Welcome Mat: Win behind-the-scenes Motawi tour

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

Jonathan Adler, Fisher-Price pair up on baby collection

Beloved designer Jonathan Adler, known for his fun, whimsical design aesthetic, has branched into baby furniture. Adler has teamed up with Fisher-Price on the Jonathan Adler Crafted by Fisher-Price Baby Furniture Collection, available locally at Buy Buy Baby. Available in two finishes — white and gray — the collection includes a Deluxe Convertible Crib, 6-Drawer Double Dresser and 6-Drawer Chest. All three pieces feature a fun, geometric honeycomb-shaped embellishment. The collection also includes a Deluxe Baby Bouncer, High Chair and more. And for parents looking for a crib that will grow with their child, the crib ($900) can be converted into a toddler bed, day bed and full-sized bed. For information, go to

Jonathan Adler’s baby furniture collection for Fisher Price features a fun honeycomb detail.

Win a behind-the-scenes Motawi tour

Homestyle, the Novi Home & Garden Show and Motawi Tileworks are teaming up on a very cool contest for Detroit News Insider, a program for Detroit News subscribers. One reader and friends (up to 20 people total) will receive a private tour of Motawi Tileworks Design Studio in Ann Arbor and the opportunity to design their own Motawi tile. The Behind the Kiln Tour at Motawi Tileworks is an hour to hour-and-a-half walking tour of the studio. Afterward, participants will carve their own tile, which Motawi Tile will then fire and glaze. Tiles will be shipped to the winner for distribution approximately four (4) weeks after visit to studio. To enter, you must be a Detroit News insider and at least 18 years of age. Go to for details. For information on Insider, go to

Berkley store offers authentic Irish goods

Friday marks a holiday close to my own heart: St. Patrick’s Day. If you’d love to incorporate your Irish heritage into your decor, Berkley’s Twisted Shamrock offers a fun variety of everything from shamrock stepping tones and planters to clothing, lamps and wall decor. Its Celtic napkin rings are made of metal and come in a set of four ($20.95). The Twisted Shamrock, 3074 12 Mile, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. Call (248) 544-4170.

The Twisted Shamrock in Berkley offers a variety of Irish clothing and housewares.

Check out backyard and pool ideas at Novi show

If you’re dreaming of bright summer days around the pool or in the backyard, check out the 22nd annual Novi Backyard, Pool and Spa show, March 24-26, at the Suburban Collection Showplace. Roughly 45 exhibitors will be there, featuring everything from landscaping ideas to pools, spas and hot tubs. There also will be products and ideas for fencing, awnings, outdoor kitchens and living spaces, water features, brick paving, decorative concrete, patio furniture and accessories. Pictured is a covered pavilion with a stone veneer created by one of this year’s exhibitors, Ventures Design of Wixom. Admission is $8 for adults. The show runs from 3-9 p.m. March 24; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. March 25 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 26. For more information, go to or call (734) 398-9700.

Free daffodils at English Gardens

Ready, set, spring! Monday is the first day of spring, and to mark the occasion English Gardens is giving away free daffodils. The giveaway starts at 9 a.m. at the retailer’s stores in Clinton Township, Dearborn Heights, Royal Oak and West Bloomfield and 10 a.m. in Eastpointe and Ann Arbor. “Everyone is very ready for spring and the warm and beautiful things that come with it. We want to kick off the beautiful things by sharing the gift of flowers with our customers,” said John Darrin, the retailer’s president. Flowers will be given away while supplies.

English Gardens is giving away free daffodils on Monday.