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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.

Kemble’s Keepers

Sought-after interior designer Celerie Kemble has released a coffee-table book attractive enough to grace the sophisticated rooms she creates.

Stretching the Boundaries of Yoga

Designers tend to be conceptual, big-picture types. But even given that, pairing yoga with architecture and urban planning seems a stretch, so to speak.

Five questions with … Lisa Rennell

During the chaos of holiday shopping, it’s good to have a go-to gift shop when collecting odds-and-ends for family and friends. Grosse Pointe’s Rennell & Co. is just that shop. Recently, we asked owner Lisa Rennell for her tips and trends for the season.

Rococo

Rococo was an answer to the oppressively formal baroque style. Much like French ruler Louis XIV — whose reign is synonymous with it — the baroque aesthetic was austere and rigid.

Richardsonian Romanesque

In The 1870s, architect Henry Hobson Richardson developed his own take on the Romanesque architecture that had been a popular choice for public and commercial buildings earlier in the century.

Handmade Detroit

If crafting is your poison, then check out handmadedetroit.com — a virtual hub for Detroit’s handcrafting set.

A Midwinter Night’s Gleam

WINTER — if you believe the ancient Greeks — came about when Demeter was mourning the abduction of her beloved daughter Persephone. To protest, Persephone’s mythic momma refused to nourish the earth until her daughter was returned from the underworld.

It’s Frying Time Again

An Israeli treat makes the season sweeter.

Wharton Esherick

Wharton Esherick spent his early years as an impressionist painter in his hometown of Philadelphia. Influenced equally by Thoreau’s Walden and the Arts-and-Crafts movement, Esherick strove to live a spartan, natural existence.

Design in our Time

Whoever said “form follows function” must not have owned an orange rubber saltshaker or a Peter Max-designed Arizona Iced Tea bottle. With Antiques of the Future, Lisa S. Roberts highlights the design of everything from water bottles to toilet brushes — proving that form and function can, in fact, work quite well together.

Etsy

Established in 2005, Etsy.com has become a virtual flea market, without the fleas. The online artists community uses high-tech means for handmade hawking.

Gothic Revival

The Gothic Revival in American residential architecture officially began in 1832, when architect Alexander Jackson Davis built the first fully developed example of the picturesque country home popular in rural England since 1749.
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