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Retro-Style Houseboat

November 24, 2014

A 1975 houseboat goes retro with midcentury-modern furnishings.

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Retro on a Budget

Do-it-yourself expert Tracy Metro and her husband, Marty, bought a 1975 40-foot houseboat. Even though on a tight budget, Tracy wanted to create a playful, retro-style space to entertain guests in. With the use of bold color and her favorite flea market finds, she was able to do just that.

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Mini Bar

The steering wheel area serves as the bar. Flanking the five-seater lounge, it keeps everything within arm's reach for guests in need of a refill.

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Seating for Five

A lounge area sits at the front entrance of the boat. A custom banquette allows Tracy to interact with guests as she prepares food. The L-shaped seating accommodates up to five people.

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Long-Lasting Acrylic

The lounge banquette's turquoise Sunbrella fabric is made of acrylic, which resists mold, mildew and spills.

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