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The Not-So-Amazing Criswell

Jeron Criswell King was wrong. A lot.Better known as “The Amazing Criswell,” King began making off-the-wall predictions to fill airtime while working as a Los Angeles-based radio announcer in the early 1950s.

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.

Yes Sir, That’s My Burro

Right now, the majority of the world’s 44 million donkeys are doing the same type of work they’ve been doing for the past 6,000 years.

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.

2008 Design Award Judges

The results of our fourth competition prove, once again, that metro Detroit is home to an impressive roster of talented designers, architects, builders, and artisans. The winners showcase presented here is our way of giving a hearty round of applause for their fine collective portfolio.

 Playhouse

Children lucky enough to have their own playhouse traditionally have had to make do with the run-of-the-mill, Hansel-and-Gretel style, gingerbread design.

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.

Down on the Farm

In July of 1825, John Dix, a retired sea captain from the east, raised the first frame barn built in Ann Arbor Township.

And the Winner Is …

Receiving an award is generally a positive experience. Mainly because — unlike winning $5 from a scratch-off lottery ticket you bought at the gas station
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