Welcome Mat: Shopping spree giveaway at Novi Home Show

Jeanine Matlow
Special to The Detroit News

Meadow Brook Garden Club offers Nature’s Getaways Jan. 26

Join the Meadow Brook Garden Club for Nature’s Getaways on Jan. 26 at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester where coffee and refreshments will be served beginning at 9:15 a.m. followed by the program at 10 a.m. Featured guest speaker Ron Rademacher, a traveler and explorer in search of natural wonders and historic sites and the author of the Michigan Back Roads books, will discuss little-known nature areas and trails for garden lovers as well as local attractions. Reservations are not required, but there is a $5 fee for non-members. The address is 350 Estate Drive. For information, go to

Tips to keep your pipes from freezing this winter

Frigid temps can lead to frozen pipes. The Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness estimates that a quarter-million homes are damaged each winter because of frozen water pipes. Even a small crack can release 250 gallons per day, enough to destroy floors, furniture and other household items. Plymouth Department of Municipal Services Director Chris Porman says prevention is key. “Homeowners should check insulation around pipes, especially those on exterior walls, before the weather gets cold,” he said in a press release. “Properly insulated plumbing is much less likely to freeze.” The American Red Cross also provides useful tips like advising homeowners to open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to help circulate warmer air around pipes, and to keep the thermostat set to the same temperature at night as you do during the day. For information, go to

Stop your pipes from freezing.

MDC and ASID team up for shopping spree giveaway at Novi Home Show

The Novi Home Show, the Michigan Design Center (MDC) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) – Michigan Chapter are offering a $1,500 shopping spree at the Michigan Design Center in Troy to one lucky winner. In addition to the shopping spree, the winner will receive a free in-home consultation with a member of the ASID Michigan Chapter as well as a guided tour of MDC. The winner will be chosen at random from the entries collected at the Novi Home Show, which runs from Jan. 26-Jan. 28 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River in Novi. For information, go to


Add greens to your winter white

If you’re looking to add a fresh element to your environment, you may want to consider making green plants part of your healthy lifestyle. According to the experts at Blumz, with locations in Ferndale, Detroit and Holly, they help purify the air, reduce sound pollution in the home and they can help deter illness too. Succulents are another popular option, known for their unique appearance and low maintenance. Originating from dry, desert locations, there are about 60 different plant families containing succulents, which are generally pest resistant. Just add a cute container to the equation and you’re good to go. For information, go to

Add succulents to your home decor.

Garage doors don’t have to be plain Janes

Let your garage door make a statement with one of three new wood grain options from Haas Door that replicate the appearance of wood without the maintenance hassles. The new stucco embossed English Oak, Mahogany and Ash wood grains are available in bi-directional patterns on durable steel garage doors. “These three new bi-directional wood grain color options provide a vertical wood grain pattern on the panel and stile, with a horizontal pattern on the rails,” said Jeffrey Nofziger, president of Haas Door, in a press release. “This offers the genuine look of a real wood door, but with the strength of steel. Plus, we’ve added a strong 10-year warranty to the doors to assure homeowners of their durability.” The new wood grains are built with 26-gauge galvanized steel and the pre-painted wood grain finish is baked on to ensure a strong, long-lasting door. For information, go to