Enjoy gorgeous lake views and the “classic cottage look” of this Bay Harbor home.
Cottage Company Builders
Cottage Company Interiors
The cottage look? That’s one that Kelly Konoske, president of Cottage Company Interiors, has down to perfection. But when a young family with three kids came to her with a Bay Harbor remodel, she knew something a little different would be in the mix. “Their style was right up my alley, personally,” Kelly says. “More clean-lined, more contemporary, a little eclectic.” But with a large family and lots of guests expected, they wanted the home’s new iteration to function for them in a practical way, too.
The home, located on the back side of the Bay Harbor Yacht Club, had plenty of space (seven bedrooms) and stunning views, but the kitchen was dated and closed off, and the views weren’t taking center stage. Plus the whole home, several decades old, needed a refresh.
“Stylish but comfortable, cute but not fussy”—that was the family’s remodel request, in a nutshell, and Kelly took her inspiration from there.
Out came the old floors and in went six-inch white-oak planks in a bleached, sandy tone—perfect for hiding dirt, sand and inevitable scratches. Bedrooms got wool carpet for comfort (and durability), and Kelly used jute and other natural materials for runners and accessories to add texture.
She pulled hues of blue from the water and chose geometric textiles that incorporated those blues, and then threaded them throughout the home’s bedroom and bathrooms. “We chose a lot of texture, for interest,” says Kelly, “and even incorporated lots of indoor/outdoor fabric so things would be easy to clean.”
Plenty of neutrals provided a soft update to the home, particularly in the master bedroom, the one spot where blues took a back seat. There, the cottage tradition gets a nod with white horizontal ship lath on the walls, and shades of “greige” soften the look throughout. The master bath is sophisticated, with geometric marble tile on the floor, a chrome Waterworks tub, quartz counters and big mirrors to bounce the light around and brighten the space.
But the real challenge? “The kitchen was the biggest obstacle to tackle; it just needed to be more open and more functional,” says Kelly. First, they knocked out a wall blocking the view. She tapped Signature Kitchens in Petoskey to build custom shaker cabinetry with classic, clean lines, then installed a chaine homme patterned tile to the ceiling for a seamless look. The new pantry looks like a built-in, but once it opens there’s a coffee station and small work sink tucked inside.
To accommodate their own hungry crew and abundant guests, the family needed loads of seating. The kitchen banquette is perfect for piling little kids into the window seat. The dining room is flanked by the great room and a special sitting area (just off the kitchen) that is perfect for morning coffee. But throw open the doors to the outside, and another patio dining space waits—overlooking the yacht club and harbor—and all those watery shades of blue. “After all, that’s the point,” says Kelly. “To get the whole family together, with that view front and center.”
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