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Forget What You Know About Nautical Decor: The Complete Guide to Coastal Design

by Amber Dickson
Nautical Decor Design Guide
Photo: Chipper Hatter for CM Natural Design

The widespread appeal of nautical and coastal decor makes a lot of sense when you consider the primal and ancient connection humans have to the sea. Being attracted to the water is hardwired into our very cells. Scientific studies have proven what we already know anecdotally: spending time near, on, or in lakes and oceans make us happier and healthier. It's no wonder that so many of us respond to the colors, clean lines, and natural elements of coastal, beach, and nautical decor. It makes us feel good to be reminded of the sea.

If your initial reaction to the term "coastal decor" is negative, it's probably from witnessing too many cutesy and heavy-handed thematic rooms.  We are not advocating buying and displaying any and all items that have a sailboat or seahorse on them. Good decorating never grows out of an overly simplistic theme, and, "Put an anchor on it" is not a valid design philosophy!           

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Boat + Bed = The Float Bed

by DIY Maven

Designer and seafarer David Trubridge has combined his interest in sailing with furniture design in a very interesting way. When undertaking what became ‘Float’, Trubridge asked people what sleep meant to them personally. The answers he heard included ‘floating, cosy, romantic, rocking, trusting’. He also threw in his own experience with sleep, which he interpreted as a voyage ‘through dreams when we wholly give ourselves up in trust, lying...

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