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Time for a Change

Vera and Tom Ruczynski longed for the days when they could hop on their beloved bicycles and peddle into town. The couple, who had raised their family in a beautiful 5,000-square-foot house with a pool and two-and-a-half groomed acres, was ready for a lifestyle change

Grand Transformation

When a Birmingham woman retired last year from a job that kept her traveling all over the globe, she decided it was time to shed her home and downsize to a condo in the city’s downtown area.

Nuts, Bolts, and Luxury Living

In these heady days of downtown Detroit’s rebirth, Christopher Burcham, a 30-year-old entrepreneur, bought a building on the outskirts of Corktown and turned it into four high-end condo units, including one he occupies. Two-and-a-half years...

Just Her Type

For Megan O’Connell, every day presents an opportunity to explore how the past can feed the future. The internationally acclaimed artist, designer, and educator shares space in her Detroit Eastern Market studio with mellow...

Romancing the Revival

It was love at first sight when Dottie Adair peered through the leaded-glass windows of the stately house on West Boston Boulevard and saw the wide entryway and long hall that led to an inviting breakfast room at the end.

Color His World

When Doug DelGrosso started looking for a house a few years back, he was thinking of settling in Birmingham; its urban vibe reminded him of Europe, where he had lived for three years.

Very Merry Modern

Whole-house holiday frills in shades of lime, aubergine, hot pink, cinnamon, and bright orange are whimsical warm-ups for a contemporary home

Sister Act

One’s a busy designer. The other’s a busy exec. Together, they’ve collaborated on a sensational contemporary in Franklin
Derek Smiertka and Chad Ackley

Artists In Residence

Few people can boast a full-size English greenhouse in the middle of their living room, but Derek Smiertka and Chad Ackley can. The couple, partners in life and in business, live and work in a Detroit space that’s just as unconventional as their greenhouse.
Isn't it Grand? - Staircase

Isn’t it Grand?

Every inch of Monique and Russ Springborn’s Howell home is laid out on a grand scale, from the hilly 48 acres it sits upon to the theater room with the same cushy seats and swanky lighting found in real movie houses.