This beautiful family cottage in Pentwater, Michigan shows off a vintage craftsman style kitchen with colorful backsplash and dark, painted cabinets framed with rich woodwork.

This cottage radiates charm and style. The family wanted the new build to have a humble and historical feel, both inside and out. The curated design selections and carefully planned color scheme create interest that carries throughout the home. The array of textures beg the visitor to run their hands across every surface. Craftsman details abound from the stunning woodwork, interesting architectural details, matte finishes and choice of light fixtures.

In the vintage-inspired kitchen, the handmade clay tile backsplash pops while also working to tie together the entire space through the colors. The custom paint match, blue-gray inset cabinets from Grabill Cabinets in their Lacunar door style anchor the kitchen. The beautiful windows overlooking the lake invite in lots of light, but limit the number of upper cabinets in the design. A large walk-in pantry makes up the storage space and keeps the countertops clean for this large family. The warm wood island countertop from Grothouse offers ample space to cozy up for a casual lunch.

Rift cut white oak cabinetry from Grabill Cabinets was used for the kitchen bar, upstairs bar, pantry, laundry room, mudroom lockers, and living room built-ins. In the master bathroom, the rift cut white oak shows off its beautiful grain on a furniture-inspired double vanity.

The rear patio gets continual use as the family comes and goes off the lake. It serves as the hangout space for all ages and the dining space for many meals. To make cooking easier outdoors, Cypress Resin outdoor cabinets  in Raven Ash finish from NatureKast are installed. The weatherproof, maintenance-free cabinets will stand up to heavy summer use and the harsh Michigan winters.

Vintage Lake House Kitchen Wood Blue Cabinets

Project Team

  • Builder: Insignia Homes
  • Architect: Brad Douglas Design
  • Interior Design: Rock Kauffman Design
  • Cabinetry: Grabill Cabinets, NatureKast, Davanti Closets
  • Appliances: Bekins
  • Countertops: Grothouse
  • Photography: Ashley Avila Photography


  • Kitchen: Lacunar door style, custom paint match finish, Grabill Cabinets
  • Kitchen Bar and Pantry: Slab door style, Rift Cut White Oak finish, Grabill Cabinets
  • Upper Bar: Slab door style, Rift Cut White Oak finish, Grabill Cabinets
  • Master Bathroom: Slab door style, Rift Cut White Oak finish, Grabill Cabinets
  • Laundry Room: Slab door style, Rift Cut White Oak finish, Grabill Cabinets
  • Living Room Built-In Bookcases: Slab door style, Rift Cut White Oak finish, Grabill Cabinets
  • Outdoor Kitchen: Slab door style, Cypress Resin in Raven Ash finish, NatureKast


  • Thermador Range
  • Thermador Paneled Refrigerator
  • Thermador Warming Drawer
  • Zephyr Hood Insert
  • Bosch Paneled Dishwasher
  • XO Undercounter Wine Unit
  • Sub Zero Ice Machine


  • Location: Pentwater, Michigan
  • Style: Cottage, eclectic, transitional, vintage-inspired
  • Job Type: New construction

As Seen In

Beautiful woodwork and prominent wood grain cabinetry exist throughout this family cottage, tying together all of the spaces. There is something fresh, yet classically vintage-inspired, about the selections used in each space that lend to an overall craftsman feel.

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