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Sunday, March 20, 2022

Where Have I Been?

 Anchor Cottage Design Services!

Decorating or un-decorating one cottage at a time!

I have been up to my eyebrows in bubble wrap and storage tubs!

While decorating you learn what is near and dear to a customers heart. So it came as no surprise to be asked to pack up this cottage for a mold remediation procedure, to start, at the end of the month.

Hire a man!!

Steve and I packed up a seven bedroom, four and a half bath, cottage with one week notice and four weeks to finish.

I couldn't have done it without my man!

Thursday, March 3, 2022

A Frank Lloyd Wright House

Built into the side of a moraine, overlooking Northport Bay to the east and Lake Michigan to the west. 

As you come around the driveway the first view point. See all the moraines left by the glaciers? You can feel the glacial ice receding and leaving great shelves of land. 

Known as the Amy Alpaugh House. Built in 1947. 

She lived here, cut off from civilization in the winter, tending her goats and weaving in front of the fire. 

For reference, this house was built at the same time as the Bulbulian House in Rochester, Minnesota. 

I found a very similar Frank Lloyd Wright house in a book my son bought me quite a few years ago. The book is called Frank Lloyd Wright American Architect For The Twentieth Century by Robin Langley Sommer. In this book is The Herbert Jacobs House built in 1936 over in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Long and narrow with a flat, sloping roof line. Deep overhangs and lots of "Chicago" brick. 

The house looks over Northport Point. 

Three hundred and sixty degree, panoramic views.

The original, to the house, plywood overhang.

North Manitou Island to the west.

It is slowly having maintenance updates as it takes a beating from the elements of weather.

She rides her ridge like a queen on her horse! Looking out, over her queendom. 

The indoor greenhouse, half down in the dirt and a tall window exposed to the west for optimal light and warmth.

The layout, of the house, is so narrow that you can see off into the distance from all sides.  

It has a root cellar, a cistern and in floor heat. 

Peculiar, small, triangle shaped, corner fireplaces, for a quick warm up, all through the house.  

Looking up at the structure from the goat farm below. 

The Usonian House, a modern day pre-fab structure, built to be moderately priced.

I love this house. We will be inside, later this month, and I will take pictures of the layout for you to see. 



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