Nantucket...Cape Cod...the wild Atlantic coast of New England, destinations that are definitely on my bucket list. I am simply drawn to East Coast "sea faring" casual interior design. The romance of the sea, and the history of decorating from a maritime point of view.
Not casual-cottage, but elegant, livable spaces. Just a few touches of nautical luxury and polish can really make a seaside home come alive! Chrome hanging lanterns or nautical style table lamps, dark rich navy blues mixed with traditional maritime symbols likes signal flags or vintage wooden buoys simply highlight a gorgeous coastal room without overwhelming your space in "nautical".
Brass details mixed with nautical chart designs, also signify a Nantucket style. Love the idea of using overlapping nautical charts, or maps from your local area to create your own special wall paper.
Can you imagine discovering an old filing cabinet like this one? I just wish I had the space for something this gorgeous in my office! Ah... next house?
The most essential element to add to your space to give it that elegant classical touch of sailing in the deep blue waters, is the perfect large scale model sail boat. Take your time and hunt for one with a beautifully varnished hull, brass fitting details, and a large white linen-like sail (think of the "True Love" in the Philadelphia Story!) Personally, I think the treasure hunt for just the right detail is the best part of decorating.
Here are a few coastal home decor ideas to help create that elegant Nantucket design that you've been dreaming about too!
From Restoration Hardware - a Royal Marine Polished Tripod Lamp
|Avon Polished Chrome Lantern with Rope Handle|
Love the idea of a grouping of polished chrome or steel lanterns!
West Marine carries a full selection of nautical charts, or you can always visit your favorite local antique showroom something maybe a little more colorful! (West Marine is very affordable)
For another unique idea, Pottery Barn carries this no-fail, decal chart of the West Indies. Fantastic idea! (and easy)
Kevin O'Brien Studio has handcrafted a complete line of maritime themed pillows - love these linen luxury designs complete with down filling.
Or these fabulous oversized 22" x 22" linen pillows created by Coletti might just be the right nautical touch with their elegant signal flag designs.
And of course, the sailboat. Our favorites are available from Authentic Models at select retailers. All of their selections are finely honed and handcrafted with attention paid to every single detail for the ultimate in luxury. You can't miss with one of their sailing ships!
The trick is to have fun with your new Nantucket design - keep it clean and polished, with just a few touches of nautical without overdoing it. Would love to see how your room design all comes together!