Fall 2007

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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.”

In Pursuit of the Good Life

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.

Wharton Esherick

Wharton Esherick spent his early years as an impressionist painter in his hometown of Philadelphia. Influenced equally by Thoreau’s Walden and the Arts-and-Crafts movement, Esherick strove to live a spartan, natural existence.

Design in our Time

Whoever said “form follows function” must not have owned an orange rubber saltshaker or a Peter Max-designed Arizona Iced Tea bottle. With Antiques of the Future, Lisa S. Roberts highlights the design of everything from water bottles to toilet brushes — proving that form and function can, in fact, work quite well together.


Established in 2005, Etsy.com has become a virtual flea market, without the fleas. The online artists community uses high-tech means for handmade hawking.

Gothic Revival

The Gothic Revival in American residential architecture officially began in 1832, when architect Alexander Jackson Davis built the first fully developed example of the picturesque country home popular in rural England since 1749.

Five questions with … Jacqueline Linklater

Jacqueline Linklater felt there was nowhere to go for bright, whimsical décor. So she took action. As owner of Rochester’s Purple Pear, she offers a fully functioning interior design studio, along with an interesting mix of furniture and accessories.

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.
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