Living on a houseboat | Valérie Mazerat

Posted By Gudy Herder / May 9, 2013 / 8 Comments

House boat Valérie Mazerat sundeck | Eclectic TrendsHouse boat Valérie Mazerat dining Eclectic TrendsDining room and living room area on houseboatHouse boat Valérie Mazerat | Eclectic TrendsExterior of houseboat

I have learned how stylish a houseboat can be when reading Pia’s book “My heart wanders“. She used to live on a houseboat in Amsterdam. And I have a friend who spend some years on a tiny boat here at Barcelona’s port, and I always recall when she said you even have to think about buying a book since there is such few space. One has to get out before the next can come in. It teaches you how to get a certain detachment from things.

Architect and designer Valérie Mazerat and her daughter live in an lovely spot in central Paris on a 100-years-old barge named Margot. The former owner of the barge, fitted a 1920s train carriage to the top of the barge which dates from the early 1900s. This remains today and, after a refurbishment, houses a kitchen, dining and living space, two bedroom cabins and a bathroom.

Photography by Richard Powers. You can see more of his work here.

Ya ví que vivir en una casa flotante puede ser de lo más estiloso cuando leí el libro de Pia “My heart wanders“. Ella vivía en una durante un tiempo en Amsterdam. Y tengo una amiga que solía vivir una temporada en un barco pequeño aquí en el puerto de Barcelona. Recuero como decía que para comprarse un libro has de pensártelo muy bien porque para que éste tenga sitio, te has de deshacer de otro. Te enseña una vida con desapego.

La arquitecta y diseñadora Valérie Mazerat y su hija viven en una barcaza centenaria llamada Margot en un bonito lugar en el centro de Paris. El antiguo propietario fijo un vagón de tren de 1920 en la parte alta de la barca que sirve hoy para albergar una cocina, sala de comedor y estar, 2 dormitorios y un baño.

Fotografía de Richard Powers. Aquí puedes ver más de su obra.


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  • May 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Pero que caña! Como me mola y que estiloso todo, que bien escogido!

    No se si me podría acostumbrar a vivir en un espacio tan reducido pero lo veo muy acogedor y romántico, y en el fondo, practiquísimo!!!



    • Gudy
      May 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Mira, si lo hubiera pintado todo en blanco, hasta podría parecer más grande. En invierno tiene q ser durillo pero en verano? ¡Un paraíso!

  • May 10, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I love houseboats! There is something romantic. If you like, here is one of my favorite:

    • Gudy
      May 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Oh, that’s a nice one too. Much less eclectic and industrial. Thks for sharing!

  • May 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    What a lovely houseboat! I really like the hue of blue they chose for the interior, a bit moody but representative of the sea still. And I could so imagine lying on that deck when the sun comes out. xD

  • May 13, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    What a beautiful house boat… truly magnificent. I love the boat is called: Margot!

    I hear you were at Focus yesterday and didn’t pop in to our meetup to say hi… shame! See you in Berlin.

    • Gudy
      May 14, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Tina,I had to work Sunday afternoon and couldn’t join you. Would have love though!Looking forward to Berlin.

  • May 13, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Sorry, of course I meant PULSE:-)

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