Get ready for a Textile Takeover in Detroit

Macrame continues to be a hot home decor accent these days and if you'd like to try your hand at it, this weekend's Textile Takeover at the Post Detroit offers a great chance to give it a try. Macrame -- weaving a macrame planter, actually -- will be just one of several workshops at the second annual event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and is all about fiber, fiber art and textiles. Other workshops will include natural dying, yarn spinning, knitting and marbling. More than 50 artists will also be part of the weekend, selling their wares at the event. Preregistration is required for the workshops; the macrame workshop at 10 a.m. Sunday, presented by Tangled Creative, is $65. Go to and click on "Workshops."  Post Detroit is at 14500 Kercheval.

Water, plants come together for Garden Club's 'By the Lake' show

Floral designers will go head to head using lakes from around the world as their inspiration as part of the upcoming Garden Club of Michigan's "By the Lake" Garden Show Sept. 20 at the Grosse Pointe Club, 6 Berkshire Place in Grosse Pointe Farms. Seven different lakes, including Lake Como in Italy, Lake Ikeda in Japan and Loch Lomond in Scotland, will be the inspiration for various classes of competition at this year's show. And all of these entries will be on display at the garden show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20 and is free and open to the public. All told, nearly 100 exhibitors will compete in a variety of categories, including photography and botanical arts (which includes botanical jewelry. The show opens with a preview party from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 19, at which a botanical print by photographer Laurie Tennent will be auctioned off. There will also be a boutique. For information, go to

Seven homes featured on Sept. 21 Pleasant Ridge tour

Just in time for Pleasant Ridge's 100th birthday celebration this year, this quaint Oakland County community will host its annual home tour on Sept. 21, featuring seven private homes and one garden. The Pleasant Ridge Home and Garden tour, normally held in June each year, was switched to September this year to take advantage of the cooler weather and lovely fall colors, organizers say. The "homes and gardens on this year’s tour reflect the diversity and the character of our city, and contribute to its rich history & present day charm," says a description on the city's website. Tickets are $20 before the tour, available at Pleasant Ridge City Hall or on the city's website, Tickets are $25 the day of the tour at the city's community center, 4 Ridge Road. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Still time to vote for garden photo contest winner

Haven't had a chance yet to vote for the grand prize winner of this year's Homestyle Garden Photo Contest? It's not too late. Voting runs until 11:59 p.m. Sept. 13 to pick our big winner, who will receive a $200 gift card to English Gardens. The winner will be announced in Homestyle on Sept. 20. But the decision won't be an easy one. You'll have to pick among 12 amazing finalists with gardens in a range of styles. To vote, go to Picked is last year's grand prize winner, Cathy Dueweke's "Vacationing Plants."

Art Van marks 60th with Andy Grammer concert

Art Van Furniture is rocking out for its 60th anniversary this year. The retailer will host an anniversary gala on Oct. 24 that will include a concert with pop star Andy Grammer. Tickets are on sale now for the concert at Art Van’s flagship store on 14 Mile in Warren. The gala starts at 6 p.m.; the concert is co-produced by Entercom Detroit. “Turning 60 is an extraordinary milestone,” said David Van Elslander, son of Art Van Furniture founder, Art Van Elslander in a press release. “Andy Grammer epitomizes optimism and positivity, and so did my father. This performance is the perfect way to express our appreciation to metro Detroit, where Art Van’s story began.” Grammer is known for his hits “Good To Be Alive,” “Fresh Eyes,” “Don’t Give Up On Me,” and “Keep Your Head Up.” Tickets are $75 and include cocktails, food and, of course, the concert. Proceeds benefit the Beaumont Children’s Miracle Network. For tickets, go to

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