The 2015 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour takes place on Saturday, September 19 from 10 am to 5 pm. The tour treats tourgoers to 12 homes, each chosen for their distinctive style and/or innovative lifestyle concept. Proceeds raised during the home tour will benefit Northern Michigan non-profit, Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan. Save by purchasing tickets to the 2015 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour at

The tenth stop on the 2015 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour is in Traverse City at 6449 Peninsula Drive.

Photo: Jacqueline Southby

Photo: Jacqueline Southby

This lovely waterside home on Old Mission Peninsula speaks with a soft, southern coastal accent: hurricane shutters, a cupola above the outside stone porch and Caribbean colonial pale yellow-and-black color palette. Inside, the liquid blues of West Grand Traverse Bay flood the great room through expansive windows and a sliding door. Homeowners Fred and Laraine Schorr continued the sophisticated coastal vibe on the interior with choices including a Santos Mahogany floor, beach-glass blue walls, white beadboard and molding and a black granite hearth.

The two-story home hovers around 3,500 square feet but lives much larger thanks to an open great-room floor plan, the expansive porch (outfitted with a stone fireplace) and well-thought-out details, including a Murphy Bed in the office/guest room. In the kitchen the Schorrs (both of whom love to cook) added a circular granite counter-height four-top to the end of the working island so that guests can comfortably do what they always do: Hang out in the kitchen while their hosts cook.

The Schorrs can’t say enough about Mike Ferarro and his crew, crediting Mike with a “good eye for design and incredible with follow up and attention to detail.” The homeowners, who lived out of state while construction was going on, made only a handful of trips to check on progress. They trusted Mike so much that when he called to tell them the shade of blue wall paint they’d chosen looked washed out, they trusted him to use his own judgment and paint it one shade darker. Like everything else about this home, the shade ended up to be perfect.

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Photo(s) by Jacqueline Southby