The 2015 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour in the Petoskey area takes place on Saturday, October 10 from 10 am to 5 pm. The tour treats tourgoers to 10 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 seventh stop on the 2015 Northern Home & Cottage Petoskey Area Home Tour is in Petoskey at 117 Howard Street.

With its honey-colored stucco exterior, black window frames, arched doorways and enchanting roof lines, the home that architect Nicholas White designed for his wife, Betsy, and himself pushes his penchant for exploring period architecture in a new direction. While White-designed homes and cottages are often rooted in the turrets, verandas and shingles of the Victorian era, this home hearkens gently to the4 Cotswold-Tudor cottages of England, some of which date to the beginning of the Middle Ages. Cotswold-Tudor is a style that was emulated frequently in leafy old Midwestern neighborhoods between the World Wars—making the design completely at home at the top of East Lake Street in downtown Petoskey, where handsome historic architecture defines the streetscapes.

The interior is marked by a great room that, with high ceilings and long linear dimensions, reminds ever so subtly of a medieval hall. A gracious fireplace in the living area and the kitchen, designed by Liz Firebaugh of Signature Kitchens, warm this clean, simple space that exudes countrified elegance. A walnut floor, beautiful area rugs and handsome traditional and antique furniture pieces all harmonize to make the living/dining area sing with gracious style.


An expansive, honed Vutton Gold granite countertop island highlights the kitchen area, and the Whites purposefully kept the surface clear of a prep sink or any other fixtures/appliances so that the island feels like a piece of fine furniture. Even so, the island has plenty of room for two cooks to prep (Betsy and Nick both enjoy cooking), while others can pull up a stool and enjoy a glass of wine. Painted cabinetry (Benjamin Moore Clay Beige), alder stained island base, glass-paned cabinets and generous pendant lights that are reminiscent of hanging candelabras add to the room’s Old World ambiance.

Behind the kitchen, a fabulous butler area is outfitted with a coffee bar, granite sink and a walk-in pantry that stores a rolling cart for easily transporting dishes and cooking supplies. The home’s fine detail is complemented by a spacious courtyard accessed from the great room and the master bedroom through French doors with black mullions.


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More Homes on the Petoskey Area Home Tour:

Home #1

Home #2

Home #3

Home #4

Home #5

Home #6

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Photo(s) by Todd Zawistowski