Small-space living is all the rage lately, and tiny houses get more and more unique every day. But the petite Netherlands home of Dieuwke Vos and her husband Gerrit would be unconventional at any square footage — it’s a boat! The couple has managed to pack tons of color and personality into just 485 square feet, and they’ve come up with some clever and creative space solutions that make their place feel surprisingly spacious. Armed with an eye for bright hues, a passion for plant life and artwork, and plenty of small-scale furniture, they’ve made this houseboat a downright idyllic home.

A bold, color-blocked wall defines the space and creates a dramatic backdrop for lots of framed artwork arranged on narrow ledges.

Plants appear in every corner.

On-trend dipped bar stools add a punch of color but tuck away when not in use.

A vintage locker adds an industrial feel to the room. The couple says they don’t define their style with any one term, and we think their eclectic vibe is way more fun than any single trend!

Mid-century finds like this hutch are stylish conversation pieces that double as much-needed storage.

The chalkboard-edged bar speaks to the couple’s playful spirit.

In such a small space, organization is key, but the neat and tidy spice rack also doubles as an extra infusion of color. Storage hooks help the couple make the most of a small entryway. Imagine being able to open the window out onto the river in the morning? Too dreamy.The houseboat even has a home office, where Dieuwke Vos studies for a double Master’s degree. The soothing green hues create a perfect place to concentrate. “I love how it ended up,” she says. “It is the perfect room for a day of home studying and working on my thesis while having the cute ducks outside and the occasional boat going by.”

In the summertime, friends gather on the “porch” to watch sailboats pass by. “The deck on the water is the perfect place for a slow breakfast and coffee,” says Vos. “Our sliding doors are constantly open in summer and we spend most of our time outside when the weather allows it. Usually we have a boat moored here as well.”

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(Photos via Dieuwke Vos)