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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The esteemed panel of Detroit Home Design Awards judges.
Wearing a vibrant purple dress and Hermès scarf, powerhouse interior designer Barbara Barry breezed into the Michigan Design Center in Troy recently to promote her “Brushwork” finishes for Henredon.
To achieve dimension and an offhand European feel in this Bloomfield Hills home, designer Linda Powers chose a gray-and-white palette, as well as a mix of antiques and newer furnishings
When a third generation moved into their old family homestead, it was designer Ann Heath’s job to ensure that history was respected, while also acknowledging the new owners’ more casual lifestyle. The result is a tasteful melding of past and present.
Sun-dried tomatoes add a hint of summer warmth to this hearty appetizer, which also works well as a companion to soup on a cold winter’s night
Add a shot of cheery red to your holiday cocktail party with these festive potables.
Tomes for the home display well, while providing inspiration and entertainment.
Turn your baking sheet into a pan for all seasons by making cutout confections shaped for special dates throughout the year.
Take the chill out of a brisk autumn day with a piping-hot serving of butternut squash soup. Gourds are not only in season, they’re high in nutrients, too.
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.
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.