Pam Pierce grew up coming to The Homestead. Her parents rented first, then purchased a condo and later, in the 1980s, they exchanged it for this condo in the then-brand-new Vantage Pointe units at the tippy-top of a ridge. The view from the unit is spectacular—overlooking Sleeping Bear Bay, Sleeping Bear Point and the Manitou Islands. On a clear day you can even see the shipwrecked freighter, the Francisco Morazan, whose great hulking hull has marked the southwest end of South Manitou Island since it went down in the early 1960s.
When Pam and her husband, Bruce, purchased the condo from the family in 2017, the interior was still vintage late 1980s—fun and relaxed but a bit chopped up and very much in need of an update. For a top-to-bottom redo, they turned to Angela Goodall and her talented team at Kitchen Choreography.
This condo was featured on the 2019 Traverse Area Home Tour by Northern Home & Cottage.
The finished product is a light-filled home with every ounce of space used efficiently—changes that begin in the entry where cut-stone flooring takes the place of linoleum and a formerly under-used alcove now houses a boot bench and coat hooks set into the beadboard wall. A maple floor stained a silvery gray replaces carpet and linoleum throughout the rest of the ground floor. A half-wall between the entry and the kitchen was removed to make room for a banquette and also for a kitchen island. Laminate countertops were exchanged for Berwyn Cambria Quartz countertops and gracious, solid creamy-white cabinetry replaced former apartment-style cabinets.
Other smart moves included removing a bank of cabinets in the loft and replacing them with a glass half-wall, opening up the gorgeous bay view through the first-floor transom windows. Kitchen Choreography redid all of the bathrooms, including the master bathroom which was completely refigured to make room for a new lux shower. The staircase received a railing makeover with generously spaced spindles—again to allow the lake view from the front windows to be visible even from the steps. Just as clever is a triangular piece of glass set into the wall of the staircase to the lower level that lets in light from the living room.
New creamy-white interior doors with four inset panels and oil-rubbed bronze hardware, custom white-painted built-ins next to the fireplace and creamy-white upholstery with blue accents complete this home’s fresh traditional style. Equally refreshing are the words Pam uses to describe working with Kitchen Choreography. “Perfect,” she says. “They did everything I asked. Angela saw my vision and made it happen. She made an overwhelming project, not overwhelming.”