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Moving Ahead

It’s the night before the spring furniture market in North Carolina, and Bernard “Bernie” Moray, chairman and CEO of Gorman’s furniture, is breaking in new shoes for his trip.

Star Quality

When hedge-fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen bought Jasper Johns’ 48-star Flag recently, tongues in the art world were wagging. The selling price for the 1954 work? An estimated $110 million, The New York Times reported.

On Wings of Song

For the past couple of months, neighborhoods around here have rung pleasantly with voices other than ours. The cardinals cranked up even before March did, perky little fountains spewing musical testosterone. Soon the robins were blasting away, bravely pretending to be better singers than evolution equipped them to be. Then gradually the entire local choir found its cues — mostly a raucous B-team of house sparrows, starlings, grackles, and jays.

Keeping Cozy

Porch lights, Polish Pottery, recipes from the past, and Pendleton woolen blankets.

Shining Armor

Case goods sheathed in or accented with mirrors reflect light in quiet corners and offer visual relief from wood furnishings.

Ice Picks

Solid glass icicles may be displayed on Christmas trees, suspended from the mantel, or dangled in winter windows to capture welcome sunlight.

Pop Goes the Easel

For an artist who detested the use of the word “Pop” to describe his work, Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) nevertheless became inextricably linked to that modern-art movement.

Michigan Bounty

Though farms and gardens may sleep now under the snow, it’s still possible to eat locally and support Michigan producers.

Rebuilding Blocks

Architecture for Humanity’s Detroit chapter is being revived, and its aim is to improve the city’s story.

A Model House

When she’s away from the spotlight, Cindy Crawford kicks back with family in her beachfront Malibu home, where she takes a relaxed approach to décor.

Date Book

This season’s events offer inspiration for holiday décor, Home improvement, and cottage living.

Hot Seat

This custom dining chair goes through fire to get its edgy elegance.

Intermission with David DiChiera

Michigan Opera Theatre’s impresario fills his Palmer Park-area home with treasured musical mementos, but the 1922 house is spacious enough for him to set the stage for large parties.

When to Pull the Plug

We've all heard the stories of faithful appliances that have served their masters well past their predicted obsolescence.

Parks for Pooches

Winter is just around the corner. Soon, walks with our best (furry) friends will be reduced to a quick, mandatory backyard dash.

A Call to Order

The juxtaposition of dissimilar objects in Robert Wilbert’s art encourages the imagination to take flight. In this oil painting, for instance, one wonders about the significance of a goat and a plaster monk behind a female mannequin.

A Garden Plot

Kelly Reemtsen's 2008 oil, Pink Waterhose (With White Dress) looks innocuous enough; a woman appears ready to water her flowers. But look at the way she’s clutching the hose, almost as if it’s a weapon.

Almost Invisible

Appropriately named Float glassware, by Vancouver-based Molo Design, is visually airy and minimally elegant.

Décor with an Italian Accent

In addition to the arrival of Italians in the form of Fiat personnel at Chrysler’s Auburn Hills headquarters, several other Italian manufacturers are establishing higher profiles here.

A Welcoming Spirit

The home is one of 20 across southeast Michigan run by JARC (formerly known as The Jewish Association for Retarded Citizens). The 40-year-old Farmington Hills-based organization, now known by its acronym, provides residential services for adults, as well as a wide variety of support to families who have a developmentally disabled child living with them at home.
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