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Creativity flows at Cottage Pottery

Creativity flows at Cottage Pottery

Twenty years ago, when Paige O’Leary opened the precursor of Cottage Pottery at the Edgewater building in Charlevoix, pottery painting was a “hot trend.” It still is from all indications. O’Leary, ever the entrepreneur, has a new shop today on Park A...

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Cherry Republic: Retailer rises from the ashes stronger than ever

Cherry Republic: Retailer rises from the ashes stronger than ever

Cherry Republic rises from the ashes stronger than everBy Anne KellyPhotos by Michael Murphy IV and courtesy of Cherry RepublicChristmas Eve morning 2016, is a day that many locals will never forget. A destructive and consuming fire swallowed up the ...

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Country charmer puts out the welcome mat

Country charmer puts out the welcome mat

Country charmer puts out the welcome matBy Tom RenkesPhotos by G. Randall GossIn Jane Austin’s “Mansfield Park,” Mary Crawford says to Fanny Price, “I am conscious of being far better reconciled to a country residence than I had ever expected to be.”...

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Jingle all the way

Jingle all the way

 Jingle all the wayBy Glen YoungPhotos by G. Randall GossMarsha Harrison loves Christmas. And visitors to her Bay View Heights home soon learn just how much the holiday means to Harrison, as her home wears her delight in both bright colors and season...

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Attention to Detail: Art makes the home

Attention to Detail: Art makes the home

In this issue of HomeLife we have three homes, all filled with artwork that is special to the homeowners. Some very professionally done, some whimsical, and some that has traveled from home to home, and always finds a perfect spot.  Gail DeMeyere fou...

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The art of discovery: Creative cottage offers eclectic comforts

The art of discovery: Creative cottage offers eclectic comforts

When asked about a description of her home, Edith Pair responded, “It’s sophisticated whimsy.” She attributed the quote to a friend, but the sentiment is exact.Outside, car after car, truck after truck, and bike after bike whiz by in an un-ceremonial...

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Alchemist turns wood into 'gold'

Alchemist turns wood into 'gold'

When Teal Taylor begins work each day, he channels an ancient practice.“‘Alchemy’ is the process of transformation,” he said. “Alchemists were trying to turn base metals into gold, and that is the idea behind what we do. We turn raw material into som...

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The Shed boutique offers art, home décor and more

The Shed boutique offers art, home décor and more

The owners of the new Shed Fine Goods in downtown Petoskey boast a “lifestyle boutique with carefully curated finds for the home and human.” Named for the location of Renee Fleur West’s backyard art workspace, 327 Bay St., has been a transformation p...

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The art within

The art within

Art, comfort welcome visitors to the Terrace Inn By Sue G. CollinsPhotos by Adrian Boyer, Sue G. Collins and G. Randall Goss A small handsome painting by renowned artist Greg Sobran hangs unframed outside room 208 at the Terrace Inn in historic Bay V...

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Rustic Tranquility

Rustic Tranquility

Rustic tranquility‘Modern industrial farmhouse’ suits young family to a T By Glen YoungPhotos by Mike Gullon, Phoenix Photographic  What does a custom homebuilder do when he finds the perfect property with a house already completed?If he is Ben Fetti...

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Buhlmann does it all: Makes, delivers, installs and services docks and lifts

Buhlmann does it all: Makes, delivers, installs and services docks and lifts

On May 3, 2018, the Small Business Association of Michigan recognized the top small businesses in the state. Among the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” was Bulmann Dock and Lift in Boyne City. The award noted Bulmann as a small business at “the foref...

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High five to the memory of Jesperson's

High five to the memory of Jesperson's

Transforming one of the oldest businesses in downtown Petoskey into another unique entity is no easy task. Purposeful on the present tense because the concept of change is a continual process for Michael Kolkmeyer and Michael and Adam Kazanowski at H...

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Miami brights

Miami brights

Spin the color wheel and choose Miami brights for an interior design element that’s both modern and cheery. Turquoise, yellow, pink, lime green and everything in between make a statement and bring personality into your space. Bold, bright colors are ...

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Attention to Detail: Reuse. repurpose, recycle

Attention to Detail: Reuse. repurpose, recycle

We’ve all heard those three words, and we all do our best to recycle everything we can, reuse certain things and repurpose when and what we can.When it comes to decorating your home, though, how often do you use repurposed items for accessories and s...

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Handcrafted for a good night's sleep

Handcrafted for a good night's sleep

By Judy WagleyPhotos by Michael Murphy IV “O bed! O bed! Delicious bed! That heaven upon earth to the weary head.” — Thomas Hood Sleep soundly. Wake up refreshed. Begin a day of summer fun. Harbor Springs Mattress Company will take care of the rest. ...

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Clubhouse re-do blends old and new

Clubhouse re-do blends old and new

By Glen YoungPhotos by Ryan Gearhart Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright knew well how to blend form with function, knowing as the two come together, “The space within becomes the reality of the building.” As the recent renovation at the Petoskey-Bay ...

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Family friendly lakeside

Family friendly lakeside

Family-friendly lakeside living  By Mary Jane DoerrPhotos by G. Randall Goss Elegant, expansive and sophisticatedly simple, the Dunbar cottage is serenely situated on the very southern edge of Burt Lake. The water is calm, the breezes gentle and the ...

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Historical heart of Gaylord

Historical heart of Gaylord

It was a labor of love ...For nearly a year, Dr. Kristine Bobish and a dedicated team of architects, engineers, contractors, construction workers, plumbers, electricians, painters and craftsman poured their hearts into the restoration of the stately ...

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A soulful home

A soulful home

“At another time she asked, ‘What is a soul?’ No one knows, I replied, but we know it is not the body, and it is that part of us which thinks and loves and hopes ...”These words of Annie Sullivan, in 1891, as she worked with Helen Keller, ring true a...

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Road to paradise

Road to paradise

For a good many folks, the end of the road connotes an unpleasant place to live.For Deb and Bill Brown, on the other hand, the end of the road is almost paradise. The handy Antrim County couple count themselves lucky as they enjoy the many features o...

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Reclaimed, refinished, recycled

Reclaimed, refinished, recycled

Jim and Lisa Millen have taken recycling to new artistic heights.The Millens, who own and operate Great Lakes Reclaimed at 1327 U.S. 31 North in Petoskey, are committed to salvaging old wood and handcrafting exquisite new pieces of functional furnitu...

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Denim on demand

Denim on demand

Flip the script from “when in doubt wear denim” to when in doubt decorate with denim. Jeans are the ultimate staple of the wardrobe and now can be the basis of a room to give it a modern, simple look with a lot of style. The neutral to navy blue can ...

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Attention to Detail: Artwork reflects your style

Attention to Detail: Artwork reflects your style

Purchasing a home and furnishing a home is a big investment. The artwork in your home should be an investment as well. The range of artwork alternatives is spectacular from paintings to sculptures, prints, kids’ art, or handmade pieces. Art can creat...

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Fire & Water

Fire & Water

Fire & Water:Fireplace is heart of waterfront homeBy Glen Young, Photos by Mike Gullon with Phoenix PhotographicIt’s the fireplace. And the lake. And all for good reason.Ask Paula DeKeyser what she likes best about her new home on Mullett Lake and yo...

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Plankwise: Manthei creates new covering for walls

Plankwise: Manthei creates new covering for walls

New to the market in 2017, Plankwise is a permanent high quality veneer wall covering manufactured inside the Manthei Veneer factory in Petoskey.“We wanted to bring a new, high end veneer product to the market so we created Plankwise,” said Jeremy Ma...

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Attention to Detail

Attention to Detail

As we plug away through the next few months in Northern Michigan, February and March seems like the dead of winter. This is a perfect time if you have to stay in the house, to do some updating and test out your attention to detail.Maybe there is a ro...

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History blends with new design

History blends with new design

A little piece of history has found a new home on the shores of Lake Charlevoix. Its charm and chimes can be heard ringing from the rafters of the new Boyne City City Hall, which opened for business in late August.Blending a bit of the past with the ...

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Safari style goes the mile

Safari style goes the mile

The combination of earth tones, leaf patterns and animal prints can give a room an exotic feel and still keep things neutral enough to not be over the top. The safari look, relying on classic khaki, can be livened up with textures from baskets, anima...

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Victorian charmer decked out for the holidays

Victorian charmer decked out for the holidays

Victorian charmer decked out for the holidaysBy Glen YoungPhotos by G. Randall Goss Jerry and Margaret Albert have been cultivating their classic Gaylord home since the day they moved in back in 1989.A large Victorian on nearly two acres in the heart...

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From historic building to glamorous showroom

From historic building to glamorous showroom

Taking on the full remodel of a building is an incredible undertaking for anyone but put it in the hands of an expert and the job gets done with enviable results. Designer Dawn Whyte, owner of Designs by Dawn, is used to redesign and all the time and...

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Classic white brightens gray days of winter

Classic white brightens gray days of winter

Using white to decorate in winter or any other time, keeps things looking fresh and sophisticated. When it comes to holiday decorations and décor it also adds a touch of elegance to the sometimes too busy color scheme of red and green when it comes t...

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Cairngorm: Sentry to the Straits

Cairngorm: Sentry to the Straits

Cairngorm: Sentry to the StraitsBy Glen YoungPhotos by Jeff Dupre, Island Photo/Mackinac Island  Visitors venturing north and west along Mackinac Island’s West Bluff will encounter several lovely and large summer cottages dating from the late 19th ce...

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Simple in the city

Simple in the city

Simple in the CityBy Tom RenkesPhotos by G. Randall Goss In 1982 William Least Heat-Moon published a book titled “Blue Highways.” He traversed a circuitous route around and through America to find life. A life he needed to find to find himself. Cathy...

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Awesome autumn

Awesome autumn

By Cala JamesThe color orange is often associated with the season of autumn, which tends to remind us of pumpkins, fallen leaves and a toasty fire to roast marshmallows over for s’mores. Luckily, this cozy color can represent more than just one seaso...

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Summer living: Simply charming!

Summer living: Simply charming!

The Wren Cottage high on the ridge of Terrace Avenue in Bay View is a “holding hand” size cottage. Jim and Sally Rogers were attracted to it for that for their summer home in 2009. They needed something simple that required little maintenance and fin...

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Paris Calling

Paris Calling

“The equation on the page of his scribbler began to spread out a widening tail, eyed and starred like a peacock’s,” writes James Joyce in “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.” And thus, I felt as an interviewer in front of Pierre Bittar.From the...

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Water accents create 'Wow" makeover

Water accents create 'Wow" makeover

Greenspace can be limited in downtown Petoskey, yet business owners Cheryl and Roger Tallman have accomplished a noticeable landscape in a confined space.The building is located at 523 E. Mitchell St. in Petoskey, and accommodates their businesses, F...

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A 'Brave' new home

A 'Brave' new home

When Operation Injured Soldiers (OIS) board member Pam Bijansky learned a generous member had donated to the nonprofit an 8,400 square foot home on 240-acres her stunned reaction was, “What an amazing gift! We will be able to do great things for vete...

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'Northern Treasure' a summer cottage charmer

'Northern Treasure' a summer cottage charmer

Neil and Marsha Bidwell bought their little bungalow in Bay View in 1986 because they liked the solid architectural merit. The location was central and the lot backed up to the Bay View Woods creating endless possibilities for additions and a beautif...

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Navy is the new black

Navy is the new black

When it comes to fashion and décor you have to have those anchor pieces. The basics that can be built upon to keep the look tied together. The new alternative to the classic black and gray is navy blue. With a nautical lean or not, couches, paint and...

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Create-ive Solution

Create-ive Solution

“I always wanted to have a studio for kids,” Sara Manchester said as she described her background in art therapy and fine arts. When Lester’s BBQ, formerly Boyne City’s train depot, was for sale, it was an inconvenient time for Manchester to think ab...

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Comfy and convenient

Comfy and convenient

Given the right circumstances, repeating history can be the best decision, resulting in designs and execution that are original and inviting. This is what happened when Alpena area nurse anesthetist Jim Churilo called interior designer Georgeann Lind...

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Colorful cottage

Colorful cottage

An eclectic mix of modern and country living best describes this summer cottage, located on hole number two at the beautiful Charlevoix Country Club. A home away from home like no other, the bright orange door seen on Cottage Pointe Drive marks the e...

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New life for Petoskey gem

New life for Petoskey gem

“Rehabbing buildings is such a good thing to do; especially beautiful ones that deserve it,” says Jim Meathe of Young & Meathe Custom Homes.Meathe sat down to discuss the newly renovated house at 212 W. Mitchell St., in Petoskey which now contains hi...

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Reno preserves local history, provides affordable housing

Reno preserves local history, provides affordable housing

BOYNE CITY — A precious piece of Boyne City history has been preserved with the recent renovation of the W.H. White house.Northern Homes Community Development Corporation successfully completed the project, marking its 200th affordable housing unit. ...

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Temporary Wallpaper

Temporary Wallpaper

Choosing the perfect wall color or wallpaper can be labor intensive. Holding a sample up to the wall and trying to envision what the whole room will look like seems a little ridiculous. It’s also a big commitment to put up wallpaper and hope you will...

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DOW Homes

DOW Homes

Two homes by the same builder side-by-side can be found in plenty of Northern Michigan neighborhoods. Even two homes designed by the same architect in the same neighborhood might not be out of the ordinary.But two custom-built homes designed by famed...

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