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Lyle, thirty-four, is a trim, self-possessed mother of three who once wanted to be a pro soccer player. But "when I got to college, I saw that wasn't going to happen," she says. "Then, my next goal was to be a mom and have some kids. Well, I've done that. But all along the way, I've always been creating something."

The Blue House building itself is an example of Lyle's own style of up-cycling, purposeful craftiness. The 1890s house across from the Michigan Stadium has been in her husband's family as commercial property for years. Lyle has refurbished it with open and Shaker-like simplicity: two airy studios upstairs; workshop space, kitchen, and consignment gallery downstairs.

"My initial thought was to be nonprofit," Lyle says. "But my accountant said, 'You know what? With all the hurdles you're going to have to jump through, start out as an LLC, but model yourself after a nonprofit.' So that's what we do. We have an advisory board, for instance. When we do go to nonprofit, we'll have everything in place."

Blue House, 1026 S. Main. 780-1762. Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and during scheduled workshop hours. Otherwise closed Sun. & Mon. www.bluehouseannarbor.com

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