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The Cottages at River Dunes

Captains House at River Dunessource

Let’s travel today. There are some cute cottages in a certain community I want you to see.

2007 marked the 10th anniversary of Coastal Living’s Idea House, and the gorgeous 5000 sq. ft. home above was built to commemorate the occasion.  It had beautiful rooms like…

this kitchen

River Dunes Idea House 

and this dining room

Dining room River Dunes Idea

and this porch.

River Dunes Idea House

You probably remember it from the cover of the magazine.  Sadly, late one night in 2010, it was struck by lightning and a fire began inside the home.  From what I understand, the community is located a good distance from the nearest fire station, and although firemen from seven different firehouses responded to the call, the beautiful stucture could not be saved.  This is all that remained of the Idea House.

River Dunes Idea House

But I am not going to stop here and leave you on such a sad note.  There is more to know about the place.

Miraculously, no one was injured and the firemen were able to keep the fire from spreading to other buildings that were very close to the Idea House including the village chapel.

Harbor Chapel at River

They have since built a new fire station close to the development, and perhaps changes have been made in their fire code and building plans (although I do not know that for sure.) The location of that Coastal Living Idea House was River Dunes, a planned community near Oriental, North Carolina (with supposedly more sailboats than residents!)  It has every kind of boating activity one could want thanks to its huge marina and its proximity to the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound. The community and harbor have won numerous awards for the quality of the development and its boating amenities.

River Dunes Harbor

There is a clubhouse (with a gorgeous red roof) and a pool for additional water sports

River Dunes community

and even dining by the water. (Love those wicker chairs!:))

dining on the water River

But what I really want you to see are the charming cottages available for rent at River Dunes.

River Dune

cottages at River photo by Ron Hart

Aren’t they just perfect looking?  I know you want to look inside them, right?

I do too!

Let’s start with the little one bedroom Hinckley Cottage with its rocker, table, and lamp on the porch. (The cottages are named after yachts and feature photos and memorabilia from them.)

Hinckley Cottage River Dunes  photo by Richard Leo Johnson

Hinckley Cottage photo by Richard Leo Johnson

Hinckley Cottage  photo by Richard Leo Johnson

Don’t you just love that skirt treatment for the sink areas and all those panelled walls?

Here’s another of the one bedroom cottages – the Grady-White.

Grady White cottage bedroom River Dunes photo by Richard Leo photo by Richard Leo Johnson

Grady White bedroom River  photo by Richard Leo Johnson

with its handcrafted light fixtures and another skirted sink.

Grady White cottage bathroom skirted   photo by Richard Leo Johnson

As pretty as these are, my favorite is the Hatteras Captain’s Cottage.  See what you think.:)

Hatteras Cottages River Dunes photo by Richard Leo Johnson

It is actually two 1 bedroom cottages connected by a shared screened porch.  Here is the other cottage on the other end.

River Dunes Hatteras photo by Richard Leo Johnson

Hatteras Cottage bedroom River

The ceiling is made from reclaimed wood.

Hatteras Cottage kitchen River  photo by Richard Leo Johnson

And here is a shot of the porch that is shared between the two cottages.

Hatteras Cottages shared photo by Richard Leo Johnson

Don’t you think it is wonderful?  I would love to stay there.:)

As much as I would like to show you more, today is my daughter’s day off from work, and she is telling me it is time to go shopping.  So I am going to leave you with one additional view of the cottages, but I will be back next time with a few more pretty houses for you to enjoy.

dusk at River Dunes

Until next time…

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Leslie - July 9, 2014 - 11:32 am

Those cottages are so sweet! There aren’t many things better than a day off to have your daughter all to yourself! Enjoy!
Thanks Leslie! I thought the cottages were super cute, and I knew all of you would love them. :) My daughter and I did have a fun day.

Amy O'Quinn - July 9, 2014 - 12:16 pm

Wow…what charming cottages! They are so pretty, and I would love to stay in one of them! I admit I had to Google where Oriental, NC was! :) I read that it was named after a Federal ship called the Sailing Steamer Oriental that was used/wrecked during the Civil War. The history nerd in me is forever peeking out! But since it’s only about 2 hours from Wilmington where my girls will be, I may have to put it on the ‘extended’ day trip bucket list! Thanks for sharing.
I love the history nerd in you! Just the kind of info I love to learn. :) Thank you for sharing it! You should definitely plan a visit if it is only 2 hours from Wilmington. Sounds like a nice little road trip to me!

Debra - July 9, 2014 - 12:24 pm

We are having a beautiful day in the mid seventies and humidity has lifted for the moment. Birds are chirping away as I type. Now, if I was at this resort right now, I would be taking a long walk along the pier and drooling over those boats. I have always wanted to go out on a sail boat. Bucket list! What a charming place. Those little bungalows are making me drool. I especially like the one with the adjoining SCREENED porch. You knew I would! Kelly, you do know how to torture me!

Sorry to torture you Debra. I would love to be doing exactly what you said…especially since the humidity here is enough to make you feel like you are walking in a sauna. Why even bother rolling my hair??
I thought the Hatteras Cottage with its shared screened porch was just perfect.
Enjoy your day!

DeeDee - July 9, 2014 - 12:30 pm

The cottages are ah-dorable! Thx for sharing the information & location, as River Dunes sounds like a “must see” destination!
They most certainly are, and I have put them on my must see list too! Perhaps for spring break next year. :)
Thank you for reading and leaving your comment DeeDee.

Garden, Home and Party - July 9, 2014 - 12:42 pm

You had me at cottage. The idea house was so charming and well laid out. So sad that it burnt down. It would be fun stay in one of the cottages you’ve shared. I love property on waterways, not the ocean per se, but a lake or river would be so comforting.
Have fun today with your daughter.
Karen, I am so glad you liked the cottages. I think if given the choice between a cottage with a pool and a mansion with a pool, I would choose the cottage…there is just something charming about them (plus I don’t think I could keep up a mansion!) My daughter and I did have fun, and we ate waaaaay too much yesterday. :)

Louvina - July 9, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Loved these little cottages!! So quaint and charming! I especially liked the reclaimed wooden ceiling. And would love a fire pit like that! Enjoy your shopping trip with baby girl!! I took my granddaughter out to lunch ( tomato basil soup and salad, plus warm spinach/artichoke dip, yum) and she informed me that she was thinking of “red” high lights in her natural blonde hair!! Oh, my– remember last year both girls got brown put in their hair?) Oh, to be young again!! So cute and trying to find their own style, I guess! :)
Wasn’t that ceiling beautiful, Louvina?! Your lunch sounds divine! We had a great one as well, and our daughter’s chicken romano was THE most delicious chicken dish I think I have ever tasted. OMG it was good!! Our daughter went for red highlights last week, but it turned out too subtle for her tastes. She is now thinking about having it dyed red next time….definitely not my favorite of her looks, but at least it is not permanent. :) Yes, you are right. They are trying to find their own style.

Kathy - July 9, 2014 - 12:57 pm

How beautiful! As I was looking, I thought….this. is. my. dream. house.!!! And, to find it burned! So, sad! However, the cottages are sweet! Thanks for the mini-trip. Now, back to wedding plans!
Yes, that was very sad. I cannot imagine how everyone there must have felt..all the talented people who had poured time and energy into it. But I am glad you enjoyed the trip to the cottages. They are just so pretty!
I hope all your wedding planning is going well. The big day will be here before you know it! (not to put any time pressure on you or anything. :) )

Katherine Leighty - July 9, 2014 - 1:09 pm

First time I’ve gotten an e-mail from you and I was awestruck! Love the selection you made and research to provide the photos of it all! For awhile now I have had a fantasy trip planned to travel up the eastern seaboard and end up in Maine in the Fall! This would definitely be a stop for me! So thank you for the great fantasy travel guide! The little cabins are so reminiscent of cabins I stayed in as a girl here in Oregon!
How wonderful that you have stayed in cabins similar to the cottages there at River Dunes, Katherine! Lucky you! Pack me in your bag for that fantasy trip up the East Coast. It sounds exactly like what I would love to do. We did a partial trip like that up the New England coast one summer, but Maine in the fall would be GORGEOUS. Love the idea!

nan, odessa, DE - July 9, 2014 - 1:34 pm

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kelly’s back after a few days off.

So enjoyed this blog, as usual.
I am glad you enjoyed the post on the cottages, Nan!
Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. :)

Judy - July 9, 2014 - 5:37 pm

say i won the lottery…i’d buy that whole town…well, at least the houses you featured and let you stay for FREE in your cottage of choice!

gosh, kelly, every time you show these great places, i have to add them to my must-see places!

we’re heading to my in-laws this afternoon to pick up some squash and peas from their garden….they gave us tomatoes on sunday…i’ll be eating “high on the hog” this week!
Well, then I hope you win the lottery, Judy! You should make a trip to check out River Dunes sometime. I know you are enjoying all those delicious fresh vegetables. There is nothing better than fresh from the garden summer tomatoes!

Lindy James - July 9, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Kelly ,
Those charming cottages in River Dunes remind me of the ones you wrote about in May of last year in Carpinteria, Ca. We were lucky enough to get to spend three nights in them last summer and are hoping to go again this year in Sept. By the way they they are adding two more with two bedrooms per cottage, not sure when they will be finished. I must add this area to my bucket list of places to visit when we decide to explore the South, hopefully in the near future. Have a great day shopping with your daughter, take care, Lindy
Yes, they do! I am certainly drawn to cottages as so many of you are. I am still jealous that you got to stay in those in Carpenteria..and now you are getting to go back! LOL. Our son is interviewing for a job on the west coast. If he gets it, perhaps we will be able to stay there like you – maybe in one of the new two bedroom ones. :)
My daughter and I did have a good day shopping…but we only bought a few things. (I guess that is good for the budget, right?)

Arlene@Nanaland - July 10, 2014 - 9:53 am

How sad that such a beautiful house went up in flames…so glad that they built a fire station closer to the community! Seeing those little cottages reminded me that I wanted to tell you that Marvin and I are considering building a “Katrina” cottage on our land in Georgia. I just heard of these cute little cottages that were supposed to take the place of FEMA trailers after Hurricane Katrina. In fact, I saw them in Cottage Journal, the summer edition. We are still in the “thinking” stage but they seem to be perfect for our needs.
Hi Arlene! I think the Katrina cottages are soooo cute and nicely designed, and I think they would be perfect on your property in north Georgia. :) Good luck with the project if you decide to go ahead with it!

Dawn - July 10, 2014 - 9:53 am


This community is so nice looking. I love the details that all of the cottages seem to have. Any one of those screened in porches looks perfect to sit and read on. Thanks for sharing them with us. I can’t wait to see what else you have to show us.
I am happy you noticed all those wonderful details of the cottages! That lattice wrapping the side of the corner cottages was great; wasn’t it Dawn?
More to come soon. :)

Jayne - July 11, 2014 - 12:52 pm

I adore those cottages! So much better than hotel/motel rooms! More privacy, I would think! Love the porches. I can feel the pain of the house that burned down. We are also so far out in the county we don’t even have any fire hydrants in our neighborhood. Our house would burn slap to the ground if it ever caught on fire. Let’s pray that never happens, but if it does, I know the changes I would make for the next house.
I’m always so smitten with the interiors of these little places that I forget about the privacy they afford. Good point Jayne! Yes, that fire was so sad, and that is scary that you are also far out from fire service. I have thought ahead too in light of such an event here. At least we know how to look on the bright side! :)

Nancy - July 12, 2014 - 6:41 pm

This is totally unrelated to today’s entry. I just discovered your wonderful blog, so I have gone back to your beginning blog and read every entry up to today. So inspiring and just enjoyable to read! I noticed all of your baskets and wondered if you would be willing to do a post telling us where you found them and how you have used them. I know you said you bought some of them at Target, but I’m not really referring to the ones on shelves for storage–more of the ones you use for flowers, on tables, and with food. I never see the quality of baskets that you have, especially the ones that almost look like trays. Boise, ID (where I live, but I’m from MS) has a PB, but I don’t see any baskets like yours there. I would really appreciate your considering this as a topic for one or more of your blog entries.
I love your warm, inviting home, and I think the baskets contribute to its charm.
Thank you! Nancy
Hi Nancy! So glad you are enjoying the posts. I don’t think there is a whole lot more to tell other than what was in the basket post. The ones you are referring to (the tray type) came from little shops here and there many years ago, and most are not even in business still. My favorite one, the one in the family room on top of the piece behind the wicker chair, came from a shop in Macon, GA that I know has long gone out of business. I think this one at Tag though may be just like it. (I spray painted ours.) . I did just order this set from someone and am waiting on it to arrive: .
Hope this helps!

Suzanne Stern - July 18, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Thanks so much for sharing the 2007 Coastal Living Idea House and the wonderful cottages at River Dunes! We were all terribly sad to hear about the fire at the Idea House – how fortunate there are so many fabulous pictures to help us remember it. For those who might want to build their own Captain’s Watch or crew cottage, the plans are available to purchase through Our Town Plans and I’d be happy to talk to anyone who is interested.

A 4th of July Ice Cream Bar and Barbeque

4th of July Ice Cream Bar and BarbequeI wanted to make this a short and sweet post for you since I know there will be dozens of blogs filled with photos from 4th of July celebrations this weekend.

Talk of the House 4th of July table settings

I was going to say …

Here are the photos from our 4th of July. 

And then just show you the pictures.

4th of July bucket for barbequeBut then I thought …

You might have questions.  

So there are things I need to share with you as you look through the post.  Starting with…

 What’s in the bucket?

But before I answer that, you have to understand the menu for the lunch.

(Because the bucket doesn’t make any sense without the menu.)

menu for 4th of July barbeque

And you might have a question about why we had that menu…

Last year we had hamburgers for the 4th (much easier to prepare.)  But this year we had a watermelon and an abundance of fresh corn that we needed to use, so I wanted something that would go with them.  Barbequed ribs seemed a better choice than burgers. (Sorry for the fast fuzzy food photos…everyone was ready to eat.)

4th of July barbequed ribs

And you might have a question about that potato salad…

Our daughter made it with a recipe from here.  (If you make it, cut the dressing part in half.  It made waaay too much.)

loaded potato saladOkay now that you understand the menu, I can go back to talking about the bucket.:)

Extra napkin, silverware, sparkler, flag, Wet Ones (for extra messy hands after barbequed ribs), and melted butter (for corn).  I forgot to include the corn cob holders in the photograph below… darn it!  They were in the bucket as well.

DIY 4th of July bucketsSee, doesn’t it make more sense now that you understand the menu?

And the menu also explains why these sauces were on the table…

sauces in mason jars for 4th of July barbeque

Okay, now here’s the entire table.

Talk of the House 4th of JulyAnd I don’t think I have to explain any more…

ice cream barbecause an ice cream bar is pretty self explanatory.:)

Talk of the House ice cream barhomemade ice creamYou can find the recipe from my post here….(just in case you were going to ask about that.:))

ice cream bar fruit

ice cream bar cones in jarNo…you are not allowed to ask a question about the big jar.

(But I will tell you the red stand came from here, although I am only seeing it in ivory right now.)

ice cream toppings in mason jars

Cherries, crushed oreos, M&M’s, and nut topping…

(If you were wondering what were all the toppings in the mason jars.)

4th of July cupcakes recipe from Back in the Day BakeryOur daughter made the cupcakes with my mother-in-law using a recipe from Back in the Day Bakery.

The cupcake liners and toppers?

You can find them here.

Meri Meri stars and stripes kit

(but mine came from the Williams-Sonoma outlet.)

And that was our 4th of July meal. The weather yesterday was absolutely gorgeous…temps in the eighties with low low humidity.  If you live in the South, you probably know what a rare treat that was for July.  We had the doors open to the porch the entire day.:)

4th of July porch

In the evening we drove around to see fireworks then returned home to play with a few in our own yard.  It was a fun 4th.  An extra special treat was when Rhoda from Southern Hospitality included our home in her 4th of July post.  Wasn’t that sweet of her?!  So if you are visiting here from her lovely site, welcome!

I hope all of you have a great weekend and continue to celebrate our wonderful country.  I plan to eat a few leftovers, do a little bit of painting, and answer a whole bunch of emails.:)

porch deskEnjoy your weekend!

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Susan - July 5, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Isn’t summer wonderful? And a picnic/BBQ is the BEST! Enjoyed your post – thank you!
Yes, it is! I am glad you liked the photos of our lunch. Thank you for visiting the blog. :)

Our Learning - July 5, 2014 - 2:15 pm

Everything looks so beautiful! What fun ideas for the ice cream bar. Thank you for sharing!
Goodness…thank you! An ice cream bar is fun AND delicious. It was a great way to share something sweet for the 4th of July.

Cheryl Hauser - July 5, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Does the basket holding the sodas on the ice cream bar have a metal liner? Where is that from?
Love your ideas, home, and blog!!
Yes, it does have a metal liner. I purchased ours at a local shop, but I think I have located an online source here: It is called the rattan party bucket. Mine would be the small size.
It has come in handy for a lot of different things…from a holder for drinks, to a salad bowl, to a planter. I love it!
So happy you are enjoying the blog Cheryl. :) Hope this info helps.

Andrea - July 5, 2014 - 2:28 pm

You are not going to believe this….>I have another question….I love your drinking glasses. Would you mind to share your source for them? BTW…..your porch is amazing. I could live there!!!!!
Man…I thought I had thought of everything you all would ask! LOL The water goblets are made by Tag, and they are called Bubble Glasses. I had a link to the source at Amazon in this post: but they seem to be currently out of stock. There are probably other sources around the internet if you do a little searching.
Thank you for the compliments on the porch! You could certainly live there while the temps were as nice as they were for the 4th, but the humidity was back today (Sunday) and not quite as comfortable out there. :(

Becky - July 5, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Another beautiful post Kelly. Everything looks so pretty.
We had a great time yesterday. Was gonna do the sundae bar but ended up getting the peanut butter blizzard cake. We celebrated the 4th. and also our son-in-love’s birthday. Peanut butter cups are his favorite thing ever so we will do our sundae bar on a whim one week-end soon.
Enjoy the rest of your week-end. We are doing some painting and trimming some shrubbery. Blessings, Becky
Thank you Becky. It sounds like you had a fun 4th too! I have never had a peanut butter blizzard cake, but it sounds delicious (and like something our middle child would love!) I hope you get to do your sundae bar soon!

Dawn - July 5, 2014 - 2:56 pm


Your menu looks yummy and every detail thought of. Thanks for sharing it all with us. My family is at the lake house this weekend and we did your hamburger bar from last year to celebrate yesterday.
How wonderful to be at a lake this weekend!! I bet your hamburger bar turned out terrific and that everyone was full afterwards. I could go for a bacon cheeseburger right now! yum….

Martha - July 5, 2014 - 3:46 pm

Someday I am going to get my act together and have a beautifully planned meal and table like you….someday….We had a little celebration yesterday with our two youngest grandchildren…they were more interested in picking blackberries from the garden than anything else. I used paper plates (gasp!), something I rarely do, and red checked napkins, but not much else very 4th like. I love the bucket idea and someday (there’s that word again) I am going to fill them just like you!
I agree with Andrea, I love your porch! Mine is not used as much as I like and I have removed a lot of items because they seem to be constantly covered in pollen/dust and I got tired of always having to wipe things down and vacuum….along with all your other talents you must be a super housekeeper.
Yes you will do a meal like this! Your best friend will be a list to write down the ideas and what you need to buy from the grocery store. :) Just follow your list and you can do it. Nothing wrong with paper plates…I thought of using some here. A few years ago, I bought plastic plates that look exactly like the old fashioned white paper plates. I thought the idea was hilarious! (No one else in the family thought they were that clever though.)
Yes, I do have to clean. The porch requires weekly vacuuming and wiping off with a wet cloth..but it is a room I like so much, I don’t mind doing it. Now our messy messy office is a whole ‘nother story….I don’t even want to venture in there!

Jill - July 5, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Everything looks so festive, fun, and delicious! Love your bucket idea!
Thank you so much Jill! The bucket worked out great holding all the “necessary” items for the lunch.

Leslie - July 5, 2014 - 6:04 pm

I love your porch!!!
It’s my favorite room in the house too. Thank you Leslie!

DeeDee - July 5, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Everything looks awesome, creative & festive, all done in complete Kelly-style! Thanks for continuing to inspire :)
“Kelly-style”…you are too funny DeeDee! It just looks like that because of all the red. :) (You all know I can’t decorate unless it involves that color.)
Glad you enjoyed the post!

Garden, Home and Party - July 5, 2014 - 6:53 pm

Your menu sounds delicious. The table and buffet looks inviting, as usual. We had a very fun 4th of July and we must have gotten some of your humidity. We usually don’t have too much humidity, but yesterday was warm and humid. All I could think was that my skin would be appreciative of the humidity. :-)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
That potato salad was really good (first time trying out the recipe.) Glad you had a fun 4th! And also glad you had our humidity. We like it soooo much better when it is gone, but it was back today and made it seem so much hotter.
It may do wonders for your skin, but it is a killer on my hair…straight as a stick!

LJ - July 5, 2014 - 6:56 pm

Great post. Great food. Great decorating. Great party–All honoring our great nation and the brave founders who fought for our great freedoms.
Thanks, Kelly, for all your inspiration.
Yes, it was indeed all honoring our great nation and the great people who were great thinkers!

Kathy - July 5, 2014 - 8:24 pm

So, I was scrolling through facebook and I saw a photo that I thought had to be your house….and it was!!!! Southern Hospitality! AWESOME!!! You go, girl! I loved your 4th of July post. Everything was beautiful and fun, as always!
Yes, it WAS my house! I was sooo tickled that Rhoda included some rooms from here for her post. She is so sweet and supportive of other bloggers. Love her! Glad you enjoyed my 4th of July post too (even if it was on the 5th when I posted it.LOL)
Hope you had a good holiday!

Megan - July 5, 2014 - 8:38 pm

Hi Kelly, What a fun 4th celebration! I love the little buckets full of fun supplies! This 4th hubby and I made Ina’s confetti corn instead of “on the cob” and it was SOO delicious! here is a link for the recipe – It is definitely worth trying! Thanks for all of the inspiration :)
I am so glad you liked the buckets! Thanks Megan! And thank you for the link to the corn recipe. I will have to give that one a try some time soon. :)

Gail - July 5, 2014 - 9:17 pm

Happy 4th Kelly: Yum, yum and double yum! I thought about ribs as well, but too much was going on that we were regulated to brats, dogs and chicken. Your ingenuity is amazing…those little red buckets were genius. What a great assortment of needed items for such a meal! Awesome! I can only hope I will be able to remember that for future get togethers. The house once again looked perfect and so inviting. Happy birthday America! May you live on in great glory! Blessings….Gail
I think brats, dogs, and chicken sounds delicious! (And in my head I am thinking about going the route with chicken next year…) Thank you for the compliments on the party. Yes, happy birthday to America!

Debra - July 5, 2014 - 9:58 pm

Oh my Gosh Kelly, you are such a good hostess. You do know how to spoil your family. My mouth is watering just looking at your wonderful post. From those scrumptious ribs all the way to the adorable cupcakes your daughter made, I would have loved being a guess at your table. Again…I Love you Porch! I will have to try that potato salad recipe. Sounds yummy. Bacon, did I read bacon? YUMO!! So, for the 2 lbs. potatoes, that amount of dressing was an overload? Can’t imagine it would be too much for 2lbs. Hmmm…. Our celebration was at my sister in law’s. She always hosts the 4th. Tradition. The weather was beautiful and we brought hoodies out right after dinner. It was perfect. No one swam as she has a pool too, but the ever popular bean bag toss game was endless. A wonderful fire was going in her fire pit as we visited. We had BBQ chicken, potato salad, baked beans, pasta salad, and strawberry pretzel salad. Cupcakes and peanut butter rice crispy treats with chocolate frosting on them was our dessert. Everyone brought something to share, mine was the strawberry pretzel salad. Fireworks were watched from our home, as we are on a hillside and we can see them from our front yard. Can’t believe the 4th has come and gone. Take in the days ahead…Teacher Kelly. Here is hoping July doesn’t go by so quickly, as June did.

That salad WAS yummy, and yes, it did have bacon. Believe was too much dressing. You could just make it all, and then add it a few spoonfuls at a time (not the entire amount just dumped in at once.) Your family’s menu sounded perfect. I would have wanted some of all of it! (especially the pretzel salad.)
I pray that July creeps slowly by since we go back to work this month. :(

kate snow - July 5, 2014 - 11:30 pm

There may have been many 4th of July blogs out there but yours is my favorite by far.
Perfection! Thank you.
Wow, thank you Kate! What a super sweet compliment!
Hope your holiday weekend was a good one. :)

Mary - July 6, 2014 - 1:00 am

Love your table setting! Where did you get the cute red buckets? Would love to have them for Labor Day. Also where to you get you check fabric for curtains? Planning on making some black and white check but no luck on line. Please keep up the good work. Love your home!!!
Hi Mary! The red buckets came from Michaels a number of years ago. They were in the “discount” section at the time, and I bought a whole bunch of them. They work great for Valentine’s Day as well. There are a lot of checks in the house, so I am not sure which window curtain you are specifically wanting. The ones in daughter’s room and the playroom came as drapes from Country Curtains, and I lined them. The fabric in the kitchen and dining room (the red buffalo check) came from here:
and the checked fabric on the very long drapes in the family room came from here:
Ikea carries some black and white checked fabric in their stores, but they do not carry it online. I just bought it in their large check version in Atlanta, and the price was great.

Cindy Ross - July 6, 2014 - 1:05 am

You have out done yourself again. I love the 4th of July and Halloween. Can’t decide which one more. Love decorating for both. Hubs had to work this holiday so I didn’t decorate this year. Spent the day with friends but enjoyed myself. Have been waiting a month for my son to pop the big question to his girlfriend as he did on the 4th of July. She said “YES” we are all so excited. I will have another daughter. Yeah!!! They are planning the wedding in Florida where they live. He lives near Jacksonville and she lives somewhere near there. She is looking at a plantation in Orange Park, the Yacht Club or one other place all three are beautiful can’t wait to see what she picks. I am sure we will be headed that way a lot. I might have to get some pointers from you on places to stop and shop. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. I am going to be dreaming of wedding plans.
Cindy thank you so much! I am sorry your husband had to work for the holiday. Not fun! But congratulations on your son’s engagement! A Florida wedding! My daughter would say, “It should be at Disney.” (She truly would.) And I would say “It needs to be at Elizabeth Pointe Lodge.” There are soooo many ideas for weddings on Pinterest now, one could get really lost. Have fun with the planning!

Leslie K - July 6, 2014 - 12:36 pm

Yes, indeed, I did find your blog through Rhoda’s Southern Hospitality. I’m living vicariously through all the July 4th decor – and yours is a treat! – since I’m still settling into my new home. I’ve already gone backwards to see how your home has evolved – what a great effort! Beautifully done, and I’m so delighted to have found your blog. The link is now saved firmly on my desktop with just a handful of other special ones so I can return often for inspiration. Enjoy the rest of this gorgeous weekend!
Thank you for popping over from Rhoda’s place, Leslie! I am glad you are reading all the old posts here too. Congratulations on your new home, and I hope you can find some ideas here that you can use. And thank you for saving the link so that you can visit the blog again. I will look forward to hearing from you in the future! :)

Peggy - July 6, 2014 - 12:51 pm

What a fabulous heart of hospitality you have! Beautiful table sitting. The little red buckets are adorable — what a great idea! And your desert bar looks absolutely delicious! We had smoked ribs for the 4th with baked beans and cole slaw. My family would think I was unpatriotic if it was anthing else. ;)
The buckets were so handy…and I just HAD to use them since they were red! LOL Your menu also sounds very yummy. I meant to do the baked beans with ours too but totally forgot about them! Thank you for your sweet comment on the post. :)

Patty in Michigan - July 6, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Oh my love it all! It all looks amazing. The buckets are perfect and I especially love the cones in the glass jar. Gotta do that! We, too, had the perfect July 4th. Weather here in lower Michigan was spectacular! My hubby smoked pork shoulders on the smoker all day and we enjoyed pulled-pork sandwiches…yummy! He has been doing smoked pork for many years now. It’s gotten quite popular here up north. I know you’ve had it in your parts for a long time. We also had corn on the cob and I did a mixed berry cobbler with ice cream for dessert. Just a great weekend all together! God Bless America!
I am so happy that you loved all the 4th of July decorating Patty! Your holiday sounded great, and we all love pulled pork sandwiches around here. Yum! I bet your mixed berry cobbler with ICE CREAM ( :) ) was delicious.

Linda@Limeinthecoconut - July 6, 2014 - 6:55 pm

K. I may just be willing to pay a premium and buy your neighbors house. BUT in the contract would be invites by you ALL the time!
Very funny! But you are welcome to just come on over and visit. (I can tell you that the neighbors aren’t willing to sell.)
Hope you had a great holiday weekend Linda!

Pat @ LifeAtLydiasHouse - July 6, 2014 - 9:18 pm

I discovered your blog via Southern Hospitality and am so glad that I did! What a delight browsing around! I love your style!
Yay! Rhoda’s blog led you here! Thank you for making the jump over to Talk of the House. I am thrilled you are finding posts here that you enjoy. Please come back to visit again any time you like Pat. :)

Amy - July 7, 2014 - 6:13 pm

Simply adorable!
I just love all of the details that you add. I am new to your blog, do you mind if I ask you what color you used on you wicker sets? I just love the contrast with the red.
Thank you! Amy
Hi Amy! So glad you decided to visit here. :) The wicker is either painted Martin Senour’s Pelham Gray or Lowes Valspar’s Lyndhurst Timber. I cannot remember which one, and they look to be almost the same shade – so either would have worked. And it is not really a gray – more of a green undertoned khaki. The color works really well with red (and yellow…and orange…)
Hope you will visit again!

Marianne in Mo. - July 7, 2014 - 6:33 pm

I was sure no one would be posting until today, so I’m just getting here. Great table, great menu, great weather – you must have been smiling all day! So glad you had a beauty of a day!
We had a quiet day, all our kids were together in Texas, checking out our oldest daughter’s new digs. So we got fried chicken from the grocers, along with salad and French bread, and quite enjoyed the change of menu! A neighbor invited all of us old folks (about 11 of us) down to their driveway to visit, nibble snacks and desserts, and watch their neighbor shoot off $500 worth of fireworks. We enjoyed the coolish evening chatting and agreeing that we are happy to not fight crowds and traffic at the public displays these days! FYI, a lot of the costly booms ended up duds – poor guy!
It sounds like you had a great 4th Marianne! I am really thinking we may do fried chicken next year (from somewhere…I make too big of a mess when I fry it!) How nice that your neighbor hosted you all to watch the fireworks. I know the person who was shooting them off must have been so disappointed when some didn’t work…especially when you consider what they cost. Fried chicken, good company, snacks, desserts, fireworks…yes, you had a good holiday!

Jayne - July 8, 2014 - 9:11 am

Everything looks festive as usual! Looks like y’all had a wonderful 4th. The ice cream bar is delish!!! Our’s was spent at the lake. It’s an extra special weekend for us as we celebrate my nephew’s birthday on the 3rd, then the 4th, and ended with my birthday on the 5th. Best gift was spending time with family. Hearing my son laugh was the best!
Good grief at the celebrations! A belated happy birthday to you Jayne! It sounds like you had a great weekend. :)

Sarah - July 9, 2014 - 9:49 am

Kelly – As usual your house, table settings/decorations, and meal all looked wonderful for the 4th. So many ideas to copy for future decorations or party ideas at my house. :-> As others have mentioned…I loved the red buckets. I was so excited when I saw those blue and white napkins in your red buckets though. I bought those at Target last year and have them sitting out right now on my kitchen island with my other 4th of July decorations. I am kind of proud of myself for buying something and then using it….without actually copying or replicating something you did. Great minds must think alike. Or better yet your style is really influencing me (and my buying decisions)….like you do with so many others! Take care!
Too funny! Yes, great minds DO think alike. It would be a dangerous thing if I am influencing your buying decisions because glory do I love to shop!! Thank you for your compliments. The red buckets came from Michaels in their $1 things several years ago…in case you want to shop for them. LOL

Stephanie - July 9, 2014 - 12:48 pm

I always love looking at your home decorated for the holidays. You are so creative and everything is always perfect looking!! Such an inspiration to everyone.
Thank you so much for your very kind words Stephanie! Holidays are always so much fun to decorate for. :)

Part 2: Gary McBournie My Nantucket Favorite

Nantucket bedroom Gary McBourniesource

Alright, I promised you I would return with more Gary McBournie goodness, so here I am!:) I found a cottage called Antique Cottage on his business site, and I want you to take a look at it. It is located in Nantucket, and nowhere on the site does it say that it is his personal cottage, but it sure looks like it could be one of the 5 or 6 historic homes that he has renovated on the island. You’re probably thinking…

 Oh no…here we go again.  Why do you think that, Kelly?

Well… take a look at those shell prints up there in the bedroom.

Don’t they look like the ones he painted for his former living room?

Gary McBournie living room Traditional

And this is a view of the living room in Antique Cottage.

Nantucket living room Gary

Doesn’t that slipper chair also look like one from his former living room?

And perhaps that striped sofa and those paisley throw pillows are the same as these…

Gary McBournie living room House Beautiful via Dering

And then there is this kitchen vignette in Antique Cottage.

Nantucket kitchen sink Gary McBournie

Isn’t that tray very much (although not exactly) like the one we saw in his newest Nantucket kitchen here?

Gary McBournie kitchen House Beautiful via Dering

Anyway…it just made me wonder.:)


This next house  I want you to see is no mystery though.

Nantucket fishermans cottage House Beautiful mag  photo by Christopher Baker

Constitution, that little Nantucket fisherman’s boathouse, was featured in the August, 2007 issue of House Beautiful, and I can remember exactly when I saw the article for the first time.

Nantucket cottage seating area Gary McBournie House Beautiful mag  photo by Christopher Baker

I am no fan of flying, and I was in New York City.  I had purchased the issue specifically to keep me distracted on the flight home, and it certainly did its job!:)I happily read and reread the piece (and a few others) on the flight and fell in love with this charming cottage on Old North Wharf.

Nantucket cottage living room Gary McBournie House Beautiful  photo by Christopher Baker

I learned that the owner bought the simple boathouse as a place to entertain summer visitors.  (He already had a home on the island.)  He knew that Gary McBournie had a reputation for saving neglected buildings on Nantucket and making something wonderful out of them.  So he hired him to do the project.

Nantucket cottage sitting area  Gary McBournie House  photo by Christopher Baker

In designing the space, Mr. McBournie was inspired by photos of yachts from the 1920’s, vintage boating posters, a set of nautical flags he found in France…really anything boat related (and specifically the owners’ Hinckley Picnic boat). In fact, the sitting area was actually made from two bunks from a boat.

Nantucket boathouse Gary

 The kitchen got teak countertops and cabinet doors similar to those found on boats.

Nantucket cottage kitchen cabinets Gary McBournie House photo by Christopher Baker

The floors were kept rather simple…just painted with a blue deck paint and spattered with specks of red, tan, and white.  The ceiling was left in its old rustic state (but the kitchen did get new appliances.:))

Nantucket boathouse kitchen Gary McBournie House

And then there is the sleeping loft that looks like it is straight out of an old ship.

Nantucket cottage sleeping loft Gary McBournie House photo by Christopher Baker

Beautifully outfitted with antiques, nautical accessories, and blue linens.

Nantucket cottage bedroom Gary McBournie House  photo by Christopher Baker

And finally, because this boathouse is waterfront, there is a great deck right out over the water’s edge.

Nantucket boathouse deck Gary McBournie House    photo by Christopher Baker

If the owner was looking for a place to entertain summer visitors, he got that and so much more in the finished project.  I know you are ready to pack your bags and move in, right?  Me too.:)


But I have one more Gary McBournie house you just have to see.  I believe this one is a more recent project, and again, it is on Nantucket. (I told you I love all his Nantucket work!)

Here is the simply classic entryway (with more maritime influence in the space.)

Nantucket home entry Gary

And the huge living room.

Nantucket home living room Gary McBournie Dering

Mr. McBournie even designed the gorgeous table in this dining room.

Nantucket home dining room

Gary McBournie dining room in Nantucket Daily

I really like this white kitchen with its touch of bright green peeking out of the cabinets.

Is that open shelving for pots below the stovetop?

Nantucket home kitchen Gary

The real star of this house to me is the bedroom…blue again.:)

Nantucket home bedroom Gary

Did you notice the touches of green on the window valances and bed curtains (and the throw pillows)?

So pretty!

One last thing to tell you.  Have you seen his book that just came out last fall? I have not been able to put my hands on it, but I bet it will be good.

Gary McBournie Living color book

Living Color: A Designer Works Magic with Traditional Interiors

(an Amazon Affiliate link)

And that brings us to end of our tour of some of Gary McBournie’s work.  I hope you have enjoyed the spaces there on Nantucket Island.

Nantucket style baskets with flowers House

I know many of you are making plans (and food!) for the 4th of July.  Here’s hoping you have a fun filled holiday with family, friends, and fireworks! Enjoy it all.:)

Until next time…

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Cheri - July 3, 2014 - 8:13 am

Happy July 4th to you and your family. These homes were beautiful and I always have to take a second look to see the detail that you mention, you have an eye for that.
Thank you Cheri! I hope you had a good holiday. Those homes always make me gawk over them!

Martha - July 3, 2014 - 8:16 am

What a great post to start my day! McBournie is divine!I am going to look for his latest book. Happy 4th!
Happy 4th to you Martha! I am so glad you enjoyed seeing Gary McBournie’s work. He has such a great way with classic interiors.

Moj Beli - July 3, 2014 - 8:48 am

Wonderful! Thank You for all you Inspire us with. Have a Great Weekend Kelly. Moj Beli
You are most welcome! Thank you for always taking the time to read and leave a comment on the post.
I hope your weekend has been a good one!

Debra - July 3, 2014 - 9:21 am

I am in love. The Constitution would be so wonderful to stay in for a week or two, wouldn’t it? He did a beautiful job with the design/nautical feel. I love the kitchen and bunk seating areas the best. Oh and the last photo of those lovely Nantucket baskets with floral goodness, well, what a nice way to end the post! Thanks for a feel good morning wake up Kelly. Right now, I am having my morning coffee on that adorable waterside deck, taking in the sun, breeze, water and seagull sounds of course! Dream…dream…. Oh, and I am not a big fan of flying either, your not alone. Have a wonderful holiday. Until next time.

I could live in that little house! (Not so sure how it would be in a storm, but if it has survived this long, it must be built pretty solid.) I am glad to know I am not the only one who does not enjoy flying. As I type this, our son has just gotten off a 6 hour flight to Seattle for an interview tomorrow. Fingers crossed he does well!

Louvina - July 3, 2014 - 10:17 am

Just caught this latest post before I go out and about to run errands! All I can say is “WOW!” I love it– especially the last floral shot– just perfect for the 4th! I’m inspired once again. Will have to go back and review later on this 3 day holiday! Happy 4th, Kelly!
Hope you got all your errands run and projects completed for the 4th. Busy busy I know! I hope you get time to go back and savor Gary McBournie’s rooms. They just say “summer” to me.
Happy 4th to you Louvina!

LJ - July 3, 2014 - 1:07 pm

I’ve enjoyed seeing G.McBournie’s work. Thank you for introducing him to me. I’m planning to do some interior painting this summer and thought I’d go with a very light khaki or taupe and punch it up with red. Red is my second favorite color. However, after seeing all the white and blue now I’m re-thinking it and blue is my favorite with red close by. ABTW right now all my interior paint palette is the same as GMB’s that you show in his former living room, the second photo. It’s been great and still like it, but time for a change.
Kelly and all have a great 4th, celebrate and cherish our freedom, and may you arrive at all your destinations safely!
Glad I could introduce Mr. McBournie’s talent to you! Good luck with your painting projects. Like you, I love the blue and red together. We have outdoor painting to start at some point, and I am NOT looking forward to that.

Peggy - July 3, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Yummy blues and greens in the bedroom. But that little secretariat in the entry is absolutely delicious! Beautiful post!
Didn’t you just love that touch of green to brighten things up there?! Oh yes, that little desk was so charming.
Glad you enjoyed the post Peggy!

nan, odessa, DE - July 3, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Happy Holiday!

Thank you for introducing me to G.McBournie, Nantucket. I like that area and follow Susan Branch.

Part I house is my favorite! Where can I find those bed skirts?
Small block quilts?
Nan, I am happy that you now know about and like his work. Nantucket looks like a dream of a place. I love Susan Branch’s sweet work too. I think I have enjoyed her work since her very first book looooong ago.
I believe those bed skirts in the first house were custom made…so I am afraid there is no source for them. I loved those postage stamp quilts too! It seems like I remember seeing some years ago either in the Lands End catalog or at Kohls in the Ralph Lauren Chaps dept. J.C.Penney had a similar style in black and cream and also a red and cream. It was the Ralph Lauren American Living line a few years ago. I checked Ebay for all of those but had no luck. Keep checking back though. Something might turn up!

Garden, Home and Party - July 3, 2014 - 4:47 pm

I love his work but hands down, the House Beautiful house/cottage is my favorite. I love some of the details that you can’t miss.
Nantucket wouldn’t be a bad place to live!
Enjoy your 4th of July. I look forward to all of your posts.
That little nautical house is just perfect. Isn’t it?! I agree…Nantucket would definitely not be a bad place to live. :) (Although I believe traffic is a real pain at times.)
Hope your 4th of July was a good one!

Jill - July 3, 2014 - 8:32 pm

You are a super sleuth. Just sayin’. :D

He definitely seems to use things again. But he does it SO well! Thanks for sharing more pretty pictures with us!

Hope you and your family have a great 4th!!
Ha ha! I am just very detail obsessed oriented. :) Glad you enjoyed the room pictures. I hope you had a great 4th of July!

Donnamae - July 3, 2014 - 9:02 pm

I really enjoyed part 1 & 2! I could move into any one of those homes! Thanks for introducing me to his work! Happy 4 Th. to you too! ;)
Thanks Donnamae! Glad I could introduce you to Gary McBournie. :)
Hope you had a great holiday!

Jennifer - July 3, 2014 - 9:05 pm

Thank you…just beautiful and inspirational
You are quite welcome! I am so happy you liked the rooms Jennifer.

Dawn - July 3, 2014 - 11:37 pm


Thanks for the inspiration. I love green touches lining the inside of the kitchen cabinets and green tabs on the bed linens. McBournie has great eye for details. Have a happy and healthy 4th of July filled with family, friends and food.
I knew you would like the green Dawn! I loved it too…just enough to add an extra special touch to the space. I hope your holiday was a good one!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - July 4, 2014 - 10:13 am

Oh what great inspiration today…and yes, i remember that House Beautiful feature…such an iconic picture of that weathered wood and gorgeous flowering vines….have a fabulous 4th Kelly!
Yes, that weathered wood cottage with the vines is pure Nantucket! We all need a cottage like that on the beach somewhere; don’t we Shirley? I hope your 4th was a good one. :)

Jayne - July 4, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Nantucket is a favorite place on Earth for my family – our Summer escape! And I did not even know about that designer. This was a lovely look inside!
What a wonderful place for a Summer escape! I am happy that you liked seeing Mr. McBournie’s rooms. I hope that you are finding Savannah to your liking. It is such a lovely city, and full of gorgeous gardens that you most certainly will appreciate. :)

Paula B. - July 4, 2014 - 7:02 pm

Well, I see some rooms I absolutely could move right into… Nantucket love, I think. Thanks for the introduction to this designer, will have to keep an eye out in the future for more of his work. Hope the Fourth was enjoyable – we are waiting for the rain from the hurricane to pass on by. It’s been a gloomy day, but the Bristol (R.I.) Fourth of July Parade, the oldest in the country, went off without a hitch. My friends are sailing for the week and are berthed at Nantucket, which is where the hurricane will come the closest to the New England coastline tonight. I hope they have a safe night.
I am amazed the parade was able to go on. I would have thought all that hurricane weather would have rained out most things in your area. So glad to know it didn’t! Hope your friends made it safely through the storm. What a weekend for a hurricane! My son was in Florida where the beaches were packed. He was not too happy with that, but it certainly beat the rain in your area. I guess we can dream of sunny days in Nantucket. :)

Cindy Hattersley - July 5, 2014 - 7:39 am

I absolutely love his work. I want that book as well! Thanks for the tour. I think you are on to something!
Thank you Cindy. I am on the lookout for that book too. It should be filled with great rooms!

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