Monday, March 15, 2010
The Nautical Home- Using Authentic Nautical Decor in a Collector's Home
Let me get started by saying thank you for sending us these wonderful pictures of your nautical home and allowing us to share them with our readers. These pictures come to us from a great customer (and wonderful friend) that has shopped with us since we opened our first gallery in 2003 in Virginia Beach, VA. We hope that you will also be inspired to share some of your pictures from your nautical/coastal home.
The first picture (shown above) shows a table-top collection of antique wooden blocks together with a custom made lamp and a green glass float ball. Notice the vintage hand-made wooden slat lampshade above the three purchase ship's block lamp fitted with line. I really like the combination of the rich, dark woods and old wrought iron fittings on the blocks together with the natural hemp color of the lines and the dark-green color of the vintage float ball.
This picture is also from his living room and features a few small wood blocks together with a glass float ball and a custom-made buoy lamp in original red and white paint. The buoy that the lamp is made from comes from Nova Scotia. The turk's head lamp finial is made in Nantucket.
The model displayed here on a dining table is a Chesapeake Bay Deadrise hand-built in Gloucester, VA. The colorful harbor scene on the back wall was painted by Norfolk, VA. artist Dorothy Hudgins.
A collection of vintage wooden lobster trap markers from Nova Scotia recently decorated with nautical scenes by Dorothy Hudgins.
Displayed on top of a stark-white painted wood cabinet is a line of vintage wood and cork floats with a the fancy knotted end of a boat oar above. I am a big fan of using shades of red and navy blue colors together with bright-white painted cabinetry. The old cork and faded painted floats gives the room the feel of a an old salty fisherman's shack.
An opaque yellow float ball is held in place by the claw of a painted bronze crab and in a bowl of beach-combed sea glass displayed in a cubby in the kitchen.