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Welcome Mat: DIY a cool new backsplash or accent wall

Jeanine Matlow
Special to The Detroit News

Art Van closing clearance centers, opening outlets

If you saw the recent ads for the Clearance Center Closeout at Art Van, you weren’t seeing things. After more than 30 years, Art Van is liquidating the clearance center in each of its stores and shifting to a different model — an outlet. “The liquidation sale is all this month with the ‘grand opening’ of the outlet next month,” said Art Van spokeswoman Diane Charles in an email. “There are changes aside of the name. I know we wanted a name change so the guest knew it wasn't just ‘damaged’ goods.”

DIY a cool new backsplash or accent wall

Looking for a home improvement project to tackle this winter? You might want to consider timberchic, a reclaimed wood plank, peel-and-stick affordable DIY design solution made from 100 percent river reclaimed logs. Ideal for creating accent walls, the aesthetically pleasing planks can also be applied to ceilings, backsplashes, columns, doors and more. With an innovative design that’s easy to install, timberchic offers a cost effective way to enhance the look of any space. For information, go to

Timberchic is a reclaimed wood plank, peel-and-stick affordable DIY design solution made from 100 percent river reclaimed logs.

Accents pop with color and design that make your home distinctive

Make your home accents stand out from the crowd this time around with a little help from Mark and Graham. A premier destination for colorful, timeless accessories and gifts that can be personalized with a variety of monograms and type treatments like the lacquer trays and stemless wine glasses shown here, Mark and Graham has something for everyone, from luxe leather to travel gear, cold weather essentials, hostess gifts and more. For information, go to

Lacquer trays and stemless wine glasses

Foldable box flexible, practical

This lightweight and durable organization tool is no ordinary crate. Instead, the collapsible CleverCrate by CleverMade was designed to provide total utility and flexibility in transportation and storage. When taking down those holiday decorations, this can be a great way to put everything back where it belongs. You can also declutter your closet, collect kids’ toys, bulk shop or keep the crate in your car for storage. CleverCrate, starting at $15.99, folds down to less than 3 inches when closed. When opened, the space-saving crate locks into position, making it ideal for stacking or on-the-go transport. For information, go to

CleverCrate folds up.

Dress up your entranceway for the wintertime

Curb appeal can be achieved year-round with some tips from RubberMulch. Treat your door to a fresh coat of paint, update your house numbers and lighting fixtures and hang a seasonal wreath on the door. If you have a covered porch or entry area, dress a bench, some Adirondack chairs or other seating with outdoor pillows and a cozy throw. Add some outdoor lanterns and a pair of ice skates, a vintage sled and a basket of logs for a charming vignette. You can also plant evergreens and boxwoods that retain their green during the winter months and add a freshness that’s hard to come by during this chilly time of year. For information, go to

Create an eye-catching entrance.