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Five questions with … Jacqueline Linklater

Jacqueline Linklater felt there was nowhere to go for bright, whimsical décor. So she took action. As owner of Rochester’s Purple Pear, she offers a fully functioning interior design studio, along with an interesting mix of furniture and accessories.

Personal Shopper - Jennifer Mitchell

Interior designer Jennifer Mitchell shares her five favorite hot spots for home goods

Design for a Cause

The most recent addition to Birmingham’s Westchester Way is a $1.45 million, 4,580-square-foot...

Going Green without Wearing Sandals

When Kermit sang “It’s Not Easy Being Green,” the famous frog wasn’t referencing the cost of solar panels. Nevertheless, there’s no shortage of authors hoping to change the Muppet’s mind.

Dutch Colonial

Dutch control in colonial America was remarkably short lived. Within 50 years, the English took over and the Dutch influence began to wane.

The Bureau of Decorative Affairs

Bemoaning the lack of city shops carrying unique and affordable housewares while promoting and supporting community causes? Bemoan no more.

Five Questions with … Catherine Thursby

Catherine Thursby named her colorful Ann Arbor store Red Shoes, but you won’t find any footwear in stock. With its eclectic mix of vintage, handmade, polka-dotted, and one-of-a-kind home goods, Red Shoes specializes in a different kind of kicks.

Duncan Phyfe

Duncan Phyfe left an indelible mark on American furniture and design. Born in 1768, Phyfe moved his family from Scotland to Albany, N.Y., in 1784 to apprentice as a cabinetmaker.

Bringing Down the House

In just three years, the Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit has saved 1,000 tons of material that would’ve otherwise been lost to the wrecking ball.

Tastebook

Favorite recipes usually come in a card file, tagged in a cookbook, ripped out of a magazine, or, if you’re really desperate, scribbled on the back of an old grocery list.

Personal Shopper - Stephen Knollenberg

If you were an interior designer, you’d likely know where to go for the finest fabrics, furniture, and art. But you’re not. So shopping for home décor is probably more of a hit-or-miss proposition.

Tour of Beauty

This year, the village celebrates its architectural pedigree with its 35th Annual Home & Garden Tour.

Bond & Bowery

These days, you can buy a wide-collared polyester shirt from a former disco devotee in San Bernardino with nothing more than a quick click of the mouse.

10x10_2

If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, what is writing about architecture like?

Georgian

The Georgian home, usually a one- or two-story box, two rooms deep, is recognizable by the strict symmetry of its windows and doors. The paneled front door was centered and topped with a decorative crown, while its windows were aligned horizontally and vertically in rows, never in adjacent pairs.

Five Questions with ... Scotty James

Scotty James knows a thing or two about making what’s old new again. General manager of Materials Unlimited — a 15,000-square-foot architectural salvage showroom in Ypsilanti — James has a degree in historic preservation and two major home renovations under his belt.

Interiors Designed

Even as a child, Jeanine White-Haith had an eye for interiors. When her grade school unveiled a new playhouse for the kids, she came away disappointed that it didn’t have curtains.

Five questions with ... B.C. Cabangbang

An interior designer with Hudson’s for many years, B.C. Cabangbang now showcases his personal style at his Royal Oak store, ChoZen by B.C. Opened in 2006, the shop carries an eclectic array of gift items, home accents, and furnishings all personally chosen by B.C. Recently, he took a minute to answer our five questions.

Split-Level

Split-level houses — a multi-story modification of the one-floor ranch — became popular in the 1950s. Retaining the ranch’s horizontal lines, low-pitched roof, and overhanging eaves, the split-level added a two-story unit intercepted by a one-story wing.

Paul McCobb

Trained as an artist in Boston before moving to New York in the late 1940s, Paul McCobb made his name designing retail displays and furniture.
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