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Authentic Nautical Decorating Ideas

Published on NewsOK Published: March 4, 2013

Keep it simple; avoid vignettes: Have a look at Chatfield Design's Islesboro house. She is an interior designer based in Camden, Maine, a town on the Maine coast that is known for its traditional New England nautical style houses. You'll notice that in the Islesboro house, which overlooks the Penobscot Bay, is furnished fairly sparsely. The furniture is excellent quality, and traditionally styled, but the general feel of the rooms is open and breezy. There are few knickknacks. What decorative articles there are all contribute to the New England nautical style of the house. One painting of a sailboat is more New England nautical style than a shelf full of seaside knickknacks.

Not everything has to be blue, white, buoys, and anchors: Titus Built LLC, a Fairfield, CT area remodeling company, did an amazing coastal home renovation that is almost devoid of seaside memorabilia (there is a little bit). Using a color scheme inspired by the ocean, and lots of natural wood, Titus Built accomplished a a very New England traditional look, with an open and modern flair. They show that you don't need to use a lobster trap as a coffee table (though if you do, more power to you) to achieve that New England nautical look.

Chaya Kurtz writes for

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