Welcome Mat: Sherwin-Williams names Naval 2020 Color of the Year

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
More than 100 varieties of dahlia grow on Detroit Abloom's cut flower farm in the city's Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood. The nonprofit will hold a Dahlia Festival on Sunday.

Detroit Abloom hosts annual Dahlia Festival 

Dahlias have an ancient history that goes all the way back to the Aztecs, says Detroit gardener Tom Milano. The Aztecs used to eat the tubers from which dahlias bloom, but when Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortes  brought them home, Europeans preferred the flowers over the tubers. Today, more than 150 varieties of dahlias are taking root in Milano's Detroit Abloom, an organic, nonprofit cut flower farm in Detroit's Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood. The one-of-a-kind farm has bloomed on what was once 15 vacant lots that Milano and partner Nancy Weigandt bought from the Detroit Land Bank Authority four years ago. On Sunday, some of the very dahlias they grow will take center stage at Milano and Weigandt's annual Dahlia Festival from 2-6 p.m. at their hoophouse at 313 Newport. There will be food, games and, of course, dahlias. Bouquets of dahlias will be for sale. The festival is free and open to the public. 

Nicole Curtis, a Lake Orion native and host of HGTV's "Rehab Addict,"  will be a speaker at TEDx Detroit on Nov. 6.

'Rehab Addict' Nicole Curtis to speak at TEDx Detroit

Every fall, designers, thinkers and creators from around Michigan gather for the annual TEDx Detroit to share their ideas and tips for innovation and success. This year, Lake Orion's own Nicole Curtis of HGTV's "Rehab Addict" will be one of the featured speakers at the event on Nov. 6 at Masonic Temple in Detroit. Curtis will join more than a dozen other speakers including April Anderson, a nationally known baker; voice actor Rob Paulsen; and Najah Bazzy, a clinical nurse making a difference across borders. Tickets are $85 if purchased before Sept. 30, then prices rise to $95 on Oct. 1. From Oct. 24 until event day, tickets will be $125. Go to www.TEDxDetroit.com. 

Sherwin-Williams has named Naval (SW 6244) its 2020 Color of the Year.

Sherwin-Williams names Naval its 2020 Color of the Year

Sherwin-Williams is feeling blue -- but in a good way. The retailer this week named Naval, a deep rich blue hue, its Color of the Year for 2020. Calling the color "a balance between calm and confident," "Naval is reminiscent of the night sky, which people have looked to for centuries for guidance, as a muse and as a reminder to live more mindfully," said Sue Wadden, Sherwin-Williams' director of color marketing, in a press release. Wadden describes Naval as a "versatile neutral" that can be used in a range of styles, from boho to traditional. “Pair Naval with natural materials, such as warm leather tones, vibrant greenery and woven fiber rugs, to create a calming oasis in your home,” recommends Wadden. “Furniture and decor can be mixed and layered to build a look as minimalist or maximalist as you like.”

Motawi Tileworks in Ann Arbor has expanded its line of Charley Harper for Installation subway tiles with three more colors. Pictured is Light Sand.

Motawi Tileworks expands Harper subway tile line

Ann Arbor-based Motawi Tileworks has expanded its line of Charley Harper for Installation subway tile, adding three new hues that feature Harper's whimsical wildlife animals. The new colors -- available on the 3-by-6-inch subway tiles -- are Ice Blue, Storm Blue and Light Sand. The tiles are $42 each. Motawi founder Nawal Motawi said it felt natural to translate Harper's animals on to subway tile. "Some animals filled that space perfectly, while others were arranged to peek and peer from various sides. After many drafts, we have a collection that blends mid-century modern style and the subway tile design trend for a timeless look," said Motawi in a press release. 

Bed Bath & Beyond has introduced a new private label home furnishings brand, One Kings Lane Open House

Bed Bath & Beyond unveils new One Kings Lane line

Bed Bath & Beyond is teaming with One Kings Lane to offer a new home decor collection that will blend with the retailer's functionality to create a new "chic and livable collection." The new line called One Kings Lane Open House will include furniture, lighting, art, pillows and other home decor at what Bed Bath & Beyond calls "accessible prices." "One Kings Lane Open House is a wonderful, new level of sophistication and worldliness for Bed Bath & Beyond," said Debbie Propst, president of One Kings Lane and chief brand officer of Bed Bath & Beyond, in a press release. "It provides customers with a refined assortment of furniture and accessories for the home unlike anything we have had before." Bed Bath & Beyond acquired One Kings Lane, an online retailer, in 2016. To see the collection, go to https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/s/one-kings-lane.