Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Whites & Stripes - All Aboard!

Yesterday I passed the banners on Market street announcing the 2013 America's Cup. I've always loved being on the water - throw in an adrenaline rush and an excuse to rock a pair of Sperry's and I'm one happy girl!

Jack & Jackie watching the 1962 America's Cup.  Credit: National Archive Photo by National Archive

Nautical style is nothing new, but some things never get old. It is a look, however which can easily fall into the "theme" category. This means everyone from Uncle John to your best friend Sue will show up at your door with nautical paraphernalia and before you know it you will be seeing nautical at every angle. Themed rooms tend to look contrived and lack personality so grab a large pile of crisp whites and some classic stripes, but make sure to make it your own!

 From Elle Decor 

I love this example of nautical style. Elegant, understated and super crisp. Contrast piping is one of my favorite design details - it draws the eye to the clean lines of the sofa, and gives what could be a simple sofa a custom and unique feel that looks incredibly chic. This example is from the very talented 
Sherrill Canet http://www.sherrillcanet.com/.

Love the striped wallpaper - A darker shade of white or a neutral on the cabinets could make this feel dull, but looks beautiful against crisp white cabinets. A darker shade of white or a neutral on the cabinets could make this feel dull. Farrow & Ball does a great closet stripe which is similar. http://us.farrow-ball.com/closet-stripe-st-365/closet-stripe//fcp-product/200365

Sperry Topsiders - Classic.  From http://www.unabashedlyprep.com/

Absolutely love the dark walls (Hague Blue #30 from F & B is gorgeous) - and striking against painted white woodwork. From dashboard.bloglines.com

Great example of how to incorporate the nautical feel in a modern interior. Simple and restrained, but makes a great statement. From elementsofstyleblog.com

From 1.bp.blogspot.com

From starsmasquerading.tumblr.com

Happy Sailing! 

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