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Design Ideas: Nautical Motifs

No matter where your cottage is located, including elements of seafaring design can be fresh and fun
By Julie Kuczynski
Published: July 15, 2014
When my father started wood carving about 18 years ago, one of the first figurines he made was a fisherman in a bright yellow raincoat and hat with black galoshes. A small pipe was ever-present sticking out of its mouth. This delightful character encouraged my mother to turn our den into a nautical-themed escape.

Take a look at the designs here to encourage your own creativity. Feel comforted with a driftwood bed or whimsical with a ship designed right into your place. Transform any room with small touches or grand designs.
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Photo by Ed Caldwell
Chow time
Add built-in benches with wooden backs and a long table (this one’s made from a reclaimed bowling lane) to turn a dining nook into a cozy space reminiscent of a messroom on a ship. Repurposed, aged and battered wide-plank floors and a wood-paneled ceiling make the space feel even more authentic. Build shelves and drawers for storage (it’s likely this boat will not rock), and add a small, skinny pendant light and perhaps an antique find to finish off the space.

Design: Arkin Tilt Architects,
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