When I was younger my dad used to tell me stories about when he was in the navy, travelling around from country to country and he always tried to teach me all the different knots he knew using rope. We often went to the seaside and took tours around old navy war ships, or any boat given the chance. Perhaps that’s where my appreciation for the sea and different natural materials came from – wood, slate, metal etc, either way there’s one thing I know and that’s that I love a good coastal theme. I thought I’d share a few of my favourite nautical items, all of which pair together effortlessly and are neither too OTT nor tacky in the slightest (which I think is an easy mistake to make when working with a coastal theme). Plus they’re all items I’d have in my own home in a heartbeat (so don’t be surprised if you see an item or two or three pop up on my instagram over the next couple of weeks)…
We used to have a ship like this George Home Sailboat Ornament perched on top of the bookcase in our living room when I was growing up, I often admired it and so perhaps that’s why I love this one so much. This Rope Edge Navy Cushion and gorgeous patterned Prince’s Trust Sealife Lampshade, both also from George Home ooze nautical chic and you could easily be fooled into thinking they’d have a higher price tag.
I’ve fallen in love with this Bude Coastal Blue Glass Lantern from Home 33 which has a very nautical feel to it with it’s rope handle and detailed blue glass, and this Small Glass Shore Bottle from Sainsburys is also a lovely decorative piece which would look great with a single pink peony. For even more ambiance, the Linea Rope Hurricane Lantern and John Lewis Vermont Lantern in Lake Blue help to add even more light to a room and the mix of materials using glass, wood, rope and coloured metal mean that these two items create more interest for your eye. Speaking of different materials, slate is a must for a coastal themed room and these RJR. John Rocha Set Of Four Rough Edge Slate Coasters add both texture and practicality to your room, the perfect place to pop your hot drink without ruining your furniture.
For your walls the Bert & Buoy Blue Line-Up Print featuring a selection of fish in different shades of blue is a real standout piece to help brighten things up. Pair it with a Cox & Cox Cruise Mirror, which is inspired by a boats port hole and is another item which features rope (I’m a big fan!) on a nearby wall, then add easy to find items such as a wooden star or ocean themed canvas wall art to other blank wall spaces to finish things off.
And when your rooms finished and everything’s in place, the only thing left to do is sit and relax with a cup of tea in this H&M Home Grey Stoneware Mug.
So that’s it, my take on simple but classy nautical inspired decor. What do you think?