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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.

Lap of Luxury

Whether swimming in style or enjoying a quiet evening on the patio, These six designs prove it’s never been easier to take it outside.

Brush Park

Detroit’s population swelled after the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825. So entrepreneur Edmund Busch -— recognizing the rising value of his family’s plot just north of downtown — began developing the area as a neighborhood for the city’s emerging elite.

Where There’s a Grill, There’s a Way

Big Rock Chophouse executive chef Jeff Rose shares the menu, recipes, and secrets to a perfect summer steakout.

Farming It Out

Built in 1855 by Squire and Dolly Rowe, their fieldstone farmhouse came with six acres and a spot on the state’s list of registered historic sites. When Brigid first heard the Rowe house was for sale, she immediately called her Realtor and told her they wanted it.

Living Outside the Painted Box

Don Paul Young’s design for this Franklin home was ahead of its time when it was built in 1978. thirty years later, It still is.

The Garden State

Adding to an existing landscape can be a challenge. Making it seamless and believable takes capable hands.

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.


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.
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