50 Years and Counting

By | 2018-05-03T09:29:15+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Guides, Home|

Lack of LGBTQ Protections in Fair Housing Act Leave LGBTQ Residents Vulnerable Finding a good location, comparing rent or mortgage prices and debating whether to use professional movers or getting a self-driven truck rental should [...]

Home Guide 2018 News Hits

By | 2018-05-01T13:50:02+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Guides, Home|

Hagopian Cleaning Services Adds Air Duct and Dryer Vent Cleaning Members of the community will begin to see new purple trucks on Michigan roads. Hagopian Cleaning Services, a Michigan company since 1939, is growing again. [...]

#FoodPorn Stars to Follow on Instagram

By | 2016-11-03T09:00:00+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Guides, Home|

BY EMELL DERRA ADOLPHUS Jared Peña on learning to throw the cookbook out the window Jared Peña likes to cook from cultural experience. He's traveled to more than 50 countries, including India, Peru, Thailand, Burma, [...]

Traveling to a Home Around the World

By | 2016-05-05T09:00:00+00:00 May 5th, 2016|Guides, Home|

BY AJ TRAGER When Ken Russell, a London native, spent a summer in San Francisco a little over a decade ago, the experience of exploring the city and spending time with a talented drag queen [...]

Making Detroit Feel More Like Home

By | 2016-05-05T09:00:00+00:00 May 5th, 2016|Guides, Home|

BY AJ TRAGER Founder of the Heidelberg Project Tyree Guyton (center) with some of the many volunteers who donate their time and energy to cleaning up Heidelberg Street. Photo by Geronimo Patton. DETROIT - [...]

Gayborhoods

By | 2016-05-05T09:00:00+00:00 May 5th, 2016|Guides, Home|

By Emell Derra Adolphus John Corvino and Mark Lock have been proud residents of Sherwood Forest since 2002. BTL photo: Andrew Potter For Kari Kildow, the city of Ferndale has come to mean family. [...]

House Into ‘Home’

By | 2015-10-01T09:00:00+00:00 October 1st, 2015|Guides, Home|

BY EMELL DERRA ADOLPHUS While some houses may be sold on features alone (pool, garage, backyard), it takes a realtor to sell a "home," says Christopher Ayers of Shain Park Realtors in Birmingham. "A house [...]

Moving Forward To Home Sweet Home

By | 2015-10-01T09:00:00+00:00 October 1st, 2015|Guides, Home|

BY AJ TRAGER James and Teddy Washington recently moved to Brightmoor. While living at their previous home they faced constant harassment and threats and say that moving to the new place is like night and [...]

The Beauty Of Natural Imperfections

By | 2015-10-01T09:00:00+00:00 October 1st, 2015|Guides, Home|

BY AJ TRAGER Paul Hickman is the owner and founder of Urban Ashes, a unique furniture and frame manufacturer that employs Michigans transitional and disabled labor force to create frames and moulding from recycled and [...]

Evergreen Antiques Offers Uniqueness

By | 2015-10-01T09:00:00+00:00 October 1st, 2015|Guides, Home|

BY BTL STAFF Owner Jim Cyr and partner Cindy O'Flynn BERKLEY - Love of antiques and attention to unique value is reflected in the ever-changing inventory at Evergreen Antiques. Owner Jim Cyr has been in [...]

Keepin’ Your House A Home

By | 2015-05-07T09:00:00+00:00 May 7th, 2015|Guides, Home|

By Ed English Pictured: Darin Lenhardt. Photo by Andrew Potter Two worlds are about to collide! Moving in together can be a lot like sex - if done right, it feels and looks awesome; [...]

Home Sweet Dorm

By | 2014-10-02T09:00:00+00:00 October 2nd, 2014|Guides, Home|

By Sarah Hunt No matter what "home" means to you, you can transform your dorm space from institutional to inviting with a modicum of effort and a whole lot of flair. Or even a moderate [...]

The Mainstreaming Of Gayborhoods

By | 2014-10-02T09:00:00+00:00 October 2nd, 2014|Guides, Home|

In his new book, "There Goes the Gayborhood?," Amin Ghaziani explores whether queer-dominated neighborhoods are destined to disappear as LGBTs become more accepted into mainstream culture. Drawing on a wealth of evidence - including census [...]

Bradlys: Home Decor & More

By | 2014-10-02T09:00:00+00:00 October 2nd, 2014|Guides, Home|

By Jerome Stuart Nichols Bradly Rakowski, owner of Bradlys Home and Garden in Lansing. Photos courtesy of Bradly Rakowski Sometimes, it's just the threat of change that makes great ideas come to life. For [...]

Flower Power 101

By | 2014-04-24T09:00:00+00:00 April 24th, 2014|Guides, Home|

By Emell Derra Adolphus If a rose is a rose is a rose, why aren't any of yours growing? Each year gardening enthusiasts spend hundreds of dollars on plants and flowers only to have them [...]

Rebel Fleur

By | 2014-04-24T09:00:00+00:00 April 24th, 2014|Guides, Home|

By Emell Derra Adolphus When it comes to shaping your summer garden, beauty begins with the architectural bones, says Phillip Morici of Fleurdetroit in Bloomfield Hills. "You can't have an English garden in front of [...]

Growing An Appreciation For Food

By | 2014-04-24T09:00:00+00:00 April 24th, 2014|Guides, Home|

By Emell Derra Adolphus Beyond reaping the fruits and vegetables of your labor, planting a garden offers an insight into the ways organisms interact in a community, says Tyson Gersh, president and co-founder of the [...]

Farming A Following

By | 2014-04-24T09:00:00+00:00 April 24th, 2014|Guides, Home|

By Emell Derra Adolphus Tyson Gersh is the president and co-founder of the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative. Photo: Emell Derra Adolphus We've heard just about every freaky thing the gay social app Grindr is [...]

Great Wall Grows Beyond

By | 2013-10-03T09:00:00+00:00 October 3rd, 2013|Guides, Home|

Great Wall is a custom wall-covering company based in Ferndale. Photo courtesy of Great Wall. It was almost 10 years ago that Josh Young and Andi Kubacki stood at the edge of the proverbial [...]

Home … It’s Where The Office Is

By | 2013-10-03T09:00:00+00:00 October 3rd, 2013|Guides, Home|

By Jerome Stuart Nichols For almost anyone who doesn't work on a Google campus, office life can cause a host of maladies. Memo-itis, endless meeting disease and cubicle madness all afflict office workers at an [...]

The Carriage Couple

By | 2013-10-03T09:00:00+00:00 October 3rd, 2013|Guides, Home|

By Emell Derra Adolphus Photo: Andrew Potter The founding pioneers of Detroit's historical Indian Village assembled an architectural community rich in antiquity. Over a century later, not much has changed about the people who [...]

Designing Your Dream Home

By | 2013-10-03T09:00:00+00:00 October 3rd, 2013|Guides, Home|

By Emell Derra Adolphus Like every crucial aspect of our material lives, size matters. And fortunately for us, the gay men who dominate the profession of interior design are usually size queens. "A sense of [...]

Remembering Palmer Park Days

By | 2013-04-25T09:00:00+00:00 April 25th, 2013|Guides, Home|

By Greg Piazza One of the six buildings that comprise the Palmer Park Square project. Photo: Jason A. Michael Viewpoint Before there was a "Fashionable Ferndale" there was Palmer Park. An enclave of some [...]

Living In Style

By | 2013-04-25T09:00:00+00:00 April 25th, 2013|Guides, Home|

So often a dream house is just that - a dream. But for Royal Oak couple Michael "Chet" Chetcuti and Kyle Evans, they didn't just imagine parking a vintage car in the living room or [...]

‘Mobile’ Man

By | 2013-04-25T09:00:00+00:00 April 25th, 2013|Guides, Home|

By Jerome Stuart Nichols Courtesy of MOCAD During his 35-year career, Michigan-born sculpture, installation and performance artist Mike Kelley went from humble beginnings to being labeled as "one of the most influential American artists [...]