Recent and Featured Home & Cottage Articles

  • Build a Bark House

    Poplar bark shingles are available Up North.

  • A House Made from Clay and Straw. Really.

    In her Crystal Lake home Bonnie Barnes achieved Provencal style and superb structural performance with an updated version of an ancient, sustainable building. technique.

  • Capture Winter's Icy Sparkle

    Cool products put together to create an icy sparkle for winter, including a chandelier, candle holders, decanter and glasses.

  • It's a Platinum

    Home to be featured in Northern Home & Cottage wins a prestigious green award.

  • Renovating? Now It’s Easy to Be Green

    The U.S. Green Building Council wants to help make your next remodel green.

  • Up On the Roof

    Super Green Idea: A rooftop greenhouse to grow plants and help heat your home.

  • Danny Forster’s Cool, Green House

    Danny Forster, the host of Discovery Channel’s 2007 show, Build It Bigger, walks us through his first solo architectural project—an exciting, innovative, green home in Omena, on the shores of Lake Michigan.

  • Breaking House Rules in Traverse City

    A Long Lake house designed by Traverse City architect Ken Richmond incorporates Arts & Crafts, cottage and contemporary. The home manages to be creative and styled while melting into the trees.

  • Yarn As Still Life

    Instructions on how to use balls of yarn to create a design element in a home.

  • A Garden State of Mind

    Several ways to bring style to your garden.

  • The Symphonic House

    Profile of the Symphonic House –a house on Cathead Bay that takes in nature’s songs, designed by architect David Hanawalt for Jonathan and Anna Wege.

  • Built for the Boughs Outside Traverse City

    Architect Marco Silveri treated the trees as tall neighbors when he designed this Spider Lake cottage near Traverse City.

  • Big Lake Beach House

    Two professors build a Lake Michigan cottage to escape their hectic life in the city.

  • A Kitchen for Cooks

    This Petoskey kitchen designed by Nancy Blandford is sleek, high-functioning and made for a couple that loves to cook.

  • Backyard Project: Maple Syrup

    Easy instructions for how to tap the maple trees in your backyard and make your own maple syrup.

  • The New Northern Michigan Farmhouse

    Cool designs in kitchens that update the farmhouse tradition.

  • Grow a Pizza in Northern Michigan

    How to grow the ingredients for pizza sauce in one pot and then harvest the tomatoes, herbs and onions to make pizza sauce, in Northern Michigan

  • Dock Around the Clock

    A look at everything from furniture to grills that make life on the dock work for the summer.

  • Cabin Life, Chapter Two

    A profile of an almost 100-year-old cabin converted into an updated cottage without losing the original charm and spirit.

  • Boyne City Neighborhood Bungalow

    Home profile of a cottage with bungelow lines located in a Boyne City neighborhood, designed by Jodi Alger Lyons.