Gary Mcbournie is a designer who was contacted about giving new life to a Nantucket cottage originally built around 1900. The owners are passionate about sail boating and have a large house in town, but they wanted this tiny house to be a place they gathered before going out to sail. The end result is gorgeous and simple with the love of boating at the heart of it.
The front door was painted a welcoming shade of blue that contrasts with the weathered shingle siding nicely.
Inside, Gary decided to keep the décor simple with white walls and polished wood accents. Matchstick blinds add texture and contrast and can be pulled down to shade the many windows that surround the home. The living area was packed full of cozy chairs and furniture and the wood burning fireplace was left in the corner to heat the home on balmy days.
The dining area features a long built-in bench tucked into an alcove with a wood table and chairs that slide up to it giving plenty of room for guests to enjoy a meal after a long day on the water.
The kitchen was rebuilt around the existing stove and given white cabinets with wood countertops. We especially like the porthole windows that were added over the stove for fun.
The home’s bedroom is cozy with a fluffy bed and local art hanging on the walls. Natural light streams through the windows making the room bright and airy.
And if the inside of the house isn’t enough to make you swoon, just check out the scenery! A small bar was placed on the deck of the home next to a lounge chair so you can enjoy drinks as you watch the boats go sailing past.
We love that this designer gave an old cottage a new life while keeping its historic charm! To learn more about the design inspiration, check out this article: http://www.housebeautiful.com/home-remodeling/interior-designers/a4025/gary-mcbournie-boathouse-interview/.