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Welcome Mat: Dish and Design coming March 28

Jeanine Matlow
Special to The Detroit News

Dish and Design coming March 28 with ultimate brunch tips

Join us at EuroAmerica Design in Troy for Homestyle’s Dish & Design and learn how to host the ultimate spring brunch from 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 28. Featured speakers include Two Unique Caterers & Event Planners, who will demonstrate a dessert to add a sweet touch to your event; Blumz by JRDesigns, offering spring flower ideas; Central Kitchen + Bar staff, who will demonstrate a refreshing cocktail to impress your guests, and Central Kitchen executive chef Christina Sanco, who will demonstrate the perfect brunch dish for entertaining. Tickets, $15, include wine and appetizers and go on sale at noon Friday at The last several events have sold out, so don’t delay! The event is at EuroAmerica Design, 1699 Stutz Drive.

Hagopian hosts 29th Student Rug Design Competition

In recognition of aspiring local talent, Hagopian World of Rugs and the College for Creative Studies (CCS) recently held the 29th Student Rug Design Competition at the Hagopian Birmingham showroom. The design criteria, Detroit-50 years later, challenged students to consider the history that helped to shape the city we now know. They were asked to use their youthful perspective to create a rug using color and interpretive design to reflect a vision of the city then, now and in the future. First place went to senior Manal Shovkair for her design inspired by the Heidelberg project (above); second place to senior Nadine Dupont for her design based on communities coming together; third place was awarded to senior Indigo Carr for her design based on the QLine. Two Honorable mentions went to senior Katherine Chmielewski who cited hope and unity as her inspirations. The competition also gives students the chance to compete for scholarships funded by Hagopian ($1,500 first, $1,000 second, $500 third, plus a $1,000 donation to the school annually). In addition, the first-place design is made into a rug and displayed at the annual CCS Student Exhibition that is open to the public in May. For information, go to

First place went to senior Manal Shovkair for her design inspired by the Heidelberg project.

Gardening events at English Gardens

Welcome spring with English Gardens this month through free seminars, a Make It & Take It Workshop, a Kid’s Club activity and Garden Party Weekend. The first free seminar, Top 50 Perennials, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday. At 1 p.m. March 10, the next free seminar featured will be Starting Seeds Indoors. Other highlights include the Make It & Take It Workshop: Plant a Terrarium (Fee: $39.99, Value: $49.99). Advance registration is required and you can sign up in-store or online. There’s also a Garden Party Weekend later in the month packed with informative gardening and decorating seminars. For information, go to

Learn how to start seeds.

Enjoy a Girls’ Night Out at Leon & Lulu

Leon & Lulu in Clawson presents a Girls’ Night Out from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday with tips for a livable home, including those with pets. Co-owner Mary Liz Curtin will offer a fresh take on furniture and décor that acknowledges the furry friends who live among us. Think stain-resistant fabrics, indoor/outdoor furniture and rugs. Special guest Caroline Hipple, above, president of Norwalk Furniture and noted textile expert, will be there to discuss decorating trends and share advice for choosing the perfect upholstery for your home. The event is free and open to the public. For information, go to

Caroline Hipple

Learn how to make your own environmentally safe spring cleaning products

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit presents Spring Cleaning: Non-toxic Products You Can Make from 1:30- 3 p.m. Sunday. Learn how to save money and protect the environment by making your own nontoxic cleaning products with ingredients you may already have on hand. Doing so also cuts down on packaging waste and prevents toxic chemicals from going down the drain and eventually into our waters. This class is included with the $5 price of admission to the Outdoor Adventure Center, 1801 Atwater St.. For information, go to