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Universal design makes Beverly Hills home more accessible

Melissa and Steve Wiercinski and their dog, Lucy, gather in their new open concept dining room. The couple added 200 square feet to the back of their Beverly Hills ranch to make the space more accessible for Steve, who has muscular dystrophy and uses a power chair. Brandy Baker / The Detroit News

Now finished after three and a half months of construction, the space has a range of universal design elements, from side-opening oven in the kitchen to the oversized garage with a cedar ramp and mudroom with a center drain. More

Palm weaving tradition continues with crafter

Gene Fedeli demonstrates how to weave palm leaves into crosses at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores. Brandy Baker / The Detroit News

Just this past week, Gene Fedeli taught five palm weaving classes, 10 students each, at Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church, where he and his wife are members. More

Begonia seeds survive Titanic to sail into yards

Over the past several years, artifacts from the wreck of the Titanic have been recovered and put on display. Among the latest finds were preserved seeds that have sprouted into the limited edition 'Titanic' Begonia. John Moore / Getty Images

The Benary seed house of Germany announced this week that they're growing begonias from seed that was on the Titanic's maiden voyage and ended up in the bottom of the ocean back in 1912. More

Skip flipping with a ready-to-eat puffed pancake

Passover Puffed Pancake is a good use for raisins. California Raisins

This puffed pancake recipe from the California Raisin folks appealed to me because I could make up a batter, pour into a skillet, pop into a hot oven and stand by with my fork at the ready. More

Ideas in bloom at Novi Home and Garden Show

Pearhut's bright planters come in 10 colors. The Handyman Show

Spring was finally in the air at the recent Novi Home and Garden Show held March 28-30, and there were plenty of exhibits to remind us that soon this tough winter will be a distant bad memory. More

Market is hot these days for Chinese carvings

These two Chinese ivory carvings, from the early 20th Century, are owned by Dave and Terri Reed of Washington Township. Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

'The Chinese are buying stuff back that was exported through the years,' says appraiser Brian Thomczek. 'The market is quite good at the moment.' More

You can inject color for a breath of fresh air

Bright colors, as shown in this vignette from Birmingham Furniture & Design Studio, are a great addition to any home in big or small doses. Birmingham Furniture & Design Studio

To celebrate the arrival of spring, bring some color to your home. Designers from the Birmingham Furniture & Design Studio share their advice. More

Welcome Mat: The latest and greatest for your home

Charlie and Paula Shoulders will be selling their works at the Great Lakes Art Fair. Charlie and Paula Shoulders

Pick up some fine art pieces at the Spring Great Lakes Art Fair, check out the new, fashion-forward catalog from Art Van, shop at specialty boutiques at the 'Spring Market,' see the latest in decking and more. More

Suite deals for your bathroom

When working as your own designer, an easy way to make your design cohesive is to pick a bathroom 'suite' or 'collection'; by a plumbing manufacturer. The suite shown here is the Memoirs collection by Kohler. Kohler

Nothing beats working with a pro, but if you have a tight budget or you want to go it alone, there is another design option. A 'Bathroom Suite' or 'Bathroom Collection' can be a simple design solution. More

Metro Detroit home and garden calendar

Learn about peonies at MSU Extension Macomb County. China Photos / Getty Images

Learn all about peonies at MSU Extension Macomb County, buy new African violets, take a workshop on construction and pond maintenance and more. More

5 tips to create colorful, fresh and airy tablescapes

Spring tablescapes are at their best when they are filled with intriguing layers and a beguiling combination of colors, yet have an airy and fresh feel. MCT

Light and breezy, super easy: It's a good motto when it comes to setting a stunning table for a spring soiree. The spring tablescapes that lift my heart are filled with intriguing layers and a beguiling combination of colors. More

Chicken soup helps with the symptoms of a cold

Chicken-soup may have anti-inflammatory properties, experts say. Michelle V. Agins / New York Times

While it won't cure a cold or the flu, chicken soup can help alleviate symptoms, according to a recent study at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Plus pasta tips and ways to clean the dog's bed. More

Master painter gets master makeover for bathroom

Throughout this bathroom, we added in a lot of luxurious little touches to really bring out that spa feeling, including heated floors and towel racks. MCT

Bernie has been a member of my crew for years. When he and his wife, Christy, decided it was time to renovate their master bedroom en suite bath, I was delighted to help out. More

Contemporary design is an easy look to create

Black wood, clean lines and modern art make this a striking yet inviting contemporary room. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Are you into contemporary design? If you're unsure how to answer that question, here's a primer on what the design style is. More

Unusual picket fences can define your space

In the desert, this fence repurposed plentiful stems that bear palm flowers and fruit. Maureen Gilmer / MCT

Nothing is more distinctly American than the picket fence. It is the legacy of our first settlers who needed to protect their food gardens and toddlers from livestock and wildlife. More

Win 'Quilting With a Modern Slant,' a new approach

Win 'Quilting With a Modern Slant.'

Discover how some of today's quilt makers are taking a whole new approach to an age-old sewing technique in 'Quilting With a Modern Slant, People, Patterns, and Techniques Inspiring the Modern Quilt Community.' More

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