“It’s all in the details…. Houseboat Chic on the LoneStar!!!!!!!!!!!

by Erin Paige Pitts

First of all, for those of you who haven’t been to Gibson Island, Maryland, a private island where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Magothy River, you are missing out.  First of all, it is beautiful beyond comparison.  Imagine, the beauty of the Hampton’s or Nantucket, but an hour outside of Washington D.C.  Secondly, it is filled with amazing people and fabulous homes.  The island is totally private, no businesses other than the Gibson Island Club which includes, golf, tennis, boating and our post office.

Last summer, I had the most amazing intern, Kate Tracey.  Kate’s family has owned the “Lone Star” Houseboat for two generations (Kate’s mom, Nina’s parent bought the house boat when she was a young girl). The “Lone Star” is moored in the harbor at Gibson Island every summer. It is often the location of fabulous family friendly parties where everyone “jumps off the roof of the house boat!!  Today, I had the great pleasure of taking a tour of the Lone Star with Kate’s mom, Nina Tracey.  Nina and her sister Rebel, now own and operate the Lone Star as their summer residence.  Not only is it full of family history, but it is such a fun, super cool place to call your summer home that I just had to share it with you.  Since my love and specialty is coastal homes, what could be more coastal than a houseboat?

This is how the house boat looks as you approach by tender from the Gibson Island Yacht Squadron.  My captain this morning was the always delightful Denver Sanner, our harbor master.  Below is The GIYS tender “Salty Marks”.

Once on the “Lone Star” house boat, you are instantly put in “relaxed summer mode”  This is one of the outdoor decks.

Inside the “Lone Star” is a real treat.  Very tastefully, nautically done with many family memories.

The “Lone Star” sunk years ago and had to be rebuilt.  The player piano that was on the original “Lone Star” is memorialized with a wall hanging made by family friends’ the Knipp’s, showing two remaining parts from the piano that were salvaged from the depths of the harbor floor.

The state rooms, couldn’t be more inviting, decked out in Lilly Pulitzer and Nautical themes.  I can’t wait for a sleepover invitation!

The dining room is a cool, elegant retreat from the days heat! 

Here is a sign that says it all !

Hail to the Lone Star!  Many thanks to the Tracey’s for inviting me into their home and allowing me to share it with all of you!



P.S. If you are looking to hire an interior designer for a residential interiors project, I’d love to hear from you!  In particular, I love creating elegant coastal homes for families but I also do urban and country homes!  Let me make your dream home a realty!