It’s hard not to admire the homes while traveling down Gulf of Mexico Drive, but once a year, the Longboat Key Garden Club gives Longboat Key residents and visitors the chance to admire these homes from the inside. The annual Longboat Key Garden Club Home Tour, which benefits the club’s grant and scholarship funds, is quickly approaching. This year, four homes will welcome visitors with open doors. Before the big event on March 4, we previewed each ho
The home of Kim Howard and Kim McQuilken at 5911 Emerald Harbor Drive was designed to be livable and open.
The open home is supposed to feel like sand and sea, and it does with white walls and a light blue couch. Howard only displays books that have tones of blue and green on the cover on the entertainment center shelves to add to the theme. Upstairs, two bedrooms offer space for guests.
The couple designed the home to be entertaining for everyone, and with a spacious pool deck off the living room and kitchen, complete with a sitting area, TV and grilling area, it appears everyone will have a space to relax.
Outside of the pool deck is a vast backyard where Howard grows edible plants, including olive, mango, lime and banana trees. In the front of the house, she has blueberry bushes.