Coastal Interior Design (Part Two): Unique and Unusual Homes

I must admit that my intention today was not to blog about unique and unusual, coastal homes. In fact, I was actually doing some last minute research on my original topic, when I happened to stumble upon some of the photos included in this post. Considering that I, myself, was so intrigued by these homes, I decided that you might appreciate them, as well. So, here I am – changing gears mid-blog – and hoping you will enjoy the photos of these remarkable homes as much as I did.
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This tiny residence named Castel Meur, or house between two rocks, was built in 1861 and is located in the township of Plougrescant in Brittany, France. Its charming allure landed its popular image on postcards around the world. Eventually, due to damage caused by careless tourists, the property owner was prompted to forbid any further commercial representation of Castel Meur. Click the link to read more about this endearing little house.
Castel-Meur-France
Castel-Meur-France
Castel-Meur-France
Secluded on Demere Key, located near Pine Island just north of Ft. Myers, Florida, exists an extraordinary house covered from top to bottom with giant, old whelk shells. Originally designed as a resort in the mid 1900’s, Michigan resident, Phil DeMere, built Sea Grape Lodge, covering it with the remains of shells accumulated by the original fishing village of the Calusa Indians. Be sure to click the link to learn more about this home’s fascinating history.
seagrape lodge

Photo from Small Serendipities blog

seagrape lodge

Photo from Small Serendipities blog

 

Seagrape lodge

Photo from ILoveShelling.com

 

Sea Grape Lodge

Photo from ILoveShelling.com

Located on South Bass Island in Lake Erie at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, rests the Owners and Captains Quarters of the former Great Lakes Shipping Boat, The Benson Ford. Originally designed by Henry Ford, the boat was in service for 50 years. In 1986, rather than scrapping the entire vessel, the top front section of the boat (comprised of walnut paneled state rooms, dining room, galley, and passenger lounge) was removed by an Ohio couple. They placed the rescued quarters on a picturesque home lot, transforming them into The Ship Residence.

The Ship Residence

The Ship Residence

What are your thoughts on these unusual coastal residences? Fabulous or fail?

NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!

If you would like helping making your home even more fabulous, contact me for an in-house or online consultation at Kimberly@knottinghillinteriors.com

 

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Stylish, sophisticated and dramatic, Kimberly Grigg brings her unique talents to client’s homes across the country and to her retail boutique, Knotting Hill Interiors. An award winning retail boutique and an award winning full service design firm, Knotting Hill offers luxury interior design, renovation and remodeling services, custom design, childrens rooms and nurseries and accessorizing. The retail boutique sells fabric, home furnishings, retail design, lamps, accessories, art, upscale furniture consignment, gifts, fashion and jewelry. Voted “Best on the Beach” in both retail and design, our customers say that this place and this process is truly “enchanted”! Knotting Hill Interiors is based in Myrtle Beach South Carolina and has two locations at 7753 North Kings Hwy and 7751 North Kings Hwy.