Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley June 30, 2018

Weekend hellos! Thank you so much for your comments on this week’s article on sameness in design, I read every one and so appreciate your insight and observations. Again I’m off on another trip, this one is family focused, I’ll be in Boise and Twin Falls, Idaho for Matt’s family reunion. His cousins are hosting a down home good ol’ fashioned Fourth of July party, complete with BBQ and fireworks. Just what the 4th is all about. :)

Favorite links from the week….


A great small kitchen renovation (love that backsplash) ;)

Sweet remodel! This camper turned light filled home.

Bold and beautiful front door paint colors.

A very cool graphic backsplash and open shelf design.

Wow, that’s an amazing DIY faux marble table!

A breakdown of low cost airlines worth considering (I’ve flown several).

Love to travel and eat? Check out these city guides.

Designers share their favorite vacation spots.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s 7 life lessons.

Such a great feel good story!

I’ll be taking the next few days off to relax and enjoy the holiday week.

Wishing you all a fabulous Fourth of July!




Life in a Floating Home

By Kate Riley June 28, 2018

I was catching up on a stack of magazines yesterday. One of my favorite publications is Sunset Magazine, and inside was an article about a family reunion on a houseboat. It’s a worthy read and a well written glimpse into a summer gathering on a rented vessel.

When I was visiting Seattle last month, I booked an afternoon sailing tour of Lake Washington where my captain sailed us past an entire community of floating homes, including the one made famous by the film Sleepless in Seattle.

It made me imagine living life on the water, where the bark of a seal is your wakeup call and you spend your evenings looking at a panoramic water view.


floating home in Seattle

People use the term “houseboat” loosely to describe both a mobile vessel and a moored residence, but there is a distinction. Homes that are permanently docked on the water are called floating homes. They are berthed indefinitely, and connected to city water and sewer. Houseboats, like barges and boats, are free to roam, and dock where permitted.

Floating homes all come with additional complications, government oversight, local regulations, community rules, and the engineering challenges of living in a residence that floats on the water. Just a 30 minute drive from my home is a thriving floating home community in Sausalito, California, similar to dozens more communities that exist around the world.

I’m a student of how people live, especially when it’s outside the box, so I find this lifestyle fascinating. I hope you’ll find these floating residences and houseboats equally as inspiring as I do.

A personal story of remodeling a houseboat in Marin County, California.



Read this couple’s story of building a family friendly floating home in San Francisco.




A minimalist and modern house on water built by Dirkmarine in Denmark.




I love the graphic patterns inside this rustic and refined barge docked in London.




Tour this luxurious and contemporary floating home, the The Solstice in Seattle.




Scandinavian influences are present inside this floating home in Copenhagen.




You’ll recall Chip and Joanna made this home famous on their show Fixer Upper.




You can buy a floating bungalow that can tie off at any private dock or marina.




Looking for a Florida vacay? Splurge on The Luxuria vacation rental in Ft. Lauderdale.




Stay in this floating home if you’re visiting Vancouver.



Here’s a modern home with wood tones throughout anchored in Portage Bay.




These Nautilus boats are crossovers, designed to live like homes.




If you have romantic notions about living in a floating home, read this insider article about the charm and challenges of this type of residence. You might also enjoy an architect’s perspective on how to build a floating home.