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Midwest Meets Coastal

In Birmingham, designers map out a regional blend of settings to reflect the owners’ disparate backgrounds.

Hostess Gifts

Sure, a box of candy or a bottle of wine is thoughtful — and oh-so-predictable. Instead, bring a present that reflects the personality of your party-giver.

Bath: Perks for the Privy

Innovative products for the bath.

Kitchen: Counter-Culture Goods

Stylish accessories for the kitchen.

Kitchen & Bath Gallery

Improvement to these two rooms not only elevates a home’s style, it also raises its resale value. From counters and cabinets to showers and sinks, renovating an outdated, tired space adds a splash of excitement.

Window Boxes for Chilly Months

Freshen up the season with colorful window-box plantings.

Stephen Knollenberg Gives a Fresh Look to a Classic Colonial

Stephen Knollenberg’s interior designs tend to feel as light-filled and airy as a Lake Michigan beach on a blue-sky day. “I gravitate to pale blues and pale greens, not bold colors,” Knollenberg says. The lavish application of white also adds luminosity to many of his interiors. So it comes as a bit of a surprise when he mentions his affection for the use of black in his work.

An Art Filled Royal Oak Loft

Pieces collected around the world make for a sophisticated loft-style condo.

Playlist: Songs Evoke the Flight of Time

More than any other season, autumn is a sad reminder that time is fleeting. The sun recedes earlier, the leaves turn color, and, despite the fact that we “fall behind” on our clocks, it’s a cruel deception: No one can cheat time.

Small Pies Are Filled With Big Flavor

Pastry-wrapped ingredients, both savory and sweet, are a hearty staple of American cuisine. Pies are the new cupcakes, one national magazine recently noted, referring to their revived popularity. The following hand-pie recipes, courtesy of onehundredeggs.com, were adapted from Gourmet.

Summer in a Jar

Recipe for Strawberry Freezer Jam

Northern Lights

This home’s bright interiors nearly rival the stunning views of Big Glen Lake

Crisp Pours

In this era of winemaking, white is golden. There’s more good white wine being made today than ever — all over the world. In terms of value and breadth of choices, white wines easily out-distance reds these days. That’s especially good news for summer, which is the high season for wearing — and drinking — white.

A Breath of Fresh Air

Come summer, the division between indoors and out seems to melt away. Our living space expands, and entertaining becomes more relaxed. Patio, pool, and lawn steal the focus from dining rooms and flat-screen TVs. But like well-designed interiors, patio and pool spaces should provide a sense of place along with privacy and utility. Because they provide so much pleasure, exterior spaces deserve the same aesthetic consideration that’s given to home décor.

Square One

A classic board game and the needs of young children were the starting points in this Birmingham home. The clients wanted a simple two-story rectangle, like the stripped-down shape of houses and hotels in Monopoly — the kind of home children first draw with their Crayolas.

Songs of Escape

Summer is a season for vacations, picnics, day trips — anything to get away and enjoy a sun-drenched day or a starry evening. Here’s a playlist of escapist songs, whether it’s for just a day, a weekend, or a lifetime.

Morning Mixer

Music accompanying brunch often falls into two tired categories: jazz piano or classical chestnuts. Try this “springy” playlist to freshen up your mid-morning gathering.


Serve this variation of the popular strata dish hot or at room temperature. Vegetables and cheese may be varied. Other mushrooms are fine, though the morel is a Michigan springtime delicacy.

Just Add Flowers

Nothing beats a vase of fresh-cut blooms on the table, nightstand, or kitchen counter. Keep multiple vessels on hand to accommodate a garden variety.

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