Home Tour: Living On a Houseboat

January 8, 2018

I always dreamed to have a houseboat, so when I stumbled upon of this gorgeous home of  Kyleigh Kuhn it took my breath away!

She purchased this houseboat on Craigslist and then transformed it into the ultimate sea escape. What I love about this project is that Kyleigh did many things herself – as a DIY enthusiast it really pleases me to see how people make they dreams come true with their own hands.


The boat has small chill-out /living area under the loft bed, dining area for two, kitchen, bathroom and a sun deck. All house is smartly organized with built-in drawers and cubbyholes under the stairs for an extra storage space. Kyleigh crafted some shelves from driftwood that she found at Cronkhite Beach.


Renovation works included sanding, patching and repainting the hull. Also the entire interior (walls, siding) was gutted. The cost of dry docking was really expensive, which meaned working all day long to get the boat into the water as fast as possible.

Furniture and Decor

White walls and plenty of day light make the space luminous and bright. Polished wooden flooring brings cozy and inviting feel. Blue and white color palette refers to marine theme and really suits the interior of the boat. For furniture and decoration Kyleigh used unusual and meaningful pieces. Vintage coffee table with intricate carvings adds personality and charm to the living area. The walls are decorated with various prints – such as her great grandma’s photo of her dog in a frame adorned with her mom’s jewelry. Various textiles, such as tribal rug on the deck, pillows and throws add bohemian feel and coziness.

Another material that was used a lot is brass – beautiful pendant light on the ceiling, shelves, wall sconces and wash basin make house cheerful and shiny.

My favorite part of this boat house is the deck with its wicker folding chairs, rugs and sheep skin – I can imagine how relaxing it is to spend a day over there!

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