Northern Style: Michigan Blues

In the April 2015 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine and Northern Home & Cottage, discover one of Michigan’s best features, the abundance of blue hues!

Shore Find

Leelanau Peninsula beaches are dabbled with Leland Blue, the blue-green slag from a Leland iron-smelting factory that operated in the 19th-century. Make a statement with it around your neck. $595. Becky Thatcher Designs 
(stores in Traverse City, Glen Arbor, Harbor Springs and Leland), 231.947.5088,



Make a bold décor statement for a mere $11 with this fabulous vase. We repeat: $11. Cali’s, 242 E Front St. Traverse City, 231.947.0633.


Water Colored

A timeless chair upholstered in soft, glossy leather. The manufacturer calls the color Caribbean. We call it Torch Lake on a Sunday in July. Or Walloon? Glen? Do I hear Lake Charlevoix? Lake Leelanau? The shallows of Lake Michigan anywhere along the northwest Michigan coast. You get the picture. $1,943. The designs on the pillows reminds us of the truss work on a certain bridge we love. $81 each. URDEZIGN LUGAR, 4444 US31 N., Traverse City, 231.518.4148,


Blue Moo

A well-placed cowhide adds texture and interest to any room setting. But we particularly like the way this one folds back for a powder blue reveal. $564. Find it at Ella’s, 209 E Front. St., Traverse City. 231.947.9401,


Morning Michigan

Use this chirpy towel to dry the coffee mugs, then head into the mitten for the kind of adventures we adore on our freshwater peninsula: hike, boat, fish, ski, paddle, beachcomb … $16. Suhm-Thing, 153 E. Front St., Traverse City, 231.941.0150.


Freshwater Plates

Perfect for a small-plate supper served shoreside. $12 each. 
Cali’s, 242 E Front St., Traverse City, 231.947.0633.


Michigan’s Masterpiece

Hang this photo-on-canvas of the Mackinac Bridge on your wall and take daily inspiration from its majestic span. 2-by-3-foot photo. $375. My Secret Stash, 122 Cass St., Traverse City, 231.929.0340,










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