On Trend: Nautical Salvage

Published on NewsOK Published: March 13, 2013
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Steamer trunks: Leather steamer trunks have long been used in interiors for impromptu coffee or side tables. For a more industrial look, these zinc clad WW1 era artillery trunks were used on battle ships and feature a beautiful patina of age and use. The bronze strapping and mahogany interiors are beautiful appointments and a trunk of this type would make a wonderful cocktail table, or outfitted as a mobile bar cart.

Lobster traps: Wood lobster traps have long been a ubiquitous feature in New England homes, paying homage to our lobsterman culture. Add a glass top for a rustic, and perfectly sized, coffee table.

Japanese glass fishing floats: Japanese glass fishing floats have recently become quite popular as objets d’art in decorating circles.  Once used by fisherman to keep their nets afloat, these blown glass globes came in many beautiful colors and were encased in heavy netting to protect them from breakage. Today, many manufacturers are doing copies, but it’s still possible to find originals out there at antiques and vintage fairs.  Many floats are still actually floating out at sea and are washing up on beaches. Interestingly, most of the Japanese glass floats were often recycled glass from used sake bottles.

Linda Merrill is an interior designer who works with Boston painting contractors and remodeling contractors, and wrote this article for Networx.com.

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