As a true coastal gal, there is nothing I love more than a good nautical theme. The crispness of navy blue and white accented by hints of gold have forever been a favorite color combination of mine. It was a match made in heaven when the team at the Portola Hotel asked me to contribute to their blog as editor – as their seaside sanctuary is known from far and wide not only for its fabulous accommodations, but amazing décor and their panache for finding the perfect nautical accents is second to none!
When I approached the design team at the Portola for some tips on incorporating a nautical theme into my home, here were a few fun ideas they shared:
-Make it personal – use life preservers, sea shells, vintage clocks/compasses or old flags and personalize them with a name, date or location, welcoming guests to your space
-Explore antique shops and flea markets for vintage model ships that can be displayed as statement pieces for all to enjoy
-Oversized rope is your friend; wrap lamps, vases or table bases and quickly transform something ordinary into the perfect nautical accent
-Find nautical hardware for drawers and doors swapping out old, boring pulls and knobs with nautical whimsy
-And don’t forget, you can never have enough navy and white – especially stripes, thick and thin
So no matter where you live, it’s easy to bring in a nautical theme. AND if you’re like me, the search for DIY projects is never-ending! My friend, Holly at 504main.com created a fun and simple way to bring a nautical flair to your home with her Nautical Knot Vases.