Tracy Metro, TV host and designer and Marty Metro, Owner of UsedCardboardBoxes.com Location: Belmont Shore - Long Beach, California Size: 1975 40' Harbor Master Houseboat Years lived in: Owned 5 years Who would pass up an opportunity to photograph a house boat (and not just any house boat)? Tracy and Marty's home away from home is such a nice break from the stress of keeping up in the big city.
Royal Flush (cute name for a poop-tank company), for proper disposal. Well, one day we had a pretty sizable party on the boat when suddenly things started smelling quite stinky. t was so smelly that I began gagging and praying people would leave because the aroma mortified me. After everybody eventually left, we investigated the stink and found that the top of the holding tank had "blown a gasket" and the smell of pee and poop was not simply wafting through the boat, but actual pee and poop had overflowed into the boat. We now double check the holding tank before a party! And, have a no #2 rule. Proudest DIY: While I did much of the work myself, I take the most pride in building a seriously strong cabinet and sub-counter from scratch. I didn't want to install a standard, or even junior refrigerator in the galley, AKA kitchen, because it would ruin the clean lines and open feeling. So, I opted for 2 small, under-the-counter units for food usage and one beverage cooler for beer and wine. Rather than have the fridges just sitting there in the space, I wanted a built-in feeling, so I personally constructed the structure in which they live. That cabinet is strong enough for somebody to sit on! Biggest Indulgence: The original boat in and of itself only cost us $7500; however, we paid nearly half that when installing the orange Silestone countertops! Clearly an indulgence. However, orange IS my favorite color, and even though it was a huge risk, I knew that it's not very often a space (or an owner) can handle something crazy like this! I love that we kept the counter profile low rather than laminating it to look like a larger slab. That would have been too overpowering for a room where the ceiling is only 78"! I wouldn't change spending one penny on the counter tops. They are my pride and make me smile every time I walk onto the boat! Best Advice: Our friends Patsy & Terry Tracy (who ironically enough have the exact same model boat as we do, and are only 5 slips away!) reminded us that while B.O.A.T. stands for "Break Out Another Thousand," it's worth the dough when you can out-shine your neighbors... especially when they have the exact same boat! Seriously, the best advice is to "go all out" - I truly believe and live by the adage that you only live once. And, for heaven's sake the worst thing that can happen is you need to repaint! Dream Sources: Sure, I love designer pieces from Roche-Bobois, Kartell, etc; however, I'm really a fan of the hunt. So, my true dream source consists of Marty, our dogs, an old RV, my iPhone with the Tag Sell It and Goodwill apps and with plenty of cash to wheel-n-deal during a cross country road trip!
- Couches from Retro Row on 4th Street in Long Beach, reupholstered by Tellez Upholstery
- Orange heller coffee from antique store in Las Vegas
- Lucite coffee table from CB2
- Patio furniture from Craigslist rest rapped by Miracoli outdoor furniture restoration
- Owl cookie jar: Ola's Antiques from Hawaiian Gardens
- Snack bowls are a gift from my friend Scarlett Pettyjohn
- Daisy coffee pot used as a vase was a gift from friend Joe Russo... Was his Moms!
- Yellow and orange tray: flea market in Paris
- Bathroom constellation light came with the bait
- Vanity light from an estate sale in LA
- Globe light from Ikea
- Cabinet can lights used as ceiling can lights
- Pettit topside marine paint white with flattening agent to dull high gloss finish except on bedroom ceiling from West Marine
- Click in cork floor from Home Depot (medium brown bleached out to blonde)
- Orange Silestone countertops from Ultra Countertops
- Mini blinds from 3 day Blinds
- Nautical sconces from upper Westside flea market in NYC
- Peacock paintings from Salvation Army in Palos Verdes, California
- Wood plaque artwork from antique mall in Orange, California (antique town)
- Outdoor cushions from Jesus Adame upholstery
- Glass white cabinets from Ikea
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