When you grow up around boats in the Puget Sound, life preservers don’t always translate themselves into a good idea for “nautical” home decor. Or in this case a fashion shoot! (don’t you just love the stripes too?)
You know, a lot of grime, dirt and more than a few barnacles don’t really look that appealing. Now that I am “grown up” (sort of!) I have a new appreciation for how they might look, in all kinds of coastal homes, from a cottage look to more of an upscale room.
I found these pretty multi-colored examples at the Alameda Flea Market! Kicking myself for not buying them for our online store, just could not figure out a good way to ship them…
Take a look at all of the other ideas that I’ve found for inspiration. Enjoy!
Vintage desk – love the typewriter and globe. Absolutely need that chair!
Outside seaside porch from my new blog crush – Karnas Hus!
Sexy Black and White “Miami” life preserver discovered on Pinterest by my friend Lynda Quintero-Davis. Also another fabulous design blogger – FocalPoint
Cute vintage cottage, complete with vintage elements – love the nautical chart art.
Pretty beach “shack”! Can’t you just imagine a day on the beach?
From Three Potato Four – a very cool vintage shop!
Outdoor Cocktail Bar idea from Pottery Barn
Like this look from Coastal Living with the river rock fireplace and oars.
Discovered at Houzz.com – like the shell chandelier combined with the turquoise “framed” life preserver art. Unique idea!
Hmm… now where can I incorporate this idea into my house? Will definitely be on the look-out for the right life preserver! Thinking maybe an white one with a little bit of blue for my beach cottage bedroom…
I am mad at myself for not grabbing this one – I really like the “Oakland”. Dang it, next time…
(P.S. I also found this life preserver at the Alameda Flea Market, one of my absolute FAVORITE places to go for inspiration!)
Here’s a few ideas from my online to store to help inspire you too.
Ship Shape Area Rug – comes in several sizes