Design Inspiration: New Nautical

by Jon Peters

With summer comes the perfect weather for days full of beaches, sunshine, and boating. I’m a huge fan of ships and nautical designs and the the combination of ropes, anchors, and navy and white stripes all seem to be essential components of the style. I was feeling inspired by the large octopus triptych by Natural Curiosities and happened to stumble across the Medusae pendant lights by Roxy Russell. This got me thinking about how awesome these would be in a living room, and after looking for a few more nautical pieces that would complement these items, I felt like a lot of the photos of nautical living rooms seemed a little played out.

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Lord Bodner Triptych by Natural Curiosities, Navy Pillows by Callisto Home, Nixon Cocktail Table by Jonathan Adler, Spore Mirror by Arteriors (call for info), Medusae Pendant Lights by Roxy Russell, Large C.Jere Brass Ship on 1stDibs, Plano Glass Zinc Boxes at Jayson Home, Brass Kaleidoscope by Kelly Wearstler, Ulu Convex Table by Jonathan Adler, Chevron Jute Hemp Rug at Serena & Lily

I think that what’s great about nautical style is that antiques can really work for your design, so adding a cool antique ship encased in a beautiful display box would be so cool. Personally I’ve always loved the look of brass and navy together, and dark wood finishes against brass really attract my eye like a moth to a flame so I had to throw in a few pieces that went with that aesthetic. Jonathan Adler and Kelly Wearstler make some really nifty brass objects and furniture pieces, and although they get a bit pricey, they’re totally worth it (aren’t they always?) Trying to shake some of the typical motifs of nautical design (shells, rope, stripes, etc.) I figure the jute hemp rug by Serena & Lily should take care of the rope-y aspect and would look impressive in a navy room (FYI: Gale Force by Sherwin Williams or Blue Note by Benjamin Moore are both great navy paint color options!) And instead of shells, the urchin design details bring an edge and both the mirror and brass decor objects keep it simple. Now if I could just fit all of this in my luxury yacht and I’ll be good to go.

Which piece of new nautical decor is your favorite? Are you a fan of brass and navy?Let me know on Twitter. Bon voyage!

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About Jon Peters

Jon Peters is a graduate of the University of South Florida, where he majored in marketing.

Raised in Tampa, Jon has spent most of his life in the bay area but considers North Carolina to be a second home. He is obsessed with Twitter, Bravo, and pictures of dessert on Pinterest. In his spare time, he likes to throw Frisbee with his two Bull Terriers and explore the local shops and restaurants around town.

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