Nautical Chic

Tommy Hilfiger’s wife Dee with son Sebastian in his room in their Plaza apartment. photo credit: Harper’s Bazaar / Douglas Friedman

One of the true classics of summer style is nautical, nautical, nautical — think red, white, blue and pops of bright yellow; sailor stripes on everything from tees to towels; rope bracelets and belts; boat totes and deck shoes. Whether or not you are sailing around Nantucket, lunching at the yacht club, or pouring gin-and-tonics on your back porch, this all-American look is a warm-weather standard — one that easily translates into home decor.

Elle Decor / Roger Davies
Elle Decor / Michael Mundy
Elle Decor / Pieter Estersohn
House Beautiful / Christopher Baker
House Beautiful / Christopher Baker
House Beautiful / Christopher Baker
House Beautiful / Christopher Baker

Consider this when you are prepping your beach house for the new season or just making some sunny day updates for your home. Nothing says summer like nautical — and it’s a true perennial. (See last year’s post Shipwrecked Style). It certainly is simple enough to give your home that on-the-water feel (whether or not it actually is ocean-side) — an anchor pillow on your living room couch, lighthouse prints in your powder room or flag dishes for a summer dinner party. Not only do sailor-esque touches instant brighten a room, they add a crisp, tailored feel — which is nice when your family is running through the house with sandy feet and dripping swimsuits. Ahhh, summer.

Red Starfish Hook Pillow $58.00 (USD) excl tax

Dransfield & Ross Nautical Flagship Pillow in Navy or Red in Two Different Sizes $200.00 (USD)

Dransfield & Ross Knot Board Pillow in Three Different Colors and Two Different Sizes $190.00 (USD) excl tax
Signal Flag Pillow $140.00 (USD) excl tax
Six Black Framed Lighthouse Prints $181.00 (USD) excl tax
Titanic Mirror $77.00 (USD) excl tax

Sailboat Decoupage Wastebasket and Optional Tissue Box $126.00 (USD) excl tax
10-Inche Personalized Plate with Standard Nautical Design $26.00 (USD) excl tax

10-Inche Personalized Plate with Anchor Design $26.00 USD excl tax

The theme works especially well in a child’s — boys and girls — room. How cute is the boat-shaped bed in Tommy Hilfiger’s son’s room in his Plaza apartment, above? The traditional baby blue shade looks modern and fresh mixed with pops of red.

Elle Decor / Simon Upton

House Beautiful / Eric Piasecki

Hand Painted Sailing Ships Toy Box $1,972.00 (USD) excl tax
Whistle & Wink High Seas Bedroom Collection $59.00 (USD) excl tax
Art for Kids Hand Painted Nautical Hamper $405.00 (USD) excl tax
The Boat House Play Tent Collection $350.00 (USD) excl tax
Red Nautical Lamp $250.00 (USD) excl tax
Star Table Lamp with Windowpane Shade $228.00 (USD) excl tax 
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Jenny Levin has been a Contributing Editor to The Well Appointed House blog. She is the former Senior Fashion News Editor of Harper’s Bazaar and the author of Style. She is currently living in Hong Kong with her husband and three young children.

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