Simple Ways to Add a Nautical Touch to Your Home


I am not a beach girl. Despite growing up about an hour away from the Jersey Shore, I can think of about a million other things I’d rather do than sunbathe in the sand all day or go boating with the wind in my hair. Despite this, I am a huge fan of all things nautical – clothes, jewelry, decor – you name it. Of course, you don’t need to go full-on sailor to incorporate some nautical pieces into your life. At home, for instance, all you need are a few simple decorations to feel like you’re living life by the sea.

Some cheap options for nautical décor include  or a striped picture frame (which many a nautical-lover probably already have in shirt form), and this chic tabletop compass. To get a little more inventive, Nautical Rope Lanterns are a functional and subtle nod to your seafaring style, and can be recreated with a little bit of DIY magic if the price gives you a bit of sticker shock.

If you don’t mind splurging a little, whale bookends are an adorable way to nautical-ize your home. They’re a little pricey, but it’s a really cute whale, ok? Besides, everyone needs something to help hold their books up, right?

Porthole Mirror (Image Credit: Thos. Baker)

Porthole Mirror (Image Credit: Thos. Baker)

For the grandest nautical item of them all, I present to you the porthole mirror. Did anyone know that this was a “thing”? I sure didn’t, but it certainly excites me. Imagine looking in the mirror and feeling as though you’re out to sea – it doesn’t get much more nautical than that! For some this may be a little overboard (pun so intended), but it is a small accent piece that will contribute in a big way to capturing the ocean vibes.

Some more quirky touches that will leave you yearning for the sea air include a ship’s wheel to adorn your wall, a model ship to sail your shelves, an octopus pillow to get cozy with and a ship’s bell to ring whenever it’s time signal “Ahoy” for meals!

You don’t need to get a boating license, shop at J.Crew or even participate in Talk Like a Pirate Day in order to live the life of a sea-lover. When it comes to décor, the details go a long way in transforming your home to match your favorite style.

Shopping Links

Linea nautical home decor
$36 –

Magnetic compass

Authentic Models home decor
$205 –

Eichholtz nautical home decor
$295 –

Battery operated lantern

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Get the Look for Less: Casual Nautical

Look for Less

Fashion lovers tend to flip through the latest trendy magazines, sighing loudly at every beautiful but overpriced outfit featured on those oh so shiny pages.  Being on-trend doesn’t require an expensive designer, though! Finding the “look for less” can be a fun shopping challenge that doesn’t murder the budget.

If nautical nonsense be something you wish, this look is for you (I know I just quoted the Spongebob Squarepants theme song. I love Spongebob, okay?) Nautical is a big trend this summer, and there is no better way to represent your inner-sailor than to wear a striped shirt (preferably with white, blue or black stripes).  There are many variations of the striped boat neck top, so it is quite easy to find one that is reasonably priced.

There is always a chance of denim being expensive, depending on who designed the pants. However, it is still doable to find quality jean shorts without breaking the bank. Jean shorts make a particularly cute match with the top, and add summery balance to the three-quarter sleeved shirt, which could easily be worn in winter or summer.

It seems as though the cuter shoes are, the more expensive the accompanying price tag.  Luckily, the airy croqueted flats that go perfectly with this outfit can be found at a low price, and are just as cute (if not cuter) than their pricier counterpart.

Finally, time to finish the look off with accessories. Envelope clutches have been invading the wardrobes of television characters for some time now, which usually indicates that a new trend has arisen.  Using a bright pocketbook to add a splash of color to an outfit is funky without being over-the-top. To drive home the nautical theme, an anchor ring is a fun and eye-catching piece of jewelry.  It is easy to fall in love with pricey jewelry, but it is so much more fun to spend less and therefore be able to buy more of it!

Ta-da! There you have it; a look for less – much less – without sacrificing style. With your nautical look complete, you are free go play sailor. Or pirate, if that’s more up your alley!


Shopping Links

Rag bone

TOMS white shoes

Bing Bang gold ring

Anchor ring
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DIY Sequin Anchor Sweater by My Little Secrets

DIY Sequin Anchor Sweater by My Little Secrets

DIY Sequin Anchor Sweater by My Little Secrets

DIY Sequin Anchor Sweater (Image Credit:

I have been on a fashion DIY roll lately and my latest find comes from Natalie at My Little Secrets. Nautical themed fashion has been all over the place lately, and I’m fan, but horizontal stripes are not my friend. Anchors, on the other hand, I can totally rock (and have often via jewelry) so this DIY Anchor Shirt peaked my interest right away. It is super stylish and super easy, which by now you have probably caught on is exactly what I look for in a great do it yourself project.

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