People & Lives | Designer Spotlight

From Discard to Décor, Karen Brennan sees purpose, beauty in junk

From Discard to Décor, Karen Brennan sees purpose, beauty in junk

Discard to décorKaren Brennan sees purpose, beauty in junk By Kristin BatesPhotos by Tatum McWattersWith a passion for repurposing and a barn full of architectural, antique and industrial salvage, Karen Brennan, a mechanical engineer and master picke...

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Designer — Jennifer Aenis

Designer — Jennifer Aenis

“I think everybody deserves a safe, functional and beautiful home,” said interior designer Jennifer Aenis, proprietor of The Inner Structure Interior Design in East Jordan. “I truly believe that and I love helping people achieve it.”“I grew up in a m...

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Designer: Noni Pace

Designer: Noni Pace

 Noni Pace creates comfortable, casual, classic designs By Anne KellyPhotos by Tatum McWatters Influenced by her mother, an antiques dealer, an aunt who is an artist, an aunt and cousin who are architects, and a sister who is a landscape architect, i...

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Designer — Nancy Blandord

Designer — Nancy Blandord

Boyne City’s Nancy Blandford is a woman of many talents. She is an artist, a musician and a designer who has been designing kitchens and bathrooms since 1987.She grew up learning her trade first-hand assisting with projects in her parents’ design bus...

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Making dreams come true

Making dreams come true

After 30 years in the business, Tim Fisher’s passion for design is evident, evolving to keep up with emerging styles while maintaining the traditional regional style of Northern Michigan.The leader of a multi-disciplined team at Indesign in Charlevoi...

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Designer — Kali Weber

Designer — Kali Weber

Photos and article by M. Chris Leese Kali Weber isn’t an astronaut, but she and business partner, Shelley Knudson, launched a new studio in Petoskey like she was riding a rocket.Weber and her husband, Don, had been visiting the area for years and whe...

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Designer — C.J. Zondervan

Designer — C.J. Zondervan

Story and Photos by M. Chris Leese “Design is emotional,” says designer C.J. Zondervan, NCIDQ (National Council of Interior Design Qualification), of True North Interiors, Petoskey. According to Zondervan, things should look, feel, sound and smell go...

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Designer — Brian Clay Collins

Designer — Brian Clay Collins

“I’m working hard — at working less (with moderate success),” Brian Clay Collins says as he pets his faithful little spaniel. “I’m 67 years old — love the creative process — and my clients. I don’t intend to stop ...”Collins is a Fellow of the Americ...

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Designer: Lori Arnold of Interiors, Inc., Bay Harbor

Designer: Lori Arnold of Interiors, Inc., Bay Harbor

“There’s a fine line between having an interesting mix — and a miss match,” says Lori Arnold of Interiors, Inc., Bay Harbor. “It’s all about what the client wants.”Arnold is a successful, life-time Northern Michigan designer, an early riser and a go-...

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Designer — Georgeann Lindberg

Designer — Georgeann Lindberg

Georgeann Lindberg’s endearment with home projects began on the knee of her grandfather, a long-time decorator in Arkansas. She was also inspired by other designers in her family and began renovating her parents’ home in Lincoln Park at age 12. Other...

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Form, function, or aesthetics?

Form, function, or aesthetics?

Is it form, function, or aesthetics? That’s what Kelly Paulsen, designer at Quiet Moose of Petoskey, must know when she begins transforming spaces for her clients. It starts with careful listening and ends with a place to cherish.Graduate of Illinois...

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