The 2016 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour in the Traverse City area takes place on Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Traverse City home tour treats tourgoers to 11 beautiful homes, thoughtfully designed and surrounded by stunning Northern Michigan landscapes in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.

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 2016 Northern Home & Cottage Home Tour at

The first home on the Northern Home & Cottage Tour is located at 1427 Wayne St. in Traverse City. The home was designed by Bay Cabinetry and Design Studio, 231.946.6882.
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Molly and Troy Buttleman have built, lived in and sold a number of custom homes in the Traverse City area, so by the time they decided to build their final (a word Molly emphasizes) home, they knew they wanted to be on Traverse City’s west side. After researching the area, they found just what they were looking for: a hilltop lot on Wayne Street, close enough to downtown to bike there, but with the peace of the rolling hills and trails of Hickory Hills Ski Area behind. The bonus: The partial summer view of Grand Traverse Bay opens up wide when the leaves come off the trees.

For the most part, the couple has leaned toward a Craftsman style in the homes they have built. And while this new home has the custom woodwork and detail of a contemporary Craftsman, Molly, working with Sandra Bargiel, owner and principal designer at B.C.D. Interiors,  stepped out with bold finish choices that give the home a sophisticated urban-modern look: deep brown hardwood floors, soft gray walls and the use of a subtle black in the doors, cabinetry and black railing on the open upstairs loft-hallway. That black is contrasted and complemented by glossy white woodwork and walnut floors. A bank of floor-to-ceiling white-trimmed windows and double doors flood the great room with natural light and views of the woods behind the home.

Sandra used her skill and inspiration to reconfigure walls in the great room for a space that is sleek, comfortable and über efficient. The designer had one thing in mind, she says: “Keep it sophisticated, keep it social and make it extremely functional so that it accommodates Molly’s ever-expanding group of family and friends.” With that, Sandra reorganized the blueprint where it effected the pantry, closet area, powder room, laundry, kitchen, butler’s pantry and sunroom, maximizing function and the flow of all areas. “Space planning is my specialty,” Sandra says. “It is the bones of the entire space and where all the aesthetic elements are built into once it has been thoughtfully achieved,” she continues. “Balance within the kitchen design is of primary importance to make sure it fits within the entire architectural space. This is what achieves the allure for guests to return time and time again. The kitchen becomes a timeless center piece for the entire home that will never become outdated.”

Those design principles play out in elements including a 5-by-8-foot island topped in black granite and supported by white legs and built-in cabinetry. The perimeter cabinetry is a mix of white and charcoal gray—colors that bounce off the blue-gray glass subway tile backsplash. Double ovens, a wine refrigerator, a Wolf range and a set-in stainless sink make this a kitchen that gets it done. Well thought-out niches, including a screened-in porch, coffee bar and breakfast nook (with a walnut butcher block table), walk-in pantry and walk-in bar round it out–truly a newly conceived social workspace that is ready for serious cooking and entertaining.

Other elements to watch for in this spectacular home? A fabulous laundry room outfitted with a stainless steel dog-washing sink, stunning bathrooms that play out the dark color theme right down to the toilets and extra tall doors/doorways that evoke the spirit of a gracious last-century inn.

Phase II: Petoskey area 2016 Northern Home & Cottage Tour Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find information in your October issue of Northern Home & Cottage.

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