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There Still is Plenty of Summer Left here in Michigan!

Despite the cooler evenings of last week, there still is plenty of summer left here in Michigan. My body relished the cool eves and damp mornings of the past several days, wanting the Fall to take over the laziness of this hot summer. I am realizing though, with this latest heat wave, summer hasn’t left the building, no matter how much I’d like to be wearing cable knits and heavy tweed trousers. Time for fall fashion is coming- in the…

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Taking In A Bit Of Summer

More Often than not, as of the past several years, Joe and I have had a hard time living in the moment to enjoy some of the simple things we both once relished. We have been working seven days a week all day long with our businesses in the forefront of our minds. We truly enjoy our work and are very passionate but, last night was a welcome break to our current schedule. Our dear friends Gerhardt and Ken stopped…

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Reading Rainbow

I know, the title is amusing but let me explain; some days Jody and I sing crazy little didies that get trapped in our heads for hours and hours. I was accused of having lyrical turrets, blurting out in song, obscure lyrics in what I think always to be a harmonius tone. Jody on the other hand sounds like a cat drowning in the deep, dark mill pond and we laugh. Regardless of either of our abilities to sing, we…

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Detroit Home-The Creatives Around us

Much like our industry, the magazine world has many talented people in the hive that make a publication possible. We recently had our home and gardens shot for an upcoming Detroit Home Spread and witnessed first hand all of the talent from many people that will contribute to the final product. We have worked with Joe Vaughn and his team before on another styling shoot for the Curis home in Grosse Point Shores and had great synergy then, as well…

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…and today she turns 89

Those of you who have been in my orbit know, that the lady that has shaped my views on gardening and other life lessons is my Polish grandmother. Her ways have always been simple and kind, yet the profound effect she has made on me has followed me to the present with the way I interact with clients, friends and the public. Every weekend growing up brought us to her house, where we would mow the lawn with grandpa, pick…

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Madison Building Roof Top Update

Our initial meeting with Jennifer Gilbert and Joanne Aronovitz at Doodle home regarding the rooftop of the Madison was rather kismet. It seems that the universe is connecting us with the most fascinating talent and personalities in the community. For this project, we are furthering their amazing vision, The Madison, by greening up the roof top with planters we are manufacturing at our atelier. The installation Will begin in a week or so, just after the fourth of July. We…

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May Mornings Begin with…

Our home in the village sits on the worlds smallest non acre, corner lot, which has become a veritable island refuge for all the disfranchisement critters in the 100 plus year old village. Early on in the planning of the property I removed all the turf and allowed a woodland to grow beneath the canopies of a dozen or more White Oaks and Shag bark hickories. Although I had a heavy hand in the beginning, planting beech and dogwood, hemlock…

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The power of colour

Colour has a way of segregating people in their modes or actions-disdain or adoration. The lust or hate of red or yellow-The cringe of purple or obsession with pink. We are all as different in our likes of colour and the many combinations, as their are birds of paradise in Borneo. For me this season, as those of you know who check out Fleurdetroit’s Face Book page, am on an orange kick; a colour revolution which in my realm of…

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The Trees that Shaped me

Today when I was walking this beautiful property that I helped design and have been a faithful Steward to, I stopped and marveled at the site of this Red Wood…. I have been affected a few times in my life by plants and trees which shaped me as a person and directed my path in life. The first few were as a child when my grandmother instilled the sense of wonder with gardening and I was further supported by my…

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Spring Michigan Detroit Bloomfield Hills The Atelier – Life is Great

It appears we have welcomed Spring twice here in South East Michigan. We welcomed the buzz of newly awakened bees for a spell bizzly working the French Lavender topiary over last week and now we said hello to a bright white snow flurry this morning. I must say the recently placed Olive trees and Bay Laurels are less than pleased with my premature moving of them from their cozy winter digs at a local green house. Buck up I would…

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