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My Cool Inspirations: A HIP New York Houseboat

This boat featured more fully in ‘my cool houseboat’ was truly a project and a half, salvaged, restored and re-fitted, with a battering from Hurricane Sandy along the way. Originally built in the more decadent times of 1986 as a Goldman Sach’s yuppie entertainment pad, it had suffered over the years before being found by a design savvy and determined group of friends looking for an affordable, collaborative, shared weekend place.

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The resourceful and talented designers Gabe Cohen and Jolie Signorile (founders of Fredericks and Mae) and friends took on the ownership and restoration project. Now a cohesive luminous space, with crisp design accents which don’t impinge on the bland or anaemic Scandanavian but deftly puts the flourish and humour back into the world; in their own words, they are definitely designers for the ‘for the home, garden and sky’.

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This project needed someone who could work within a budget and wrench magic from the humble: Craig’s List, and their own designs furnish a space which feels like it has excavated from a past life at the shipbuilders before it was embellished for a yuppie. Mouldy carpets were ripped out, every surface re-painted or sanded, the coating of her past lives peeled back: people and objects and life fill this beautifully renovated and designed space, it’s like a deep breath of fresh air…

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Photographs by Douglas Lyle Thompson for Remodelista.

And if you covet Gabe and Jolie’s handmade in Brooklyn style, first stop, check out Fredericks And Mae

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And for when you stop for a coffee later on today here are some other sources of inspiration from our notebooks that I thought would be nice to share…

Urban Outfitters

Fern Living


Black Bough

Not another bill


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A clutch of other designers who share that clarity of vision, witty and immaculate style and verve…

Studio Mama

Piet Hein Eeek


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And swerving back to Craigslist, nitty gritty US sources of the unusual, unwanted but beautiful…

Brooklyn Flea Market

Metropolis Vintage Online

Beacons Closet

Auh 20 Shop


Jane Field