Recent and Featured Home & Cottage Articles

  • Hearth Style and Stoves

    A sample of hearth furniture and style as well as a definition of the Rumford fireplace and three different pellet stoves.

  • The New Green Kitchen

    Products for the new green, eco-friendly kitchen.

  • Recipes for Relaxation

    Three recipes for creating relaxing recipes, including massage oil, face masks and body scrub.

  • Drawing the Cottage Bath

    A profile of a classic cottage bathroom including focus on the vanity, the mirrors, the tub, the faucet, the floor and the curtains.

  • New Life For Your Lilacs

    Instructions for pruning lilac bushes to bring them back to full bloom.

  • A Cottage Full of Color

    A look inside the restored 1904 Harbor Springs home of lumber baron E.G. Carey, now a colorful vacation home.

  • Resources For: Colonial Revived

    A list of professionals who worked on a renovated colonial in Charlevoix including the architect, builder, landscaper and tile and floor supplier.

  • Stairway to Heaven

    This Pentwater house sits 150 feet above the road on a sandy bluff that looks out upon Lake Michigan’s Little Point Sable and Big Point Sable, a piece of paradise.

  • Resources For: Breaking House Rules in Traverse City

    A list of professionals that worked on a new, lakefront home on Long Lake in Traverse City, including architect Ken Richmond, the builder, landscaper and window supplier.

  • Growing Leeks

    Instructions for growing leeks in your garden.

  • Curb Appeal

    Ideas for creating curb appeal for a house including exterior paint colors, stone accents and native species landscaping.

  • A New Style for the North

    Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine’s art director, Diane Kolak, designed a new style for the North, a rustic modern home in Traverse City featuring the soothing views and colors of nature with cutting edge style.

  • Build a Birch Log Mantel

    How to build a fireplace mantle out of birch logs.

  • Resources For: The Healing House in Leelanau County

    A list of the professionals who worked on a new lakefront house featuring color and simplicity in Leelanau County, including the architect, the builder, landscaper and interior designer, many from Traverse City.

  • Add a Splash of Color to Spring

    A collection of style choices that add color and style to home decor in spring.

  • Resources For: A Farmhouse Reborn

    Resource list including the builder, interior decorator, landscaper and more for a home in Harbor Springs.

  • Let Indian summer linger

    A list of products inspired by nature and the smells of summer.

  • Resources For: Stairway to Heaven

    A list of the professionals, including the architect, appliance supplier, custom ironworks, window and cabinetry suppliers for the Pentwater home high on a bluff.

  • Resources For: A Kitchen For Cooks

    The list of professionals who worked on a sleek and functional kitchen, including the designer, contractor and lighting, appliances and paint suppliers.

  • The Pro File: Mark Miller

    Interview with glass expert Mark Miller.