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Welcome Mat: Create your own tile at Motawi Tileworks in Ann Arbor

Create your own tile at Motawi Tileworks in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s esteemed Motawi Tileworks will host an outdoor Make-a-Tile workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and an indoor staff art sale (face masks required) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 2. Craft your own colorful creation and enjoy learning from Motawi’s experts at the workshop and check out the staff sale’s locally made ceramics, jewelry, woodworking and other goodies. Workshop cost is $5 for the first tile and $10 for each additional tile. Admission to the staff sale is free. Motawi is at 170 Enterprise Drive in Ann Arbor; visit

MDC featuring online only Sample Sale

For the first time, Michigan Design Center’s once-yearly and eagerly anticipated Sample Sale will be online only from Oct. 5 to Oct. 14. Offering dramatic savings on some of the most prestigious designer lines in furniture, lighting, flooring, artwork, bedding, rugs and accessories, the sale comes at a time when finding in-stock home goods can be difficult. “We’re beyond thrilled to offer a new, intuitive way to connect online shoppers with this year’s 18 participating showrooms and the unbelievable prices they are offering,” says Susan Todebush, MDC general manager and executive vice president, in a press release. Visit or call 248-649-4772.

Sherwin-Williams announces 2022 Color of the Year  

Sherwin-Williams recently announced Evergreen Fog SW 9130 as its 2022 Color of the Year. After years of cool neutrals and bold jewel tones, the nourishing and sophisticated gray-green ushers in a new era of nostalgic mid-tones, according to a press release. The soothing, subtle hue is well-suited for a variety of design styles and every part of the home, the release continues. “The familiar, comfortable nature of Evergreen Fog shines as a reassuring backdrop and freshens up any space,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. Learn more about the Color of the Year at

Last call for outdoor antiques

There’s still time to enjoy some outdoor antiquing before winter officially sends treasure hunters indoors. Held at the Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg on Oct. 9-10, the Michigan Antique Festival is a highlight of the autumn antiquing calendar. Hundreds of vintage dealers and shoppers convene in five barns and countless tents filled with everything from recycled to upcycled, shabby to chic. A Michigan beer garden and classic car show round out the offerings. Hours are 8 a.m.- -6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; admission is $10. For more information, visit

Novi Home Show back in October

Need inspiration for upcoming home projects? The Novi Home Show, Oct. 8-10  at Suburban Collection Showplace, promises to help you “fall” in love with your home all over again. Top professionals in home repairs and renovations will be on hand to share information about decorating, landscaping and home improvement and to schedule appointments. “Fall and winter are excellent times to get projects started,” said Brian Starrs, vice president of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Southeastern Michigan Consumer & Trade Shows, the show’s sponsor.  “At the Novi Home Show this October, there will be exhibitors with expertise on everything from roofing to basements.” Homestyle columnists Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein, the Inside Outside Guys,  will also be broadcasting live from the show that Saturday and Sunday.  For information, visit