Saturday, September 29, 2012

10 Ways To: Make your house a home

Follow these 10 easy steps and you will be on your way to making your house feel like a home.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Inspirations on the Horizon: Rooms with nautical elements

Nautical elements have been found in design for ages, sailors brought home ship parts or trinkets as memorabilia of time spent at sea. These days designers covet the authentic nautical finds at salvage yards and antique stores. For the novice just trying to give their home a sea worthy feel, you can find replica items in many decor shops. Whether it is a simple seashell sitting a top your fireplace mantle or a porthole mirror in your foyer, you can't go wrong with adding a little nautical touch to your home.

This gorgeous fireplace surrounding created out of seashells is stunning with the brown paint color and white shells.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

From the Masthead:
Rooms with a view

These are some of our favorite coastal rooms with a view. Enjoy!
 Coastal eclectic at it's best. This room is full of color, pattern and texture. White slipcover sofa filled with pillows gives you the best seat in the house to enjoy that beautiful view. Love the bright aqua diamond pattern area rug and the soft ottomans for extra seating.

Coastal cottage chic Living Room with white washed wood sofa and chairs, pale blue fabrics is and is anchored with a great blue raffia pattern area rug. The room is spaced perfect to take in the view.

Seashells and shades of blue in this serene room with a view. White sofa with aqua and pale blue throw pillows mimic the color of the ocean behind it.

 Amazing bedroom view, the room is filled with light. A mixture of painted and natural cottage furniture, driftwood mirror, and pale aqua upholstered club chairs make this room feel like a coastal collection.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Spotted from the Crow's Nest:Beach House Tour
Nantucket Boathouse

This boathouse is a classy nautical oasis, it was recreated by the very talented interior designer Gary McBournie.

A Nantucket boathouse was brought back to life by highlighting many of its staple characteristics and features with a breath of fresh creative air. The fisherman's cottage was designed in a blue and white nautical theme with touches of red and antique nautical objects. The cottage is fresh while maintaining the classic Nantucket charm of the Grey Lady- Gary McBournie

Friday, September 21, 2012

A Peek through the Porthole: What's New in Our Shop
Hanging Beds

There is something about a hanging bed that brings to mind warm cozy indulgent feelings. The image of one just makes you want to grab a book, throw on your cozies and snuggle up for an afternoon of relaxation or a night of sweet dreams. Weather it be on a porch or in the bedroom OurBoatHouse Hanging Beds are the perfect choice.  Don't be a stranger to paradise....dream a dream nestled in your very own hanging bed!

Our Boat House Hanging Bed Collection

From The Galley: Coastal Food Lovin

We're big foodies over here at ourboathouse....we LOVE finding new recipes to try, anything having to do with seafood, and the fun of putting it all together with the perfect table settings. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Inspirations on the Horizon: Coastal bedrooms

Coastal bedrooms have a common trait of clean whites and blues, they usually evoke a feeling of being by the water. Crisp white linens paired with light blues and breezy canopies draped over head are what created the essence of some of our favorite coastal room designs.

Light blue walls cast a darker blue shadow on the floor creating a glow. White bedding against the wicker nightstands gives great contrast, while the four post canopy bed draped in gauze reminds you of the islands.

Maritime coastal, this bedroom has more of a boathouse feel with the contrasting navy blue, framed shells, and wooden oars leaned to the wall.

A sense of spa like coastal retreat exudes from the room, floating like bed draped in white mosquito netting is soft and inviting. This room is simple and island chic.

 Love the contrast between the whiteness of the room and the darkness of the west indies style wood pieces. This coastal bedroom is crisp and refreshing.

Lovely white four poster bed pops off the aqua tiled floor and gives the illusion of laying on the water. The warm wood tones really give depth to a more contemporary coastal bedroom.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Style Starboard:Design Tips
To Sectional or Not

 Football season is here. Your friends are gathering at your place, and you are looking for more seating. There are some things you should know before purchasing a great, comfy sectional to fit the crew.

A sectional sofa can be extremely comfortable and offer plenty of available seating, especially during football season. However, knowing where to place such a large piece of furniture can be difficult. After proper placement of a sectional sofa you might just be amazed at how much seating you have. Here are 4 tips for placing your sectional in the right spot.

 This East Hampton beach house's living room shows a perfectly placed white slipcover sectional. It sits in the center of the room with a square chrome frame coffee table, two slipcover club chairs and two ottomans for lots of flexible seating. This is a great set up for those large gatherings.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Style Starboard: Designer Tips

Rules of Layering

Interior Design is so much about layering, the art of finding the right mix of color, texture, and shape to create the depth and richness of a room. Layers can add dimensions and personality to a room. You just need to know the rules before you get started and try your hand at being a design extraordinaire. 

Keeping the patterns in the same color family allows you to layer multiple medium scale prints.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Spotted from the Crow's Nest:Beach House Tour
South African Beach House

This bright white timber wood beach house is located in Yzerfontein, a South African fishing village north of Cape Town. The beach house is built entirely in wood to blend in with the typical architecture of the area. Large and numerous windows open on all sides providing wonderful views of the ocean and making the rooms bright and airy.  White is predominant in the interior with blue accents to reinforce the beach look and the natural texture of wood to add warmth. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Inspirations on the Horizon: Touches of Aqua

Beautiful touches of aqua make these coastal rooms shine. Aqua is always a favorite when you want to evoke the call of the sea.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

10 Ways To: Refresh Your Space

Whether you are looking for a change or to spruce up for the holidays, here are 10 simple tips to refresh your space.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Style Starboard: Texture is everywhere

Texture is everywhere!
We find Texture in our walls, floors and ceilings.
In furniture elements, fabrics,wall finishes, wood beams...It draws our attention in brick, stone and tile. It's present in the polished surfaces of mirrors, glass, counter tops and cabinets. Texture brings interest through a wicker chandelier, rattan chair and hand thrown pottery. Texture is at the heart of Interior Design materials and combining and layering contrasting textures is like adding that extra cup of sugar, pinch of salt, or splash of Tabasco that finishes a room with that "little something" that was missing.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Style Starboard: FALL is in the Air

Fall is most definitely in the air! Keep warm with layers on layers of neutral browns and greens. I don't know about you but we are very excited for this seasons trends! And don't forget to savor that sweet crisp air before winter hits!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Spotted from the Crow's Nest:Beach House Tour
Fresh Squeezed Color

This coastal house reminds us of pink grapefruit sprinkled lightly with sugar, it is clean, crisp, sweet and fresh. These rooms definitely have a feel and design like no other beach house.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Inspirations on the Horizon: Rays of Sunshine

Bright yellow bursts of color in an all white room always works to add excitement and interest to a room. Theses are a few examples of how just a little dash of color can go a long way.

White slipcover sofas against the white walls and floors are highlighted by the pop of yellow in the club chair.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

How to guide: Go Glamping


Glamour + Camping = Glamping 
Shorthand for glamorous camping. Satisfying your craving for the outdoors and your penchant for a good meal, nice glass of wine, and a comfortable bed.

How to make your own little oasis at the campground. Making your camping and family trips stylish and comfortable. 
If the idea of falling asleep under the stars and roasting marshmallows around a campfire appeals to you, but the reality of pitching a tent and sleeping on hard, bumpy ground does not, glamping could be your ideal vacation. No icky spiders, chili mac, or peeing in the woods for the glamping crowd. Think Jeeves toasting your Trader Joe's marshmallow to perfection as you relax with a chilled Chardonnay in your portable hot tub, roughing it by the ocean. Forget the beach house clam bakes, go ahead and trade in your time share for a tent, camper or airstream. Guaranteed to be a getaway you won't soon forget. If it's an ocean view from a mountain side you crave check out Big Sur Getaway on the California coast. Maybe you are looking for more, 5 star Southern California resort glamping by the beach at El Capitan Canyon.
El Capitan Canyon offers BBQ kits & breakfast-They deliver everything you need to make your dinner on the grill! Chicken/steak or fish with veggies or baked beans, salad, and garlic bread. Breakfast kits of hot granola in mason jars with blueberries & almonds, grilled pears, and a delicious citrus tea or maybe try the upside down apple cornbread, grilled bratwurst, grilled grapefruit halves with honey and fresh coffee. What’s better than a huge Mexican breakfast outdoors? The menu consisted of a large iron skillet filled with fried eggs and topped with cheese and tomatillo salsa, refried beans, corn tortillas heated in foil packets, grilled pineapple and mango skewers, sliced avocados, tomato juice with lime in salt & chile rimmed jars and fresh Mexican hot chocolate! Are you hungry yet?

This is how you go glamping.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Style Starboard:It's All About The Accessories!

Accessories dress up your look, they can turn a very plan ensemble into an eye-catching outfit, not to mention they work for every season! Add some amp to your everyday t-shirt by adding an accessory like one of these! 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Spotted from the Crow's Nest:Beach House Tour
St. Barts Island Cottage

   A quintessential French island cottage, complete with a steeply pitched roof line, plank siding, louvered windows, and bold turquoise shuttersThe house sits on a mountaintop high above the Bay of St. Jean, the second-largest town on St. Barts in the French West Indies. Beautiful blues, greens and beige from the ocean seascape outside flow throughout the house.

This poolside lounge area offers a variety of seating around the pool. The aqua water and shutters are beautiful with the light blue roof.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Style Starboard: Designer Tips
Eclectic style

What is eclectic design? 

Eclectic - "not following any one system but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems.(Webster)

Here are a few tips to achieve eclectic success: