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When a mother of four approached interior designer Tom Stringer from Tom Stringer Design Partners, she already had in mind what kind of cottage she wanted. She wanted a cottage that had some similar qualities that her childhood cottage had. It had to be comfortable and kid-friendly.

Located in Harbor Springs, Michigan, this lake cottage was once published in Traditional Home magazine and has become an inspiration for beach decor. The home has a classic cottage decor approach with cedar shingles, beadboards and vintage pieces, such as wicker furniture.

This is the kind of cottage where colorful stories can written by the shores of the lake or in the inviting interiors.



Harbor Springs Beach Cottage

The welcoming porch has beautiful views of the Lake Michigan. Pillow fabrics are Manderley Floral by Jane Shelton.


The foyer embraces you with a warm color pallet. The rustic mirror and drop leaf table are vintage pieces and the paint color on walls is Benjamin Moore Linen White- 1-70.

The lantern is from Studio Steel. According to the designer, the front door is nearly 4’6” wide and very heavy!

Living Room

I fell in love with this room the moment I saw it. I often prefer a calmer color pallet, but this is pure happiness! It embraces summer and that’s perfect for this house.

Paint Color: Walls: Pale Almond” #OC-2. Ceiling and trim paint: White Dove #OC-17), both by Benjamin Moore.

The color pallet was inspired by a garden during summer.

Colorful Decor

The coffee table is made by Richard Mulligan in Los Angeles, the rug is a custom scale from the Tom Stringer Collection manufactured by Texstyle Designs.

The fabric for the curtains is a yellow and white small print by Kathy Ireland (“Storybook”/Yellow #2018), and the colorful fabric on the chair is by Victoria Hagan.


This is a classic beach house kitchen! I simply love the mahogany butcher block countertop on the island.

Cabinets were custom-made by the designer and the light fixture is by Vaughan (“Crosswood Kitchen Light” #CL72-BK, with custom blue shades, discontinued).

Paint color is White Dove by Benjamin Moore and backsplash is “Calico” #AS2286C, Fresco Collection, by London Ceramics for Ann Sacks.

Dining Room

Lovely decor and beautiful millwork. This room is approximately 20’ long x 14’ wide.


The dining table was custom fabricated by Charles Pollock and the chandeliers are from Dessin Fournir.


The buffet was custom built and based off of an antique.

Paint color: Walls: Mushroom Cap #177 by Benjamin Moore. Ceiling and trim paint: White Dove” #OC-17 also by Benjamin Moore.


This mudroom is perfect. The size and its design are not too hard to replicate. The wall color is Putnam Ivory #HC-39 by Benjamin Moore, trims and ceiling are White Dove by Ben Moore.

Powder Room


Red & Navy

Red is not always easy to get right on walls. This paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Deep Rose 2004-10.


The walnut floors are solid hardwood and stained in place to a custom color.

Kids’ Bedroom

Can you imagine four little boys sharing this bedroom? What a fun childhood!

Wall paint: Pale Almond #OC-2 by Benjamin Moore. Ceiling and trim paint: White Dove” #OC-17.


The bunk beds were custom made.


This cute gate leads to a small playhouse built into the eaves of the attic of the cottage.
It’s complete with fake grass, flower boxes, and outdoor lighting.

Little Girl’s Bedroom

What an incredible bedroom for a little girl! She’s also adorable, isn’t she? πŸ™‚

Notice the custom steps to the bed. They look just like normal drawers when closed.

The quilt is an antique.


The rug is available through Watson Smith and the fabric on the window-seat is by Osborne and Little, pattern: Soline.

The fabric on the chair is “Ribbon Check” #NCF3751-02, by Nina Campbell, and the paint color on the chair is Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17.


The paint color is Sherwin Williams SW 6595 Armour Pink. The lamp is by Stray Dog Designs.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is heavenly. Imagine waking up every day hearing the waves…

Paint color is Bone White by Benjamin Moore. Ceiling and trim paint is White Dove #OC-17, also by Ben Moore. Bed is “Quincy” by Summer Hill.

Guest Bedroom

The wall color in the guest bedroom is Benjamin Moore Lambskin 1051 and the bed is by Oly.


I could spend time here every single day!

Ocean’s Breeze

Patio furniture shouldn’t be just beautiful, it has to be comfortable too!

Summer Afternoon

Let’s share a long time here… just laughing and feeling good about life!


Many thanks to the designer for sharing the details above.

Sources: Tom Stringer Design Partners.

Photos by Werner Straube.


The last imagine made me think how important it is to share a good, relaxing day with people we love. I have so many people I enjoy talking to, I know so many people that can make me laugh, but very few that I can be completely myself. Do you know that freedom you have when you can be completely yourself with someone? You can say everything you think without having to worry about being misinterpreted or judged. You can laugh without worrying if your joke is being immature. You can talk about yourself in the purest and most honest way… in a way that makes you even understand yourself better.

Who would you share that chair with… Who really gets you in this life?


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  1. The Enchanted Home said,

    You have picked two back to back winners! OMG love this one too…I could move right in and these posts has me wanting to head towards the water..just that shot of the foyer, made me feel that unmistakable feeling of walking into a coastal home and just getting a glimpse of the water and smelling that fresh air…such a natural decompresser! Wonderful again Luciane!

  2. Ileana Keltz said,

    Beautiful house! Some people are so fortunate to be able to live in homes like this. I wish I were that little girl. LOL Oh well, maybe if I win the Lotto.

  3. Jan said,

    Oh that porch! This is a beautiful house and setting. Lucky family.
    Interesting timing for your comment. I have a girlfriend visiting who moved to Toronto last year about this time. It’s been heavenly to just be relaxed and silly together. We have both enjoyed meeting new people but the ability to just be completely unedited without risk is a treasured feeling and missed daily. I just gave her a card that said “you get me, and I love that.” So yes, sitting with her on a porch like this, sipping on something, talking and laughing….that’s all’round perfect in my books.

  4. Ines said,

    Hi, Luciane,

    I can’t tell you, which room is better. Every single room is decorated with lots of love. The diningroom is perfect and the seating area really wonderful. The kids are really lucky

  5. Cheryl F said,

    Oh my…just perfect. Love the colour combinations, the view, and my heart skipped a beat at the pics of the porch. While a little fancier than most normal “cottages” I love how they kept it looking welcoming and comfortable.
    Who would I share that chair with? I think I choose you darling. Based on your taste in homes/cottages and the way you write about your family/friends I think we could make a lovely afternoon of chatting and laughing.

  6. Leila said,

    just dreamy, bright, full of life and stunning in every corner πŸ˜‰

  7. Shari Marshall said,

    Does anyone know who to contact to have a bed built like the one little girls room?

  8. jenny raulli said,

    Do you have any info on the rug in the pink and green girl’s room?

  9. Hello Jenny,

    Please try to contact the designer directly for more information.

    Thank you.


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