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 sixth stop on the 2015 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour is located in Northport at 9637 North Onominese Trail.

Northern Home & Cottage first wrote about this cottage in 2006. At that time, the cottage had been transformed from a homely cinderblock structure (perhaps once used as a Native American schoolhouse) into a rustic seasonal cabin that rocked an understated style the homeowners termed “cozy industrial.” When Detroit designer Kyle Evans saw it for the first time in 2006, he fell in love. “It was tiny with so much charm and character,” he says.

As the family grew and it was time to enlarge the cottage, Kyle was ready for the job. Wanting to leave the original cabin as untouched as possible, Kyle oversaw the design of a separate 2,400-square-foot structure that used the same basic architectural elements including cinderblock, cedar and birch plywood that define the original cabin. The family then transformed the original cabin into a summer entertaining kitchen—updated using completely sustainable materials. The summer kitchen opens on to a fabulous outdoor terrace, outfitted with a bar and wood-fired pizza oven. The terrace spills out to the bluff-edge of the property, delivering a magnificent Lake Michigan view.

While the new home echoes its diminutive counterpart in both interior and exterior building materials, the construction is state-of-the-art—insulated tightly to keep it cozy in four seasons and smart enough to control everything from turning up the heat to turning on the water fountains remotely. And the interior style? Suffice it to say that tourgoers will be treated to what happens when one of Detroit’s most celebrated designers turns his heart and extensive talents north.

Expect fine, classic pieces from an eclectic mix of time periods and styles—Memphis, country, mid-century modern and early 20th century—put together to form what Kyle terms a “timeless period.” Look for mini-themes in every room: a collection of hand mirrors in the powder room, a nautical theme in another bathroom that revolves around lighting made from old fishing bobbers. And you won’t want to miss the great local art, including a piece by Clay Carlson, whose family had fished out of Leland for generations.

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Photo(s) by Todd Zawistowski