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Common Ground

A dramatic bluff-top site inspired one couple’s desire for a minimalist and airy family home. The result garnered a 2009 Detroit Home Design Award for residential architecture.

‘Like 24-hour Zen’

A polished, edited interior creates a calming décor that’s well-suited to restful views of water, rolling lawns, and passers-by at leisure in a public space.


Head west on Michigan Avenue until you reach Saline and you’ll be greeted by the key-lime colored clapboard of the Davenport House, otherwise known as Curtiss Mansion.


On the Internet, it’s called “The Peacock House.” When we spotted it years ago, we could swear there was a sign out front that read “La Casa Llama.”

Sale of the Mid Century

A ’60s-era ranch is home to space-age style and two savvy shoppers.

Artful Living

A color-coated condo showcases a collection of contemporary art and design.

Down on the Farm

Having grown up in Detroit’s University District, Andrea Webber has a thing for old homes. So when it came to building a new house, she and her husband, Kevin, had a few ideas. “We both like modern,” he says, “but we both grew up in old houses.

A Modern Farmhouse

When architect Michael Van Goor first meets with a couple hoping to build a new home, he has them compile individual lists of the five things they absolutely couldn’t live with and the five things they couldn’t live without. It’s sort of an architectural twist on The Newlywed Game.

Collection Agency

Dennis and Bonnie Vankeersblick collect almost everything. Here’s how it happened.

The Amazing  Technicolor Dream House

Graphic designer John Latin gives a formerly bland Royal Oak ranch a spin on the color wheel.

Home is Where the Horse is

Gary Wasserman is a man of the world but his roots are planted in Metamora’s horse country.

Flawless Frost

Architect Wallace Frost’s stay in Birmingham wasn’t long — but it was prolific.

Roger Margerum & the Magic of the 45-Degree Polygon

Pioneering architect Roger Margerum has had an influential career. His home on Detroit’s east side proves he still knows all the angles.


Pontiac is going green. Habitat for Humanity, Chrysler Financial, and Gontina Building and Design joined forces to build the area’s first affordable home that meets the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification standards.

Fun House

Seasonal affective disorder is a fancy name for the winter blues. In other words, winter is depressing and everyone’s at risk. But before you go burying your head in a snow bank, consider giving your home a splash of color to combat the onset of weather-based blahs.

Chef’s Choice

Chef George Vutetakis and Sara Hill designed their Birmingham kitchen. Here they share their secrets and sources.

Hamtramck Disneyland

Dmytro Szylak, A Ukrainian immigrant, worked 32 years in a GM factory before retiring and beginning construction on an ever-evolving, always-expanding art installation perched high atop two adjacent garages behind his house in Hamtown.

Three Things About Alexander Girard

His donation of more than 100,000 pieces from the folk art collection he and his wife, Susan, began collecting on their honeymoon in 1939 quintupled Santa Fe’s Museum of International Folk Art. Pictured: Pieces from their collection photographed in their Grosse Pointe home.

Gimme Shelter

Of all his creations, Roger Margerum is most proud of a simple, award-winning steel park shelter located just downstream from the Ambassador Bridge. “I particularly like it because it achieves the Mies van der Rohe principle of ‘less is more,’” he says. “It is pure shelter with no walls, heat, or lighting. On each building elevation, there are two elegantly intersected lines with one horizontal roof beam supported by one vertical column.”

What’s Cooking?

Whether it’s carryout, coffee, cocktails, or conversation, the kitchen’s where it’s happening — which is likely why they’ve grown larger and larger over the years. But bigger isn’t always better.
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