Meet Our Team of Professionals
Celebrating over twenty years in business, the Cottage Company of Harbor Springs has become our region’s premier building and interior design firm. We pride ourselves on superior customer service, unwavering attention to details, use of the highest quality materials and building systems, partnerships with the areas best subcontractors and suppliers, and environmentally sensitive building and design practices. Along the way, we have assembled a team of talented and personable construction and interior design professionals who utilize their collective abilities to create lifelong client relationships and amazing spaces that are cherished for generations.
FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL, COTTAGE COMPANY OF HARBOR SPRINGS
As a young boy, Rob spent his time sketching homes at the kitchen table and cleaning job sites for his father’s residential construction business. Today he is a third generation homebuilder and self-proclaimed perfectionist with a refined eye for architectural detail, quality construction and exceptional customer service. His love of family and community is evident in everything he does: whether he is building homes for families to cherish, enjoying family and friends at his beloved cabin on the river, or serving on the boards of local non-profits.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR, PRINCIPAL
A Southern California transplant, Kelly brings her West Coast style to Northern Michigan. Under her leadership, Cottage Company Interiors has become the most award-winning and published interior design firm in the region. In 2019, Kelly was awarded the prestigious Brian Killian Rising Star Award given to the top up-and-coming interior designer in Michigan by a panel of interior design professionals from around the country. A green-certified professional, clients appreciate Kelly’s suggestions for creating healthy and environmentally-friendly spaces. As Creative Director, Kelly determines the design direction of each project and works directly with each and every client .
HEAD OF CONSTRUCTION
As a third generation home builder, this carpenter’s daughter will get your home built on-time and on-budget. And best of all, you will have fun doing it! Her sense of fiscal responsibility to her clients is paramount and her ability to meticulously manage each project has earned praise from global marketing powerhouse JD Power and Associates as “one of the top customer service providers we have seen in any industry”. It follows that Jill is beloved by her clients. As one client put it, “I love the home Jill built for us, but what I really love is that Jill treated us like family.”
FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL, COTTAGE COMPANY INTERIORS
Vee’s chic coastal style is influenced by having lived and worked in Santa Barbara and Laguna Beach, California. As an intrepid traveler, Vee believes that travel is great for her soul and even better for her designs. Family is at the core of her being, and this personal and professional value is apparent in all her work. Her goal is to design “stunning, classic cottages where generations of families will gather, relax, and return year after wonderful year”.
Marci collaborates with Kelly to create and deliver our award-winning interiors. The two compliment each other so well that a client coined them the “dynamic duo” and the nickname has stuck! With a background in project management and kitchen and bath design, Marci brings a specialty to the team that gives clients the option of hiring us as their kitchen and bath designer as well interior designer. Not tied to any cabinetry maker, Marci can recommend local cabinetry makers to achieve a truly custom installation that fully integrates with the client’s overall project design.
DESIGN EXPEDITOR, OFFICE MANAGER
Tiffanie is the consummate multitasker. She assists the team with all things design and finds time to manage the office as well. Tiffanie makes sure that your furnishings are delivered on-time and as ordered. She manages ordering, tracking, scheduling, and installing, and delivers amazing customer service–so much so, a client described Tiffanie as “one of the most professional people I’ve worked with, EVER!”
Having literally performed all the trades himself at some point in his career, Bob lends his expertise to every project. He gets involved early by reviewing architectural plans to make sure they can be implemented in the field and meeting with the trades to work out the details. His deep knowledge, problem solving abilities and can-do attitude make him a valuable asset to every project, but it is his engaging “get-it-done-right” and “enjoy-what-you-do” attitude that makes him a client favorite!
Doug collaborates with Jill to deliver amazing customer service to our building clients. He loves seeing the joy on clients faces when they walk into their new home. “They come to us with a vision, and we love helping to make that vision a reality. As a family business, we enjoy each other’s company both in and out of the office and understand what family truly means. This allows us to extend that level of comfort and respect to our clients.”
Emily runs the construction office and supports the construction team in all project administration and project management functions. She’s the person collecting lien waivers, confirming subcontractor insurances and protecting the company’s well-earned reputation for a “buttoned down” back office. She also oversees our Cottage Concierge program with an amazing combination of client service and efficiency. Emily is the office go-to for operational best practices and product and system improvements. Her “I’m on it” attitude inspires us every day.
Our “do-it-all” construction intern, Gideon joins us as he nears the finish of his degree in construction management from Ferris State University. With an intense work ethic honed from growing up on a working farm, Gideon already has more hands-on construction experience than much older tradespeople and he is just as comfortable pouring concrete and framing as he is estimating, managing sub contractors and communicating with clients. His pleasant demeanor and family values fit well with The Cottage Company culture and his willingness to volunteer his time for those less fortunate is a personal trademark.
We are excited to welcome Olivia to the design team! Fresh out of Western Michigan University’s interior design program, Olivia’s brings to the team enthusiasm and passion for authentic design. Her knowledge of the latest technologies–including 3D rendering and augmented reality–will help to ensure our client’s vision of their perfect Up North cottage is achieved.
Diana is all about style and sophistication and brings a Martha Stewart-like elegance to all she does. And like Martha, she is the complete package–gracious, knowledgeable, organized, detail-oriented, and a style maven. Clients share that working with Diana is “like working with a friend: pleasant, supportive, caring–and still willing to tell you her opinion, in the kindest way possible, of course!”
KK brings his warm smile, can-do attitude and amazing work ethic to our construction team. You might recognize KK from local farmer’s markets. He has been a figure at the Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Charlevoix and Boyne City farmers’ markets for years. Although his day job has always been “farmer extraordinaire,” KK so enjoys working with the Cottage Company Team, that he chooses to work with us on his days off and evenings. We and our clients are blessed that he does!
JOEY AND LUNA
Joey Beadboard and Luna V-groove are our adorable maltipoos who hang out at the office and happily greet all. While Joey has a laid-back West Coast vibe, his little sister, Luna, is an energetic East Coast kind of gal. Both, of course, have impeccable taste!