Welcome Mat: PBS home show adds second Detroit project

Maureen Feighan


Furniture, art show showcases local designers

Detroit furniture designer Alan Kaniarz of AK Services Fine Woodworking wasn’t totally sure what he was getting into when he purchased two commercial properties, one of which was a recording studio where Patsy Cline once recorded, three years ago from a Wayne County auction. Nevertheless, Kaniarz, who also is licensed builder, plowed ahead – and it’s a good thing he did. His 1,600-square-foot recording studio and an 800-square-foot Arts & Craft-style garage apartment on East Grand Boulevard have been completely redone as separate living spaces and both are now open to the public until early January as part of a unique art and furniture show called Haute Domain. Organized in collaboration with NEXT: Space and Detroit’s Galerie Camile, it will showcase the two living spaces (they’ve both been rezoned as residential) as well as the work of local furniture designers and artists. “When you’re able to put it (art and furniture) in context in someone’s home, it personalizes it,” says Melannie Chard, Galerie Camile’s director. Haute Domain features the work of artists Robert Mirek, Adnan Charara, Paula Schubatis and Julian del Compo among others. Pictured is one of Kaniarz’s chairs. It is open from 12-5 p.m. on Saturdays and by appointment. Call (313) 974-6737. When the show is over, Kaniarz will rent out both spaces to tenants. For that, call (248) 515-8815.


Haute Domain is a furniture and art show inside a former record studio and garage on East Grand Boulevard.


Salt Labs visits West Elm with Michigan goodies

Salt Labs LLC is a Detroit area design studio that began in 2007 based on owner Robbi Lindeman’s collection of vintage prints and maps. Today, Lingeman makes everything from Michigan-based oven mitts (featured earlier this month in Homestyle) to tea towels and pillows. Lingeman will be selling her wares Saturday at West Elm in downtown Birmingham as part of the retailer’s Holiday Maker Mart, which features a different artist every Saturday in December. Lingeman says she’s running low on her popular Mitt-chigan oven mitt but she’ll have other fun goodies. West Elm, 215 W. Maple, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; Lingeman’s pop-up shop will be in place by noon, she says. Call (248) 593-8200 for details.


A tea towel inspired by a vintage map.


Makers, food and more take over Mitten Market

More than 70 local makers will take over Royal Oak’s Farmers Market on Saturday evening for a special night of shopping, food and entertainment as part of the Mitten Market, a pop-up shop. Presented by the Detroit Mercantile Co. and Real Detroit Events, the Mitten Market will include art, design, gifts, vintage items and more. One of this year’s vendors is Corbe Ceramics. Corbe is a Detroit-based ceramic studio run by life and work partners Ryan and Kaitlyn Lawless, who specialize in creating lovely, handcrafted porcelain wares in a mid-century style. Pictured is their five-piece Charlevoix Wine Set ($140) – inspired by the mid-century lake houses around its shores – made from high-fired vitrified porcelain. Corbe also makes adorable plates shaped like each state. The Mitten Market runs from 6-11 p.m.


Corbe Ceramics’ Charlevoix Wine Set.


‘This Old House’ will follow restoration of two Detroit homes

PBS’s “This Old House” will feature not one, but two, Detroit projects in its current season and episodes will start airing this spring, the show announced last week. The second project will follow the restoration of a 1930s home in Detroit’s Crary-St. Mary’s section of the greater Grandmont Rosedale area through the city’s Rehabbed and Ready program. “Detroit has so many great stories to tell,” said senior producer John Tomlin. “There’s real innovation happening, and we’re hoping these episodes will help shine a light on the city’s efforts to restore and reclaim more of their community’s homes.” Working with a team of Detroit contractors, “This Old House” gutted the house that had been empty for more than 10 years; installed all new plumbing, wiring and mechanicals; added a new kitchen, 2 bathrooms and landscaping. The house will go on the market in early 2017. “This Old House” also will follow the restoration of a 1939 home in the city’s Russell Woods neighborhood by a retired Detroit firefighter and his wife.



An abandoned home in Detroit’s Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood is one of two local homes that will be brought back to life on this season of PBS’s “This Old House.”