So often, Nautical style is expressed solely through the aisles of Homegoods or an end cap at Hobby Lobby. Made in China knot art. Achors stamped onto stretched canvas (how many did I just offend??) – but you CAN add touches of Nautical to your home with items that accrue in value and won’t end up on next year’s garage sale pile.
That’s the beauty of ‘old world’ style… Retention, darling:)
We live one mile from Lake Michigan, so I wanted some nods to the water here and there throughout the house, with a touch of a New Orleans vibe. I’ve mixed French antiques with signal flags, yacht bunting, sea shells, and oil paintings, many of which are featured in the conservatory inspired by the French Quarter’s courtyards in New Orleans.
No “Beach Life” signs. No “Welcome Aboard” life preservers:)
OIE. Don’t get me started on ‘signage’ in trendy design schemes. No letter boards here!
There are a lot of spaces I would love to design, but I think it would be fabulous to design a home here on the beautiful Great Lakes for someone that wanted a true “old world nautical’ theme. Yes… that job would be for a client who wanted full-on #oldworldnautical in a house by the water. Give me all the brass lights, portholes, blue and white fabrics, and more…
Did I ever tell you I once found an old YACHT TOILET on Etsy? Joel shot that down for my “mermaid/Greek gods” bathroom faster than I could say, “Hey, have you ever seen a yacht toi -?”
Nautical themes always make my mind jog over to Marilyn Monroe and that HYSTERICAL scene where she is stuck in a porthole in the movie, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. I laugh OUT LOUD every time I think of it.
And… for those of you following over on Insta, you can see that I’m sharing a LOT MORE of what makes me laugh lately in my daily Stories. It’s like a switch flipped, and I want to add humor to what you find when you visit with me. I try to laugh out loud once a day and thought I better make sure you are doing the same:)
Now, dang it. If I could just get the hubs to agree to that toilet. Not quite a switch, but that lever (said with a British accent like LEE-VER) looks rather epic, and the toilet would be just weird enough that everyone would bloody stay out of “mom’s bathroom.” A magical place where there would always be toilet paper on the toilet paper dispenser, and the cap always gets put back on the toothpaste.
Find a porthole, a chippy oar, or some fabulous brass nautical something or other.
💋Want more Old World? Click here.