Northwoods Interiors

This home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula frames and emphasizes its natural context, making nature its focus. The design reacts to the surrounding environment, dissolving inside/outside boundaries and creating composed views into the woods and towards the water. Colors and materials in the interior are inspired by the landscape.

Throughout the interior, ceiling heights and room volumes vary, becoming more spacious in the rooms that open toward views. Roof extensions and light shelves create clear definition between vertical spaces.

The living, dining and kitchen are grouped to create a central gathering space. Custom furniture—dining and coffee table, steel wall cabinet, among others—results in a seamless integration of architecture and interiors.

A sculptural staircase featuring a custom chandelier anchors the intersection of the two main axes. A cozy private retreat terminates the north end of the primary axis.

Smooth concrete reflects color and light throughout this Upper Peninsula retreat. Above Even in winter, the sun-warmed entry creates a comfortable transition between inside and out. Cedar siding inset with an antique African mask contrasts with custom door pulls crafted from bronze and leather.


Design Principal

Jim Olson

Interior Designer

Debbie Kennedy

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