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Defend the Trend: Is Nautical Home Decor Beachy Keen?

BRIANA: The nautical look has been sailing along for a while, but it seems like it’s really made a splash lately. Liz and Camille‘s photos from High Point are full of aquatic creatures (sea see below) and Target’s new Coastal Collection sports stripes, boating motifs and plenty of navy blue. What do you think about this wave of nautical home decor? Is coastal style beachy keen or is it a sinking ship?

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Design Legacy by Kelly O’Neal display at High Point Market

ALYSSA: This is blindingly awful for so many reasons, the first starting with the patchwork denim couch! A few items could stand alone in a beach house, but everything together is just too much. We ran a story about tropical style in the suburbs from the May issue of HGTV Magazine, so I could sound like a hypocrite for saying I like some of the looks in that home, but I think it’s all about not turning a design style into a design theme. AND YES, I know the difference between tropical and nautical. Also, I love a good navy and white stripe (like in Kayla’s mood board) and a big floral print — that’s the kind of preppy southern vibe I’m into.

BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN: Coastal style has timeless appeal because of its relaxed, casual and vacation-like vibe. It will always be in style and relevant as long as it’s played down, relying more on textures and finishes and shapes rather than literal nods like shells, fish and tons of anchors. One weathered anchor will do the trick, then just fill the space with tons of beach textures and muted coastal tones like blue-grey and seaglass green.

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CAMILLE: What’s “naut” to love about nautical?! Beachy accessories are not only fun in a coastal cottage, they’re also a playful way to give a land-locked home a ship-shape update – especially for summer.

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BRIANA: (Bless you for punning along with me, Camille. I feel so shellfish when I’m the only one who does it.)

HANNAH SLAUGHTER: Yep, sorry guys. I can’t hear anything over the screaming denim patchwork. (If Britney and Justin couldn’t make it cool in 2001, then no one ever will.) As for the nautical touches, I guess I’m just a firm believer in authenticity. My in-laws have nautical touches at their house on the river because my father-in-law is a legit fly fisherman. But just randomly adding anchor lights because it’s “in” for a season seems like you’re throwing your money out to sea.

KERI: I am completely with Hannah on this one. If your home is on the water, I love some nautical accessories. But let’s not go overboard (I thought I’d join in on the pun fun). A bold stripe here, and a cool seaweed botanical print there (I’m in love with this one) is all well and good. But there’s a fine line between easy, breezy sea-worthy style and crazy, overdone themed house. I think this house gets it right:

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Photo: Alexandra Rowley for HGTV Magazine

GRANT: Nautical is “safe” for a decorating newbie trying to make his house have some sort of cohesive look. But one day, you find yourself surrounded by decorative fish netting and an array of boat nonsense and you realize, “It looks like Long John Silver’s up in here.” Take it from me, that’s not a cute moment.

JESSICA: I’m scaring the sales team with my cackling over that Long John Silver’s comment.

JOANNA GAINES, guest editor and star of HGTV’s FIXER UPPER: Nautical is fun in small doses. Striped pillows are great and a splash of coral is nice for spring/summer accents. Once it gets too theme-oriented though,

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