Summer 2009

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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.

A Garden Plot

Kelly Reemtsen's 2008 oil, Pink Waterhose (With White Dress) looks innocuous enough; a woman appears ready to water her flowers. But look at the way she’s clutching the hose, almost as if it’s a weapon.

Almost Invisible

Appropriately named Float glassware, by Vancouver-based Molo Design, is visually airy and minimally elegant.

Décor with an Italian Accent

In addition to the arrival of Italians in the form of Fiat personnel at Chrysler’s Auburn Hills headquarters, several other Italian manufacturers are establishing higher profiles here.

A Welcoming Spirit

The home is one of 20 across southeast Michigan run by JARC (formerly known as The Jewish Association for Retarded Citizens). The 40-year-old Farmington Hills-based organization, now known by its acronym, provides residential services for adults, as well as a wide variety of support to families who have a developmentally disabled child living with them at home.

Kemble’s Keepers

Sought-after interior designer Celerie Kemble has released a coffee-table book attractive enough to grace the sophisticated rooms she creates.

Stretching the Boundaries of Yoga

Designers tend to be conceptual, big-picture types. But even given that, pairing yoga with architecture and urban planning seems a stretch, so to speak.

Invitation to Summer

The fantasy of throwing a party provides its own gratifying entertainment. You compose an ideal guest list with the right mix of personalities, decide on flowers, read hors d’oeuvre recipes, even envision male guests in white dinner jackets.

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