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April 25, 2003 - Image 62

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-04-25

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s you open the doors to Tortue, you'll feel as if you've left Keego
Harbor and entered another world. Everywhere you look, you're
surrounded by European elegance. Draperies handcrafted from
Indian dupioni silk, crystal from
- Poland and Hungary and hand woven
rugs from Thailand and India greet you, beck-
oning you to come inside. The European oil
paintings adorning the walls make you stop
and linger, drawing you into their intricate
landscapes and city scenes. Making you feel,
if for only a moment, that you're thousands of
miles away
Tortue was the dream of interior designer
Diane Creasy. As she traveled the world for her
corporate job, she fell in love with the
European elegance she saw in the homes of
the executives she worked with. Always enrap-
tured by building and design, Diane decided
to take a leap of faith and follow her calling.
"Tortue means turtle and the reason I named the store that, is that the
turtle lives in his home, his customized shell. No matter how small it is,
every one deserves to have a customized home."
But customized doesn't have to mean costly. At Tortue, the prices
range from $4.00 for French milled soap to $4,000 for an armoire.
"I've had so many women come in and say I'd just like to put on my
pajamas and live here. The surrounding instantly tranquilizes them,"

Creasy said with a smile. "When they first come in, they're drawn
towards the aromatherapy candles, the French milled soap and the
sachet bags filled with lavender and magnolia. It doesn't take long for
them to fall in love with the crystal wine
decanters, the cocktail tables and lamps."
For those who want a little help in turning
their homes into the tranquil surroundings
they see at Tortue, Diane and her staff provide
full service interior design. That service enti-
tles the customer to 15% off on all showroom
or custom ordered goods. But for those that
prefer to do their own decorating, the staff at
Tortue is there to help.
"I wanted to create an environment where
customers could be creative themselves. This
affords women a little more flexibility, they
can come on their own time without a
designer and if they want to do it themselves,
we can help facilitate that. "We look at our-
selves as healers here, we want people to love the environment they're
living in and we want to help them do it at an affordable price."
Tortue is located at 3187 Orchard Lake Road, 2 blocks North of
Commerce in Keego Harbor and is open Monday — Saturday. Daily
hours are from 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. with the exception of Thursdays
when the store remains open until 7:30 p.m. For more information,
call (248) 681-6353 or click on their web site at ww-w.tortuedecor.com


East Bay Village



ow many NEW communities can offer you
lakefront sunsets at the end of your busy day?
Or a pool, clubhouse, private dock, walking
paths and gazeboes, not to mention the added
convenience of a downtown at your doorstep?
At East Bay Village you can get all that and more - an
exceptional value at prices that range from
East Bay Village is one of Metro Detroit's hottest new
neighborhoods. Located on East Walled Lake Drive in
the heart of Walled Lake, this 26 acre development
offers the best of both worlds. "It's centrally located
with immediate access to expressways and major shopping districts," Wendy
Bratt, the development's sales manager said proudly. "Yet has the charm of a
quaint, tucked away resort like community"
The development will be home to 284 residents and offers 3 different floor
plans ranging from 1300-1800 sq. feet. Each of the plans come as an "all-

inclusive package" which includes all the appliances
(even the washer and dryer), air conditioning, flooring,
finished lower levels, cozy fireplaces and 1 or 2 car
garages. "With our complete homes, all the customer has
to do is move in their furniture," Bratt stated.
Every homeowner has their own private front and rear
entrance along with a deck or a porch, some include
both, depending on the plan. 12 are lakefront properties
with incredibly beautiful views. There is also a private
lakefront area that's over 300 feet long with a 90 foot
dock and a picnic area, owned equally by East Bay
Village residents. East Bay Village is located in Walled
Lake on East Walled Lake Drive, 4 miles west of Haggerty Road between
14 Mile and Pontiac Trail. (1/4 mile south of Pepino's restaurant)
Professionally decorated model homes are open for viewing 7 days a week,
from noon to 6.p.m. For more information, call (248) 669-7500 or visit
their website at wwweastbay-village.com



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