2009 Best of the Good Life

We all strive for our share of living well. It starts with squeezing in a bit of down time between career demands and honey-do obligations. For domestic types, sprucing up the home is more leisure pastime than chore. In that pursuit, consider the winners of the 2009 Best of the Good Life as a step toward living well — at home.


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Best Place to Stock Your Wine Cellar:

Trader Joe’s, Ann Arbor, Farmington Hills, Grosse Pointe, Northville, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak; traderjoes.com.


Best Place to Shop for a Dinner Party:

Papa Joe’s Gourmet Market, Birmingham; 248-723-9400, Rochester Hills; 248-853-6263, papajoesmarket.com.


Best Place to Aspire to:



Best Hardware Store:

Russell Hardware Co., Bloomfield Hills; 248-644-0100, Harbor Springs; 231-526-8900, russellhardware.com.


Best Place to Outfit a Bath:

Herald Wholesale, Oak Park; 248-398-4560, heraldwholesale.com.


Best Place for Kitchenware:

Williams-Sonoma, Ann Arbor, Novi, Rochester Hills, Troy; williams-sonoma.com.


Best Store for High-end Furniture:

Birmingham Design Studio, Birmingham; 248-723-8888, birminghamdesignstudio.com.


Best Antiques Store:

Judy Frankel at the Antiques Centre of Troy, Troy; 248-649-4399, judyfrankelantiques.com.


Best Place for Office Furnishings:

Michigan Design Center, Troy; 248-649-4772, michigandesign.com.


Best Place to Buy an Area Rug:

Hagopian, Birmingham, Novi, Oak Park (outlet); originalhagopian.com.


Best Place to Buy a Mattress:

Art Van stores, artvan.com.


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