November at all 17 Shinola stores, including Detroit, and online at shinola.com.

Win Nicole Curtis’s

‘Better than New’ memoir

“Rehab Addict” Nicole Curtis doesn’t hold back in her new memoir “Better Than New: Lessons I’ve Learned From Saving Old Homes (and How They Saved Me)” (Artisan Books, $27.95), which hit bookstores Tuesday and tells the stories behind the homes she’s renovated. She shares details about tumultuous relationships, her baby son Harper and how and why she returned to Detroit. If you’re a big “Rehab Addict” fan, send me an email at mfeighan@detroitnews.com and one lucky reader will win her book. The Lake Orion native also will be stopping by three Michigan bookstores as part of a fall book tour. She’ll visit Barnes and Noble, 2800 S. Rochester Road in Rochester Hills, at 7 p.m. Tuesday; Schuler Books, 2660 28th Street SE in Grand Rapids, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; and Books-A-Million, 31150 Southfield Road in Beverly Hills, at 7 p.m. Nov. 18. See nicolecurtis.com for more details.

Better Than New

Actress adds bath

products to collection

Actress Eva Longoria has expanded her home collection with JCPenney to include bath products. The Eva Longoria Home Collection was first introduced last year and now includes bedding, towels and curtains, all in muted colors and many with feminine patterns. “I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world and see the most amazing design inspirations,” writes Longoria on JCPenney’s website. “I’m excited to bring the inspirations to life in these colorful prints, patterns and textures.” Prices range from $10-30 for towels to $320 for a comforter set. Go to jcpenney.com and search for “Eva Longoria.”

Eva Longoria and JCPenney celebrated the launch of new bath and bedding designs to her JCPenney collection this week.

‘Design 2 Ways’ returns to MDC

Mark your calendars: “Design 2 Ways” returns to the Michigan Design Center on Nov. 4. Ten local interior designers will go head-to-head in five showrooms using three of the same, or similar, furnishings, such as a lamp, desk or rug. It’s a very fun way to see how the same objects can be used in different ways and with very different results. “Design 2 Ways was created to showcase quality furnishings and demonstrate their value as investment pieces,” says Susan Todebush, the design center’s general manager and executive vice president, in a press release. “Design 2 Ways” runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., but there will be a program that starts at 10 a.m. in the Mid-America Room where designers will explain each vignette. Tickets for the presentation are $10; proceeds go to the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center’s ArtAccess programs. Tickets are not required to see the vignettes. Go to michigandesign.com/news-events for more details. The design center is at 1700 Stutz Drive in Troy. Call (248) 649-4772.

“Design 2 Ways” returns Nov. 4 to the Michigan Design Center.

Gorman’s now offers Rachael Ray home line

Rachael Ray already has her own talk show, cookware line and dog food brand so it’s no surprise the celebrity author has ventured into furniture next. The Rachael Ray Home Collection is now available exclusively at all five Gorman’s Home Furnishings and Interior Design locations. The collection, created in partnership with Legacy Classic Furniture and custom order upholstery company Craftsmaster, has three different styles: SoHo, Upstate and Highline. SoHo is all about simple silhouettes with a touch of retro. Upstate, inspired by Ray’s life in upstate New York, is more Americana-styled and Highline (pictured) has a more modern look reflective of New York. Prices start at $249 and go up to $2,299.

Gorman's Home Furnishings now offers the new Rachael Ray Home Collection.