A Newly Renovated Modern Michigan House Is Scandinavian-Inspired with a Coastal Twist

published Apr 26, 2023

A Newly Renovated Modern Michigan House Is Scandinavian-Inspired with a Coastal Twist

published Apr 26, 2023
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Name: Tracy Carmody and family, including two dogs
Location: Rockford, Michigan
Years lived in: 14 years, owned

Tracy Carmody says the remodel of the large house she shares with her family in Rockford, Michigan, was a long time coming. Like, for over seven years. “After living in our home for as long as we did, the layout and space wasn’t working well for our family. We did an entire remodel and additions,” she writes. Tracy and her family hired Berghuis Construction and KLH Custom Homes to take their home to the next design level. “Living on a lake with children, we entertain often and wanted to create a space that not only is comfortable for entertaining, but also conducive to our family,” Tracy continues. “We love lake living and the memories it provides. Because of the direction of our home we get amazing sunset views from our deck and patios in the summer months. Countless hours are spent outdoors so it was important to us to incorporate outdoor living with indoor living.” 

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My style: Mix of many, but mostly clean, Scandinavian, and modern with a twist of coastal fun.

Inspiration: I am a huge lover of Raili Clasen, Sarah Sherman Samuels, and Athena Calderone.

Favorite element: The windows. Prior to the remodel we had small windows lakeside. Now, they are floor-to-ceiling to really maximize our view. 

Biggest challenge: Working with the existing footprint of the original home. Due to cost and limited supplies during [the early days of the pandemic], in conjunction with our lot layout, we decided to keep the footprint to the house and remodel versus knocking down. This created many different challenges, as you can image. 

Biggest embarrassment: I don’t have one. Interior design is always a learning experience no matter what you do. No rights or wrongs.

Proudest DIY: I have personally done a couple of art pieces in our home.

Biggest indulgence: The windows. We always knew we wanted floor-to-ceiling windows if possible. The full wall pocket slider in the lower level allows for outdoor and indoor living spaces to collide.

Best advice: As I said, there is no right or wrong. Always trust your gut when doing a home project and remember at the end of the day to do what makes you and your family happy. Try not to get caught up in the overwhelming world of trends of social media.



  • Majority of home is Benjamin Moore’s “Simply White”


  • Mirror — Urban Outfitters
  • Rug — Lulu & Georgia


  • Sofa — Interior Define
  • Barrel Chairs — CB2
  • Coffee Table — Maiden Home
  • Console Table — West Elm
  • Rug — Loloi 


  • Barstools — Dovetail
  • Appliances — Bekins
  • Dishes — CB2


  • Bed — Room and Board
  • Rug — Lulu & Georgia
  • Console — Lulu & Georgia


  • Table — ​Article 

Thanks, Tracy!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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