• Scavolini, Michigan Design Center, island kitchen, photo by Jeff Aisen
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    Scavolini in Detroit

    A rich vein of high Italian style, both rustic and traditional, and sleek and contemporary, permeates international interior design markets, including that in the American Midwest. Since its founding in Pesaro Italy in 1961, Scavolini has been a brand synonymous with stylistically relevant, highly functional and Italian-made living arrangements. It is known for its ability to transform kitchens and bathrooms with styles and finishes that support even the busiest of culinary homes, and branches of its stateside arm, Scavolini USA Inc., appear everywhere from Miami and its Soho Gallery flagship store in New York, to Las Vegas and, for the last decade, in Birmingham, Michigan.  As of September 2020, in…

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    Great North

    Other than the distinctive, lakeside residential styles born from craftsmanship that are second-to-none, and regional access to the fruits of trade and industry—from agriculture to winemaking—the Michigan real estate market hosts a number of opportunities for recreational real estate. Dozens of riparian and lake-mass waterways create ample fishing and boating opportunities, while rich, forested pockets throughout—and upper regions specifically—make for fine camping, hunting, and lake homes. It is within this unique sector of recreational real estate, both regionally in Michigan’s lower and upper peninsulas, and nationwide, that Great North Real Estate of Alpena, Michigan works and travels.  “It’s the diversity of the market from a recreational aspect [that is unique],”…

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    Six-string attitude

    The stage is set: a hush settles over the crowd, smoke curls languidly on the floor, and lights draw eyes and ears to the platform. There is an avid anticipation—a collective intake of breath—as the crowd watches both guitarist and the iconic silhouette held before in an extension and expression of its player. It is an instrument that has defined and redefined sound and music, launching movements and inspiring generations—and when deft fingers strum its first strings, sending vibration and resonance from body and pickups to amplifier, it can strike a similar chord in its listeners when style and function are in harmony.  The electric guitar is an instrument that…

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    Style Profile: Everyday USA

    Usually when designing a residential interior, the goal is to create a timeless space that captures homeowners’ personalities while also anticipating their growth. When the time came for Grand Rapids, Michigan-based interior design firm, Vision Interiors by Visbeen Architects, LLC to craft an interior for a young, growing family in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, the team exercised a timeless new style concept that would also become a mainstay of the firm’s stylistic repertoire. “[The homeowners] requested a classic traditional look that would also feel fresh and young and would be a space for them to live and enjoy with their growing family,” said Julie Holmes, principal designer at Vision Interiors…

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    Warm stone gallery

    Before a design project begins to take physical shape—whether interior or exterior—the right materials are chosen to create the personality of a new space. The concept of the showroom was created to present these options in a variety of layouts highlighting different themes, materials, and palettes to spark inspiration in visitors and assist them in imagining the full potential of their project. While many showrooms leverage performance or visual exhibitions that showcase products; others create understated atmospheres that promote wonderment, conversation, and comfortability. One such showroom is that of Lakeside Surfaces Inc. in Kentwood, Michigan, which operates on the notion that the showroom experience should, in itself, be designed to…

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    Diverse craft

    Variation in project scope and typology often brings new opportunities to play with different architectural styles, and for Elaine Keiser, AIA, architect and principal of Elaine Keiser Architect, Inc., those opportunities bring a breath of fresh air and thrill.  “I really embrace the idea that we can venture out into different styles of architecture and find some new way to bring them together for what the client is looking for,” Keiser said. “What we design is tailored to them and that makes it a lot of fun and very interesting for everybody involved. I’m not stuck on any particular type of design.” Keiser, who is a licensed architect in seven…