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Home ACKcents. Design tips and guides for a nautical and Nantucket-style home.

  • Nautical Bedroom Decor

    Image of a Map with Title Overlay Words: Nautical Bedroom DecorNautical decor for any room presents an interesting challenge. The decor has to fit the space. It has to be setup so it doesn't overpower what's already there. Yet it also must be strong enough to be noticed and appreciated. There are many tactics. Most of them rely upon one or two focal points with smaller items to enhance. Being more personal, the bedroom provides more flexibility. This post covers different ways other people have chosen to go with their nautical bedroom decor. In case you are looking for even more inspiration, check out our Pinterest board on the same topic.
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  • Nautical Man Cave

     

    Long ago men lived in boats and caves. Somehow we have never forgotten. What happens when the man cave meets the sailboat? Nautical man cave. This post explores the nautical man cave providing inspiration should you want to create your own.

    Nautical Man Cave Essentials

    A man cave according to Google is defined as "a room or other part of a home regarded as a refuge for the man or men of a household." Consider household another term for friends and you get the idea. A nautical man cave mixes in love of sailing and all things nautical, the ocean, the sandy beaches, everything. The essentials of any good man cave are space, drinks, food, entertainment, and fitting decorations. Variations on these essentials provide the style of man cave. For the nautical man cave here are some specific essentials.

    Man Cave Space

     

    Every man needs his own space, an area of the home where only his rules apply. This usually ends up being in the garage or basement area initially setup to throw under-appreciated things. The man is left to design this area and so the man cave is born. Although natural lighting is nice, consider having some adjustable lighting in case you need to reorganize any of your stuff from unannounced visits. Really a man cave is born anywhere there is enough space to hang out, drink, and be merry.

    Man Cave Drinks, Food, and Entertainment


    As a sailor or anyone nautically inclined you should always have enough rum on hand for 20 people just in case. All that rum means you better have some good snacks on hand and although beer-candied bacon certainly sounds pretty good, most of the time you won't have time to get or make beer-candied bacon.

    Food in a man cave is much like having food on a sailboat, it is all about access and portability. Think about if you were to ever go on a long sailing voyage, what food would you bring? Take that list and keep only those things you can eat without cooking. Bread, crackers, cereal, fruit, dried meat, and lots and lots of snacks. When in doubt add more beer or rum.

    For entertainment most consider a good sized TV essential. Beyond that you need to have some cards and other games that are easy to play. Anything with complicated rules should be used for display only.

    Captain Bottle Opener Anchor Bottle Opener

    Man Cave Nautical Decorations

     

    Of course you need the regular man cave essentials like a comfortable couch and some easy chairs. Beyond the usual mixture you need some things to create a nautical look and feel. You need a ship's wheel, one or two model sailboats, and some signs. That's it!

    Bermuda Model Ship Summertime Living Sign

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ship WheelHappy Hour Sign

    Want some more inspiration? Check out our Man Cave for Sailors Pinterest board with over 50 pins.

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  • Valentines Day at the Beach

    Valentines Day at the Beach with Your Toes In The Sand Toes in the Sand by natala007 Flickr

    Valentines Day is coming up soon. Although it is still winter you can celebrate Valentines Day at the beach! There are only a few items needed to help celebrate the day while taking a vacation from winter. If you follow everything below you will be celebrating without a care in the world!

    Valentines Day at the Beach with Your Toes in the Sand

    First off you need your toes in the sand! There is nothing like relaxing with the feeling of sand in and around your toes. The best thing is play sand. It isn't expensive, it's safe, and bug free! You can usually get a bag of children's play sand at the hardware store for around $5. While you are there if they have it pick up a Tubtrug but if they don't have it you can get one at Gardener's Supply for less than $14 here. You can just add your sand or you could warm it up a bit! There are different opinions on warming sand in the oven however you could warm a few rocks and place those in the sand. The rocks will transfer the warmth making taking putting your toes in a little more enticing!

    Dancing to Music at the Beach

    If you are going to the beach you need music! Now if you don't have a huge selection of beach music to choose from don't worry! There are plenty of cool playlists to choose from on Spotify or Songza. Some people enjoy a mix of tunes about the beach and ocean and for them they might want something like "Life's a Beach" playlist on Songza

    Even if it's the dead of winter, it'll feel like you're relaxing in the sun on the sand when you crank up these beach-minded tunes.

    Others might just want to chill for that you might try Chill Out Music - Ultimate Sunset Beach Playlist. Of course if you really want to dance go for the Beach Party mix with Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry and more. Whichever way you go there are tons of options or you could mashup a list of your own.

    Clothes and Decorations to Make It

    Getting decked out for the occasion is a must! Everyone has their own way of hanging at the beach. It should come as no surprise that we prefer going with seersucker, madras, or faded red clothes to stay both stylish and comfortable. Try either women's beach wear or men's beach wear or just hang with women's madras shorts or men's madras shorts.

    Of course nothing is complete without a few decorations! Start out with a large glass heart bottle filled with rose pedals. Rest your head on the treasures by the sea pillow while gazing at the happy hour or summertime and the livin' is easy wood signs.

    The best is for last, the smell of the ocean which usually just means reminders of the ocean. For that take out your sun screen and put some on your face and arms. No really, try it. Then put on some sun glasses, put your feet in the sand and crank the tunes. Oh and if you are still not feeling it, try the Smooth Sailing recipe:

    1 1/2 oz vodka
    1 1/2 oz triple sec
    2 oz orange juice
    2 oz cranberry juice
    1/2 oz cherry brandy

    Cheers! Oh wait, we didn't forget about love nor comedy, check it out:

  • Nautical Stairs Decor

    The off season is one of the best times to spruce up areas of your home that are sometimes neglected like the stairs. One of the best ways to do that is with reminders of the ocean, sailing, and the beach. Here are a few inspirational photos and ideas for what you could do with that long bit of wall space heading up and down the stairs.

    Using Rope and Cleats

    There is a bit of fun from using a few simple cleats and rope. The images here consist of more elaborate practical setups however rope and cleats could be used in just a few places as a nautical accent.

    Rope Cleat Stairs Decor Completely Coastal Pinterest Click to View
    Rope Stairs Condo Ideas Pinterest Image, Click to View

    Using Ship's Wheels

    Ship's wheels are fun to use and easily recognizable. Unless your stairs are particularly narrow, a good size to use is between 30-42 inches. You may even be able to get away with using a couple of ship's wheels such as in this Pinterest image:

    Stairs Two Ships Wheels Completely Coastal Pinterest

    Nautical Art and Oars

    Another really useful item are oars. When the right color and size these can be used as a way to frame other images. These would work best on a longer stretch of stairway. Here is an examples not shown in the stairway but could still work there.

    Oars Bedroom 6th Street Design School Pinterest

    Many people use frames in the stairway, to make it a strong theme use some nautical art instead of pictures. If you don't have something to use we have nautical wood charts, Rainbow Fleet painting, and nautical prints that would work well hanging in conjunction with nautical accents like ship's bells, nautical clocks and porthole mirrors. Here are some examples of frames used in the stairway.

    Stairs Frames Decor Love Stitched Pinterest
    Stairs Frames SawdustAndPaperScraps.Com Pinterest

    Using Favorite Sailing Quotes

    A little more involved but a lot of fun is using favorite sailing quotes. Each stair is painted with a part of the quote. The more successful of these use shorter words and quotes but it also depends upon the length of your staircase and patience in painting. Here are some examples of words used on a staircase. You could also go with just solid bands of popular nautical colors such as here. View our Nautical Quotes Pinterest board for inspiration.

    Words On Stairs StyleMotivation.com Pinterest

    You could also consider combining the use of quotes and frames on the wall such as with this example:

    Frames On Stairs MyHomeLookBook.Com Pinterest

    Whatever direction you go with creating nautical stairs decor it is fun to swap out periodically with something different. This works well for seasonal changes or to highlight different family projects. Let us know what you do with your project by tweeting with the hash tag #nbnautical. Check out our Stairs Decor Pinterest board for ongoing inspirations!

    Nantucket Brand Stairs Decor Pinterest Board

  • Nautical Kitchen Decor

    Nautical Kitchen Decor Pinterest Board
    The kitchen is one of the most well used places in the home. You slice, dice, and hopefully create wholesome meals for yourself and everyone who comes over. Although many areas of the kitchen cater to utility there are some nooks where nautical kitchen decor adds a nice touch. The following are inspirations towards sprucing up your kitchen area with light nautical decor.

    More ideas found at the Nantucket Brand Pinterest boards.

    Nautical Kitchen Decor: Porthole Mirrors and Clocks

    Porthole mirrors and clocks offer a bit of utility along with decor. The different sizes and instant nautical look and feel make them an easy choice for fitting into just about any area. Take a larger 20 inch porthole mirror, a smaller 11 inch porthole mirror, or a brass porthole clock. You get the look and feel of the porthole without having to create a hole for a round window.
    Porthole Clock Brass 11 Inch Porthole Mirror 20 Inch Porthole Mirror

    Using Plates, Cups, Coasters, Towels, Drawer Pulls

    There are a number of functional kitchen items that could be swapped out for a special party or just for fun. These include the use of plates, cups, coasters, and towels. For a little more permanent and interesting touch try using nautical drawer pulls such as here:

    Rope Chest Drawer Pull Cod Fish Drawer Pull Seahorse Drawer Pull

    Kitchen Wall Quotes and Art

    Another fun element is the use of kitchen wall quotes or wall art. Some of these fit nicely into unused areas above the cabinets or an unused kitchen sidewall. The Emporium of Nantucket offers many pieces of nautical wall art or signs including the ever-popular handmade Summertime and the Livin' is Easy wood sign.

    Summertime Living Wood Sign

    If you have creative spirit you could try painting quotes within an area such as like this or getting vinyl quotes from places like Etsy:

    The heart of the home kitchen decal Etsy Heart of the Home Kitchen Vinyl Lettering

    Model Sailboats, Ship's Wheels and Smaller Decor

    Model sailboats and ship's wheels are mentioned often in past posts such as with nautical wall decor, nautical gifts guide, and ship's wheel inspirations. This is because both offer instant nautical decor gratification and recognition. Many unused spaces are filled with a bit of sailing wonder and delight by just adding model sailboats or a ship's wheel. Other smaller decor such as burlap prints, nautical bells, and decorative wall hooks complement and make the use of these iconic decor items more thoughtful.

    Whatever you do with your nautical kitchen decor be sure to check out the Nantucket Brand Pinterests boards for more inspiration.

  • Nautical Corner Decor

    Corners are often one of the most neglected areas of a room. It is much harder to find decor to fit nicely into corner areas than say a straight wall. Once you do find the right elements, then those neglected spaces come alive adding to an overall theme or standing out on it's own. The following are some ideas to get inspired to make your own nautical corner decor setup. Continue reading

  • Home Office Nautical Decor

    For those that have a home office the choice of decor is sometimes tough. You might dream of a home office with a view like this:

    Ocean_View_Pier From Flickr shoebappa

    But instead you might have a home office like this:

    Home Office From Flickr robertstinnett

    Then again you also don't necessarily want to go for this:

    The thing is, the home office space shouldn't be too distracting but at the same time it's fun to do more than you might at an in-office setting. There needs to be some organization mixed with a bit of fun. Like our other nautical decor posts it's about having some synergy between the different items. With this in mind the following should help get you inspired to add some home office nautical decor.

    Inspirational Home Office Nautical Decor

    When your working it's nice to get a bit of inspiration from your surroundings. Having the right nautical decor can be reminders of the beauty of the ocean, sailing, and relaxing with sand between your toes. The winter time is the perfect time for sprucing up a home office with a bit of beach or nautical home office decor. Here are some simple solutions to start on home office nautical decor or add to your existing elements.

    Using Mirrors

    Using mirrors helps bring in more light providing a feeling of expansion. Fighting the cloudy days of winter? Need to lighten up a darker interior space? An easy solution is to incorporate portal mirrors.

    Using Smaller Effects

    If you have some office decor setup already sometimes all you need are a few smaller items to spruce up the overall look. These smaller nautical effects are a nice way to add the feeling of the beach or ocean. Use items like a compass, sextant, or hanging glass buoys to get a bit of ocean history and oceanic lore.

    Compass

    Use of Nautical Art or Wall Hangings

    Nautical wall decor offers an easy way to have a few items setup to swap out over time. Include main frame or piece of wall art around a handful of smaller pieces. Items that work well this way include Nautical Accents or Nautical Artwork.

    Knot Board with Model Ship work well for Home Office Nautical Decor

    Whatever direction you go sometimes it feels good to take a break from winter, put on some madras clothing or seersucker clothing and pretend like you are on the beach.

    Check out more ideas within our Home Office Nautical Pinterest board.

  • Nautical Wall Decor

    Most people have a wall or two that they don’t know what to do with or what items to hang on them. Having a theme or story behind different wall decor provides a bit more interest than just throwing items on the wall. Establishing nautical wall decor is an easy solution for a bit of adventure and story. Here are a few different images and video (don't miss it at the bottom of the post!) to get you inspired to spruce up that neglected wall before your next party or event. Continue reading

  • Nantucket Decor Inspired Gift Guide

    There is a mythical charm to Nantucket Island bringing people back year after year. Those that live here experience it year-round but for others there are few things better than getting the gift of Nantucket. There are certain items that provide a special Nantucket Island holiday cheer and we have gathered a few together in this guide of Nantucket decor inspired gifts. These are perfect for those on your gift list that love Nantucket Island and want the memories or feel of Nantucket within their home decor. If they love it when their guests can't stop talking or hearing about Nantucket then each of these is sure to strike up a conversation for many years to come.

    Wood Carved Nantucket Nautical Chart

    Nantucket Nautical Wood Chart - Nantucket Decor
    For those who love charts and the sea, nothing shows the love of Nantucket more than a unique wood carved three-dimensional bathymetric chart showing the "topography" of the ocean land surrounding Nantucket Island. The chart was created with the help of a professional cartographer to assure accuracy showing the detail for various depths. The chart measures 16" by 20" is made from baltic birch wood framed within a darker solid wood frame. The stunningly accurate portrayal of the land below the ocean around Nantucket Island is something few get to see making it a perfect gift for sparking up conversations about Nantucket all year long. A good companion piece or for those who want to show the larger area there is the Wood Carved Cape Cod and Island Chart.

    Nautical Wood Carving Cape Cod

    Nantucket Lightship Model

    Nantucket Model Lightship - Nantucket Nautical DecorThe Nantucket Lightship has a history deeply tied to the island. The lightship helped mark the dangerous shoals off of Nantucket Island and was the last lightship viewed by ships leaving the U.S. and the first to be seen on return. An essential part of the image of Nantucket this lightship model is only 9 inches long making it easy to display just about anywhere. A perfect gift Nantucket even when there may not be a ton of room to display more decor. An easy companion to this is the Wood Framed Burlap Print of an Anchor or the Sperm Whale on Plaque.

    Burlap Anchor Print   SpermWhaleWallSm

    Nantucket Wooden Sign - Boat on Beach

    The Nantucket Wooden Sign with Boat on the Beach is handmade making each one made Nantucket Painted Wood Sign - Nantucket Nautical Decorunique. Offering a rustic beach look the sign measures 20 inches by 33 inches and works well alongside other rustic decor such as the Wood Framed Burlap Map of Nantucket. Perfect as a reminder of lazy days in the sand this gift will work well alongside those collected sea shells and memorable souvenir's from Nantucket. Much like the Nantucket Trading Wood Sign, handmade rustic look means there won't be another one like it.

    Nantucket Trading Sign  Burlap Print Nantucket

    Rainbow Fleet Painting at Brant Point

    The Brant Point Light was established in 1746, in 1987 was added to the National Register of Rainbow Fleet Painting Historical Places and is literally a beacon of Nantucket. The painting combines Brant Point with another bit of history, the Rainbow Fleet of small sailboats. The original photo was taken by H. Marshall Gardiner in 1930. This classic scene of Brant Point with vibrantly colored sails perfectly captures the character and landscape of Nantucket. The history behind it offers a conversation every time and would hang nicely near a desk with an added Antique Brass Paperweight Clock with Nantucket Map Face or Brass Hand Bell with Nantucket Text.

    Nantucket Paperweight Clock   Brass Handbell Nantucket

    Nantucket Map as of 1869 by Reverend Ewer

    For that bit of history there is the Nantucket Map as of 1869 showing important old roads, Vintage Nantucket Mapproprietors' set-offs and Indian place names. This map is perfect for being able to relate current historical land marks to smaller less well-known place names. The piece is a bit of history and artwork combined to fill a 29.5 inch by 21.5 inch frame. The Nantucket Map is perfect because it provides historical conversation pieces that others are sure to not be aware of.

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  • Wood Carved Nautical Charts

    Wood Carving Cape Cod

    The waters of the sea are rolling hills of fluid motion hiding all that goes below. Unlike land which displays its’ smaller caves and crevices, the sea shelters the many canyons and hillsides living under it’s waters. A sailor needs to know what lies below and nautical charts help with this but most are flat renditions. A bathymetric chart is the underwater equivalent of a topographic map and is the basis for The Emporium of Nantucket’s wood carved nautical charts. These 3D wooden charts reveal what the sea has hidden. Continue reading