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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.

Beachy Keen

Outside Harbor Springs, this heavenly house on a bluff with nonstop views and creature comforts galore is one sweet home away from home

Into the Blue

On a quiet, leafy street in Franklin there’s a graceful Nantucket-shingle style home with immaculate landscaping, serene views of the in-ground pool in back, and a most surprising past.

How Thoughtful

Flower lover: Liz Andre-Stotz of the 11-year-old Parsonage Events, which she co-owns with her mother, Susan Andre. It’s nestled in a 110-year-old house in downtown Clarkston and is known for full-event floral design. Her beloved:...

Trading Places

Just about everybody, at one time or another, experiences buyer’s remorse. But Ed Koza’s mistake was a real humdinger.

Back on the Ranch

Coming full circle, after a career in automotive engineering and life in a small condo, Webster has returned to the living style of his youth: a ranch — although it's less sprawling than his childhood home.

The Lightness of Being

Sheila and Sharath Konanur loved their house. And who wouldn’t? It was big and beautiful, large enough to accommodate family visitors from all over the world.

River Reverie

It’s one of Detroit’s fabulous architectural gems from the 1920s, yet the slender building with its distinctive gilded, witch-hat crown, is barely noticed by the Jefferson Avenue commuters who whiz past.
Stuff of Dreams

Stuff of Dreams

The sprawling, two-story, 6,000-square-foot manse in Bay Harbor’s Preserve, situated on a wooded lot among dazzling views of turquoise water, was built in 1997 as someone’s dream home on Little Traverse Bay.