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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.

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 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.
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