Welcome Mat: Artisan Market opens Sunday in Ann Arbor

Jeanine Matlow
Special to The Detroit News

Get into the swing of spring with Novi

Home & Garden Show

The Novi Home & Garden Show will be held March 31 to April 2 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. Hours are 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Exhibitors include siding professionals, landscapers, builders, kitchen and bathroom remodelers, waterproofing experts, countertop installers, basement refinishers and more. Adult admission (13 and over) $10; seniors (55 and over) $9; and children 12 and under are free. There will be a special “$5 after 5” admission Friday and Saturday. Parking is not included in ticket price. For information, go to

Jeanine Matlow

Maison Birmingham design firm sets up shop

Maison Birmingham, a luxury design-build firm specializing in kitchens and bathrooms, is open for business. The 2,500-square-foot showroom at 1020 S. Old Woodward provides a collaborative gallery-like workspace for clients, designers, builders and architects with a wide range of finish samples including cabinetry, tile, flooring, paint and stone. Owner Lauren Tolles, a classically trained architect with a passion for design, says through a press release, “We are passionate about finding innovative ways for clients to utilize space most efficiently and incorporate enough free or open areas to allow the room to breathe.” The showroom is the only one in the country to sell the luxury Danish cabinetry line Boform. All other cabinetry is sourced from U.S. or Canadian manufacturers. For information, go to

New design-build firm Maison Birmingham open.

Set the table with

colors of the season

Winter may have made a recent return, but you don’t have to focus on the forecast. Turn your attention to your interiors instead where achieving a warmer feel can be as simple as setting a spring-themed table. Bed Bath & Beyond offers plenty of inspiration to get you started with an array of classic pieces to complement any color palette, such as the Gourmet Settings Windermere Matte 20 Piece Flatware Place Setting ($39.99) shown here. For information, go to

Spring table settings.

Artisan Market in

Ann Arbor opens Sunday

Sunday marks the opening of the 2017 season for the Sunday Artisan Market in Ann Arbor, where more than 40 local artisans will offer handmade wares. Situated in the heart of the historic Kerrytown district, the market is held each Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at 315 Detroit St., under the market pavilion, near popular shops and restaurants. The season will continue on Sundays through Dec. 17. There is no admission fee and parking is free. For information, including the scheduled demo days when artists share their techniques, go to

Wood-carving demonstration

Tendo Mokko

designs featured

in lecture

The Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit will present a lecture about the furniture design of Tendo Mokko from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Lawrence Tech University Lear Auditorium, Room T-429, 21000 W. 10 Mile in Southfield. “Japan, which is about 66 percent covered by forests, is home to a long tradition of woodworking,” says lecturer Tomoya Kato of Tendo Mokko through a press release. “I’m excited to talk about our company’s history and craftsmanship, including our latest plywood-manufacturing technology, which makes it possible to produce our high quality ‘long-life-design’ furniture. I am also looking forward to meeting with the people of Detroit, a cool city with rich cultural traditions, and hope to get inspiration from them in order to further enhance our brand.” Tendo Mokko was established in 1940 in Tendo, a woodworking town known for the Japanese chess pieces it produced. The company was also one of the first in Japan to use formed plywood to mass produce good-quality furniture. Now it has expanded to collaborate with top Japanese architects and designers to create complicated curved lines not possible with natural wood. For information, go to or