The 2013 Northern Home & Cottage Tour

#1 Crafter's Dream

6850 S Rolling Hills Dr, Suttons Bay  // Contractor: Grand Bay Building and Remodeling, 231.995.9057,

The owners of this lovely home overlooking West Grand Traverse Bay have created a lifestyle around their art. Stephen and Rainette Palmer began their careers in education, simultaneously pursuing their art and sophisticated crafts projects as hobbies.  You’ll find their work throughout this home, including Stephen’s whimsical found-object fish sculptures that are sought after by galleries all over the country—so much so that he now makes them full time in his home studio. The studio and the Palmers’ artwork will both be on display for the tour. Before you descend into this arts and crafter’s dream space, however, you’ll be treated to a tour of this beautifully constructed craftsman-esque home. Note the spacious kitchen with its granite countertops and cork floor, the great room that centers around a stacked stone fireplace and the bedroom outfitted especially for an aging parent.

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