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Furniture Ship-board fixtures are often made of sleek, highly varnished wood and always make most of available space. Replicate look on your deck with built-in benches. As a bonus, build storage units under seats.
For additional portable seating, use wooden and canvas deck chairs or captain's stools.
Lighting Brass ship lanterns, of course! Although originals are collectibles, there are many attractive reproductions available. Use a traditional oil-burning unit or opt for a candle-lit look.
Motif The easiest way to carry a nautical theme is with use of ship-board motifs such as anchors, barometers, weather vanes, sandglasses and seaman's chests. Other useful motifs for an outdoor space include boat pennants, oars and models or images of sailboats.
Choose one or two and collect them in various materials. Or re-create a ship's deck by acquiring one of each kind and displaying them in realistic positions throughout your space.
Put your deck in ship-shape this summer, listen to snap of canvas in wind and dream on of high seas.
Debbie Rodgers, the haven maven, owns and operates Paradise Porch, and is dedicated to helping people create outdoor living spaces that nurture and enrich them. Her latest how-to guide “Attracting Butterflies to Your Home and Garden” is now available on her web site. Visit her at www.paradiseporch.com and get a free report on “Eight easy ways to create privacy in your outdoor space”. Mail to email@example.com