For the second time this fall, Northern Home & Cottage opens the doors to some of the most exciting homes in the region on the Petoskey Area Home Tour Saturday, October 15. On this tour, you’ll see the grounds and interiors of seven homes in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet Counties.

Proceeds raised during the Petoskey Area 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 fourth home on the Northern Home & Cottage Petoskey Area Tour is located at 11165 Summerhill Way in Charlevoix. The kitchen and bathrooms were designed by Kitchens By Design of Petoskey, 231.347.8400.

photo-by-james-yochum-nhc-2016-2Talk about foresight. The Arnolds purchased their exquisite piece of property, perched on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, 10 years ago. Soon after, the Chicago couple began clipping and tearing ideas from magazines—assembling the essence of the home they would build when they were ready to retire and move North.

That time arrived last year when their youngest son went o to college. By then, the couple felt well grounded in the kind of home they wanted to build. No summery cottage look for this family. “We are winter people,” says Mrs. Arnold. “We love skiing and snowshoeing. We knew Florida wasn’t in our retirement plans.” Above all, they wanted the heart of the home to be a two-sided stone fireplace. The real thing that burned wood, not gas.

The Arnolds brought their dreams and inspirations to designer Jill Rowley of Glennwood Custom Builders, who translated them into a spectacular blueprint. Harbor View Custom Builders project manager Nick Fettig and his team of highly skilled craftsmen worked alongside Heartwood Mills to transform the home from print to reality. Kitchens by Design’s Jill Brecheisen complemented the design team, bringing style and harmony to the kitchens and baths.

From the cedar shake and stone façade to natural interior elements of wood and stone, the Arnolds’ new home blends perfectly into its wooded lot. In the great room, large banks of windows welcome in the fresh, deep-water vista, while the two-sided stone fireplace (one side faces the living area, the other faces the dining room and kitchen) heats up the rustic style. The rustic theme continues in distressed Douglas fir trusses, handsome custom wrought iron touches (truss braces, chandelier and stair railing), a hickory floor and sophisticated barn wood accents that echo a Ralph Lauren feel.

A carefully curated use of stone on the interior is a true signature statement in this home. Beyond the fireplace, the front-door-wall is faced in stone from top to bottom, and touches of stonework continue through the dining room until they culminate in the pièce de résistance—a stone range-hood. Think lodge, fine country house, European inn—the hood, the kitchen’s focal point, executed by Jill Brecheisen of Kitchens by Design, evokes a bouillabaisse of home and hearth sentiments.

Brecheisen complemented that powerful statement with creamy farmhouse cabinetry, black granite perimeter countertops and an island topped in a thick, polished slab of cordovan-colored granite she calls cowboy leather. A separate beverage area and walk-in pantry (paneled in the logo-side of wooden wine boxes) round out this dream kitchen.

Playing off the homeowners’ ideas, Brecheisen also designed the fabulous bathrooms in the homes. Don’t miss the master bath soaking tub set into a niche that’s paneled in barn wood, or the adjacent rustic hickory vanity topped in cloud thunder granite with a leather finish.

There is plenty more to this house, including the landscaped yard with its cement-topped bar that serves up a jaw-dropping view of Lake Michigan. From outside to in, this is a definite don’t miss home on the tour!

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Photo(s) by James Yochum Photography & Alan Leese