Welcome Mat: Hunt down a deal at the MDC Sample Sale

Jeanine Matlow
Special to The Detroit News

Welcome spring with colorful vases for your flowers

No matter what the weather delivers beyond your front door, spring is right around the corner according to the calendar. Celebrate the arrival of the season by refreshing your rooms with some of the latest trends, such as color. Start small with accent pieces like these Perry Vases from Crate and Barrel that will wake up any space. Priced from $8.95 to $9.95, they strike a colorful note with or without the benefit of blooms. For information, go to crateandbarrel.com.

Perry Vases

Hunt down a deal at the MDC Sample Sale

Michigan Design Center in Troy will feature deep discounts on designer home furnishings during their annual Sample Sale from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. March 23 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on March 24. Find significant savings on furniture, lighting, fabric, flooring, artwork, rugs and accessories. “There are some real finds in this sale. The showrooms are offering top-quality furniture and one-of-a-kind items at unbelievable prices,” said Susan Todebush, general manager and executive vice president in a press release. “We’ve also recently opened three new showrooms, so the selection is even more extensive.” Once again, MDC’s charity partner is Gleaners Community Food Bank. A donation of a non-perishable food item or a monetary contribution of your choice is requested for admission to the sale. The location is 1700 Stutz Drive. For information, go to michigandesign.com.

The sweeping lines of this Serpentine Short Sofa by Celerie Kemble for Henredon call to mind the elegantly sinuous forms of the 1930s. The sofa is among the big values in the Henredon showroom at Michigan Design Center’s Sample Sale, March 23-24.

Enjoy  Hellebore Events at Detroit Garden Works

Detroit Garden Works in Sylvan Lake welcomes you to pop in and shop their Hellebore Events on Saturdays in March to jump-start the 2018 gardening season. Enjoy a complimentary little something to eat and drink each Saturday this month while you peruse the new pots, ornaments, furniture, tools, supplies, materials for spring pots and more. Open from 9-5 Monday through Saturday. Their address is 1794 Pontiac Drive. For information, go to detroitgardenworks.com.

Detroit Garden Works

Get your green on for St. Patrick’s

With so many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations happening at local venues this weekend, it’s the perfect time to host a lucky few in the comfort of your own home. Because green-themed decor is currently in abundance, it’s easy to find a variety of pieces. One decorative contender is this St. Patrick’s Day Faux Shamrock & Flower 18-inch Wreath that can remain in place long after your guests have gone. The retail price is $39.95. For information, go to pier1.com.

St. Patrick’s Day wreath

See Pamela Wise World Music Sextet in Palmer Woods

The Palmer Woods Music in Homes 2018 Series presents the Pamela Wise World Music Sextet at 8 p.m. March 24. “The motivation, inspiration, passion and vision of Pamela Wise’s music comes from tracing the music of her African ancestors. Drum rhythms and patterns are the basis of her work, with a specific focus on West Africa, including Congo, Mali, Benin and Nigeria,” says Kresge Arts in Detroit, awarding Wise with the prestigious 2016 Kresge Artist Fellowship, according to a press release. Wise will perform original works from her newest recording, “A New Message from the Tribe,” with saxophone/clarinet guru and husband Wendell Harrison, the sultry, soulful, jazzy vocalist Naima Shamborguer and a smoking Afro-Cuban rhythm section. Harrison is the 2018 Kresge Eminent Artist awardee, considered to be the most esteemed arts honor bestowed on an artist in Michigan. General admission tickets are $50 and $60 for reserved preferred seats (early admission, seats in front section, more leg room and first on line for reception meal). Ticket holders will receive concert address via email the week of the event. For information, group discounts and VIP tickets, go to palmerwoods.org.

Detroit-based pianist/composer Pamela Wise. © Barbara Barefield 2017