Nantucket-boathouse-interior-design-1Safe to say that this boathouse on Nantucket designed by Gary McBournie is my dream home. Amazingly the home, which was built c.1900, is just one big room that contains a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and small loft. As it’s on stilts the house is literally on the water. Beyond charming from the outside, wait until you see Matt Albiani’s amazing shots of the inside. Click through after the jump for the full tour!

Nantucket-boathouse-interior-design-2I love how the basic beadboard has been left exposed and simply painted white – so fresh and the perfect canvas to layer in the nautical touches that echo the dock surroundings. The contrast between the white panelling and the bare wood of the ceiling creates depth in the space. In his fascinating interview with House Beautiful, Gary talks about how he always likes to juxtapose rough with smooth in his design work – check it out, here.Nantucket-boathouse-interior-design-3Of course, a Dutch door charms in an instant, but even more so in that gorgeous shade of blue. Inside, paintings from local artists hang on the walls to give further character.Nantucket-boathouse-interior-design-4I’m all kinds of crushing on the pennants from the sailing races the owner has been a part of that are strung across the living room.Nantucket-boathouse-interior-design-5The idea of living with a small kitchen like this is very appealing. A cute little Aga stove and minimal tableware – yes, please!Nantucket-boathouse-interior-design-6This looks like a painting it’s so perfect, right? It’s actually the real life view from the boathouse deck. Divine! Plus, what a perfect place to enjoy the sunset over the water. What inspires you about the interior design of this Nantucket boathouse?Nantucket-boathouse-interior-design-7 // Photography by Matt Albiani for House Beautiful


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Oh my days this is a dream! I love the kitchen with the aga! Thanks for posting

  2. This beach house is timeless and so beautiful. Do you know where the bar cart came from, Will? Is it vintage? My daughter just moved into a new apartment with her boyfriend and they have sent me on the hunt to find them a perfect little bar cart.

  3. Elizabeth Speicher Reply

    Pinterest brought this 64 year old to your lovely site. If this is your dream house, you have to be willing to sharel. First time here, and if this is any indication of your design sense I’ll be returning frequently. Nice site!

  4. Andrew Bradford Reply

    The perfect summer house!
    The wood floors and walls really create a relaxing atmosphere

  5. Hi Will.

    What a beautiful house! The ocean on your doorstep, what more could you want? 🙂

    By the way, we recently included your pinterest in our ’15 Best Interior Design Pinterest accounts’ post.

    Just FYI 🙂

    Keep it colourful!

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.