Welcome Mat: Carter Oosterhouse, sister among Show House designers

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Detroit's Black Cat Pottery

Local pottery hosts garden tour 

Detroit’s Black Cat Pottery bills itself as place where “plants and pottery meet.” Owner Cheryl English is passionate about native plants. She’s also passionate about pottery. Both will come together on Black Cat’s upcoming 8th annual Garden Tour on Saturday. English will open the grounds of the pottery for tours. She’ll also offer garden art, seasonally-appropriate native plants and wired glass vases from Puddingstone. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; it’s free and open to the public. Black Cat Pottery is at 3903 Grayton Street in Detroit. Go to blackcatpottery.com.

The Green Daffodil in Ferndale offers Candle Pouring parties.

Make your own candle at Green Daffodil

Ferndale's Green Daffodil is joining the DIY trend for its customers. The fun candle and home decor show on Livernois is now offering Candle Pouring parties. Guests learn how to mix, pour and design their own custom soy candle, all while enjoying BYOB drinks and snacks. One party is planned for 7-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Space is limited to 12 people per party so sign up quickly. The cost is $30; guests must be 14 or older. Call (248) 547-4172.

Carter Oosterhouse of Traverse City is among the many designers working on the Junior League of Detroit's Designers' Show House.

Carter Oosterhouse among designers for Junior League's Showhouse

Scan the list of designers who will be transforming the Charles T. Fisher mansion in Detroit's historic Boston-Edison neighborhood for the Junior League of Detroit's Designers' Show House, which opens in mid-September, and some serious names jump out. One of the biggest: "Trading Spaces" star Carter Oosterhouse and his sister Sienna. The siblings are among dozens of designers from all over the country who will be working on the house, according to a list of designers recently released by the Junior League. The Oosterhouses will be decorating a lower level pub and wine vault. In an interview with Oosterhouse earlier this year about "Trading Spaces" and its return to television, the Traverse City native said he really wanted to do something in Detroit -- and now he is. The Show House opens to the public Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 7. 

A unique Airbnb near Easter Market is one of several homes on the Aug. 25 Weird Homes Tour Detroit edition.

Weird Homes Tour comes to Detroit on Aug. 25

Detroit has been called a lot of things, but weird? Weird isn't necessarily a bad thing. In the case of the Weird Homes Tour, it makes funky, unique and different. The Weird Homes started in Austin, Texas, and now it's making its way to the Motor City on Aug. 25 for its first ever Weird Homes Tour - Detroit edition. Now in five cities, Kevin Shaw, one of the organizers along with founders David and Chelle Neff said, when moving into a new city, "we really look for a strong creative community which Detroit certainly has." The Weird Homes Tour will feature an artist couple's home in Woodbridge, a unique Airbnb near Eastern Market (pictured) and more. Tickets are $30 to see all eight to ten homes, spread across different neighborhoods in Detroit, and $45 to attend the full tour experience and have exclusive access to one VIP house. For tickets, go to weirdhomestour.com.