All about native Michigan plants

All about native Michigan plants

Hunter Douglas offers luminous shades

Hunter Douglas, the world’s leading manufacturer of custom window coverings, recently introduced Aura Illuminated Shades, a new category of shading products with a transformative three-in-one design that includes a traditional-looking front shade, a reflective lining for room darkening and ambient lighting via strip lights. Programmable LED. “The three-in-one solution provides a personalized experience that brings daylight on demand, allowing one to not only improve the mood and ambiance of the home, but also promote healthy sleep habits,” according to a press release. “Aura Illuminated Shades enhance the benefits of smart shades by blending award-winning smart functionality with a first-of-its-kind design.” Visit

Free designer-led tours at MDC

Need a jump start on your next home project? Looking for inspiration? The Michigan Design Center offers several free, designer-led tours of participating showrooms with topics designed to help move your project in the right direction. Tours are free and open to the public and will be held throughout the year. Some upcoming tours include “All About Rugs” (February 9), “Lighting Ideas” (February 13) and “Aging in Place” (March 21). They are all scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Michigan Design Center at 1700 Stutz Drive in Troy. For more details and to RSVP, visit

Learn about local plants

Planting season may still be far away, but winter allows for plenty of planning and dream time. Interested in adding more native plants to your garden? The Shelby Township Library (52610 Van Dyke Ave. in Shelby Township) is offering a free lecture on how to incorporate native plants into your landscape with Master Gardener Jan Persily at 7 p.m. on January 31. She will share design concepts to help you create a garden that suits your needs while also supporting the land and local wildlife. No reservations required. Visit

Keep warm through the winter with Peach Fuzz

Not ready to commit to an entire room painted in Peach Fuzz, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2024? You can incorporate the tone, which the company says evokes warmth and closeness, through accessories like Viva’s new tea set. The Scandinavian-style set includes the versatile, stackable Anytime Tea Cup ($22.95 for a set of two) and the Anytime Andy Cup ($9.95), both available in peach, as well as a variety of teas. Visit

Houzz releases its 2024 Kitchen Trends Report

Are you wondering what will be hot in kitchen designs in 2024? Houzz has the answer. This week, the leading home remodeling and design platform released the 2024 Houzz Kitchen Trends study, a survey of more than 3,400 respondents. Among the findings are that interest in open-plan kitchens is returning after the pandemic and that a growing number of homeowners are hoping to make their kitchen more open to other interior spaces (43%, compared to 38% in 2021) and to outdoor spaces. (23% compared to 18% in 2021). Removing double walls and doors is still popular. The study also found that more than 4 in 5 homeowners (84%) relied on professional help during a kitchen renovation and that the average amount spent on a kitchen remodel rose 22% from the previous year, to $55,000, a growth by 57% since then. 2020. Other ideas include larger islands, a range of cabinet colors, high-tech appliances, better backsplash, and designing with aging in mind. Visit

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