Charming Leo Cottage in Union Pier

I’m excited about today’s featured home tour because it’s an Airbnb rental that I hope to rent sometime this year. In fact, I’ve had my eye on this rental for over a year now. Welcome to Leo Cottage by Kate Marker Interiors, located in Union Pier, Michigan.

Front Porch of Dark Gray Beach CottagePhoto by Big Chill


The images are attributed to Big Chill whose products are featured in the kitchen – but I want to make sure to give credit to Chicago-based designer Kate Marker who’s the creative mastermind behind the project.

From the moment you set eyes on Leo Cottage, you can tell it’s the quintessential beach house for a casual vacation on Lake Michigan.

Front Porch of Dark Gray Beach CottagePhoto by Big Chill


You’ll notice natural textures throughout the vacation rental property, from woven pendant lights to wood and rattan furniture to natural wood ceilings and floors.

Eclectic Porch of Beach Cottage in MichiganPhoto by Big Chill


Leo Cottage embraces an earthy, organic vibe throughout its open floor plan. A cool, wood coffee table grabs your eye in the living room and wanders back to the kitchen where you spy the Big Chill refrigerator.

Beach Cottage Living Room and KitchenPhoto by Big Chill


A collection of black pendant lights illuminate the kitchen with its wood-beamed ceiling and patterned floor. A large rustic table serves as the kitchen island and breakfast bar.

Eclectic Scandinavian Style Beach Cottage KitchenPhoto by Big Chill


The white stove is the Classic model from Big Chill and is exactly what I’d love to  have in my kitchen. It’s quite pricey, though. Maybe they’d comp me one in exchange for a few blog posts. LOL. I love their products and it would be my dream to have my kitchen outfitted with their retro appliances. 

Eclectic Scandinavian Style Beach Cottage KitchenPhoto by Big Chill


Adjacent to the unfitted kitchen is a tufted banquette tucked in a corner of windows for casual dining.

Cottage Breakfast Nook with Teal Banquette and Multiple WindowsPhoto by Big Chill


A second dining space enjoys a unique, rope light fixture.

Small Eclectic Dining Room in Neutral DecorPhoto by Big Chill


Leo Cottage has three bedrooms and bathrooms and can sleep up to 10 people. Union Pier is about a two-hour drive from my house and would make a perfect weekend getaway.

Eclectic beach cottage bedroomPhoto by Big Chill


A vintage claw foot tub has a shower surround nestled between built-in bookshelves. If you look carefully you’ll notice a lattice screen just outside the window to provide privacy when showering or bathing.

Vintage Bathtub with Book ShelvesPhoto by Big Chill


Bedrooms are tastefully decorated in light colors with more texture in the way of basket lights and rattan furniture.

Eclectic beach cottage bedroomPhoto by Big Chill


A walk-in shower is available in another bathroom, along with a unique, wooden vanity.

Eclectic Bathroom in Michigan CottagePhoto by Big Chill


Kiddos can enjoy the light and bright bunk room with its expanse of windows. 

White Bunk Beds in Beach CottagePhoto by Big Chill


The outdoor gardens of Leo Cottage were featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. In fact, the cottage has appeared in several magazines.

Patio with White Furniture at Dark Gray CottagePhoto by Big Chill


If I can book this charming Lake Michigan vacation rental this summer, I’m definitely spending time in this hammock swing! There was a free-standing hammock when we went on our Yurt vacation and I ended up tipping backwards in it. I don’t think that can happen with this one.

Woven Hammock at Beach CottagePhoto by Big Chill


The lake cottage comes with two adult bikes and two kids bikes for exploring the area.

Beach Cruiser Bike at Michigan CottagePhoto by Big Chill


I love the cozy patio for outdoor dining. We usually have coffee outside (weather permitting) when we go on Airbnb vacations so I always look for a patio or deck when renting.

Patio with White Furniture at Dark Gray CottagePhoto by Big Chill


If you’re interested in renting this charming home, you can rent it through vacasa or Airbnb.

Beach She Shed at Union Pier, MichiganPhoto by Big Chill


You can see more of Leo Cottage designed by Kate Marker Interiors and outfitted by Big Chill over at Houzz.


See More Lake Cottage Homes:

Cozy Lake Cottage in Blues and Wood

Ultimate Lake House with Amazing Views

Lake Cottage with Southern Roots

Beach Cottage on Lake Huron

Stone Cottage on the Lake



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  1. It would be a great place to spend some time, I love the wooden pieces and rattan in the house. It was wonderful to see a flag flying in the front, thanks.

  2. Had me at that gorgeous coffee table. The master bedroom/bath and that cute bunk room are winners too. And I could definitely see myself lounging in that wicker hammock. Hope you make it over there for a weekend, Jennifer and tell us all about it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love this cottage, thanks for sharing. It is really beautiful inside and out. That refrigerator is great! It’s my favorite color.
    I never heard of Big Chill so I will look them up. They look very expensive, but I can dream.
    Thanks Jennifer. I hope you get to go there this Summer.

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