Northern Michigan Home & Cottage: Northern Style with Carrie Blanck

Northern Michigan Home & Cottage: Color, detail and a passion for the Harbor Springs landscape and lifestyle all work together to form the basis of a Très Belle Interior Design. Beyond that, I enjoy getting to know my clients and spending time with them as we explore their tastes to create new fresh interiors. Integrating my clients’ favorite pieces along with unique furnishings and fabrics to customize their new or revamped space is very rewarding. There is nothing better than the big reveal at the end of a project when the client realizes that we’ve captured their vision.—Carrie Blanck, Très Belle Interiors, 231.526.9691,

1. In today’s paperless culture, paperweights have become lovely objet d’art—as manifested in these trillium-filled orbs, created by Harbor Springs glass artist Harry Boyer in homage to the beloved Northern Michigan forest flower. $45–$50. Boyer also made the trillium bowl shown here. $100. Boyer’s work has appeared in Smithsonian magazine and was included in the Flint Institute of Arts exhibit, Captured in Glass: Historic and Contemporary Paperweights. Boyer Glassworks, Harbor Springs, 231.526.6359.


2. The tiny village of Harbor Springs houses some of the finest European antique shops in the Midwest. Count among them L’Esprit Antiques, where Carrie found this wonderful, one-of-a-kind antique baguette slicer. She suggests using it as a cookbook rack. $275. 195 W. Main St., 231.526.9888,


3. A personal favorite artist of Carrie’s, Mary Hramiec Hoffman offers custom originals and giclees of her most popular paintings. Featured here is a giclee, entitled Bluff Day, depicting the view from the bluff in Harbor Springs. “The great thing about Mary’s art, besides her amazing talent, is that her giclees make her work affordable,” says Carrie. “Consequently many of my clients have more than one of Mary’s works in their homes.” Bluff Day, framed, $575. Très Belle Interior Design or Hramiec Hoffman Studio & Gallery, Harbor Springs, 231.526.1011.


4. The sensibilities of Colby Smith’s handcrafted doorknockers capture the essence of Northern Michigan living. A brass maple leaf is shown here, but Smith’s collections also include sailboats, flip-flops and other icons of the good life. $199. Russell Hardware in Harbor Springs, 231.526.8900.


5. Monogrammed linen cocktail coasters by Matouk help protect fine furnishings and add a personal touch to gatherings. They also make wonderful gifts! Set of four, $89. Monogram Goods in Harbor Springs, 231.526.7700.


6. This Waterfall Lamp, hand-blown from recycled glass, brings the inspiring color and texture of Harbor Springs’ watery landscape indoors. Carrie found it at Finishing Touches, a downtown Harbor Springs home decor boutique that she loves to scout for accent pieces. $335. 237 E. Main St., 231.526.6632.

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