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In search of natural hues? A garden 'to dye for'

Gather plants materials for making an original eco dyed scarf. For this particular scarf, eucalyptus leaves (both in the dye as well as in the bundled scarf), marigold petals, red and yellow onion skins, red rose petal and avocado skins were used. Chris McLaughlin / St. Lynn's Press

Homegrown botanical dyes are in, part of today's shift toward more natural and organic living. And you don't need a degree in chemistry to create your own hues for scarves, sweaters or even Easter eggs. More

Consignment shops in Metro Detroit offer secondhand gems

At Tootie and Tallulah's in Berkley, a yellow and lime green chair and ottoman sit next to a set of nesting tables made from metal and wood. Max Ortiz / The Detroit News

Consignment shops for the home are on the rise in Metro Detroit, and the selection is better than ever before. The search for secondhand finds beats your average garage sale because of the curated mix. More

Jalapeno, tequila give limeade a summer kick

Jalapeno limeade is a refreshing summer sipper. Kate Lawson / The Detroit News

Limeade spiked with jalapeno is thirst quenching, yes, but with marvelous flavors. Grab some at Mudgie's Authentic Artisan Deli or make this version at home. More

'Woolgatherers' guild promotes joy of knitting

Judy's Seamless Slippers Judy Champagne

They call themselves the Woolgatherers Knitting Guild, but they knit with a range of fibers every third Thursday. Learn more about the group and make Judy's Seamless Slipper for yourself. More

Cool tips for saving energy during the summer

Just like there are ways to keep your home warmer in the winter while lowering your energy costs, the same is true in the summer cooling season. More

Welcome Mat: The latest and greatest for your home

Daylilies come in all shapes and colors. Kathy Rinke

See several varieties of daylilies at Telly's, take a pond tour of northwest Detorit, check out photo winner 'Backyard Lilypalooza' and more. More

Delicate porcelain bust hails from Bohemia

Bennett Weiss of Dexter has questions about this small bust. Robin Buckson / The Detroit News

Bennett Weiss said he inherited an unglazed, 61/2-inch tall porcelain piece from his mother before she passed away at the age of 98. More

Designer turns her talents to own kitchen

Local designer MaryBeth Wilson tackles her own kitchen renovation project after helping others for years. MaryBeth Wilson

It's a big commitment to take on a kitchen renovation, and once you get started, there's no turning back. Just ask MaryBeth Wilson, who has done lots of remodels; until recently, all but her own. More

Primp garden to show off plants at their finest

Foliage turns yellow as the Spirea japonica 'Double Play Gold' shrub ages. Proven Winners

Now is the perfect time to fine-tune the landscape. You might be surprised how selective pruning can improve the look of your garden. More

Family keeps the worst at bay at the hospital

Conversation at the hospital where a brother was in surgery wove itself through several hours: One thread of memories latticed into another. More

Metro Detroit home and garden calendar

Learn about edible weeds, take a garden walk in one of several cities, pick up tips for summer rose care and more. More

Windows and fireplace will pull space together

Make the fireplace a focal point and set the sofa parallel to help delineate space. Beth Singer

In front of the fireplace, a floating furniture layout with a stylish sofa or sectional, sitting parallel to the fireplace will best differentiate the seating area from the traffic flow. More

Odds and ends ideas around the home

OK, so it's summer and we have lots of fun things to do outside the home, but home is still home, so here are a few odds and ends that you can do to improve your interiors with little effort and little cost. More

Heirlooms keep family history front and center

A beautifully appointed home is more than well-chosen furnishings. It's a tribute to who you are and what you hold dear. MCT

Have you dotted your decor with old or new heirlooms that brighten your spaces and pull at your heart strings? Here are four of my favorites to consider: More

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