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number 21 is significantly close to my heart, it states: “If you are blessed to still have a parent (or grandparent) in your life, call them just to say I love you.” I told him while he was alive, but I’ll say it again, I love you Pop! I’d like to give a shout out to my other parents who we will be enjoying the holidays with: Grammy, Missy Moo Moo, and Champ- I love you!

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e inspired this holiday season! Having the honor of writing BayLife Magazine’s holiday feature this issue was pure joy. The story, found on page 36, is titled “Giving Back,” in it we list 24 handson ways to give back this season. While researching the countless opportunities to embrace giving in our community, I found myself excited to partake! Many of these acts of kindness are simple, like shoveling a neighbor’s driveway, or donating a toy to Toys for Tots. Others require more effort, for example, adopting a cat from a local shelter. With the recent passing of my father-in-law, Ken Kurjan,

Exciting news for a member of our BayLife team! Our editor, Kristy Kurjan, has released her latest children’s board book: I Spy… A Pig In A Plane. Counting, shapes, colors, and forms of transportation are the focus of this educational and entertaining book. This is the fourth title in her Creative Kids series which includes: Nap-a-Roo, Dream Sweet Dreams, and The Many Ways To Say I Love You. Kurjan is the mother of three adorable kiddos who love to read, run, and play outside! Find her colorful board books at these Northern Michigan retailers: Sweet Pea, Brilliant Books, Grand Traverse Resort, Apogee, The Bookstore in Frankfort, and Millie & Pepper. Thank you for supporting local this holiday season!

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Holiday spirit is giving generously without the expectation of receiving. This idea will continue to be a focus here at BayLife Magazine into 2020. Inside this issue you will find BayLife Magazine’s new column “Northern Hero” written by Andrew Dzierwa. Turn to page 32 to find the poignant story of the Tuesday Toolmen and the ways they are changing our community for the better. Expect more deserving members of our community to receive this honor in the coming year and beyond. Inspired to give back?! Tell us about it: Share images of giving on Instagram by tagging BayLife Magazine @baylifemagazine. Use the hashtag #BayLifeGivesBack to be featured in a future issue. Wishing you and your family love, health, and happiness in the new year!

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GIVING BACK In it, we give 24 hands-on ways to give back to our community this holiday season.

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AT HOME WITH THE LUTZ FAMILY Discover the details that make this stunning house a home.

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LOCAL SCOOP

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LOCAL DISH

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WICKED GOOD EATS

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CHEERS

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FOODIE FINDS

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FEELING GOOD

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NORTHERN HERO By Andrew Dzierwa

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STYLE IN THE CITY

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A VIEW FROM ABOVE By Jim Anderson

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HOME STYLE

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PROJECT HOME By Erica Murdock

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THEN & NOW

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Members of West Shore Bank’s Grand Traverse Team

“Some lenders make promises. West Shore Bank makes dreams come true.” - Doug Fierberg, Mortgage client

When Bryan Ulbrich, Left Foot Charley’s owner, recently shared his philosophy on how to care for wine, the sentiment sounded very similar to our client service philosophy. In his words: ‘Every day, we get to deal with a living product. It’s our responsibility to respond to what we are given, keep it safe, make it the best it can be.’

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MOVERS & SHAKERS ON THE TOWN

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Teresa Lutke, Annelle Kaspor

Andrea Ania, Alyson Purgel, Cathy O Connor, Susan Rauser, Ann Porter

Deanna Couture, Katy Maximiuk, Amie Ollis, Ann Ronayne

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MOVERS & SHAKERS

Sid Van Slyke, Senior VP Market Leader at West Shore Bank, sits down with BayLife Magazine to share his banking wisdom and a few fun facts...

SID VAN SLYKE

You have been in the banking industry for over 20 years, what do you enjoy about it? I’ve always loved the personal connection in banking with my clients. There is nothing more private in life than finances, so you have to be connected. I just love when I get a call from a child or relative of a longterm client, I know I’ve become a trusted family advisor, not just their banker. Do you have any words of wisdom you live by? Never forget you work for the client. My paycheck may come from the bank, but I work for my clients. You can never take that relationship for granted, it’s too competitive a business. What three words could describe you best? Generous, funny, hardworking…. My wife came up with these, not bad! Who is your hero? Any football fan that was born and raised in Michigan and has been able to adopt a team other than the Detroit Lions as "their team". I would love not to have my heart ripped out year after year, and suffer from this completely irrational emotional investment in a team, and a game that I am acutely aware means absolutely nothing to me in reality... Go Lions! Are you a TC Native? If not, what was your journey here? I was born and raised in Flint and moved to TC with my wife, Stephanie. We met in college at Saginaw Valley State University. I was offered a position here or Mt. Pleasant. We rented an apartment and six months later we knew we had stay. You fall in love with Traverse City, and 20 years later here we are! What’s one thing that would surprise us about you? For a couple of years I thought I might be able to make a living as a beach volleyball player. Yeah, it didn’t end well... What is your family’s favorite holiday tradition? Skiing at Crystal Mountain on Christmas Day, and our Elf on the Shelf, named Lucky, is a blast every year.

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Pictured: Sid Van Slyke with wife Stephanie, son Sidney III (Bean), daughter Charley, and their Italian foreign exchange student, Anna.


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Holiday Glow The Center for Plastic Surgery & Skin Care 4110 Copper Ridge Dr, Ste 242, Bldg D, Traverse City www.thecenterforyou.com Calling all men and women who are in search of that holiday glow, stop by The Center for Plastic Surgery & Skin Care’s Holiday Pop Up event on December 5th from 10am to 6pm, you will like what you see. There you will find specials on everything skin care including: wrinkle relaxers, laser services, beauty products, microblading, and Coolsculpting. With door prizes, hors d’oeuvres, and refreshments, it’s fun and informative. The skin care center will unveil new technology and their newest surgeon, Dr. Trevor O’Brien, will be available for meet and greets. 24

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Name your diet: Keto, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, gluten-free, diary-free, nut-free, diabetic, breast feeding, or just plain healthy… FYT Healthy Foods knows how to prepare for it! Co-owners Kaylee Davenport and Kelsi Davenport recently launched a healthy meal prep company that offers chef-prepared, diet specific meals, hand delivered to your door (no delivery fee with-in Traverse City). The seasonal meals are created specifically for each individual customer’s wishes with locally sourced ingredients. Their retail store, located at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, offers grab and go a la carte meals as well as healthy desserts, healthy baked goods, dry snacks, zero waste merchandise and FYT apparel. “There is such a need for this type of business. We genuinely want to help people reach their goals, affordably,” says Kaylee. “We understand the life of a busy family or individual and how to help with less time in the kitchen, but still meeting nutritional needs.” How does it work? Fill out a short questionnaire on their website. Chef Kaylee will then ensure an ideal meal plan, which includes a list of allergies/foods to avoid and diet specifications. The meals are prepared the same day and are delivered for free within Traverse City limits, every Monday and Wednesday from 3-6pm (they also offer pickup.) Meals arrive in reusable, microwave safe containers so there is zero clean-up involved. In addition to meal planning they can provide catering, family dinners, and crock pot meals!

A Scrumptious Slice Cicero’s Pizza

1779 S. Garfield, Traverse City & 2408 M 137, Interlochen www.cicerospizzainterlochen.com Striving to offer the best take-out pizza around, Cicero’s Pizza is a classic home town pizzeria operated by The Lumdsen family. With a flagship location in Interlochen, their new second store-front is just north of the airport on the east side of Garfield Road, next to Serra automotive. It boasts a delicious menu of freshly made pizza, breadsticks, and salads. What makes Cicero’s slice so special? The dough and sauce is made every morning from old family recipes using the finest cheese available. A family operation, they offer carry-out, and delivery service.

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Local Sparkle NôMI Sparkling Water www.drinknomi.com Pure Northern Michigan Montmorency cherries are extracted then infused to flavor NôMI Sparkling Water, a refreshing zero calorie beverage. The company was started by Dan Hinkle & Rob Grainger in 2018 and their first retail customer was Fieldstone Market & Deli on N. Long Lake Road. “We are all Michiganders and love Northern Michigan. We all grew up picking cherries while on vacation,” says Kate Shapkaroff Sales and Marketing Ambassador for NôMI Sparkling Water. “Launching a product that fits in with the healthy Northern Michigan lifestyle and can help support Michigan agriculture is important to us.” Crisp and refreshing, look for the launch of three new flavors in 2020: grapefruit, lime, and lemon! #livenomi


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to the many wine events this holiday season and into the New Year! Here are a few Northern Michigan wine events that you will not want to miss: Photo provided by Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail

Toast the Season: November 2 & 3 or November 9 & 10 Celebrate the holiday season and get inspired for your own holiday gatherings by sampling mouthwatering wine and food pairings along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. Mac and Cheese Bake-Off: November 30 Area restaurants partner with one Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail winery to create a perfectly indulgent mac & cheese and wine pairing. Attendees are asked to vote for the best pairing, cheesiest recipe, and overall favorite. Premium Pour: December 1-31 During the month of December, taste a wide selection of the great wines being produced on Leelanau Peninsula. Tickets are $30 per person and include a signature wine glass and complimentary premium wine pours at more than 20 wineries along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail.

Sips & Soups: January 11 & 12 Experience the magic of Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail’s wineries covered in a glistening blanket of snow, while sipping savory soups paired with delicious Pinot Noirs, Rieslings, Chardonnays and more. Winter Warm Up: January 18 Shake off the chill of January with the Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail’s Winter Warm-Up. Stop at ten distinct wineries featuring seasonal comfort food small bites from local restaurants paired with unique wine offerings. Taste the Passion: February 8 & 9 Gather your friends and embark on an adventure of snow-covered vineyards on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail with sweet and savory bites, and amazing wine. Romancing the Riesling: February 15 Attendees will visit the ten distinct wineries along the Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail to taste their top Rieslings.

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Let’s raise a glass to the season of spirits! The holidays are filled with family, friends and entertaining. When stocking the bar, consider some of these delicious Northern Michigan distillery options. Mix up an Old Fashioned with Traverse City Whiskey Co.’s XXX Straight Bourbon, or create a Bloody Mary with vodka from Iron Fish Distillery. Give your cocktails true local flare by adding Traverse City Whiskey Co.’s premium cocktail cherries. Remember to drink local this holiday season!

FOREST FINDS

Jack Pine Gin: Northern Latitudes Distillery Tasting notes: Local Leelanau botanicals like jack pine seed and lavender create a distinct and deeply regional flavor.

BURST OF FLAVOR

Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur: Mammoth Distilling Tasting notes: Made with coffee brewed to reflect a rich vanilla nose, pleasant notes of cacao and a hint of nuttiness in the finish.

COOL COCKTAILS

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CHILLED SPIRITS

Whiskey Wedge: Corkcicle sold at Traverse City Whiskey Co. Tasting notes: Designed to melt much slower than smaller traditional ice cubes, Whiskey Wedge helps retain your drink’s full flavor.

AMBER & ELEGANT

XXX Straight Bourbon: Traverse City Whiskey Co. Tasting notes: Amber and elegant, Traverse City Whiskey Co.’s XXX Straight Bourbon has been aged at least four years in new American white oak barrels. With warm vanilla and a little heat, it is perfect for sipping, and it still holds its own a craft cocktail.

SPICY SIGNATURE

Bourbon Whiskey: Grand Traverse Distillery Tasting notes: This bourbon is made from 60% Michigan corn, 30% Michigan rye and 10% malted barley, it has a subtly spicy signature of rye.

LOCAL SWEETNESS

Premium Cocktail Cherries: Traverse City Whiskey Co. Tasting notes: Harvested from local cherries, they are delicious!

HONESTLY UNFILTERED

Michigan Winter Wheat Vodka: Iron Fish Distillery Tasting notes: Unfiltered and honest, Iron Fish’s farm-distilled Michigan Winter Wheat Vodka is as clear, fresh and authentic. Pure Michigan water and locally grown wheat couple to create the unique, flavorful tastes.


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FEELING

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A Sacred Space New Moon Yoga 10781 E. Cherry Bend Road, Traverse City www.newmoonyogastudio.com There is a practice for everyone at New Moon Yoga! In business for over 3 years, the studio is Veteran-owned by husband and wife Jessica Merwin (War Veteran, Air Force) and Ken Scott (Navy Veteran, Nuclear Engineer). The duo describes their studio as a place for people to elevate their state of being, and come together in wholeness to nourish the spirit, body, and mind. The sacred space fosters community and connection through a diverse array of teachers, styles of yoga, and methods of movement. It offers the largest number of donation-based classes in the community including Yoga for Recovery (for recovering addicts) and Community Yoga (for all levels). They host a wide range of yoga for all ages, such as kids’ yoga, Hatha, Iyengar, Kundalini, Chair Yoga, and Restorative yoga. Additionally, they offer movement-based therapy classes to include Feldenkrais, Interplay, Chakradance, Ecstatic Dance, Qigong, and Improv Dance. Looking to dig even deeper? New Moon Yoga hosts special workshops in guided meditation, sound healing with Tibetan Singing Bowls, and Quantum Spirituality.

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BayLife Magazine’s “Northern Hero” focuses on highlighting inspiring individuals in our community. We seek to find people who give back in selfless ways. The Tuesday Toolmen are a group of handymen in the Traverse City area who focus on safety improvement and repair projects within the low-income elderly population. Tuesday Toolmen projects include building wheelchair ramps, installing chair platforms for the disabled, door repair and installation, and grab bar installation, among many other handy projects. The group is overseen by the United Way of Northwest Michigan and is entirely grant funded.

Andrew Dzierwa was born and raised in Traverse City and is passionate about promoting the people and culture within his hometown. Andrew works full-time at Hagerty, and enjoys fishing and playing the piano in his free time. To nominate an individual for this column email: kristy@baylifenorth.com

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Al Swiderski and David Coyn e of The Tuesday Toolmen hand out Safe Home Kits provi ded by Charter Spectrum at the Traverse City Farmers Mark et.

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Al Swiderski and David Coyne are two members of the Tuesday Toolmen (among others). Al has been a member of the group for seven years, and David is a twelve-year veteran of the Toolmen. Both Al and David are retired, and they now spend each Tuesday giving back to the community. The Tuesday Toolmen certainly fly under the radar within our community — Al and David know this. But it is not the public recognition that keeps this team coming back each week. Rather, it is knowing that they have improved the lives of other people in subtle, yet meaningful ways. When asked whether they notice the impact of their work, David responded “We have actually made their day by doing something small.” For this team, it is just another Tuesday. If any community members are interested in being involved with the Tuesday Toolmen initiative, email Michelle Krumm at tuesdaytools@unitedwaynwmi.org


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MOVERS & SHAKERS

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BELOVED BRACELETS

Maw Sit-Sit Bracelet Top, price upon request Becky Thatcher Designs, Traverse City

SMOOTH SKIN

Goldstone Roller, $26 The Haberdashery at Grand Traverse Commons, Traverse City

WARM & FUZZY

Zadig & Voltaire Jacket, $598 Ella’s, Traverse City

PARTY PANTS

Thincredible Fit UP! Pants in Techno Tinsel, $129 Bahles, Suttons Bay

SWEET SMELLS

Jasmine Soap, $1.49 Edson Farms Market and Deli, Traverse City

BLING BOOTS

Ugg Classic Mini Bow Cosmos, $160 Golden Shoes, Traverse City

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WAYS TO GIVE BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

There are countless ways to give back locally this holiday season! Make it a family event by empowering children to pick out toys to donate to Northern Michigan’s Toys for Tots. Let the season’s spirit shine through by becoming a big sister or big brother to a child in need. Pay it forward with the simple act of buying coffee for a stranger, or bake cookies for a retirement home. Tis’ the season to share love, joy, and count our blessings! Inspired to give back?! Tell us about it: Share images of giving on Instagram by tagging BayLife Magazine @baylifemagazine. Use the hashtag #BayLifeGivesBack to be featured in a future issue!


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Help a friend by watching their child for a few hours- It doesn’t cost a dime yet is a helpful gift to parents during the holiday season! Want to do even more? Volunteer as a babysitter for Single MOM, an organization that supports single mothers in our community. Find more information at: www.singlemomm.org/volunteer

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Pay it forward, offer to buy a stranger’s coffee at your local coffee shop!

Make the holidays a time of joy for those in need by gathering your family and friends to help ring the bell with the Salvation Army. Sign up at www.registertoring.com

Bake cookies for your neighbor, a retirement home, or someone you love!

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Give an animal a loving home by adopting a furry friend! Check out these local animal organizations: Community Cats of Benzie: benziecats.org Cherryland Humane Society: cherrylandhumansociety.org AC Paws: Acpaw.org

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Run in Traverse City Track Club’s Jingle Bell Run to benefit Meals on Wheels of NMCAA. Running not your thing? Volunteer at the start/finish line or as a registration helper! The event takes place at 5 pm Sunday, December 22 in Traverse City’s Warehouse District. www.mealswheelslove.org

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Spread holiday cheer through beautiful music‌ Go Caroling in your neighborhood!

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Offer to share your talents with The Peace Ranch, a Northern Michigan ranch dedicated to equine therapy and veterans programs. Their needs span from administrative tasks, to marketing, and grounds maintenance. www.peaceranchtc.com/get-involved#talent

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Collect items to donate to a local organization. Here are a few ideas: Women's Resource Center: www.womensresourcecenter.org Father Fred Foundation: www.fatherfred.org Michael's Place www.mymichaelsplace.net Step Up Northern Michigan: www.stepupnm.com Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan: www.goodwillnmi.org


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Take movie tickets and pass out popcorn as a volunteer at The State Theater and Bijou by the Bay Theater! Volunteer perks include free unlimited popcorn and soda as well as a movie voucher to see a film for free!www.stateandbijou.org

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Give the gift of mentorship by volunteering to become a Big Brother or Big Sister. Learn more at www.bigsupnorth.com

Offer to walk a neighbor’s dog on a cold day.

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Shop local first… However, if you happen to purchase an item through Amazon.com, choose to shop Amazon Smile instead in support of your favorite charity! The program will donate back .5% of your total to your chosen organization. Most of Traverse City’s local charities, museums, and schools are part of the program. Sign up at: Smile.amazon.com

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If you are blessed to still have a parent (or grandparent) in your life… Call them just to say “I Love You!”

Donate new hats, socks, mittens, and boots to Boots for Kids. The organization works with over 20 agencies and schools in our area to provide new winter items to children. Since 2001 there have been 14,224 pairs of new winter boots disbursed to our community. Drop boxes for new socks, hats, and gloves are found at Superior Fitness, Catholic Credit Union, and Willies Rear. Items are disbursed locally by November 20. www.Bootsforkids-tc.org


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"It is not how much we give but how much love we put in the giving."

Prepare dinner for a family in need or a friend who would appreciate the unexpected gift.

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— St. Teresa

Attend the Toys for Tots kick off party and bring a toy for a needy child! Northwest Michigan Toys for Tots campaign collects around 22,000 toys that are distributed to around 7,000 children in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Antrim, and Kalkaska Counties. The kickoff event will take place at the Great Wolf Lodge Saturday, November 23 from Noon until 2 p.m. Weather permitting, Santa will arrive on a US Coast Guard Helicopter. www.ToysForTots.org

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CABINETRY CONUNDRUM

As a designer, when clients start to feel overwhelmed with cabinetry selection, I take them back to the basics. I start by asking simple questions and get to know their lifestyle: Do you have kids or pets? Who is the cook in the family? Do you host many gatherings? What is your style: modern or traditional? All these questions help me narrow down what type of cabinetry best suits how they use their home day in and day out.

Cabinetry lines are constantly coming out with innovative ways to organize and make life easier. These internal accessories may help increase the functionality of room. Examples include: a trash bin pullout, hair accessory organizer, or a charging station.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder… There is so much information on TV, online, and from friends and family that it can be easy to get confused. Trying to decipher between framed vs frameless, particle board vs plywood boxes, or flat panel vs raised panel doors can be overwhelming. To help streamline this information, the best solution is to get a professional involved. An interior designer or kitchen designer will be able to walk you through the different cabinetry options available and help find what works for you.

The construction and quality of a cabinet are two important factors to consider. I may not suggest the fully custom, high-end line for a lower-level bathroom vanity because this is a room that may not be used often. Instead, I would suggest using that line in a kitchen where the cabinets will get used daily.

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Besides quality of cabinets, clients also tend to wonder about trends, styles, and functionality. I am often asked “will this go out of style?” or “will this look like a kitchen from 2019?” Styles and trends are constantly changing. I love the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” because one person may love white painted cabinets whereas another treasures stained wood. I tell my clients that nothing goes out of style if you appreciate and fall in love with what we are creating.

I strive to understand my clients’ aesthetic and functionality goals they want to achieve in their design. An item or color may work for one client but not another. In the world of cabinetry, there are many different lines and companies to choose from. Finding a trusted professional to guide you through the decisions will assist in making the design process more enjoyable.


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KRISTIN PHOTOGRAPHED AT HOME WITH LULU.

WHEN DRIVING BY KRISTIN AND CHRIS LUTZ’S HOUSE

on the Old Mission Peninsula, it is immediately evident that it is unlike most homes in Northern Michigan. “I envisioned this house for a long time,” said Kristin, who has been an interior designer for more than 20 years. “After seeing so many different projects for so many years, I knew exactly what I wanted.” Whether it’s the square pillars on the front porch, or the Chinese Chippendale railing on the roof of the entryway, it is certainly not ordinary looking. Two small, friendly dogs greet guests as they enter and, once guests look around, it’s easy to see that every single detail has been very carefully thought through. “Details are what make the home yours,” Kristin said. And, although it’s surely flawless and meticulous, it’s also easy to imagine family Christmases in the vaulted ceiling living room, or a home cooked dinner being served in the dining area.

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BUILT IN 1971, Kristin and Chris bought the home

about 10 years ago and used it, and the beach across the street, as a summer getaway. As they became empty nesters, they decided to make the home their permanent residence and remodel it. The smaller size of the house is perfect for them, and the “bones” of the house are solid. So, with the help of architect Jessica Van Houzen-Stroud, the roof was raised, staircases and walls were moved, and the master bedroom, master bathroom, and den were added on. A complete remodel was done by builders Jack Biedron of Biedron Builders and Doug Reichert of Reichert Construction. Walking up to the home, the attention to detail starts with a New Orleans-inspired knot garden, a herringbone pattern stamped concrete front porch, blue steps, and a red brick walkway. Décor that can be seen outside can also be found inside. Inside, Kristin says she was going for an “updated classic” look, and it all started with a Henredon cabinet in the kitchen. Used as a pantry, the cabinet has an intricate Chinese pattern. “I envisioned the kitchen first,” Kristin said. “The rest of the house’s theme came after what I had in mind for the kitchen.” Throughout the

whole house, but most prominent in the kitchen, is blue and white Chinoiserie dishware. “I’ve always loved the Chinoiserie look,” Kristin said. “It has a modern, yet antique feel.” Bookshelves display the dishware in the kitchen, and more can be found on the dining room table, on the 12-foot long, walnut butcher block island, and on the white quartz countertops. While in the kitchen, take a look up to the vaulted shiplap ceiling and it drifts all the way to the living room. “I wanted to create a nautical feel, so there are quite a few beach themed things in the home,” Kristin explained. Drawings and paintings from local artists can be found throughout, but Kristin is most proud of the piece above the mantel. The drawing looks out to Power Island and it was created by Kristin’s sister, Kimber Bilby. “It’s a quiet moment in a room that has a lot going on,” she said. Inside the gas lit fireplace there are pieces of beach glass, from just across the street on their privately-owned beach, and “wood” that is made to look like driftwood. The fireplace is purposely off-center because the owners did not want to change the original footprint. A little nook, which was discovered in the remodeling process, can be found to the left of the mantel and it is used as a beverage station.

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plank flooring down the hall and guests are sure to notice the real buffalo head that is hung above the staircase leading to the finished off basement. Chris is a University of Colorado alum, and Ralphie the buffalo is its mascot. “He came home from a U of C football game with that buffalo head,” Kristin says, laughing. The Lutz’s have coined their basement “Ralphie’s Lounge.” Chris’s band holds practice in Ralphie’s Lounge, and there is also a sitting area, bar, and workout room. Across from the basement’s stairway is the house’s only powder room, complete with blue tiger wallpaper. “I love wallpaper and I knew I wanted to incorporate it into the house,” Kristin said. The narrow hallway boasts more local artwork displayed in distinctive frames. Although Kristin and Chris are empty nesters, their three kids do make an appearance here and there. Down the hall, there is a kid’s room with bunk beds and another kid’s room that doubles as a guest room. There is slightly less detail is in these rooms, but they are not devoid of the theme. A full bathroom is across from these rooms that is black and white, with penny tile on the floor and subway tile in the shower. Walk further down the hall to an added-on den, master bedroom, and master bathroom. Kristin wanted a private, quiet place where she could get away and think. The room has Chinese themed wallpaper, an ornate chandelier, and other themed décor, amongst some personal photos and artwork, including some artwork from their daughter.

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THE MASTER BATHROOM

has white tile work, a white standalone bathtub and an all glass shower, complete with garden stool to coincide with the house’s theme. Perhaps the most noticeable item in the master bedroom is the chandelier that is comprised mostly of beach glass. One of Kristin’s favorite parts about her home can be seen as she wakes up in the morning, when she looks out of the French doors in the master bedroom – and that is the courtyard landscape in the backyard.


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DESIGNED BY LANDSCAPING ARCHITECT Anita Silverman of Silverman and Company, the once cement-only backyard was turned into something that looks like it could be in Europe. Small, red gravel makes up the walkway, small plants and bushes line the edges, and a large planter is in the center. Strings of lights hang overhead for evening entertaining. Chinoiserie plates are in a collage on a wall to bring part of the inside theme out. “The courtyard is easily one of my absolute favorite spots of what we built,” Kristin said. Although the courtyard landscaping and kitchen are high on Kristin’s list of favorites, she says her ultimate favorite part of her home is the view of the bay. She can easily see Power Island from any front window, perfect for sunsets and lazy summer days. A quick walk across the street and swimming and boating can be easily enjoyed. “The water is one of the main reasons we bought the house to begin with,” she explains. Remodeling this 1970s era home took one year to complete. “After designing other people’s homes for more than 20 years, I couldn’t wait to do something for us,” Kristin said. “It’s the details in this home that really bring it to life – really make it ours. I am so proud of how it all turned out.”


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SIPPLE'S USED CARS AND CUSHMAN SALE & SERVICE 602 E. 8TH STREET CIRCA 1948. (PHOTO COURTESY OF TRAVERSE AREA DISTRICT LIBRARY)

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NORTHERN ENCOUNTERS

CAPTURED BY TODD AND BRAD REED PHOTOGRAPHY

Prancer by Brad Reed

One of Santa’s reindeer appears to be on the loose this morning along Hawley Road south of Ludington. I captured this moment as she flew through the snow during a short-lived blizzard that hit Mason County. www.toddandbradreed.com

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Oh what fun

it is to ride in a 375 horsepower sleigh.

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Within the pages of our beautiful lifestyle magazine, discover the beauty and allure of Traverse City, in Northern Michigan. It sits on a ma...

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Within the pages of our beautiful lifestyle magazine, discover the beauty and allure of Traverse City, in Northern Michigan. It sits on a ma...