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Open House: Johanna Lowe’s Buchanan home

Open House: Johanna Lowe’s Buchanan home

Johanna Lowe’s 150 year old Buchanan, Michigan home is one of the many country cool spaces featured in the latest issue of Chicago Home + Garden. Like many before her, Johanna, was charmed by Buchanan’s excellent, relatively inexpensive housing stock and charming downtown, which includes amazing home design and antique shops like Front, Thomas Jolly Home & […]

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Open House: Bill and Kathee’s Niles, MI Retreat

Open House: Bill and Kathee’s Niles, MI Retreat

There’s something magical about Wilhelm (Bill) and Kathee Kiesselbach’s two bedroom Niles, Michigan home. Bill bought the one and a half acre property several years before the couple first met, but the first time Kathee saw the house, she felt as if she had been there before. In fact, nearly everybody who visits senses something special. “My […]

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Open House: Tom and James’ Buchanan Cottage

Open House: Tom and James’ Buchanan Cottage

Thanks to antique dealer and all around good chap Alan Robandt for introducing me to partners Tom Ferguson and James Hartis who spend weekends at their second home less than a mile from Alan’s excellent shop in downtown Buchanan, Michigan.  I had no idea what to expect from the couple’s place, but truth be told, […]

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Interview with a Fire Dancer: Shirley Myers Speaks

Interview with a Fire Dancer: Shirley Myers Speaks

Front owners Joe Paolucci and Tom Hitchcock held one of their renown dinner parties last weekend, and I was honored to be invited.  The couple estimates they spend 19 out of 20 weekends at their Buchanan, Michigan modernist glass and steel weekend retreat, which suits their sons Harry and Joey, ages 11, just fine (they […]

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Open House Update:  The Carter’s Tiki Basement (it’s old school cool)

Open House Update: The Carter’s Tiki Basement (it’s old school cool)

I’m sunning by the beach in Naples, Florida, so no Roundup today, but I thought you’d enjoy more photos of the Carter’s stunning home.  When David, a Tiki collector, took Amy, who was also a Tiki enthusiast, to a Tiki restaurant on their first date, they knew it was love.   The Carter’s are acknowledged […]

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Open House: The Carter Family’s Munster Mid-Century

Open House: The Carter Family’s Munster Mid-Century

When, during my recent visit to the spectacular mid-century modern showroom Pegboard Modern, owner David Carter mentioned he and his family lived in a mid-century modern home designed by architect John McPherson, my ears perked up and my photo finger started twitching.  Just a few weeks later, I was in his home’s original kitchen chatting […]

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Open House: The Heister’s media suite (Sweet!)

Open House: The Heister’s media suite (Sweet!)

As I’ve often said, the best part about writing Strange Closets has been meeting so many interesting people, and today’s Open House stars, Mark Heister Designs owners Mark and Linda Heister are two of the most fascinating and enjoyable.

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