When these homeowners, who had just moved back to the United States after years living in England, found this Brady Bunch–era ranch house on Old Mission Peninsula, they knew it was the perfect home for their collection of mid-century modern furniture. After purchasing it, they plunged into a renovation with an eye toward keeping the mid-century soul but updating it with a clean, minimalist style.
Photo by J. Lynn Photography
Working with contractor JP Construction and kitchen designer Meagan McLain of McLain Designs, they transformed the home. Job one was replacing the dark, heavy kitchen cabinetry with sleek white acrylic Artizan cabinetry by Woodland. Next, a peninsula that blocked the cooking space from the rest of the kitchen area was removed and replaced with an island topped in Unique Calacatta by MetroQuartz. A walnut table extends from the counter, creating an L-shape and offering seating that takes in the water view outside. The perimeter counters are also Unique Calacatta Quartz—and used, as well, to face the walls behind the counter up to the ceiling. The GE Café appliances are anything but last century— the homeowners can operate them completely using Siri. The sleek induction cooktop is topped with a mod, barrel-shaped hood made by the Italian company Futuro Futuro. Other new touches are a bar in the kitchen and buffet-style cabinetry for serving hors d’oeuvres to guests lounging in that original ’70s-style sunken living room.
Photo by J. Lynn Photography
NHC Home Tours Digital Exclusive: Host’s Highlight
No one knows all 8 homes better than this year’s host, Erin Lutke. We sat down with Erin to get the inside scoop on each and every home, and here we share some of her favorite moments when touring + a never-before-seen video snippet of the room or moment that she revealed. You can only find the 2022 Northern Home & Cottage Virtual Home Tour Host’s Highlights on MyNorth.com.
“I felt like I stepped into England in this home. The homeowners just returned to the US after being abroad for 25+ years. There was a kettle for tea (no coffee maker in sight!), stunning bottles of gin on display, and their daughter in England kept Facetiming to say goodnight to mom and dad. We had the best chat about what Europe does best and what the US does best… over gin of course!” – Erin Lutke.
Want to take a closer look at this mod refined home for yourself? View this home and 7 more of Northern Michigan’s most gorgeous homes when you get your donation-based tickets now for this year’s Northern Home and Cottage Virtual Tours, benefiting Child & Family Services.
Preview More 2022 NHC Virtual Home Tours
- Take a Peek Inside this Over-the-Top Cape Cod-Style Home
- Tour an Artful Coastal Shingle-Style Retreat with Bay Views
- You Won’t Believe This Staircase to Heaven
- Discover To-Die-For Details in a Nature-Inspired Condo
- Uncover Treasures in a Parisian Antique–Collector’s Hideaway
- Step Inside an English-Inspired Refined Modern Abode
- Tour a Custom White Pine Timber-Frame Waterfront Oasis
- Steal Inspiration from this Clever Coastal Farmhouse
- Visit our landing page for more information on this year’s tour.