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Welcome Mat: Feng shui expert at Leon & Lulu


Jeanine Matlow

Special to The Detroit News

Let labels help you

put a lid on organization

If you’re on a mission to get your act together – or at least your home – in 2017, let labels lead the way. While label makers are ideal for files and such, some products require a different solution. That’s where clip-on styles come to the rescue, especially those with a chalkboard surface for more flexibility like the bin clip labels shown here from The Container Store with locations in Novi and Troy. For information, go to

Labeling things helps you to get organized.

Recycle your tree through Jan. 30

Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers Christmas tree recycling now through Jan. 30 at 11 Oakland County Parks where you can follow drop-off signs at their Christmas tree recycling sites. There is no charge to drop off trees and no commercial trees will be accepted. Plastic, tinsel and wire must be removed in advance. For more information and a list of locations, go to Check with your local city or county for drop-off sites as well as curbside pickup options.

Jeanine Matlow

Christmas trees can be recycled locally

Laurie Tennent’s work featured at OU exhibit

“Hiberna Flores,” an Oakland University Art Gallery Exhibit, begins with an opening reception on Jan. 7 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and runs through Feb. 19. The multimedia exhibition curated by Dick Goody features photographer Laurie Tennent and an installation by Lisa Waud, Flower House. “’A rose is a rose is a rose…’ Gertrude Stein’s semiotic-inflected phrase beautifully extrapolates on the fact that a flower is an indivisible aesthetic cul-de-sac, a fundamental adorable form. In winter, this intimates that the next best thing to a living rose is a picture of one,” according to the press release. 208 Wilson Hall, Rochester. The 30-by-45 image shown by Laurie Tennent is polychrome on aluminum. For information, go to or call 248-370-3006.

The 30-by-45 image shown by Laurie Tennent is polychrome on aluminum.

Feng shui expert Dennis Fairchild to be at Leon & Lulu

Feng shui expert Dennis Fairchild will be at Leon & Lulu in Clawson on Jan. 26 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. to discuss What’s Hot in Home Decor in the Chinese Year of the Rooster. Folklore finds the Rooster is associated with dawn and new beginnings; the Fire element with activity, inner warmth. And, he says believe it or not, feathered-accessories really do rule in the rooster year.

Here are a few of his tips:

■Large objects with colors that are related to the Earth element— terra cotta, yellow— bring luck to residents in 2017.

■The head of your bed should be placed against a wall rather than under a window or away from the wall. A bed against a window is thought to result in restless sleep...and roosters are light sleepers as it is.

■To generate love, fidelity, and family harmony in 2017, bedrooms and living rooms should feature warm colors reminiscent of skin tones, such as cream, peach, beige, yellow, coral, tan or cocoa on walls, art, and accessories.

■Painted wood furniture for any room in the house (especially, in the bedroom or kitchen) is IN, and tops the pecking order.

■2017’s Rooster likes all things leather —throw pillows, chairs, sofas, ottomans— in light, creamy tones.

■2017’s Rooster Year crows over natural wood, cork and bamboo flooring (pictured above).

The second floor flex room has stainless steel railings and quality strand bamboo flooring.

Utensil caddy

puts shine in

your New Year

If you’re feeling worn out from all the festivities this holiday season, you might not be the only one. Take a look around the house to see what’s looking ragged or frayed. Perhaps you could use some new towels or maybe your utensil drawer is a mess. Treat yourself to a little something with all those holiday gift cards or Christmas cash you received like an elegant utensil caddy. This mother-of-pearl style from Pier 1 Imports that retails for around $40 is great for entertaining or everyday use. For information, go to