An idyllic retreat, on The River Thames…

It was while I was searching for inspiration on my next blog post that I stumbled across the stunning home of Josie Curran, as featured on The Times Online in 2009. Josie’s life seems to be what a lot of us dream about, living by the water, right on natures doorstep. This idyllic houseboat is moored on the the river Thames and is more of a house than a boat. Imagine waking up to this view every day and yet have the convenience of the city just 25 minutes away. Josie talks about how her day starts with an early morning swim followed by a breakfast of fresh eggs (that the ducks lay in her tomato patch).  Josie chose this houseboat after a 10 year stint working at an ad agency, she couldn’t bring herself to leave London completely and so this was her compromise – a very good one I’d say!

The house has been styled beautifully, the neutral walls and carpet create the perfect backdrop to the confident blocks of colour that have been used throughout the space. The decor is a stlyish mix of modern and vintage with most of the accessories looking like they tell a story, an old chest used as a coffee table, a floor standing vintage lamp and a very weathered leather armchair from the much loved Alfie’s Antiques Market.

I know I must say this quite a lot as I see so many incredible houses but ‘I want to live here!’

Pictures: Jake FitzJones & Alun Callender


It’s a real testament to a place when you look at it and think ‘I want to love here’…


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