Bird on a Wire
Feather your nest with an avian-inspired wall hanging—a riot of found weathered wire cradling hand-fashioned clay eggs—by artist Phil Lichtenhan. Several versions available. $800. Michigan Artists Gallery, Suttons Bay, 231-271-4922, michiganartistsgallery.com.
Plump and soften your lodge boudoir with a luxurious layer of silk pillows, printed and embroidered with flowers and ferns, and cast in ultra rich shades of chocolate, gold and cream. Set of five (twin fold-front chocolate pillow not shown), $559. Edward’s Home Furnishings, Suttons Bay, 231-271-6600, edwardsfurnishings.com.
Open Door Policy
Thanks to metalsmithing master Will Case, what originally started life as humble metal buckles have been elevated high above the lowly belt. The reincarnation: a swirly silver and copper plate that backs an ornate brass doorknob. No one will be able to keep hands off. $185. Case-Daniels Jewelry, Suttons Bay, 231-271-3876.
Sleek and chic, this stark-naked silver tree sculpture brings nature to the table. (A hint from Ciao Bella! Garden and Home owner Diane Bell: Atop a bedside hutch or vanity, it’s a natural place to hold rings and other jewelry.) $79. Petoskey, 231-622-4105, ciaobellagardenandhome.com.
From Bialetti, the Italian company that claims to have invented espresso, comes the Mini Express, a stovetop espresso maker for two—or a highly caffeinated you—that ports easily to and from the cabin. Don’t drink espresso? Consider buying it for the joy of reading the translated English directions: “Fill with cold water the little tank … ” Maker includes set of espresso cups and matching plates. $49.99. Ciao Bella Garden and Home, Petoskey, 231-622-4105, ciaobellagardenandhome.com.
Nails on a chalkboard. Thumping bass from a Dodge Neon. Some things just aren’t music to your ears. But this 22-inch chime, hand-carved from Balinese coconut shells, looks and sounds organically lovely—like a light rain on a thatch roof. It’s the perfect soundtrack to an Indian summer wind. $14.99. Enerdyne, Suttons Bay, 231-271-6033, enerdynet.com.