Oddfellows Antiques sale runs through Sunday

Catch the tail end of the semi-annual sale at Oddfellows Antiques in Berkley that runs through Sunday. During this time, dealers will offer savings from 15 percent to 50 percent. “People say we are the hidden gem of antique shops because our pricing is so fair and we have a really eclectic mix, from Victorian to mid-century and newer collectibles,” says co-manager Mary Lindsay. It’s open Friday and Saturday from 11-5 and Sunday from 12-5 at 3248 W. 12 Mile, Berkley. For information, call (248) 399-6098.

‘Big Dips’ features entertaining ideas for big games

Whether you’re planning to host a Super Bowl party or you’re simply in the mood to experiment in the kitchen, it’s refreshing to get your hands on some new recipes. Start with the real crowd-pleasers like the appetizers featured in the book “Big Dips” by James Bradford, where you’ll find everything from Pumpkin Pepita Hummus and Cilantro Peanut Pesto to Watermelon Cucumber Salsa. Priced at $14.99, the book is available at Catching Fireflies (with locations in Berkley, Rochester and Ann Arbor). For information, go to

Yellow tones shine through bleak winter days

Treat your interiors to some sunshine at this dreary time of year with a little help from the happy hue of yellow. You don’t have to cover an entire room in the warm shade to catch some rays. All it takes is a single piece of furniture like the Windham 2 Shelf Bookcase from Threshold sold at Target to brighten the view. Available in other colors, the bookcase sells for around $80. For information, go to

Houzz offers 2017 kitchen trends study

According to the 2017 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Survey, a new kitchen means a healthier lifestyle for many. The survey of more than 2,700 U.S. homeowners using Houzz who are in the midst of, are planning or recently completed a kitchen renovation project revealed that a third report a healthier lifestyle post-renovation, which includes cooking more meals at home, eating less takeout and more fruits and vegetables. While this finding is consistent across age groups, millennials are more likely to choose modern or farmhouse styles for their kitchens while boomers prefer traditional. Overall, contemporary has surpassed transitional as the top kitchen style. “Houzz research from the past three years shows that only one in six millennial homeowners and one in twelve older renovators start a kitchen renovation to improve the resale value of their home in preparation for a sale,” says Nino Sitchinava, principal economist at Houzz in a press release. “With the growing trend of homeowners choosing to stay in their home for the long-term, the return on investment from a kitchen remodel is less tangible, measured in healthier habits and more face-time with family and friends instead of dollars.” Download the full U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study at

TV movie inspires a beachy line of home goods

Ever wished your home looked like the sumptuous setting you saw in the movies? Now it can with the help of HSN, which partnered with Lifetime Channel to create a collection of home decor items that will appear in the movie “Beaches,” a remake of a classic from 1988 that premieres Jan. 21. Be a part of the “See Now, Buy Now” trend when you purchase something like the Concierge Collection Reversible Diamond Quilted Down Alternative Comforter ($59.95) from this new movie-inspired collection that includes comforter sets, blankets, mirrors, end tables, umbrellas, lamps, chairs, and more. Go to for details and don’t forget to tune in.

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