Cape Cod / Nautical Style

Who doesn’t love the sea? The colors and cool aspect of nautical styles are perennial favorites, and cannot fail to refresh a tired room or outdoor area. 


From small details to extensive renovation, three very different projects draw on the inspiration of the ocean and sea-side to refresh tired furniture and renovate spaces:

A coastal-style patio in the mountains near Reno Nevada, 

A Basement Playroom in a nautical theme, 

a three season room re-imagined as a New England lobster hideaway,

and the use of small nautical details throughout a house... 

all illustrate the boundless attraction of the coast and the sea.

Coastal Style Patio


Rich stripes and prints on antique garden furniture give this mountain patio near a running stream a gracious European aspect that perfectly suits the well-traveled client.


The blue and white pinstripe, outdoor fabric on the black iron outdoor furniture has a classic and sophisticated appeal, and welcomes the clients and their guests to an outdoor lunch.


An antique bench comes alive with a wide stripe, Ralph Lauren outdoor fabric for seat cushion and pillows. The deep blues set off the warm colors of the distressed metal, and complement the bright green shrubbery.


A fresh, fun polka dot fabric provides a playful foil to a white enameled, vintage patio chair.

Nautical Basement

A colorful collage of textured wovens and cotton prints upholstered on designer furniture, creates a warm and inviting atmosphere in an open and airy brick loft.


Blue and white stripes mixed with Clipper ship painting and sculpture spice up a drab landing.


An antique captain’s wheel, a sailboat pillow trimmed in yachting cord, and a braided rug in seaside colors bring a sea-faring feel to this basement playroom. 


Antique English oil painting of an ocean continues the nautical-inspired Basement. 


An L-shaped porch in an old 1940’s Cape Cod cottage project gets a makeover with festive stripes, nautical tablecloth, and a lobster needlepoint rug. The designer’s outfit was inspired by the nautical interiors.

A glass patio table is updated in a custom-made sailboat tablecloth done in a Waverly fabric to add a nautical flair to the room.

Festive stripes and sky blue solid fabrics on antique wicker provides a warm and inviting space to sit and relax while looking out at the garden.

This cozy vignette reflects “a Paris bistro meets Portland, Maine style” through festive stripe seat cushions on the black café side chairs  and a preppy, hooked,  lobster rug to go in front of  the antique French marble bistro table.

Nautical Accents

It doesn’t take much to summon the sound of the ocean and a refreshing sense of the sea-side. Just a few details, thoughtfully placed without too many other things to distract, and a small space can feel like a vacation.


Antique pharmacy glasses filled with shells and sea glass along with a vintage teapot add a nautical touch to a fireplace mantle. 


An antique lobster buoy shows off its age and beauty when it is made into a lamp.



Wherever you find your inspiration, 

bring it indoors with a little help from C Stewart Design.

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