Welcome Mat: Michigan design blogger offers 'cozy' tips in new book

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
The Rising Moon is one type of bulb that will be available at the Michigan Regional Lily Society's annual bulb sale on Saturday.

Michigan lily group hosts bulb sale

Want to try out different types of lilies in your garden next year? The Michigan Regional Lily Society can help. The group is hosting its annual lily bulb sale on Saturday and you'll get the chance to buy a range of different freshly dug lily bulbs. The sale will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Ave. And it's not just a sale, says Frank Ford, the group's vice president, but a great way to learn about "how to grow lilies for anyone who asks." More than 20 varieties of lily bulbs will be for sale. Prices range from $5 to $10 per bulb. For information, go to https://www.mrls.org/.

"Cozy White Cottage"  (Thomas Nelson) is the newest book by Michigan design blogger Liz Marie Galvan.

'Cozy White Cottage' book will get you ready for fall

Liz Marie Galvan is a Michigan design blogger who lives on a farm on the west side of the state and when it comes to amping up a home's cozy factor, she's an expert. Galvin -- whose blog is lizmarieblog.com -- regularly offers pictures and posts about creating fall mantels, welcoming entry ways and cute reading corners. Now, Galvan, who also owns a store in Grand Rapids, has poured all of her "cozy" expertise into a new book, "Cozy White Cottage: 100 Ways to Love the Feeling of Being Home" (Thomas Nelson, $26.99). The book, which hit shelves earlier this fall, is not just about making your home cozy, but your life. It includes entertaining tips, decorating examples, and even calming rituals. "I hope through this book and glimpse into our unfinished and imperfect life, people see that they can make their homes cozy no matter what their lives look like right now," said Galvan in a press release. The book is available at Target and other retailers.

The Toledo Art Museum is holding glass pumpkin workshops this fall.

A fall accent that never dies: glass pumpkins

If you're looking to add a handcrafted element to your fall decor that won't rot, glass pumpkins are one option. The Toledo Museum of Art is offering workshops this fall that will let visitors create their own glass pumpkins. The one-hour workshops at the museum's Glass Pavilion Hot Shop will pair each museum guest with an art instructor at the museum to blow their own glass pumpkin. The workshops will be offered at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. on Fridays and noon and 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The cost is $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Adults and children 14 years and older who are accompanied by an adult are eligible to participate. To register, go to tickets.toledomuseum.org and select Glass Art Workshops from the menu or call (419) 255-8000.

Something Back in Time is a new vintage furniture and home decor store in Utica.

Old is new again at Utica vintage store

Old is good at Utica's Something Back in Time. The vintage furniture store on Cass Avenue and Auburn Road in downtown Utica specializes in giving old furniture and home decor a new look. They also offer kitchen gadgets, art and custom furniture by Jason Franks, a firefighter who is a woodworker is his downtime. Owner Sharon Jackson-Hank said after 20 years in the corporate world, she decided to use her business expertise in a different way and open her own store. Something Back in Time celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday. Along with vintage furniture, they'll also offer workshops. It's located 45161 Cass Ave. and is  open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 12-3 p.m. on Sunday. Go to www.somethingbackintime.com.

Monday is deadline for Art Van's 'Inspiration' campaign

Know someone who goes above beyond in your community and who could also use a small home makeover? Art Van Furniture wants to know. As part of its new marketing campaign, "Inspiration Lives Here," the Warren-based retailer is giving out $1,000 gift cards to unsung heroes in each community where its 77 stores are located in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana,  Ohio, Missouri and Iowa.The deadline to nominate someone for Art Van's "Inspiration Lives Here in Our Community" is Monday. "It's the small acts of kindness that make such a big difference, like lending a hand, eliciting a smile or donating one's time," said David Van Elslander, the retailer's community spokesperson and son of founder Art Van Elslander. "We hear stories every day in our showrooms about wonderful people, and this is our way of thanking them." Go to artvan.com/community for entry forms.