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 first home on the Petoskey Area Home Tour is located at 7264 Argonaut Trail in Indian River. It was remodeled by Lake Street Design Studio in Petoskey, 231.347.1977.

This summer home welcomes visitors with a broad half-moon-shaped front porch and gingerbread eave that echoes a gracious, early-last-century feel. Until the Arctic-frigid winter of 2014, the interior was furnished with an eye to Victorian style. That was until a March day when the homeowner came from her downstate home to check on the cottage and found, to her horror, the entire interior encased in ice—from the floors all the way up the walls and including the furnishings. As it turns out, the boilers had malfunctioned, which caused pipes to break throughout the house. The ground floor was a total loss.Lake Street Design Studio’s Renee Guthrie recalls that the homeowner was a frequent client, often purchasing art, accessories and furnishings from Lake Street’s combination boutique and office in Petoskey’s Gaslight District. But after her home was ruined, she turned to Renee and her partner, Dawn Whyte, for serious help in rebuilding. The partners found her a contractor, JPR Builders, to rebuild the inside, then Renee and Dawn went to work on the interior design and material selections.

The homeowner decided to use her misfortune to lighten up the décor with an aqua and yellow palette, and also to add more contemporary touches—then let the Lake Street partners lead the way. The result is a relaxed yet sophisticated new take on vintage cottage style that harmonizes with the gorgeous view of Burt Lake out the window.

In the living room, taupe walls and a hickory floor with a warm saddle finish are a backdrop for a comfy aqua sofa that Renee calls a contemporary take on the old camelback style. Hand-molded ceramic tiles in blues, greens and shades of white face the fireplace and continue the water-colors theme. A white silk scalloped drum pendant makes a bold statement as do matching hand-finished table lamps by the trendy company Duchess and Dune. An off-white wool area rug plays up the drama.


In the kitchen, Dawn tweaked the layout to make room for larger appliances than had been there before—a 36-inch Wolf range and 36-inch Subzero refrigerator—for this family who loves to cook, entertain and hang out. The semi-custom cabinetry is painted a pale green that exhales serenity, while a Ming Green marble backsplash and Cambria Torquay countertops, that mimic white marble, pull it all together.

As the main house project was being finished up, the homeowner turned to the Lake Street Design Studio/JPR Builders team to build a new garage with an apartment above it. Tourgoers will be treated to this carriage house with its fabulous contemporary cottage style as well as to the home’s lush grounds that include a pond and fountain just off the beach.

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