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    • 10:12 AM, Aug. 22, 2014

    Mid-century modern in Bloomfield Hills showcases works from travels

    The exterior of this 1950s Bloomfield Hills ranch house is very unassuming, very plain Jane. You have to wait for the 'WOW' factor when you step inside.

    • 6:23 AM, Aug. 22, 2014
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    House really all about the lives of its family

    It took some time before I drive past 1720 Dorchester. As often you tell yourself, 'It's just a house, it's just a house,' the emotional frame of reference does not easily correlate.

    • 5:31 PM, Aug. 21, 2014
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    Buckles just right for summer fruit and growing kids

    Jack. was a toddler when I first met him, and he's now he's a rugged rough and tumble kid. Jack also likes to help his mom in the kitchen and loves to bake.

    • 10:56 AM, Aug. 22, 2014
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    'River of creativity' flows with furniture making

    When Sue Kolb of Ortonville spends time up north, she sometimes takes a break from fun activities to hunt for twigs in ditches. She uses the branches to construct the twig furniture she makes and sells under the name Red Pine Pottery & Twigs.

    • 5:38 PM, Aug. 21, 2014
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    Inspect your trees for their danger potential

    One of the great charms of older neighborhoods is the stately centennial trees that line the streets. But aging trees can become hazards if they are not cared for.

    • 5:34 PM, Aug. 21, 2014
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    Framed paintings are diamonds in the rough

    Sandy and Gerry McCarroll of Grosse Pointe Park seem to have that Midas touch. A few months ago, Gerry picked up two oils discovered in a pile in the basement at a Grosse Pointe estate sale.

    • 5:34 PM, Aug. 21, 2014
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    Nautical is nice when done with light touch

    Nautical knickknacks don't have to be kitschy. Luckily, there's no shortage of tasteful maritime decor that lets us celebrate the Great Lakes State without going overboard (pun intended).

    • 5:42 PM, Aug. 21, 2014
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    What it means to really be 'neighborly'

    Being a good neighbor starts with a face-to-face introduction. I know it's considered old-school, but your kids probably do it all the time.

    • 5:32 PM, Aug. 21, 2014
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    Let gold shine on in home decor

    Depending upon your passion for gold, you can go high luxe by washing your room in it. Or you can add just a glint here and there to thread in a tiny touch of luster.

    • 5:31 PM, Aug. 21, 2014
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    Freestanding tubs can be a bathroom's masterpiece

    Here are things to consider when you want a bathtub in the center of the room.

    • 5:32 PM, Aug. 21, 2014
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    Can contemporary design include crystal chandeliers?

    Most would think a crystal chandelier would be all wrong in a contemporary setting. Not true. It depends on the metal finish and whether the fixture has lamp shades.

    • 5:33 PM, Aug. 21, 2014
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    Make a kitchen menu board

    Create a chalkboard to match your decor by adding a thin plywood panel to the back of a pre-made picture frame that matches or coordinates with your decor.

    • 5:39 PM, Aug. 21, 2014
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    Welcome Mat: The latest and greatest for your home

    Find tips for flooding cleanup; see the Marshall Home Tour; find the latest from Crane & Canopy; and much more.

    • 7:45 PM, Aug. 14, 2014
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    Ex-Ford designer keeps cars close at heart in art, furniture work

    You can't pigeonhole Camilo Pardo. The New York-born, Metro Detroit-raised designer know for redesigning the Ford GT is also an artist, fashion designer and ...

    • 7:47 PM, Aug. 14, 2014
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    Fresh figs star in summer salad

    Oh, goody, it's fig season. Be still my heart. Perhaps more than any other fruit, it's the fig that gets my full attention once it starts appearing in the ...

    • 7:49 PM, Aug. 14, 2014
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    Textile artist opens shop in 'Small Mall on Second'

    Dreams do come true — just ask longtime fiber artist Sheila M. Palmer, owner of Quetarshe Textiles Boutique & Studio.

    • 7:51 PM, Aug. 14, 2014
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    2014 hasn't been the year for great tomato growing

    Weather-wise, this has been another summer for the books. Great for planting and growing trees, flowers and shrubs, but when it comes to growing great tomatoes ...

    • 7:52 PM, Aug. 14, 2014
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    WWII soldier's portrait to get a new home

    About a decade ago, Kelly Cronin of Grosse Pointe Farms came across a portrait of an African-American soldier from World War II at an antiques shop on Mack ...

    • 7:55 PM, Aug. 14, 2014
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    Bring the outside in to make summertime last

    Just because something is intended for outdoor use doesn't mean it can't come inside the home. By doing so, pieces become more practical while providing a ...

    • 8:02 PM, Aug. 14, 2014
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    Welcome Mat: The latest and greatest for your home

    Visit the 'Gearhead' gallery Motorsport Studio in Ypsi, check out Boston-Edison's annual attic sale, watch A&E's new salvage decor show and more.

    • 8:05 PM, Aug. 14, 2014
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    Ricotta easy to make at home, a delight to serve

    It's a revelation to think you can make ricotta at home simply by cooking milk and cream, adding a little lemon juice and letting the result drain in ...

    • 8:07 PM, Aug. 14, 2014
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    Look to Morocco for rich and powerful decor

    Designers are using Moroccan furniture and accessories to create a look that is luxurious and to bring a touch of the exotic into our lives. The effect of ...

    • 8:08 PM, Aug. 14, 2014
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    Trouble with gardening gimmicks is often in the details

    There's a problem out there that I see every day. I call them 'gimmicks' because they are ideas that don't really work. Actually, they might work for a short ...

    • 4:33 PM, Aug. 13, 2014
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    After the rain, you need to beware of mold

    The record-setting rains resulted in flooded streets, leaky roofs and flooded basements. More importantly, the aftermath of the water damage can have longer ...

    • 11:08 AM, Aug. 12, 2014
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    What to do if your basement floods

    This morning, hundreds of Metro Detroit area homeowners found themselves confronted by flooded basements caused by yesterday's monsoon.

    • 10:02 AM, Aug. 8, 2014
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    Metro Detroit salvage shops preserve bits of history awaiting their new homes

    Salvage businesses are similar to antique stores, except with more nuts and bolts — literally. There are several across Southeast Michigan, including ...

    • 6:40 PM, Aug. 7, 2014
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    Spruce trees under siege in lower Michigan

    'What's wrong with my blue spruce?' is the lament of homeowners throughout Michigan. The U.S. Forest Service Christmas Tree Pest Manual lists 20 pest problems, ...

    • 6:42 PM, Aug. 7, 2014
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    Control the humidity in your home to stay cooler

    It isn't just the heat but also the humidity that makes us uncomfortable. That's why you feel more comfortable when it is 85 degrees with 45 percent humidity ...

    • 6:37 PM, Aug. 7, 2014
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    Watermelon makes good tomato sub in gazpacho

    As a frustrated tomato grower and an avowed gazpacho lover, I am sick and tired of waiting around for the crop to come in. Watermelon makes a great gazpacho ...

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