Welcome Mat: Six homes featured on Detroit's University District home tour

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
Six homes will open their doors for the Sept. 9 University District Home Tour.

University District hosts home tour

If you've never checked out out Detroit's University District, you're missing a hidden gem. Tucked west of Woodward and south of Seven Mile, the University District spans roughly 1,400 homes built in 1920s and 1930s in an area once called the "Golf Club" district. And on Sept. 9, six homes, all built in the 1920, will open their doors for the annual University District Home Tour. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20. The tour will begin at the Gesu Community Building, 17139 Oak Drive. Go to www.udca.info.

Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield is expanding.

West Bloomfield nursery, wedding venue to expand

The Planterra Conservatory, a go-to spot for weddings in West Bloomfield which also has a nursery inside, has unveiled plans to expand to include an outdoor wedding ceremony space, a building addition and upgrades to the current building. And the cool twist: Shipping containers will be part of the new design. Plans include adding three archways that will mimic the design of the three existing greenhouses. “We are building a world-class botanical experience” says Shane Pliska, Planterra's president in a press release. Construction will likely begin next summer and should be finished to host events in 2020.

Behr has named Blueprint its 2019 Color of the Year.

Behr names Blueprint Color of 2019

And so it begins. Fall hasn't even officially arrived and the first paint retailer, Behr, has named its Color of the Year for 2019. It's a mid-tone blue called Blueprint. Calling it "warmer than denim and softer than navy," "this refined blue signifies authenticity, confidence and timelessness," said the retailer in a press release. “Much like the sketches builders rely on to bring an architectural design to life, Blueprint S470-5 lays a foundation for consumers to make their unique vision a reality,” said Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr. “This universally appealing hue provides a steady stream of positivity and is poised to be an instant classic for years to come.”

A wood sculpture by artist Steve Wilson. Wilson will be selling his work at Franklin's Art in the Village on Monday.

Franklin's fine art fair returns Monday

It's a Labor Day tradition for many: Franklin's annual Labor Day parade and its art fair. Franklin's 38th Fine Art on the Village Green returns on Monday with dozens of artisans selling their wares in a range of mediums. There will be textile artists, painters, ceramicists and more. Pictured is a wood sculpture by artist Steve Wilson. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.