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Homearama design team spotlights luxury, fun, fantasy

An eat-in dining area at Greystone Manor, one of six luxury homes on this year's Ultimate Homearama tour, spills into the family room. Clarence Tabb Jr. / The Detroit News

For those who visit the return of Homerama, — a spectacle of six brand new multimillion-dollar luxury homes — memory points abound. It's like the Disneyland of luxury homes. More

Now's the time to seed your lawn, fix damage

Consistent watering will help your grass seed take hold and grow. Lack of water for six hours will kill germinating grass seed and new seedlings. PhotoDisc

Any bare spot in the lawn larger than 4 inches in diameter should be reseeded before weeds have a chance to sprout. The good news is now is the best time do the job. And this is also the perfect time to aerate the lawn. More

Ice Bucket Challenge has us put up or shut up

I guess it was only a matter of time before the chain reaction of a do-good movement came under attack by naysayers. The otherwise heart-warming Ice Bucket Challenge is under siege. More

Trendy yarn craft replaces knitting needles with arms

Lynette Halalay with her arm-knitted items. Photos by David Coates / The Detroit News

Earlier this year, Lynette Halalay reached beyond the art of hand-knitting when she embraced what's probably the hottest trend among knitters today: arm-knitting. More

Shrimp cakes won't make budget crabby

Almonds add the perfect crunchy crust to tender shrimp cakes. Kate Lawson / The Detroit News

I love crab cakes, but the price of crab causes me to cringe and my wallet shrink. So instead I make shrimp cakes, blending the ingredients, in the processor. More

Photos may show 'Detroit's Downton Abbey'

Janice Anschuetz of Ypsilanti with book of photos of the Whitney mansion. David Coates / The Detroit News

'Was this the Downton Abbey of Grosse Pointe?' Janice Anschuetz of Ypsilanti asked Libby Nolan at a recent Trash or Treasure appraisal session held at downtown's DuMouchelle Art Gallery and Auction House. More

Today's garage doors come in many styles

With so many improvements in the design and functionality of today's garage doors, it has often moved to the top of the home improvement 'to do' list and can be a great way to improve your home's curb appeal. More

Welcome Mat: The latest and greatest for your home

Pottery by Thomas & Sarah Gelsanliter will be at Franklin' Art in the Village. Thomas & Sarah Gelsanliter

Franklin hosts its annual art show, 'Ypsi Roadshow' offers antiques appraisals, the latest garden photo winner and more. More

Back-to-school sales can inspire office spaces

Poppin products, available at Staples, strike a colorful note in any designated workspace. Staples

Back-to-school supplies might be geared toward a younger crowd, but grown-ups can get in the game, too. As students stock up on all the essentials, adults can gussy up a home office space with inspiration from the same type of list. More

It's not too early to dress your mantel for fall

If you want to celebrate fall in your home decor, the perfect place to start is your fireplace mantel, one of your home's most visible spots. MCT

If you want to celebrate fall in your home decor, the perfect place to start is your fireplace mantel, one of the most visible spots in your home. Here are three beautiful looks we created to inspire you. More

Some tips on the art of decorating your den

Here's where a 'soft' color such as off-white, cool gray, soft lavender or a rich taupe can provide a visual break from the wall of black screens and displays. MCT

Dens are often designed to be 'man caves,' but that doesn't mean they can't be family-friendly, too. Regardless of the size of your den, it is possible to create an appealing space that can be enjoyed by every member of the house. More

Fabric-covered walls an easy, cozy DIY project

Instead of covering the walls in wallpaper, you can opt for a watercolor print from the home decor fabric collection California Dreaming. MCT

Instead of covering the walls in wallpaper, which is such a pain to remove, opt for lovely print from a home decor fabric collection. Covering a wall in fabric is easy to do — and when the time comes, easy to undo! More

Use a room in an unexpected way

A breakfast room in this house was converted to a home office. Think about the type of work or play area that is missing in your home. You might already have space that could be reorganized and redecorated. Vicki Payne / MCT

Just think about what your house is missing. Do you need a home office, crafting room, guest bedroom or perhaps a larger gathering space? Your house might already have the space if you take another look. More

Oakland Township site of Ultimate Homearama's return

Ten years after its last show in Metro Detroit, the Ultimate Homearama, a showcase of brand new high-end homes, returns to the region this weekend at the lavish Pinnacle luxury home development in Oakland Township. More

Win a copy of 'Little One-Yard Wonders'

An amazing collection of simple sewing projects for that little one in your life can be found in the just released 'Little One-Yard Wonders, Irresistible Clothes, Toys and Accessories You Can Make for Babies and Kids.' More

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