We were blown away by this timeless beauty... The interiors of this 45 foot houseboat have been beautifully designed by the talented Pipkorn & Kilpatrick and built by Anchorage Houseboats. The stars aligned when Kilpatrick's neighbour sparked a real interest in her renovation and mentioned to her father to consider using the girls for the interior design of his new houseboat. Before you know it the Melbourne Design Duo, Anna Pipkorn and Jane Kilpatrick where well on the way to creating these special spaces for the father and his adult daughters. Learning a lot along the way the girls have managed to create beautiful calm environments for the family to enjoy.
A muted palette works harmoniously and doesn't compete with the scenic surrounds. We especially love the tones and simplicity of this gorgeous silver travertine benchtop.
The use of large windows offering water views from each room let the views and natural light flood right in. The simplicity of the paired back Scandi look works perfectly here with the Muuto Oak table surrounded by the Hans Wegner PP58 Chairs and that stunning Hammered Copper Light.
The girls have done an amazing job keeping things looking light and streamlined in what traditionally would be quite a claustrophobic environment. The ceiling heights are a little higher than usual in a typical houseboat, making the rooms feel more open.
There is a wonderful collection of Australian Art that makes an appearance throughout the rooms, Above the gorgeous painting by Greg Wood adds a lovely touch against the Vic Ash wall panelling.
In total there are four bedrooms throughout; on the ground floor is the master bedroom pictured above with a lovely painting by Anna Pipkorn. The different textures and layers make the rooms feel cosy, light and inviting. The three remaining bedrooms are situated upstairs. Built in robes and drawers help achieve a streamline look in all the rooms.
'Natural, textured and sustainable materials were balanced with the reflective properties of the water to create calm and light-filled areas'. An important consideration that traditionally we wouldn't have to consider when designing spaces is the even distribution of weight.
Even the stunning bathrooms are taking in the views. Now this is a luxury!! The girls have cleverly utilised one way glass in the showers for privacy and if needed there is concealed motorised blinds throughout the boat.
As Designers we are all very privileged to take part in creating spaces that our clients get to work, live and entertain in. Each project is special in it's own right. I believe the magic truly happens when the client and designer are able to connect and communicate openly about there dreams and hopes for the project, its all about listening closely to our clients needs and wants as well as us asking the right questions. In this instance Pipkorn & Kilpatrick have definitely created the MAGIC for this family of three generations...