Recent and Featured Home & Cottage Articles

  • Danny Forster’s Cool, Green House Completed

    Now that construction is complete, Danny Forster, the host of Discovery Channel’s show, Build It Bigger, walks us through his first solo architectural project—an exciting, innovative green home in Omena, just north of Traverse City on the shores of Lake Michigan.

  • 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.