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Add Nautical Style in a Modern Way

Discover 10 ways to bring contemporary coastal flair into your home.

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Oversized Nautical Prints

Many fabric manufacturers take classic nautical prints and enlarge the scale as much as 300 percent to create something true to its original form but modern in size. The red, white and blue geometric design used in these pillows was drastically increased to put a fresh spin on a timeless pattern.

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Capiz Shell Lighting

Capiz shells, popularly used for many different decorative purposes, come from windowpane oysters, which are found on muddy shores near bays, coves and lagoons. The shells are harvested and transformed by artisans into one-of-a-kind organic works of art. To create this oversized pendant light, hundreds of capiz shells were gathered, shaped, cut to size, then inlaid to a steel frame. Once illuminated, the shells cast a filtered pearlescent glow throughout the space.

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Model Sailboat

Model sailboats are excellent alternatives to sculpture. Ranging in size from just under six inches to heights above six feet, model sailboats are a great way to instantly add a focal point to just about any space in the house. Consider using them as centerpieces on dining tables, or put them on display in or near windows.

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Rope Accents

Spools of sisal rope inspired the design of these end tables and can add a clever touch to living rooms or family rooms. While many manufacturers sell these, a do-it-yourself version can be made by picking up discarded spools from salvage yards, then purchasing rope by the foot from a local home improvement store.

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