08/04/2011 // 25 comments

Home Tour: Colourful London Houseboat

Photography | Alun Callender
Have you ever considered living on a houseboat? I don’t think I ever have until I saw this delightful tour of author Josie Curran’s houseboat on the Thames in London. Shot by photographer Alun Callender, the houseboat packs a punch of colour with pretty, colourful vignettes and bold hits of pattern. I really like how Josie has mixed old, vintage pieces in with more modern designs. The bedroom has a very relaxing feel to it and the right-on-the-water decked area is certainly very appealing, but it’s the cosy, colourful dining area that wins out for me. What do you like about Josie Curran’s houseboat?

04 / 4 / 2011

I'd definitely live on THIS houseboat! So lovely! :)

Miss Polly

04 / 4 / 2011

Gorgeous dream house…..so sweet and refreshing.

David Toms

05 / 5 / 2011

Wonderfully eclectic and colourful! It is all in the little touches and details as you say. When do i move in!

little yellow apple

05 / 5 / 2011

I love so much of their pretty little house boat. The pillow on their leather chair, and on their bed. The pile of pillows on the porch, the old desk in their bedroom, and of course the view of the water out their windows! Thanks for sharing this Will, this place is gorg!


05 / 5 / 2011

such a happy home.


05 / 5 / 2011

There are some amazing houseboats in Amsterdam as well, I love how they put lots of pots and plants around them to make a little garden. I love the use of colour in this houseboat, it looks so fun and inviting.


05 / 5 / 2011

I love this place. So charming and pretty. The beautiful colors and quirky pieces won me over!


Kim @ In a State of Luxe

05 / 5 / 2011

You find the best stuff Will! Gorgeous and inspiring..


05 / 5 / 2011

Oh my goodness – that is amazing! Who would have thought a house boat could look so good. Love all the colour too. Jane @ the girl in the brick house

EL at home...

05 / 5 / 2011

Oh Wow!!! I think I've found my new dream house, I mean boat… Amazing!!

Appunti di casa

05 / 5 / 2011

Wonderful!!!! I love living space and vintage touch, i love the dining corner and the colors! I love all!! Also if it's so different from my house!

oh my goodness, this home is wonderful and it floats! Love how beautifully it has been decorated, it has such an incredible warmth to it. The armchair in the second image looks fabulously comfy! xx


05 / 5 / 2011

Hi Will

What an absolutely stunning houseboat. I love the way they've colour-coded the books!

The vintage containers used for the flowers and the floral bedspread are gorgeous.

And the boat is moored just down the road from me…


05 / 5 / 2011

It looks lovely, is it actually on the water or beside it, do you think it gets rocky when the weather is bad?
I have that Bianca Hall heart seen in the last photo but in black!

two hippos

05 / 5 / 2011

what a fabulous houseboat, a perfect place to live!

Oh my goodness – its totally gorgeous! And huge!! Love all the colour and those typography prints! Super fabulous! xo

I would love to live in a boat-house – ot looks very interesting, different and exciting ;)) Beautiful home, so colorful and nice. Thank you, Will.

Ana Degenaar

05 / 5 / 2011

I adore this tour. My life needs more color.

Aspiring Kennedy

05 / 5 / 2011

i always thought living in a houseboat would be cool… until we moved to oxford and all the creeps live in them. BUT i'd still be up for creating a cool canal neighborhood with some chic peeps. i think we could start the cool new neighborhood in london. whaddaya say?

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

05 / 5 / 2011

Thanks for stopping by, folks!

@Lauren – It's a deal! ;)


05 / 5 / 2011

I love the little shocks of pink tossed in throughout. I just discovered your blog and am absolutely LOVING it!

Kayla Poole

05 / 5 / 2011

I love the whimsicality of the bookshelf! I spotted the word “kiss” in several places…adore the sentiment and all the color.

Jessica Polley

05 / 5 / 2011

This place is AMAZING! What an inspiration!

Thanks for sharing. :)



11 / 11 / 2011

Just reposted this amazing post, LOVE IT! :-) Keep on blogging the good stuff! Mandy


11 / 11 / 2013

I loved this houseboat when I saw it in the Times a couple of years ago. Just to let everyone know the KISS pillow is a handmade needlepoint kit from Emily Peacock, and the beautiful prints are from “kiss her” by Bianca Hall :-)