Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

I've missed you all.  My drop off to the blog world started when I went on vacation with my husband and son to visit our friends at their family beach house back in September.  I'm also 12 weeks pregnant and haven't felt so great so I apologize for the lack of posts. 

Back to our vacation...
This beach house is not an ordinary comes with a long time family history that's rich in tradition, faith and a good measure of fun.  This house is called Papa's Palace, located on Atlantic Beach in North Carolina.  Every year the Harrison's host a house full of friends and family.  This was our second time to visit and we all had a magical time at the beach.  The weather was perfect with sunbathing temperatures in the day and cooler nights.  I especially enjoyed getting up early and walking the beach.  Watching the birds come in to catch their breakfast, the fisherman setting up their nets and of course, I loved taking pictures of the homes. 

Here's more than a few homes I enjoyed looking at and wanted to share with you.  I just imagined what it would be like to call one of these my summer home.  I loved all the shingle style homes with lots of windows, balconies to soak in the ocean views, beautiful landscaping, and the quaint and unique features that each home possessed.

The top picture is the home we stayed at.  Built by our friend, Stuart Harrison's great great grandfather for his dying wife as a gift to her, this home is full of history, rooms, a screened-in front porch my son tended to gravitate to, a generous dining room for everyone to eat in and a great living space that we enjoyed evening Bible studies in along with games and reading.  What I loved the most is the back porch with rocking chairs, a swing, a sunbathing deck and plenty of space for lots of people to sit outside and enjoy the sunset.

The number of windows and porches on these homes are amazing

Always love a black and white house

Great arrangement of the porches and I love the railing layout and details

This home was one block from the ocean but I loved the landscaping and cute front porch

Great views must be seen in every room of this house

Shingles, Shingles, Shingles (love the contrast)

One of my favorites

This house was adorable with its low key appearance and almost hidden porch with the hanging swing, french door and octagon window (all somewhat hidden behind the ivy).  Definitely also one of my favorites - I could live here year round.

One of the newer homes on the block - this home is big!

Perfect Symmetry

Grand and beautiful

Also one of the newer homes on the block - the driveway is a gorgeous basket weave pattern

This home sit up high on a hill - there's a lot more to this house on the opposite side but it had a private drive so I couldn't get any pictures.

Love the window box

I would take 3 stories and screened porches

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  1. beautiful houses and CONGRATULATIONS! i rememebr how horrible i used to feel-hopefully you will be over the hump soon!!

    1. Thanks Lucy! I'm starting to feel it lighten up - it's definitely something you don't forget :).

  2. Love PaPa's Palace, a treasure. Love the traditional beach homes along the Carolina coast. Congratulations and best wishes

    1. Thanks Jennifer! Have you been to PaPa's Palace?


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