Recent and Featured Home & Cottage Articles

  • Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour Round-up

    Catch up on the Traverse City area’s recent Kitchen Tour.

  • How to: Make Gingerbread Ornaments

    Use beautiful autumn leaves to make seasonal ornaments.

  • Lake Michigan Cabin's New Groove

    A happy ending for a bare bones Northwoods cabin on Lake Michigan near Traverse City.

  • Tour Charlevoix's Hobbit Houses

    Check out Earl Young, a local legend’s, whimsical architectural masterpieces called Charlevoix’s hobbit houses.

  • Northern Style: Holiday Dazzles

    A little old, a little new, a little shimmer and lots of blue.

  • Q & A With A Geothermal Expert

    Rex Ambs GeoFurnace Heating & Cooling LLC, Traverse City 231-943-1000,

  • Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour

    Tickets for the Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour are available for $12, Saturday, November 1st at all of the tour locations listed at the bottom of this article. Please come and join us. It’s going to be a beautiful day for beautiful kitchens.

  • From Brady Bunch to Hip in Petoskey

    A stylish young designer takes on her Brady Bunch–era home in Petoskey and turns it into a hip hideaway.

  • Pulled Together: Bedtime

    Rock-a-bye in rustic elegance.

  • The Chameleon House's Perch Above Lake Michigan

    With its lean profile and modern mien, the Brondyk home captures the Lake Michigan view and creates an unexpected and captivating presence along a Leelanau County two-lane.With its lean profile and modern mien, the Brondyk home creates an unexpected and
    captivating presence along a Leelanau County two-lane.

  • Lucky Shot in Oscoda County

    After a long hunt, this couple hits the bull’s-eye with this Northern Michigan quintessential getaway.

  • Northern Style: Soft Rustic

    Buh-bye, lumberjack lodge. The new rustic is soft, feminine and naturally inspired.

  • Northern Style: The New Mod Has the Blues—and Blacks

    The new mod is big on cool blacks and blues, warm browns and plenty of personality.

  • How To: Dressed-Up Chairs

    Dress up your chairs with sweet button-down shirts.

  • How To: Create a Veggie Bouquet

    Savor summer’s bounty with this easy, festive table arrangement.

  • Up North Industrial on East Grand Traverse Bay

    An urban minimalist design (with a rustic soul) fits in at the beach in Traverse City.

  • Resources: Pint-Sized & Perfect

    Custom door, trim & cabinetry Knapp Carpentry, Steve Knapp, Beulah, 231-651-9028 Furniture Betsie Bay Furniture, Frankfort, 800-652-4202, Lighting Northern Lights & Lifestyles, Frankfort, 866-544-4894, Carriage […]

  • Pint-Sized & Perfect

    A retired New York executive fits his Crystal Lake life into a very small cottage and lives happily ever after.

  • Resources: Efficient Beauty in Traverse City

    Builder, architect and suppliers who contributed to the progressive spirit of an Up North Michigan cottage in a Traverse City neighborhood.

  • Efficient Beauty in Traverse City

    A California couple brings Up North cottage style to their Traverse City neighborhood and it fits right in.