We recently featured one of our favorite finds of the summer so far: a houseboat in Rockaway Beach, New York, that belongs to eight young creatives who pooled their resources and pulled off a low-key urban weekend escape. Two of the houseboaters, Sophia Cosmadopoulos and Honora Dunham, were put in charge of furnishing the living space. By haunting Craig's List and thrift stores, they created a next-to-no-cost hangout that's all about summer ease. Here's how to get the look:
Above: Life on board revolves around the living room and kitchen. Almost everything in it was given to the group—often by house guests—or sourced inexpensively. But the space works so well because Sophia and Honora came up with a plan: "We wanted to keep things coherent, so we went for orange, white, wood, and glass," says Sophia. Photograph by Douglas Lyle Thompson for Remodelista.
Above: Sophia (who works at a non-profit art studio for people with developmental disabilities) and Honora (a housewares buyer and social media manager for Eli Zabar) painted the bar themselves using masking tape and watered-down gray house paint—"we didn't even bother to measure." The hammock came from a friend who had no use for it in his apartment. As for the rug and ottoman: "I spent a lot of time searching for rattan on Craig's List," says Honora. For a full tour of the houseboat, go to Rehab Diary: The Ultimate Houseboat in NYC. Photograph by Douglas Lyle Thompson for Remodelista.
Above: A Round Jute Rug is available in 6- and 8-foot sizes; on sale for $126 and $211 (marked down from $149 and $249) at Pottery Barn.
Above: The cotton rope Natural Comfort Mayan Hammock is $89.99 (marked down from $153.95) at Novica.
Above: Alseda, a banana fiber stool from Ikea, can be stacked to create a side table like the one on the boat; $29.99.
Above: Honora found the houseboat's vintage stools on Craig's List—and trekked to New Jersey to retrieve them. For a similar wrought-iron design, consider the 25-inch-high Monticello Counter Stool from Timeless Wrought Iron; $241.
Above: Houseboaters Gabe Cohen and Jolie Signorile own the design company Fredericks & Mae, which makes this magnetic birch Travel Backgammon Set; $160.
Above: The kitchen is accessorized with orange Pyrex mixing bowls that Sophia and Honora have been gathering one by one from thrift stores. This Vintage Pyrex Flameglow Mixing Bowl Set is $144.40 from Etsy seller Atomic House Market. Burnt orange and other classic shades of Pyrex are widely available on Etsy and eBay.
Above: West Elm's Essential White Dinnerware Set is on sale for $7.99 (marked down from $16) for four 9.25-inch salad plates.
Above: The enamelware Fuji Red Tea and Coffee Pot from Zingerman's is made in Japan and holds 20 ounces; $65.
Above: This Whale Cutting Board by Sir/Madam makes a good wall decoration; $96 from Lawson-Fenning. (For a look at the Sir/Madam line, go to Perfected Tableware from the Past.)
Peruse our Steal This Look posts for more summer rooms to recreate, including The Perfect Screened Porch and A Watery Blue Bath. On Gardenista, learn how to recreate a Mod LA Patio with Twinkly Lights.