Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer Living Room

I feel we are about to set sail around here. I have been pulling out my summer decorations. I found some cool nautical things in the upstairs closet. Isn't it fun when you find things you forgot you had? 

The window came from the builder supply guy for a buck.

The clock and the needlework were upstairs tucked away.
I think my mom made this crewel ship. 

I found it in Jonnie's closet.
I love, love the chippiness of the frame..  

I found the little ship creamer in an antique shop.

I transformed the vintage Ethan Allen clock into this cute thing.

I got it at the super Goodwill for $5.00.

I took the guts out to paint the inside.
I was happy that the decal just scraped off. I would have gotten out the paint stripper if needed.

I think it looks pretty cute.

I have collected a few mermaids over the years. I spent a whole summer stalking eBay for them. I found this one in my old favorite junk shop for a dollar. She looks so charming under glass. Mary Englebright was the first one to turn me on to showingcasing a precious object like this. 

 Bill collected this coral a couple of summers ago. Please don't tell me they are fish bones or something. 

Bill's grandfather built model ships. I love this one. I don't know if he built this one or just ordered it.

I think lanterns look so summery. Pottery Barn always a huge selection. I got this one at Walmart.

I wrapped a piece of rope around it that Bill got me for Easter. 
Here is the PB lantern I brought to the Christmas gift exchange and won back. It was on clearance and was a great deal.
I have been covering just about everything in drop cloths.
But I also did this little bench. 

The coffee table trunk came from a local antique shop. 
It feels like it could have belonged to a ship's captain. 

The bench with the canvas and the upholstery strapping echos the sail on the ship thus bringing similar elements around the room.

 When you are a knick knack queen like I am it helps to repeat motifs so the room doesn't look too busy. Or should I say... Doesn't look busier than it needs to??  ;)

I don't know the technical term for this webbing, but Bill had it left over from the leather chair he redid. Read about it here.
It looks cute on the bench and on a few pillows.

I collect things that have a nautical flare but that 
aren't too kitschy. The room feels restful and light for summer!
 I think that is enough for today.
I will show you the rest another day. 
I have the cutest bathing beauty under glass in the dining room.
I hope you enjoyed the tour. 
Linking with,
Tuesday's Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia &
Take a Look Tuesday @ Sugar Bee Crafts &
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style & 
Trash 2 Treasure @ Kammy's Korner &
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm 


  1. I love all the summer touches you've added, really looks like a Beach House! I'm now a follower!

  2. Love the chippy frame on the crewel work ship! The chest coffee table is gorgeous too! love what you have done, the room looks restful and cool! Thanks for visiting me!!!

    1. You are welcome, Melanie. I appreciate your sweet comments! :)

  3. You did great with your summer touches! I love how you transformed your thrifty clock. I'm your newest follower!

    1. Thank you, Tammy. Thanks for following. I am so happy you like it. :)