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This season’s events offer inspiration for holiday décor, Home improvement, and cottage living. A few dates to consider:



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Palmer Woods Holiday Home Tour Soirée

Among the six homes featured in the 10th annual guided tour is the renovated Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Terkel house. Park at the Western District Police Station, 1441 W. Seven Mile Rd. A bus will transport visitors to the Turkel home for hors d’oeuvres, wine, and jazz. 6-10 p.m. Dec. 5. $75 (advance sales only); 248-723-4211, palmerwoods.org.


Boston-Edison Holiday Home Tour

Visit five homes decorated for the holidays in this historic Detroit neighborhood. The walking/bus tour begins at the Sacred Heart Seminary, at Chicago Boulevard and Linwood. Buses leave every 20 minutes. Refreshments follow. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 13. $20 ($10 is tax-deductible); 313-883-4360, historicbostonedison.org.


Greenfield Village Holiday Homes Tour

A self-guided tour through the Porches & Parlors district, featuring decorating and cooking demonstrations. Fridays - Sundays until Dec. 27. Included with Greenfield Village admission. $16-$22. 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001, thehenryford.org.


Annual Poinsettia Soirée

The Belle Isle Botanical Society presents the annual holiday affair featuring an array of poinsettias in white, pink, red, and combinations; hors d’oeuvres, food stations, and desserts from Union Street; live music; and a poinsettia raffle. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 13. $45. At the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Belle Isle, Detroit; 313-331-7760 bibsociety.org.


Cottage & Lakefront Living Show

Shop for designers, cottage furnishings, lakefront builders, and boats and docks at this third annual event. Feb. 25-28. $10 adults, $4 children, under 5 free. Rock Financial Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi; 248-348-5600, rockfinancialshowplace.com.


Meadow Brook: The Wonders of Winter

On this 38th annual Holiday Walk, see the 110-room Tudor Revival mansion bedecked in holiday finery. Through Dec. 23. $20 adults; $5, 17 and under, accompanied by adult; 248-364-6200, oakland.edu.


Ypsilanti Holiday Home Tour

Check out six Ypsi homes decorated for the holidays. 6-10 p.m. Dec. 5 (candlelight tour) and noon-4:30 p.m. Dec. 6. $40 (a portion of which goes to Meals on Wheels); 734-487-9669, ypsilanti.org.


Sunday Artisan Market

This open-air market features textiles, glass, paintings, drawings, beadwork, photography, and tiles, as well as greens, plants, and cut flowers. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 6, 13, and 20. In the Kerrytown District, 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor; 734-913-9622, artisanmarket.org.


Home Improvement Show

Home updates and renovation ideas, purchasing appliances, and tips for making your home more energy efficient. Noon-9 p.m. Jan. 29, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Jan. 30, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 31. $6 adults; $5 seniors; under 12 free. Rock Financial Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi; 248-348-5600, rockfinancialshowplace.com.

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