June 3, 2015

NAUTICAL INTERIORS

N  A  U  T  I  C  A  L     R  O  O  M  S
And, what makes them nautical!

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A "nautical room" is one that looks and feels like someone who actually knows a port hole from a bung hole lives there.  It can be in the architecture, the accessories or even the vista's.  Ralph Lauren's quasi-successful attempt at the "nautical" interior is always over tweaked, over romanticized...and to real sailors it looks especially twee.

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(Gary McBournie)
A nautically inspired home is also different from a home at the seashore; it's saltier, less chintz - more canvas, less floral - more durable, less feminine - more masculine.

As a lifelong sailor myself I've always been attracted to anything "boat-ish;" an errant oar in a corner of the porch or the use of old time-worn charts applied as wallpaper, those are things that feel comfortable to me.   

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 Here are some photos of Nautical rooms which I've been collecting as I think they give the essence of what I'm talking about.

L  I  V  I  N  G     R  O  O  M  S

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Isn't this an awesome room? Everything about it is perfection!
The rich blue walls with the large-scale nautical charts, the mahogany furniture and simple textiles all contribute to a very smart looking room.


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(Joseph Paul Davis)
This is a room I decorated for House Beautiful Magazine  a few years back and I chose a nautical theme.  The telescope, a framed chart, sailboat photos and the brown "Tall-Ships" transferware are all modest acquisitions.  There are four different check-patterned cotton fabrics, simple painted floors, and sloppy slipcovers on everything creating a totally chillaxed look.



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(Coastal Living)
What makes this small townhouse (somewhat) interesting is the "star compass" on the floor, otherwise, it would be a another plain blue and white room.


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(Joseph Paul Davis)
This home I did for a couple who are major boaters. We added a few pieces of "nautical" decor to give this house a Nantucket feel.  The large globe-like fixture is a nod to Ferdinand Magellan; the wall sconces have large scallop-shell backs; the ships wheel centered on the balcony (or bridge) above adds charm and makes the home specific to the owners.


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(Coastal Living)
I'd freekin' live on this porch, right?!?!?!


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This bad-ass mish-mosh is made of all sorts of bits and pieces from here and there. The old surfboard and the blue palate make it feel nautical and beachy.  A place that screams don't worry about your sandy feet.


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(Joseph Paul Davis)
This was actually my own boat, a 1939 Trumpy, which I totally restored. For the interiors I didn't want the "red, white and blue bit" that most boaters choose, so I went with red, white and tan which complimented the black walnut panelling throughout.


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(Joseph Paul Davis)
This is the library of a "boating" client of mine.
I used narrow tongue-and-groove with the mahogany caps on the ceiling and or the walls I used horizontal (ship-lap) mahogany wainscoting with flush mount brass pulls and accented it with the hand carved mahogany rope detail on the chair railing.


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(Herlong Architects)
This totes-cray billiards room feels as if it's inside the hull of a glorious sailing vessel. The teak and panelling with the holly and teak floors are what gives it individuality.


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(Lisa Creegan)
The is the perfect, casual, seaman's house!
Casual, bright and not overdone.


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Here's an old house done up with a nautical theme for a sport fisherman. 
The horizontal wood paneling is the perfect background for the crisp blue.


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(Keller Donavan)
This handsome Nantucket home feels nautical and simple. 
The beautiful faux-wood wallpaper on the walls gives a drift-woody effect to the space. The use of solid, clear colors is what works here. Pastels suck for implying "nautical."


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(Suzanne Kassler)
This wonderfully fresh version of nautical is so welcome!  You don't have to "do" old-fashioned when you "do" nautical.


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(Gary McBournie)
OMG, this is the best nautical kitchen I've ever seen!
The grate-fronted cabinets, mahogany tops and knobs are authentic and practical.  Don't you totally dig that ceiling left exposed? 



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(Ralph Lauren)
This is the aforementioned Ralph Lauren advert and a perfect example of what I mean by "too twee," it just isn't genuinely nautical as it's way too feminine and too staged looking.  
Queue the fishnets with glass balls and styrofoam mermaids and crabs


D  I  N  I  N  G     R  O  O  M  S

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(India Hicks)
Whaaaaat? Inexpensive furniture in a crappy room looks this cool?
Uh yahhhh...
Paint everything bright white
Add an inexpensive online/catalogue table
Add el-cheapo directors chairs with white covers
Hang charts of the local Bahamian waters on the walls... 
Geeeeniiiiuuuus! (Oprah voice)


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This casual feeling is accomplished by using classic elements in a casual manner;  the Irish console painted white, the English dining chairs in a canvas stripe, and so on.


B  E  D  R  O  O  M  S

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(Domino)
Anyone who knows me will know I luvs me a room that looks great and doesn't cost anything, and this one kicks-ass!  Old charts as wallpaper, yard-sale furniture and wall-to-wall carpeting (which is always cheaper than refinishing floors and buying a rug) 
Dontcha wanna spend the weekend here?  aiight then.


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(House and Home)
I love the crispness and clean look of this space.  Remove the small toy cars on the wall shelf and it's perfect for any age. 


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OH.HELL.YES!


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(Patrick Sutton)
The formula doesn't get any easier than this;  strap a kayak to the ceiling, hang up some oars and bing-bang-boom, you're done!  No cutesy lighthouse lamps, or boring, fake boat prints on the walls...


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I've shown this image before, it's so freeking perfect for a nautical theme!  Mahogany framed beds with white tongue-and-groove panels are a shipwrights Viagra!


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(Phoebe Howard)
This ship-shape room implies an antique patina by using the dark Victorian style beds, but its totally freshened up with the textiles and accessories.


B  A  T  H  R  O  O  M  S

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This wicked-cool sink has a top made from a mahogany ships wheel. It's awesome with the chrome accents.  A brass sink would look like hell as it never looks clean.


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(Sig Bergamin)
This Tommy Bahama number is definitely working for me.
It doesn't scream nautical - but nautical shouldn't scream nautical anyhow!


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Arrrgh matey, I'm gonna take me wooden leg off and soak me personal parts in this mahogany tub while lookin' at me frigate thar yonder in na harbor


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Porthole in a shower...cool as shit, riiight?


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Ahhh yes, a dinghy to soak yer dinghy!
This, while being totally over the top is also way cool. Notice the backgrounds are kept simple to allow the tub center stage.


B  A  D     N  A  U  T  I  C  A  L     R  O  O  M  S

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Dontcha think this is just a slight bit too staged looking?  Nice view, but all those made-in-China gift shop accessories are nasty! 


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Really???
 Stamped pony-hide zebra and pre-teen throw pillows??  Let's hope this is a rental unit somewhere.


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They did a 30 minute sweep through Pottery Barn and now be feelin' all nautical.....riiiight, as if...


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Little Jimmy's nautical bedroom...in Idaho.
OK, just how totally dorky can you get???


A  C  C  E  S  S  O  R  I  Z  I  N  G  

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The use of yachting trophies and awards are always fun; a collection is even better.


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(Joe Nye)
An American holiday table dressed to impress the Commodore, indeed!

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These andirons are such a good way to add some nautical flavor to your room.


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What a cool way to give a little maritime flavor to your home.  The "lines" could be a bit thicker but the idea  with the brass cleats is great.
ogany newel posts; the painted ship-lap walls.


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(Designer: Phoebe Howard)
This boring hallway is made interesting by using brackets to show a series of model boats


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(Coastal Living)
This scrappy, old room with the tired knotty-pine paneling is fun and beachy with the use of some lobster-pot buoys, a Sailfish and a few found shells sitting around.  Honest and charming.


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Simple is as simple does!


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(Stylebeat)
Just the addition of a fixture like this will add a fun touch. If you're crafty you could easily make something just as smart looking.


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Accessories like these pillows can be great fun in a kids room or on a porch, but will look totally lame in the living room


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I wish you clear skies and smooth sailing!


You can do it, I'm here to help!

Ph: 202.669.8669
E: jpdsodpb@aol.com

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