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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.
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:
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.
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 shops. Here are some examples of frames used in the stairway.
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.
You could also consider combining the use of quotes and frames on the wall such as with this example:
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!
"The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” — Vincent Van Gogh
Fishermen and sailors know the dangers of the sea. For a sailor it would be as foolish to not sail as to not drive a car. Sure these are calm waters in the picture but that's the trick of the ocean, to entice you out. A sailor knows how to navigate any waters knowing they often change with little warning. Either way the delight of flying sail in the wind makes all else pass away.
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 shops and Clocks
Porthole shops 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 shop, a smaller 11 inch porthole shop, or a brass porthole clock. You get the look and feel of the porthole without having to create a hole for a round window.
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:
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.
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:
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.
"The time spent sailing is not deducted from their lifespan"
This is an unattributed quote of which there are many different variations. The meaning behind each is whenever there is pure delight in the endeavor time seems to stop. Sailing on any type of water but especially at sea tends to do just that, stop time. Sometimes that's because of the thrill of the waves and wind other times it is from hitting the doldrums. Whatever the conditions, there is no day wasted when sailing. Check out our nautical quotes Pinterest board for more and our life at the sea is better board for images. A fair warning though, you may loose a bit of time there as well but that's the way it is with boats, eh?
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
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:
But instead you might have a home office like this:
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 shops 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 shops.
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.
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.
Check out more ideas within our Home Office Nautical Pinterest board.
2013-14 Holiday Customer Service Hours
The holiday season is always one of our busiest times of the year so we need to take a little time off for the holidays. Please see our planned schedule for the week of Christmas and New Year's Day. If you need to contact us while we are closed, please use our contact form and we will reply to you as soon as possible when our office re-opens.
Our customer service office will be closed Tuesday, December 24th through Thursday, December 26th. We will be available by email on Monday, December 23rd and Friday, December 27th.
New Year's Week
Our customer service office will be closed on Tuesday, December 31st and Wednesday, January 1st. We will be open on Monday, December 30th, Thursday, January 2nd, and Friday, January 3rd.
Beginning on Monday, January 6th we will be back to our regular customer service hours of 11am-6pm EST Monday through Friday.
There's still time to order in time for Christmas. Most items can be ordered up until Monday at 1pm EST*. Just choose UPS 2nd Day Air or USPS Priority and we'll upgrade your shipping for free to Next Day service. Time is nearly up so shop our clothing store andnautical decor store today, or let us help you find the perfect gift with our Gift Guides below.
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Christmas is the most wonderful, magical time of the year. The spirit of the holiday season is in the air and people from all different walks of life come together to celebrate the season. For those of us fortunate enough to live in a winter climate, the sight of snow lining the bare treetops makes the magic come alive even more. This year, Nantucket has once again been graced with an abundance of snow, turning the island into a veritable Winter Wonderland by the sea.
The holiday season in Nantucket, affectionately known as Nantucket Noel, starts off with a beloved holiday traditions that we have already mentioned in an earlier post, The Annual Christmas Stroll. This event takes place in the first week of December, and features an open-air European-style Advent market, warm snacks with hot cider and coco, visits from Santa, and traditional Victorian caroling. This event is the kickoff to Nantucket Noel, which continues on until Dec. 31st.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas tree. Christmas trees are a relatively new tradition in the United States, and if a letter written in 1858 by a Nantucket native visiting Philadelphia is an indication, it was still an uncommon sight in the homes of native islanders. Since that time, however, Nantucket has not only adopted the Christmas tree but also lofted it to new heights. The day after Thanksgiving, hundreds of people gather together on main street for the annual tree lighting ceremony where 100 Christmas trees are lit up to usher in the start of the Christmas season. The lighting ceremony is accompanied by local chorus groups singing traditional carols and leading the community in a sing-along. The humble tree is further venerated at the Festival of Trees, taking place from Dec. 6th to the 31st. The Nantucket Whaling Museum is transformed as roughly eighty Christmas trees are on display, each one decorated by local artists, merchants, nonprofit organizations, and schoolchildren.
Another of the highly anticipated traditions this time of year is the annual Red Ticket Drawing. Residents and charities have been collecting a red ticket for every $25 spent at over 80 participating local businesses, culminating in a raffle drawing at 3:00 pm at the top of Main Street. Five lucky winners will receive $1000 each and a single grand prize winner will receive $5000, enough to put some holiday cheer into even the meanest Scrooge.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift to get your loved ones (and maybe for yourself too – go ahead, we won’t tell!), look no further than Nantucket Brand. We have a wide range of madras, seersucker, and faded “Nantucket” red clothing and apparel, and if you’re on the island we invite you to visit our physical store in the historic downtown area of Federal Street. The store features all the items found on our website, as well a few can’t-miss exclusives that can only be found in our store. We also have another store dedicated to gorgeous, nautical-themed home décor and gift items, The Emporium of Nantucket which also features a convenient downtown location. Of course, if online shopping is your thing our stores offer a comprehensive range of gift items, neatly arranged for easy browsing with our Holiday Gift Guide.
Whether you’re on the island of Nantucket or sitting on a tropical shore somewhere, from all of us here at the Nantucket Brand family we wish you Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!