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
Home ACKcents. Design tips and guides for a nautical and Nantucket-style home.
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.
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.
The 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.
The Nantucket Wooden Sign with Boat on the Beach is handmade making each one made unique. 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.
The Brant Point Light was established in 1746, in 1987 was added to the National Register of 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.
For that bit of history there is the Nantucket Map as of 1869 showing important old roads, proprietors' 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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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
Knowing the right rope knots in the right situations is like having a swiss army knife in your mind. Rope knots have been used to save lives, tow things, and are essential for sailing and climbing. If you do anything in the outdoors there are a few essential knots you will be glad you know. The following rope knots infographic illustrates three essential knots alongside three essential ways to learn them. Continue reading
The mythic perfect nautical gift for the holiday keeps us all shopping. We want holiday moments to be pure joy so when someone opens their gift they react like this:
We want to help save you some time looking around for nautical gifts. We have gathered together a gift guide for the nautically inclined. You will find nautical decor and unique accents to fit many of those where sailing isn’t just something they do but a passion that can’t be lived without. Gathered in the guide are images to help you sort out the best nautical gifts this season. If you can’t decide between a few items we have some upcoming bundle gift packages deals that may allow you to swing a few of them together! Continue reading
Thanksgiving is a great time for hosting friends and family at your home. If you are then be sure to check out the post on sprucing up your entryway. Besides the entryway, you might be thinking about what to use for Thanksgiving and holiday decor. You probably have a lot of traditional items you use however even traditional decorations need a boost. Here are some ideas for using candles, pillows, and non-traditional holiday decor for Thanksgiving and other holiday events. Continue reading
Decorating your Entryway
The entry to your house is where all those first impressions begin. Adding a few choice personal touches like a wooden nautical chart is essential for establishing and anchoring those first impressions. Especially during Thanksgiving and other holiday events, it is important to have the entryway spruced up with functional style. The following are some different ideas for making an impression with your own homes gateway.
Decorating Your Entryway with Smaller Items
Using a few small simple items offers less clutter while also adding character. The key is placement with surrounding items. One easy way of accomplishing that is by adding a small table. Here are some examples of placing ships boats and a map:
Some popular entryway configurations contain a cushion with bench and/or hooks to hang coats and hats. If you have these then you might not want or need a table in the entryway. Instead of adding anything additional look at replacing items like the types of hooks you have, the cushions and what hangs on wall just above these. You could use anchor or other wall hooks alongside a detailed nautical chart, burlap prints, or wood signs. There are also nautical cushions to choose from such as the Anchor Throw Pillow with Rope or Starfish Pillow. Here are some examples of using wall hooks, maps, prints, cushions or large shop:
Decorating Your Entryway with Larger Items
Of course you could just as easily rely upon larger items and eliminate the time to gather some of the smaller decor. Even before you come into the house you could have a weathervane like the Copper Eagle with Fish or the Whale to establishing a theme. The door itself could have some additional elements such as the door knockers like the Brass Whale or Sailboat. A few well placed hooks alongside a larger 20 Inch Brass Porthole shop makes it easier to achieve a look while also being functional. You could also use larger maps of San Francisco & Bay Area or the Cape Cod and Islands. Of course nothing makes a statement like a 48” diameter ship’s wheel. Here are some examples using larger items:
The Emporium of Nantucket carries a number of nautical accents to help shape an entryway. We have also started a Pinterest board called Entryway Decor Ideas we will continue to add ongoing items to. If you have any you found and would like to share or your own entryway pictures let us know by commenting below.
Ship's wheels are iconic. They pervade every bit of nautical lore and history by providing an instantly unmistakable look. As such, they are a favorite centerpiece for nautically styled homes. When supported effectively by smaller nautical accents, ship's wheels become more than just a decoration on the wall, they become a piece everyone admires. Just as the case with porthole shop inspirations, any additional decorations around the ship's wheel should be minimal and avoid clutter. Unlike with porthole shops, these typically don’t do well in pairs or triplets but rather as a solo attraction with other accents to provide supporting details. Too often a ships wheel is left to stand by itself but without supporting details it doesn’t have the same pizzaz. To avoid that look try adding supporting nautical accents that provide detail without overshadowing the effect.
The following are examples to inspire decorating an area with a ship's wheel. The possibilities are endless. Start by deciding on the style, such as a ship’s wheel with brass ring or a ship’s wheel without. Sizes start from 12” all the way up to 60”.
Use Maps Alongside a Ship's Wheel
This example displays several maps around the ship’s wheel, which add to the nautical theme. Consider using nautical wood maps which have superior detail as they were created with the help of a professional cartographer. We also offer nautical burlap prints and a old map of Nantucket, which work well as complementary items. The smaller frames might be easier to use such as San Francisco and Bay Area, Martha’s Vineyard, or Nantucket Island.
Smaller Decorations on Shelf Beside Ships Wheel
This is probably the easiest way to achieve the desired effect. It is easier to find items and place them on a shelf than it is to place the right items to hang around a wheel. The beauty of using shelves is the items can be swapped out to “freshen up” the look. Keep in mind that some like the first example may be a bit busier than the ideal. Some examples of items to use on a shelf beside a ship's wheel include a compass, masthead oil lamp, or a sextant.
Another option is to flip this and have a map and other items as a focal point and a smaller 12" ship's wheel as a supporting detail as shown here:
Ship's Wheel as Focal Point
Of course, you could also use a ship’s wheel as a focal point with supporting elements in other areas of the room or on a separate wall. This works for some who really want to showcase a large ships wheel, like the 60” wheel, above something like a fireplace. This makes sense since balancing out such a large piece can be tricky otherwise. Some supporting pieces to consider placing on other walls in the same room are artwork, nautical clocks, or porthole shops.
Another possibility is using a large ship's wheel outdoors. Over time you can get a nice natural weathered look as shown here:
There are endless other possible configurations depending upon the area and supporting elements. If you already have other elements to complement a ship's wheel but need just a few additional items try using a Nickel Ship's Wheel Clock or Polished Brass Ship's Wheel Bell (there is nickel as well) or any other nautical accents. After you get what you like together send us a note via Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook, or email and share what you have done! We love to highlight what others do such as with a customer's nautical nursery.
If you have ever thought of redoing an area into a nautical theme, porthole mirrors offer a simple yet effective way to start. In fact, well placed porthole mirrors are a strong anchor for the eye within a nautical themed area or room. What makes them so versatile besides the look are the different sizes. Although you can use a larger porthole mirror with great effect, the use of smaller mirrors in pairs or triplets is also just as effective. Recently Nantucket Brand discovered some great inspirational pieces that showcase porthole mirrors in action. If you have an area needing a bit of nautical charm try these on for size. Items mentioned: porthole mirrors, nautical knobs, nautical accents. Click below to read more!
Some customers of ours recently created a great-looking nautical nursery they setup for their baby boy. This family used many items from our Emporium of Nantucket store. The room looks great and we wanted to share some photos to inspire you. What a lucky little guy!
This photo features our Nickel Paperweight Clock with Nantucket Map, our Nantucket Burgee wood sign, as well as a crib from Gracco, sheets from Pottery Barn Kids, shelves from Pottery Barn, and Sailboat Painting by local Nantucket artist Pat Peter. (Note: Other paintings by Pat Peter as well as the white glider chair are available for purchase at our retail store on Nantucket).
This shot features our Libby Glider Chair (available in-store only), our Shells Night Light Table Lamp, and our Needlepoint Anchor Pillow. (Note: Wooden sailboat is not available for purchase online or in-store.)
Our last photo features three of our 15" Nickel Porthole shops, our Lighthouse Candle Lamp, and a customized Ikea Hemnes Dresser/Changing Table. By the way, we're very impressed with the dresser. The blue borders on each drawer were painted on and the knobs were replaced with nickel cleats.
We hope this helps inspire you when creating your own nautical nursery. Do you have a room - nautical nursery or otherwise - that you think we should feature? We'd love to hear from you!