Meet Our Team of Professionals
The Cottage Company of Harbor Springs has become our region’s premier building and interior design firm. We pride ourselves on unwavering attention to authentic details, superior customer service, and environmental sensitivity. Cottage Company firmly believes that the best way to showcase the beauty of the Northern Michigan area is to craft timeless, sophisticated designs that integrate seamlessly with the landscape. Along the way, we have assembled a team of exceptionally innovative, technically talented, and personable professionals, who utilize their collective abilities to create a lasting experience, both through their design and through their strong client relationships.
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. In fact, Rob started The Cottage Company to bring a customer service mentality to the construction business. His love of family and community is evident in everything he does. This personal and professional core shines through whether he is building homes for families to cherish, enjoying family and friends at his beloved cabin, or serving on the board of local non-profits.
HEAD OF INTERIOR DESIGN
Under her leadership, Cottage Company Interiors has become the most award-winning and most 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. Her fresh, carefree coastal designs, and her ability to make the process fun and personal led one of her clients to say, ” unbelievably talented professional, young lady, and a delight to work with!”
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 both her clients, so much so that most become friends. 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, COTTAGE COMPANY INTERIORS
With 40+ design awards, 50+ publications, and a long list of happy clients, Cottage Company Interiors is the top interior design firm in Northern Michigan. Founded by Vee in 2009, she jokingly says Cottage Company Interiors was born because builder-husband Rob kept firing her for insubordination! Eleven years and many grateful clients later, Vee has turned over day to day operations to her daughter, Kelly. These days, she focuses her efforts on marketing, mentoring the design team, and enjoying her two grandchildren!
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 kitchen and bath design, Marci brings a new 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 performed nearly all the trades himself, 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 and can-do attitude make him a valuable asset to every project, but it is his engaging “get-it-done-right” 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 for the first time. “They come to us with a vision that was years in the making 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.
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!