Welcome Mat: Spring brings ceramics sales

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

By Maureen Feighan

The Detroit News

Spring brings two pottery sales

Get ready for deals, pottery lovers. Two spring ceramics sales are approaching that will offer handmade pieces, some at discounted prices. The Village Potters Guild of Plymouth will hold its annual spring sale from 5-8 p.m. May 4 and from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 5-6. Garden art will be sold, along with tableware, tiles, jewelry and a wide range of decorative and framed pieces. The studio is at 326 N. Main St. in Plymouth. Visit villagepottersguild.org or call (734) 207-8807. Motawi Tileworks in Ann Arbor, meanwhile, will host its Spring Mega Sale from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 6. There will be discounts on seconds and overrun tiles. And for the first time, there will be a free — yes, free! — make-a-tile workshop. Also new this year is an evening preview sale on May 5 to benefit the Ann Arbor Art Center. There also will be pressing and glazing demos. Motawi is at 170 Enterprise Drive. Call (734) 231-0017 or visit motawi.com.

Motawi Tileworks’ Spring Mega Sale is May 6.

Meadow Brook Hall begins restoration effort on Arbor Day

Arbor Day is Friday, and Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester is using this tree-loving day to launch a woodlands restoration program near its entrance. Organized to improve a significant area of the estate adjacent to the entrance drive, volunteers on Friday will plant 11 trees, clear unwanted invasive plants and groom the footpaths in the woodlands at Meadow Brook Hall, said organizer Nicole Thomas in an email. ReLeaf Michigan, a statewide volunteer nonprofit whose mission is to educate the public on the value of trees and how to properly select, plant and maintain them, is helping with the restoration effort and also will match funds to buy trees. Volunteers are asked to bring their own tools such as loppers, pruners, shovels and rakes. To learn more about how to help, email thomas23@oakland.edu or call (248) 364-6209 to volunteer or for details.

Art Van spring catalog debuts Detroit Sofa line

Art Van Furniture officially debuted its new line of sofas in its spring catalog (pictured) this month, calling it “a brand new kind of luxury ride.” The Detroit Sofa Company, which quietly first hit the showroom floor of its flagship store in Warren late last fall, is Art Van’s line of six collections of sofas and sectionals, all made in the USA and named after well-known streets such as Woodward, Lafayette and Davison. Sofas can be custom upholstered at no additional charge from 28 body fabrics and 34 accent fabrics. Art Van calls the collection is inspired by “Motor City muscle.” Prices start at $1,099. Go to artvan.com.

Grandmont Rosedale hosts open house

As Detroit’s rebirth continues to surge through downtown, established neighborhoods such as Grandmont Rosedale also are feeling the love these days. Home values are rising and neighborhood leaders say homes are now often selling within two weeks of hitting the market. To show off what its available to potential buyers, Grandmont Rosedale will hold its 12th annual Neighborhood Open House from 1-5 p.m. May 7 to potential buyers. Visitors will get a chance to peek inside listed homes in a range of architectural styles and at various price points. There also will be information on financing options, insurance resources and tax abatement. Visitors must register at the North Rosedale Park Community House, 18445 Scarsdale, to get a list of available homes. Bus tours also will run through the afternoon, which will be narrated by local residents. Grandmont Rosedale consists of five neighborhoods. Go to grandmontrosedale.com or call (313) 387-4732 ext. 105.

Potential buyers visits a home on Grandmont Rosedale’s Neighborhood Open House.

Kohler launches online design service

Come spring, most homeowners are ready to tackle a big renovation project. If redoing a bathroom is on your list, Kohler now offers an online design service to help make your reno a little easier. The service, which costs $399 and was launched late last year, pairs you up with a Kohler designer. During the three-step process, customers start with a design consultation, sharing photos, measurements and inspiration. The designer then sends designs based on the customer’s input along with a 3D image of the reimagined space. During the final step, customers are sent a personalized shopping list and a sample box (customers are eligible for a 5 percent rebate on Kohler products). To learn more, email services@kohler.com.

Kohler now offers an online design service for remodeling projects.