Summer 2010

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Celebrations, A Decorating and Entertaining Even

On Sept. 23, Celebrations, A Decorating and Entertaining Event, was held at Michigan Design Center in Troy.

Kitchens for a Cause

Kitchens for a Cause was held on Sept. 23 at Scavolini by Cucina Moda in Birmingham.

Simply Irresistible

Art Van Furniture in Royal Oak held Simply Irresistible on Sept. 19.

250 Martin

On Sept. 16, the grand opening of 250 Martin was held in downtown Birmingham.

Dining by Design gala 2010

On Aug. 14, the Dining by Design gala was held at the Benson and Edith Ford Conference Center at the College for Creative Studies.

Hazel Parks Art Council

On June 19, the Hazel Parks Art Council hosted a fundraiser to promote and support arts in their community.

The Italian Dish

The Italian Trade Commission selected The Italian Dish in Birmingham to exclusively in Michigan celebrate the traditions of fine giftware Made in Italy.

The Michigan Design Center's Summer Soiree

The Michigan Design Center's Summer Soirée was held on June 17 in Troy.

Making Summer Last

There’s a war going on the garden, and the buttercups are winning — or they were, until I stepped in to give the bee balm and anemones a fighting chance.

Birds & Bees

Rising from the Ruins

It’s a sunny Sunday afternoon and Matt and Kim Clayson are peering out the dining-room windows of their Indian Village home as company arrives. Sally Crapo Bullard, great-granddaughter of the home’s original owners, ambles in, along with Bill Morgan, founder of the Swartz Creek Historical Society, and his wife, Monte.

Moving Ahead

It’s the night before the spring furniture market in North Carolina, and Bernard “Bernie” Moray, chairman and CEO of Gorman’s furniture, is breaking in new shoes for his trip.

Star Quality

When hedge-fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen bought Jasper Johns’ 48-star Flag recently, tongues in the art world were wagging. The selling price for the 1954 work? An estimated $110 million, The New York Times reported.

On Wings of Song

For the past couple of months, neighborhoods around here have rung pleasantly with voices other than ours. The cardinals cranked up even before March did, perky little fountains spewing musical testosterone. Soon the robins were blasting away, bravely pretending to be better singers than evolution equipped them to be. Then gradually the entire local choir found its cues — mostly a raucous B-team of house sparrows, starlings, grackles, and jays.

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.
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