An ad inquiry turned into a writing gig for a Monroe man.
Daniel Schultz, a longtime landscape professional, is now a contributor for “Michigan Home and Lifestyle,” a quarterly magazine that showcases homes, design and food from Michigan.
Schultz owns Daniel Lee Designs and is a landscape architect and designer. His clients are businesses and residents, and he’s worked all over the state for more than 25 years.
Schultz said he had read “Michigan Home and Lifestyle” a few times and recently called the publication.
“I was speaking with a couple people about possibly doing some advertising. We got to talking, and they said, ‘I want you to talk to the editor,’” he recalled.
“They said, ‘You really know what you’re talking about,’” said his wife of 35 years, Donna, owner of Donna Spa & Salon of Monroe.
Schultz’s debut magazine article, “Living on the Edge: Bringing Relaxed Spaces to Tricky Terrain,” was published in the magazine’s summer edition. It’s about a home on Lake Shannon in Fenton, about an hour from Monroe.
“The house is on a really big steep hill with 100 pine trees that are six-feet fall,” said Donna.
Schultz built steps to the lake and created seating areas, an infinity pool and more.
“That project was fresh on my mind,” said Schultz. “The last half dozen of my projects all oriented around that topic. I’ve been doing a lot of projects on lakefront properties. A lot of homes sit above the lake with no good way to traverse down. A lot of the space is not functional.”
Working on lakefront property is a passion for Schultz.
“He’s really involved in lakefront property,” said Donna. “He’s done projects in lower Michigan and Ohio, Long Lake in Oakland County, Lake Leeann, Somerset Lake, Sand Lake in the Irish Hills area, the Lake Erie shoreline, Catawba, north to Northpointe Shores. He’s into the lakes. He’ll go wherever.”
Schultz said the magazine was pleased with his first piece, and he’s always planning the second one.
“They liked the first article. How many I want to do it up to me. It was kind of fun to do the article,” said Schultz.
His second topic might be on the newest trend in outdoor space, what Schultz describes as “interior design for the exterior,” with features like outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and outdoor rooms.
“I might get more detailed into specific projects, like outdoor fire pits, outdoor fireplaces. There are a lot of areas I can go into. I get involved in so many things that are outside, from landscape work, plants and bushes. Some are pretty involved,” said Schultz.
Another trend he’s currently seeing is outdoor patios for restaurants.
“Restaurants are interested in creating outdoor environments, patios, outdoor fireplaces. That seems to be a growing thing the last couple years,” said Schultz.
Currently, he is completing an outdoor project for Big Bear Lodge in Flat Rock.
Schultz has been working in the outdoors for decades. He got started in his father’s irrigation business. Later, he learned on-the-job at development and architecture companies.
“As time went by, I read more, I learned more, I practiced more. It’s kind of a passion for making things look better. I love the challenge of it,” said Schultz.
The Schultzes came to Monroe years ago from Cleveland. Initially, Schultz worked frequently in Monroe, but he gradually branched out.
“The projects just seemed to get more and more distant,” he said.
The couple is currently renovating the interior of their 1920 Craftsman-style Monroe home. Landscaping will follow.
“My house is last on the list,” said Donna.
“Michigan Home and Lifestyle” magazine began in 2002 as “The Michigan Home Resource Guide.” It became “Michigan Home and Lifestyle” in 2005. It is available at more than 1,300 newsstands and has readers in 45 states, two military bases and Canada.
“In Monroe, we are available at Wal-Mart, CVS, Hi-Lite, Danny’s Fine Foods, Kroger, Meijer, and Walgreens,” said Kathy Wenzel from the magazine.
On the Net: https://michiganhomeandlifestyle.com/