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Always Harbor Springs I adore the opportunity to get up to Harbor Springs when I scout for homes. I love it any time of year. Of course, I fall in love in the summer when Little Traverse Bay is steamy blue and dotted with bobbing sailboats and tourists move happily through downtown with its white clapboard storefronts and brimming flower boxes. But I also love Harbor Springs when it is so quiet you can hear snowflakes fall. That was the scene a week or so ago when I shot up US31 from my office in Traverse City to see several homes in the Harbor area. I had a break in between the tours, so I treated myself to a leisurely lunch (and the best Cobb salad I have ever had!) at The Paper Station. From my window seat, I had a full-on view of Main Street. Quiet as it was, I allowed one of my favorite Harbor Springs’ images to flood my mind. The images are conjured from a story I heard many years ago—probably around 1988—from a 100-year-old man I was interviewing for Traverse Magazine. He was born and raised in Harbor Springs and, given his memory was still sharp, he had colorful stories of life in the town before the turn of the last century. One of my favorites was of the pony-pulled sleigh races that would arise spontaneously down Main Street back when Harbor was still a frontier town. My ancient friend called the small, brightly decorated sleighs that were used, cabrioles. He described the drivers as a raucous mix of French, Native American, Métis and anyone else who happened to be passing through to collect beaver pelts. At the sound of a gunshot, off the ponies, drivers and sleighs would go, careening down Main to the finish line at Holy Childhood of Jesus Church. About the time my friend entered his teens, the 1800s became the 1900s and Harbor Springs was moving into its Victorian resort era, when steamboats and trains brought wealthy folks to the region, escaping the stifling heat and crowds of Chicago and Detroit to spend

summers on cool, fresh Little Traverse Bay. Today’s Harbor Springs is a fabulous mix of these two periods. Although extensively remodeled/rebuilt over the years, Holy Childhood still stands at the end of Main Street. The circa 1858 home of Andrew Blackbird, the son of an Ottawa chief who grew up to help his people navigate the strange new culture, is preserved as a museum. And the former city hall, built in 1886, home now to the Harbor Springs History Museum, still graces Main Street. And those Victorian cottages? Well, they are about everywhere you look. With that context in mind, I think you’ll really appreciate architect Nick White’s thoughts in the story “The Timeless Cottage,” on how he designs homes to fit into the local vernacular. You will also understand why Rob Mossburg of Cottage Company (“The New Urbanist Cottage”), believes so strongly in planning his developments so that Harbor Springs remains a walkable, front porch-friendly community. This issue is packed with more great info as well. Check out how function and style can work together in laundry/pet rooms to get us through mud season, find paint colors to spiff up your home’s curb appeal and more ideas for Up North living. Sink in and enjoy the read! P.S. There might not be pony races down Main Street anymore, but on the first Saturday in April each year, townsfolk bowl on Main Street (yep, right in the street) in celebration of spring.

Elizabeth Edwards is managing editor of Northern Home & Cottage. lissa@ traversemagazine.com.

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When Designer Paige Lee Maurer’s client requested an ADA (American Disabilities Act) certified laundry room on the first floor of their century-old home, Paige delivered in style with this tiny gem designed into a small addition off the kitchen. The space-saving, easy-opening barn doors are simultaneously vintage and stylish. Additionally, the barn doors enable a wide doorway so that the room feels like a part of the kitchen when they are open (important because the refrigerator is in it), but can be closed off when guests visit. The brightly patterned Ann Sacks ceramic tiles are easy to clean and will hold up to plenty of traffic, and the spacious utility

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he white clapboard cottage, with its exposed rafter tails and wide porches that beg for lazy days, nestles perfectly into its neighborhood of early 19th-century Victorian cottages on Bay Street in downtown Harbor Springs. Only the handsome black-framed windows and doors are a hint that something fresh and new is going on here. A renovation perhaps? That’s precisely the reaction that the home’s builder and developer, Rob Mossburg of the Harbor Springs-based Cottage Company, welcomes when people see his 275 E. Bay Street project. For years, Rob and his wife, Vee, searched for the perfect way to develop a large, very desirable parcel in downtown Harbor Springs that runs from Main Street to Bay Street and fronts on Little Traverse Bay. Throughout their 20-plus year history of building and providing interior design services, the couple has been big proponents of New Urbanism—a term that basically means building and renovating within existing cities and neighborhoods to decrease sprawl and to promote old-fashioned, close-knit communities. “Our goal was to create a project that appeared to have organically developed over time,” Rob explains. This cottage is phase one of a plan that includes a neighboring cottage on Bay Street and a mixed-use commercial property on Main Street with residential condominiums above—all currently under construction.

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To make the cottage a reality, the Mossburgs assembled one of the most renowned design-and-build teams in Northern Michigan: architect Nick White, kitchen and bath designer Liz Firebaugh of Signature Kitchens and their own Cottage Company for the construction and interior design. Rob and Vee’s daughter, Kelly Konoske, took the lead on the interior, imbuing the home with her innovative, young coastal style that still manages to stay true to Harbor Springs’ vintage vernacular. A deep front porch, six-inch-planked white oak floors, shiplap walls and handsome black industrial windows set the stage for a home that makes the view of Little Traverse Bay across the road center stage. Kelly’s touches shine in her own line of soothing, neutral-toned furniture, most upholstered in performance fabric (perfect for a vacation home’s relaxed living), a couple funky, fun midcentury modern floor lamps and two-toned chrome-and-black hardware fixtures. “Personally, I feel that lighting and plumbing are two areas where design has been lacking and where the boundaries can be pushed,” Kelly says. Liz Firebaugh created a timeless kitchen that seamlessly mixes cottage elements (white shiplap walls and ceiling) with a Euro-classic, La Cornue Fe range, a sophisticated marble-like quartz waterfall countertop and transitional frameless white cabinetry. Black industrial windows anchor one side of the space, and opposite, flanking the island, is a stunning glass-doored hutch framed in black. “Black doors are big for 2020,” Liz says.

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The second-story master bedroom is a masterpiece of soothing natural shades and textures. “You just breathe easier when in this room,” Kelly says. The thoughtful design includes a small sitting area between the walk-in closet and the bedroom. “I imagine the homeowner enjoying a glass of wine while getting ready to go out for the evening,” Kelly says. In the adjoining master bath, also designed by Signature Kitchens, the glassed-in shower and free-standing tub are separated from the vanity area by an industrial metal-and-glass room divider that Liz calls another 2020 design favorite. A roof-top terrace with an outdoor kitchen, fireplace and wide-open view of Little Traverse Bay is the climax to this home that harmonizes so beautifully with Harbor Springs’ past and present. Elizabeth Edwards is managing editor of Northern Home and Cottage. lissa@traversemagazine.com

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he owners of this gracious home had been bringing their family for summer vacations to Harbor Springs for years, eventually purchasing a condominium in town where they were happy. Happy, that is, until friends told them about one of the last undeveloped lots in nearby Roaring Brook, one of Harbor Springs’ oldest resort communities. The opportunity to summer in this enclave of Victorian cottages that line Little Traverse Bay seemed almost unimaginably idyllic. It took a bit, but once the idea took root, “We pulled the trigger—bought the land and then moved quickly,” says the homeowner. The couple knew from the get-go that they wanted their home to fit into the community. With that in mind, they hired Nick White, of NJ White Associates in Petoskey. Nick is renowned for designs that preserve the local Victorian vernacular on the exterior while ensuring the home is tailored to modern family living on the interior. “When designing a new lakefront home in a community of traditional, Victorian or Shingle Style homes, we are always torn between the exterior look and the interior floor plan,” Nick says. “The old-fashioned floor plan of a separate entryway, parlor, living room and dining room doesn’t fit with today’s resort living style.”

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The solution, Nick says, is to give careful thought to the exterior. “We try to give each of our homes a timeless feel with the use of traditional siding and trim—shingle, clapboard, tasteful brackets and columns,” he says. “We utilize several different window patterns to avoid the cookie-cutter look of a suburban home. Our goal is to have a home that appears to have adapted itself over the years. We speak the local language when it comes to exterior material selection; we don’t want a home that sticks out. To aid in this timelessness, stonework should not be too tailored and landscaping should not be too structured. The home should fit the neighborhood like an old shoe. When the home has aged several years, it will be hard to tell in what era it was actually built.” In this Roaring Brook rendition of the Nick White philosophy, those elements are articulated in vintage green shake on the upper story where a small round window contrasts with larger, mullioned rectangle windows. White clapboard on the ground level is complemented by handsome (though not ostentatiously ornate) columns planted in stone pedestals that pair with a stone foundation fabricated by local craftsman Giovanni Longo, who also happens to be a third-generation Italian stonemason—and consequently well-versed in creating timeless-looking stonework. A generous porch graces the waterside of the home. “We are a summer resort area and warm weather living in Northern Michigan requires a porch,” Nick says. “The porch should have a high ceiling to avoid darkening the interior. The porch should be large enough to allow a group to sit and converse or eat without the ‘birds on a wire’ effect. No porch is ever too big.” After seeing the work of Scott Kennard of Wentworth Builders in a friend’s home, the homeowners hired him. “We were blown away when we saw his work,” the homeowner says. “Scott is very precise and detail-oriented.” From the scraped-and-fumed white oak floors and Giovanni Longo-built stone fireplace to the shiplap walls, coffered ceilings and custom cabinetry, the home’s interior exudes classic cottage style. A distressed walnut wet bar with antique glass doors, custom-built by Harbor Springs Cabinet Shop, is a particular standout. Thanks to its open floor plan, the home feels relaxed and spacious. “Vacations are a time for togetherness and the concept of a great room (living/dining/ kitchen) gives that togetherness,” Nick explains. “The dining table is not only for eating but for laptops, iPads, puzzles and projects. The living area is not the traditional ‘still life’ where pretty things are off-limits to the grandkids; it’s for living and gathering.”

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Harbor Springs-based interior designer Carrie Blanck of Tres Belle Interior Design worked with the homeowners to accentuate that casual, life-on-the-lake feeling. “The inspiration for the home was the view, and bringing the colors outdoors inside,” she says. “We took our colors from a gorgeous hand-knotted wool rug in the living room and then threaded the shades throughout the home.” Those blues shine in a cluster of hand-blown glass pendant lights over the dining room table and floor-to-ceiling glass tiles in the soaking tub nook. Right down to the outdoor shower that his wife wanted (but he wasn’t too sure about initially!), the homeowner can’t say enough about his new home and the team who designed and built it. “There’s just a super-solid feel to the house,” he says. “It feels as though it’s been there for a while—very established.” Elizabeth Edwards is managing editor of Northern Home and Cottage. lissa@traversemagazine.com

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