Living large in a small space

Great design tips: See how two sisters create a paradise aboard side-by-side houseboats

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Floating Paradise

  • Floating Paradise

    Landscaping improves even a tiny area. On Diane’s deck, in-ground planters with their own drainage system sprout strips of vibrant Scotch moss that add color and “feel cozy underfoot.”

Floating Paradise

  • Floating Paradise

    An antique Chinese wedding cabinet in Julie and Dave’s living room hides the TV and CDs, and makes the most of limited floor space. Dave built additional drawers underneath, which Julie painted for a faux-antique look.

Floating Paradise

  • Floating Paradise

    Japanese-inspired built-in bins under Diane’s bed are faced with bamboo. A paper parasol over the light fixture adds to the lush but tranquil mood.

LIVE LARGE IN A SMALL SPACE

  • Create pockets of greenery: Landscaping improves even a tiny area. On Diane’s deck, in-ground planters with their own drainage system sprout strips of vibrant Scotch moss that add color and “feel cozy underfoot.”
  • Go vertical An antique Chinese wedding cabinet in Julie and Dave’s living room hides the TV and CDs, and makes the most of limited floor space. Dave built additional drawers underneath, which Julie painted for a faux-antique look.
  • Maximize storage Japanese-inspired built-in bins under Diane’s bed are faced with bamboo. A paper parasol over the light fixture adds to the lush but tranquil mood.
  • Plant vignettes Bamboo, coleus, potato vine, and Scotch moss create their own little ecosystem in a corner of Julie and Dave’s deck. The urn is home to a pet frog.
     

 

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