Designers’ Notebook: Summer 2024

Home-related tips, trends, and tidbits
"August Garden, Port Oneida" embodies the essence of bucolic northern Michigan. Read about Wendy McWhorter, who painted this captivating beauty, inside this section. // Photo by Carly Lynne Visuals

Enter Your Best Work: Attention architects, designers, builders, and others in the design industry! Michigan BLUE magazine is launching its first-ever waterfront living design awards competition. Entries will be accepted through July 1. Visit for more information on how to enter everything from beautiful bathrooms to landscaping, dock areas, and more.

Pressing Matters: Participate in a workshop at Sunrise Studio & Art Supply in downtown East Tawas and make your own wall art using fun printing techniques. In addition to conducting the classes, artist/owner Joanna Frye sells her own work at the studio. Her favorite subjects include Great Lakes wave motifs and botanical themes.

Sit On It: Fabricut’s eye-catching outdoor prints from Stroheim are making a splash! Lealani, Fantasy Garden, Vermejo, Waterlilies, Palimaand, and Brush Petal are inspired by colorful, organic beauty. Designer Furniture Services, Michigan Design Center, Troy.

Outdoor Refresh: Sustainable furniture brands Urban Natural and Azenco have added beautiful new outdoor living pieces to their collections just in time for summer. Look for inspiration in their seating, tables, bar carts, pergolas, and pool cover options.,

Nice Ice: The top winner of Visit Keweenaw’s spring photography contest is Colton Haataja, who impressed the judges with his stunning shot titled “Lake Superior Ice Wanes under a Spring Sunrise.” Haataja says he loves how the sun shines through melting ice. @c.h.exposures,

— Compiled by Megan Swoyer

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