Recent and Featured Home & Cottage Articles

  • 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.

  • Boyne City Neighborhood Bungalow

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

  • 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.

  • Norwegian Folk

    A guesthouse in Lake City is designed to look like a stabbur, a traditional Norwegian outbuilding, and is filled with Norwegian folk art, including touches by Tove Ness who specializes in the traditional folk art of rosemaling.

  • 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.

  • River Revival

    Profile of a renovated house on the banks of the Au Sable River.

  • The Healing House In Leelanau County

    Color, simplicity and healing mark Molly Phinny’s new Leelanau County home, just outside of Traverse City.

  • Dressed Up Chairs

    How to dress up dining chairs with large men’s dress shirts.

  • Resources For: Living in the Michigonian

    List of professionals who contributed to a Torch Lake remodel including landscape, interior remodel, stonework, decorating and appliances.

  • Lilies of Her Field

    Profile of Di Rau’s Betsie River Centennial Lily Farm, where every kind of lilly thrives.

  • Resources For: The Symphonic House

    A list of the professionals who worked on the Symphonic House on Cathead Bay, designed by David Hanawalt for Jonathan and Anna Wege.