Welcome Mat: Celebrate the Year of the Rooster

Jeanine Matlow, Special to The Detroit News

Give someone

your heart with

Valentine Mug

Some designs are so iconic they don’t have to be limited to holiday decor. This is surely the case for classic hearts that are being featured on more home accents than ever before. Show someone your love next month with this Valentine Mug from Crate and Barrel designed by Aaron Probyn. The recipient will be smitten with the oversize hearts that also appear on other items in the collection, such as dishes. Coffee mug priced at $5.95. For information, call (248) 643-6610 or go to

Valentine Heart Mug

Lamps add warmth, light in the

dark winter

During the winter season, darkness may arrive earlier in the evening, but it can also put a damper on the daily routine for early risers. That’s where a spare lamp can really brighten your day. Look for fashionable varieties like this silver mercury glass table lamp from At Home that adds a little bling to your room even when it’s not in use. Perfect for reading at night or getting dressed in the morning, the lamp retails for $29.99 (shade sold separately). For information, call (248) 639-4277 or go to


Celebrate Year of the Rooster with celebration

Looking for a good excuse to host a gathering? Ring in the Year of the Rooster in honor of the Chinese New Year with festive party decor from Party City. Spice up your surroundings with everything from paper lanterns to paper plates. Order Chinese takeout food and don’t forget to include the traditional red envelopes filled with money that are typically given to children, but make great party favors for all guests. New Year’s Eve falls on Friday with New Year’s Day celebrations happening on Saturday. For information, go to

Ring in the Year of the Rooster in honor of the Chinese New Year with festive party decor from Party City.

Grab bars make a bathroom safer for everyone

According to the National Safety Council, nearly 200,000 people are injured in the bathroom each year and Moen is on a mission to lower that number. During January’s National Bath Safety Month, the company wants to educate consumers about bath safety to Make Every Bath a Safe Bath. For starters, Moen recommends installing grab bars near the toilet, along the showerhead wall and on the back wall of the tub/shower. “Using a traditional towel bar, shower door handle or tub spout to get in and out of the bath isn’t meant to withstand a person’s weight, which makes grab bars essential for all ages,” said Chris Nealon, wholesale product manager for Moen in a press release. “Moen makes safety stylish with a wide array of beautiful bath safety products, some even incorporate essential accessories, such as paper holders, towel bars and shelves to blend seamlessly into any décor.” Darker finishes, such as oil-rubbed bronze, against a lighter wall makes them easier to spot and a shower seat can prevent slips while shaving your legs. Their safety products include SecureMount Grab Bars, Accessories with Grab Bars and a Fold-Down Shower Seat. For information, go to


Dr. Lori making a house call at Novi Home Show

Among the highlights at the Novi Home Show held at the Suburban Collection Showplace Friday through Sunday, Dr. Lori, the internationally known celebrity antiques appraiser on the History channel’s hit TV show “The Curse of Oak Island” will share tips on antiquing, how to spot a bargain, and appraise audience collectables on the Inspiration Stage. While the first appraisal is free, additional appraisals are $25 each. For more information about the show and to check seminar times, go to


Dr. Lori