Just look at this understated cutie. A single octopus pillow and a row of ship's instruments in an open, white room create a nautical feel without being too obvious about it.
Some navy blue, a few stripes, an adorable framed vintage bathing suit and a little ship on a shelf. Oh, there's definitely a theme here, but it's not cloying. (I would get rid of that lighthouse, however — too much.)
This nursery manages to have a theme but to remain calm about it. A single sailboat and that steering wheel on the unexpectedly orange chair are just the right hints. We get it. It's lovely.
Obviously this nautical theme benefits from its location and view. But that ship's lamp is a very nice touch too.
I love this. Nothing about it is obviously nautical, but that simple cream and navy striped wool blanket is enough to send me right to seafaring heaven.
It's the painting that does it. Don't you agree? I would maybe add a single rope knot or glass float to complete the tableau.
The rope banister is certainly clever, but what I really love are the stenciled numbers on the steps. They remind me of steamer trunks.
This bedroom manages to achieve that clanging, down-by-the-dock feeling with a navy throw rug and rope pulls on the canvas curtains. It's all about materials; there's not an anchor or a spyglass in sight.
Notice the rope and canvas curtains. These, along with a few vintage beach-theme trinkets and mirrors shaped like portholes, achieve perfect modern nautical balance.
A knotted doorstop does not have to be a doorstop at all it. It can be a bookend or a giant paper weight, or just something pretty and boaty to add to a vignette.
Vintage (or made-to-look-vintage) glass fishing floats are beautiful in their own right. And with a few other touches — here a rope knot and some lanterns — they can help create an authentic vintage nautical look.
One simple glass float is worth a million sea chanties.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the judicious use of anchors.
I love this display of found ocean objects. It's modern and authentic all at once.
A dinner bell worthy of a captain. I could get used to calling the troops with this brass beauty.