The Little Mermaid

Houseboat- Exterior view

This past weekend I attended a friend’s Labor Day party on his houseboat.  I’ve mentioned a few times that I LOVE living in California for a number of obvious reason but one of the main attractions is the diversity of homes.  In the Bay Area it’s common to see mini mansion, ranch, Victorian, craftsmen, Eichler, Spanish, industrial warehouses, and houseboats.  The party was a blast and it inspired me to design Heart Homes Floating House, currently available at Collabor88.  Jaylin Whitewood and Marina Ramer, creators of Aphrodite Shop & Heart Homes were guest designers at the 3rd Anniversary shopping extravaganza, theme Odyssey.  The design duo outdid themselves offering two fully furnished houseboats, Sailors (180 prisms) and Fisherman’s (130 prisms, both copy/modify) for $888L, at a deep discount.  They are also selling an empty house for $188L (57 prisms), as well as complementary pieces.

Houseboat- view from the front door

I used the Floating House with Pier, mixing and matching items from the other two furnished homes with past releases; the Sailor Seabreeze & Seashell Finder bedroom sets (available at the main Aphrodite Shop), to create a mermaid hideaway.  Nautical decor was very popular this summer and I created a whole maritime beach house (hint, hint, open house till Sunday, September 7), but I wanted to style a feminine Mer-creature dwelling in pinks, mint, and sea foam.  Since the floating houseboat is one room, I needed to divide the spaces.  I used the Heart Homes Sailor Seabreeze and Seashell Finder curtains to drape and section off the boudoir area, creating privacy for the little mermaid.  The star of the build is the pink seashell shaped Pure Mermaids Bed sold separately at C88 ($488L).  I highlighted the ceiling with seashell fishing netting and Neptune’ Staff netting on the wall (both from the Fisherman’s House), reminiscent of the depth of the oceans.  I flanked the seashell bed with the seahorse craved Poseidon Fishing Chairs ($288L) in bright pink, purple and teal blue.  Our little mermaid has a lounge spot all her own and a view of the rest of the houseboat.

Houseboat- close up bed area

Houseboat- Mermaid Bed

Houseboat- Poseidon Fishing Chairs

The main area is a sea foam and mint green living room complete the Sailor’s Couple Sofa, Wheel Chandelier, Sailor Boat Table, and Sailor Deco Frames (all from the furnished Sailor House).  I added the Seashell Finder beige fireplace and rug, as well as the Sailor Seabreeze ocean triptych, dresser, wing chairs, rug, and decor.  In the corner of the living room is the large Hades Lamp ($188L), greeting guests and lighting the way.

Houseboat- Living Room

Houseboat- LR Fireplace

The long hall space on the sidewall contains a buffet kitchenette from Brixley and a bistro dining spot from LISP (*not part of Collabor88).  I added a few seashell prints I had in my inventory and inserted the Shipwreck Mirror (Sailor House) in one porthole above the main kitchen counter.

Houseboat- Kitchenette

The outside of the houseboat is just as important as in the inside since so much time is spent enjoying the water views.  Entry deck is appointed with a Rope, Rusty Anchor with Rope, Brass Stand Anchor (Sailor House), and Fishing Rod, Netting with Shark Jaws, and Red Seashell Netting (Fisherman’s House).  I also decorated the exterior of the adjacent houseboat with the Good Catch Fishing Chairs ($288L), Rope, Red Lifeguard Anchor, & Planters (Sailor House).  I had a wonderful time staging the houseboat and showcasing TONS of Heart Homes items.  Hope you RUNNNNNNNNNNN over to C88 before they close (in 2DAYS!!!!!) to steal these deals and always remember Let’s Get Decorating!  Taxi please…

Houseboat- exterior close up

The Beachcomber

Seabreeze set

I’m super excited. This past month, I picked up three new home & garden sponsors and today I’ll spotlight Heart Homes Sailor Seabreeze bedroom collection by the amazing creator team of Marina Ramer and Jaylin Whitewood (also of Aphrodite Shop, look for other upcoming posts featuring Aphrodite items).  Also, I’m thrilled to share a new monthly article with my designer partner Niki Silverweb, “The ? Room.” Each month we will collaborate on a themed room.  Today, we created the perfect bedroom retreat just in time for summer, “The Beachcomber Bedroom,” utilizing Heart Homes new release Sailor Seabreeze set, complete with a fireplace, sidetables, bed, texture change wing chairs, seashell accessories, model ship, row boat, and framed art.

seashell collage

fireplace, chairs, plant, boat

Second Life might be a virtual game developed by Linden Labs, but it is also a great indicator of real life trends.  Three emerging styles this season that you can incorporate in your home design are: be inspired by nature, create drama with textures, and reimagine a new life for older items.

Nature: Bring the outside in by taking close up photos of seashells, leaves, flowers or trees.  Make use of personal items or “found” items, such as a shell collection, or miniature boats, like the Hearts Homes seashell wall decor filled with grasses and dried flowers. These are inexpensive ways to change your space to reflect the season.

Ship, Wall Shell, part fireplace

Texture: Drama in the bedroom seems cliche, but if you invision luxury fabrics with special appointments you can create a cozy haven and restful spot. Designers Marina and Jaylin used a shorebird pattern comforter evocative of the sea shore. I have noticed more real life interior designers adding textured duvets and pillows creating interest and spark in the bedroom.

Bed, tray, sidetables, boat, overall***

Re-purpose: Never be afraid to give a second life to older items by spray painting, much like the Heart Homes Sailor Seabreeze iron bedframe painted in layered greens and blues, reminiscent of the sky and sea.  Recycling is not only good and necessary for the environment, but it allows you to inject you own personal style into your home. Recreating a new life for older items is also budget friendly and the cornerstone of the shabby chic vintage movement.

Iron Bedrail

Hope you can put to good use some of my tips and pop over to Heart Homes to grab the Sailor Seabreeze bedroom just in time for summer! Taxi please…

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