WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 | NOON - 1:30 P.M. | Mark Woodman Discusses ‘Design Desires’

Trade members, what are your clients’ inner desires? Do they really want designers to create spaces that reflect their inhabitants? According to Mark Wooodman, people don’t want their homes to reflect who they are; they want their homes to reflect who they want to be. Join Mark as he takes you on a journey of aspiring desires and personalities, crossing style, gender, and generational lines. Sponsored by H.J. Oldenkamp Co. A catered lunch and refreshments will be served. RSVP to Cindy Koleba at ckoleba@oldenkamp.com or 586.497.7538.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 | 6 - 9 P.M. | Theodore Alexander Designer Showhouse Preview Party

Celebrate the opening of MDC’s newest showroom, Theodore Alexander (Suite 30), on Oct. 27 with a special event. Fourteen designers, including many Detroit Home Brian Killian Rising Star award winners, will create individual vignettes using Theodore Alexander furniture, resulting in a “showhouse within a showroom.” Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Special guest is designer Michael Berman and the evening’s host is Jon Jordan. All proceeds go to Variety the Children’s Charity. Tickets are $50 for general admission or $100 for benefactor tickets. To purchase tickets, go to www.varietytashowhouse.eventbrite.com or call Variety at 248.258.5511. The event, presented by Lincoln of Troy, begins with a 6 p.m. reception for Benefactors and 6:30 p.m. for general admission. Please enter at the “B” door near the south end of the building.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 | 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. | Theodore Alexander Designer Showhouse

Celebrate the opening of MDC’s newest showroom, Theodore Alexander (Suite 30), from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Oct. 28, with a special event presented by Lincoln of Troy. Fourteen designers, including many Detroit Home Brian Killian Rising Star award winners, will create individual vignettes using Theodore Alexander furniture, resulting in a “showhouse within a showroom.” Special guest is designer Michael Berman. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door; proceeds benefit Variety the Children’s Charity. Please enter at the “B” door near the south end of the building.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 | 9:30 - 11 A.M. | Industry Trends in Kitchen Design CEU

Trade members can learn the latest technological advances in appliances, fixtures, finishes, and materials, as well as trends in space planning and kitchen connectivity in this CEU presented by Virginia Tile with Specialties Showroom and hosted by Jenn-Air in the Mid-America Room, Suite 86. CEU course credit: 0.1. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the CEU running from 9:30 - 11 a.m. Breakfast will be served. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 27, to Lynne Moran at moranl@virginiatile.com.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 | 11:30 A.M. | Robert White, International Lighting Designer, Discusses Technology in Decorative Lighting

Trade members, please join City Lights Detroit in the Mid-America Room, Suite 86, for a lunch and learn session with Robert White, design principal of Illuminart. Illuminart combines sensibilities in architecture, art, interior design, and theater to create lighting design solutions worldwide for retail, commercial, entertainment, gaming, hospitality, and other clients. Robert will share his thoughts on the balance of art and science in lighting design. A catered lunch and refreshments will be served. RSVP to Maria Kramer at maria@citylightsdetroit.com or 248.792.7828.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 | 4 - 6 P.M. | K.B. Fine Art Introduction

Trade members are invited to join K.B. Fine Art in the Mid-America Room, Suite 86, for a happy hour and introduction to Dutch fine art by Rick Breunesse. The presentation will cover a brief summary of Dutch art history, from Rembrandt to Simon Balyon. You’ll also discover how to fit these timeless artworks into different styles of interiors. Please RSVP to Karin Breunesse at info@kbfineart.com or 734.928.8905. K.B. Fine Art has a new display in the Resource Center and will showcase a different mini-show of a well-known living Dutch artist each month.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 | 11 A.M. - 1 P.M. | Porcelain Slabs: The Beauty of Nature with Man-made Durability CEU

The goal of this course is to teach trade professionals the fundamentals of large/thin porcelain tiles, how they are made, what types of applications are possible with these tiles, and what makes large/thin porcelain tiles “green” and a LEED resource. Presented by Mont Granite, Inc. in the Mid-America Room, Suite 86. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Lunch at noon. CEU credit: 0.1. RSVP by Monday, Nov. 20, to AmberK@montgranite.com or call 248.478.9000.