Welcome Mat: Motown Mansion hosts Boston-Edison holiday home tour preview party

The Detroit News
Guests to the Preview Party for the Historic Boston-Edison Holiday Home Tour will get to tour the Motown Mansion, the former home of Motown founder Berry Gordy.

Motown Mansion opens doors for Boston-Edison 

Built in 1917 by lumber magnate Nels Michelson, the iconic Motown Mansion in Detroit's Historic Boston-Edison Historic District has hosted everyone from politicians to movie stars. Berry Gordy was the fourth owner of the 10,000 square foot mansion.  And while it won't be featured on the soldout Boston-Edison Holiday Home on Dec. 9, it will open its doors for the preview party on Dec. 8. Guests at the "Red Carpet Affair" preview will get a tour inside the mansion, along with a motor coach tour to four other homes on this year's tour. A dinner catered by Bacco Ristorante will also be included, along with an open bar and entertainment. Tickets to the preview party will range from $150 to $225. There will also be a dessert afterglow that will not include a tour. Tickets can only be purchased online. Go to

Pewabic's new Frost glaze features an a blue sheen with a glistening surface crackle.

Pewabic introduces Frost glaze for holidays

Pewabic Pottery launched its 2018 Holiday Showcase last week and making its debut is a lovely new seasonal blue glaze called Frost (pictured). Frost features a blue sheen with surface crackle "that suggests the magic of wintertime while delivering peaceful beauty to treasure year-round," according to a press release. This year's showcase runs through Dec. 30 will feature the 2018 Snowflake Ornament Trio, vessels in Pewabic's Winterberry glaze and a reintroduced Leaf and Berries Tile. "Pewabic continues to be a gift-giving destination," said Executive Director Steve McBride in a press release. There will also be a Holiday Shopping Night with later hours, from 6-9 p.m., on Dec. 12. Pewabic is at 10125 E. Jefferson in Detroit. Go to

Taylored Ironworks makes industrial-style furniture. They'll have a booth at the Royal Oak Market: Art Fair edition, which continues Friday.

Sixty-five artisans featured at Royal Oak Market

Gift-givers looking for something totally unique this holiday season might want to check out Royal Oak Market: Art Fair Edition, which continues from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile. More than 65 local artisans will be selling their wares, everything from ceramics and fiber art to furniture. Metal workers David Giandiletti and Daniel Taylor of Taylored Ironworks  who make furniture with cool industrial-style edge (pictured) will be at the fair. The fair is presented by The Guild of Artists & Artisans. Admission is free along with parking. For information, go to

Some of artist Reina Brill's sculptures will be available at the BBAC's Holiday Shop.

BBAC Holiday shop kicks off with preview party

Want to cultivate your inner artist? Check out the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. This unique center offers a range of art classes, programs and exhibitions. And for the holidays, their Holiday Shop is a go-to place for handcrafted items. This year's shop will feature the work for 125 artists from not just Michigan but across the country. You'll find candles, ceramics, art, kitchen items and more. Pictured are some adorable children's blocks crafted by New York artist Reina Brill. The Holiday Shop kicks off Nov. 28 with the 17th annual Shop & Champagne preview party. Guests will get a first glimpse at everything the Holiday Shop has to offer, along with food and, of course, champagne. Tickets are $85 in advance or $100 at the door. The Holiday Shop at the BBAC, 1516 S. Cranbrook in Birmingham, runs from Nov. 29 through Dec. 20. Go to for tickets or call (248) 644-0866. 

Joanna Gaines' "Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave" was released Nov. 6.

Book, possible TV network for Joanna and Chip Gaines

Monumental news this month for "Fixer Upper" fans. First, Joanna Gaines' new book, "Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave" (Harper Design, $40) hit stores on Nov. 6. Then Joanna and her beloved husband Chip announced on "The Tonight Show" even bigger news: the duo is "in early talks" to launch their own television network with the Discovery Network. “Discovery is thrilled to confirm that we are in exclusive talks with Chip and Joanna Gaines,” the company said in a statement last week. “The Gaines’ are exceptional people, true authentic storytellers and creative visionaries who will nourish millions of people with quality, family-friendly programming accessible on a 24/7 network and across all screens.” Few details are available about when the network would launch.

Lynda Murray's Flaherty & Co. will be one of nine artists' studios on the upcoming "Over the River and Through the Woods" Craft Event in Huron Township.

Artisans open studios for Huron Township event

You’ve heard of home tours, garden walks, even pond tours. But what about a free studio walk where artisans, many making items for the home, show off their studio space? Nine artists will open their studio spaces this weekend for the “Over the River and Through the Woods” Craft Event in Huron Township in Wayne County. And talk about some unique studios. One artists works in a converted chicken coop, another in an old Victorian. Lynda Murray makes her Flaherty & Co. soaps in her garage (pictured). The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Go to or email for more information.