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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.

Strata-sphere

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.

Design Awards 2010 - Elements

Design Awards 2010 - Judges

The esteemed panel of Detroit Home Design Awards judges.

Barbara Barry Talks Style

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.

Graying Power

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

Family Circle

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.

A Savory Starter

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

Bright Spirits

Add a shot of cheery red to your holiday cocktail party with these festive potables.

Pump Up the Volumes

Tomes for the home display well, while providing inspiration and entertainment.

Cookie Calendar

Turn your baking sheet into a pan for all seasons by making cutout confections shaped for special dates throughout the year.

Comfort in a Bowl

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.

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.

 Saline

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.

 Plymouth

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.
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