Inspired by European design, this cottage, situated between the shores of Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan, features an unexpected interior.

This beautiful, newly-built cottage by Creekside Companies is located in the Point West development in Holland, Michigan. When the owners were unable to expand their old cottage to meet the needs of their family, they purchased this beautiful lot. They wanted a vacation home that would grow with their family, even into the future when they become grandparents. This multi-level home features four bedrooms each with an associated bathroom, two laundry rooms, a main-level wet bar, a lower-level snack bar, and large family room kitchenette. Multiple built-ins and large closets create storage spaces on every level. Generous decks and balconies on the upper-levels provide beautiful views of the water and lots of space for relaxing.

The design was driven by the interior designer, Kristi Carlson of Infinite Concepts, and the homeowner’s mutual love for eclectic, European design. They enjoy a longstanding relationship having worked together on other family properties. The result in this cottage is a Belgian inspired interior that leans away from the traditional, costal design most typically seen in homes along the West Michigan coastline.

In the kitchen, flat panel cabinet doors in a cool, gray-brown stain are used to create a contemporary base layer upon which other eclectic design selections are layered. Traditional hardware in a chrome finish, quartz countertops and full-slab backsplash with beautiful movement, and an unexpected island light fixture all lend to the European-feel of the space.

The master bathroom vanity and linen cabinet showcase a beautiful gray stained flat panel door on poplar. Contemporary chrome circle knobs complement the clean-lined feel of the cabinets. Traditional mirrors with an ornate oval window between, as well as the elaborately cut backsplash behind the sinks, bring European flair to the space.

The family room is a space for making memories. Right off one of the largest outdoor decks, this room features a hardworking kitchenette. Beautiful inset, flat panel cabinets in Agreeable Gray are contrasted by black stainless steel appliances. Smaller versions of their kitchen counterparts, these appliances ensure there is nothing this space can’t handle. The built-in coffee maker has coffee ready for the morning sit on the deck, while the dishwasher drawer makes clean-up easy after family game night. There is much to love about this comfortable, functional space.

Contemporary Cottage Great Room Kitchen

Project Team

  • Builder: Creekside Companies
  • Interior Designer: Kristi Carlson, Infinite Concepts
  • Architect: J.Visser Design
  • Cabinetry: Eclipse Cabinetry by Shiloh, Aspect Cabinetry
  • Appliances: Gerrit’s Appliance
  • Photography: Brian McDonald Photography


  • Kitchen: Eclipse Cabinetry, Metro door style, Heatherstone on Poplar finish
  • Main Floor Wet Bar: Eclipse Cabinetry, Metro door style, Seagull on Poplar finish
  • Master Bathroom: Aspect Cabinetry, Metro door style, Urban on Poplar finish
  • Family Room Kitchenette: Aspect Cabinetry, Metro door style, Agreeable Gray paint on Maple finish


  • Kitchen: Thermador Panel-Ready Built-In Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Kitchen: Thermador Masterpiece Built-In Stainless Double Wall Oven
  • Kitchen: Thermador Freedom Induction Cooktop
  • Kitchen: Thermador Panel-Ready Dishwasher
  • Kitchen: Thermador Built-In Coffee Maker
  • Kitchen: Thermador Stainless Chimney Hood
  • Kitchen: Sharp Built-In Stainless Microwave Drawer
  • Kitchen Wet Bar: Marvel Panel-Ready Undercounter Dual Zone Wine Preservation Unit
  • Family Room Kitchenette: Fisher Paykel Black Stainless Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Family Room Kitchenette: Fisher Paykel Built-In Black Stainless Convection Speed Oven
  • Family Room Kitchenette: Fisher Paykel Black Stainless Single DishDrawer Tall Tub


  • Location: Holland, Michigan
  • Style: Eclectic, Contemporary, European
  • Job Type: New Construction, 2023 HBA of Grand Rapids Spring Parade of Homes

Traditional and contemporary design elements live together in each room of this cottage creating spaces that feel eclectic and high-style, yet comfortable and tranquil.

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