Do you love coastal, nautical, and vintage decor? Today I’m sharing how I created a quaint little nautical corner in our home’s living room in Coastal Maine with that vintage wow factor.

How to Bring a Nautical Theme Home? Let’s chat about garlic scapes, nautical vases, sea birds, driftwood, Dawson’s paintings, vintage dressers, blues and reds, drapes, pillows, and more!

Garlic Scapes

And it was all inspired by this garlic scapes flower bouquet that I picked up at a roadside farm stand last week. You never know where your inspiration may come from, am I right?

Antique furniture in living room corner.

You see, the flower bouquet included dill and garlic scapes, which also projected a captivating summer fragrance.

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Nautical Glass Vases

However, the flowers had wilted a week later, but the garlic scapes were still hardy and thriving. They were whimsical, and I loved their natural beauty.

And staring right at me were these two tall coastal vases I had purchased at one of my favorite local shops, The Shops at Cape Neddick. The perfect pieces to display tall garlic scapes in.

Nautical glass vase filling with water in sink.

What I also love about these nautical vases is that if you tip them upside down, you can add a candle, turning them into candleholders.

Yeah, for a dual purpose!

I have a set in tall and another smaller set back in Vermont.

Nautical Candle Sticks

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These nautical vases/candleholders, now displaying the garlic scapes, create a sense of whimsy with a root of summertime essence.

Garlic Scapes in Nautical Vase

Vintage Sea Birds & Driftwood

A scattering of vintage sea birds on old driftwood that were once my mother’s collections cast an affection for the sea and a desired coastal quaintness.

Nautical sea birds with garlic scapes in vases.

Montague Dawson Painting

The sailing painting on the wall is by Montague Dawson and is thrifted.

Montague Dawson RSMA, FRSA (1890–1973) was a British painter who was renowned as a maritime artist. His famous paintings depict sailing ships, usually clippers or warships of the 18th and 19th centuries.

I found this Dawson framed print while Antiquing Down East, A Day’s Jaunt last summer. It was a steal too… This one is called “Neck and Neck.”

Quaint Nautical Decor Corner With a Vintage Wow Factor

And then I found another framed Dawson print for under $30 when I was antiquing in Vermont, which now hangs in our adjacent Maine dining room, named “A Winning Tack.”

You may also enjoy the 21 Vintage Finds: 4 Days Thrifting in Coastal Maine post.

Check out this vintage haul from back in April when I found it in the post, 38 Antique Flower Arrangements & One Vintage Student Plant Press.

I’m also looking to find more of Dawson’s paintings. As the pastel colors, aged mats, and antique frames fit so beautifully into the theme of this old coastal home.

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Nautical Drapes

You may also enjoy the Leaning into Grandmillennial Style with Fabulous Drapes, post. These blue and red sailboat drapes are one of my favorite thrifted finds. They were originally custom-made for a yacht back in the ’70s.

Nautical Drapes in Window

Vintage Dressers

Decorating with vintage dressers, I can honestly say I have one in every room in our home.

Old bureaus come in all shapes and sizes and are an effortless way to add cozy warmth and charm to a corner, bedroom, bathroom, dining room, sunroom, etc.

You can find them very affordably, too, at thrift stores and second-hand shops. I don’t think I’ve paid over $100 for any of our vintage dressers.

Quaint Nautical Decor Corner With a Vintage Wow Factor

Oh, and the lamp and round nautical pillow are also thrifted…

What color furniture goes well with a coastal living room? At our home, I embrace blues and reds with vintage woods. And the living room sectional is classic linen with navy blue woven throughout. It is also a slipcover so it can be easily washed and feels like summer. I have also found that light blues and pastels go well with a pop of red for color.

Quaint Nautical Decor Corner With a Vintage Wow Factor
Summer Ready Coastal Maine Home Living Room

You may see more of this Coastal Maine home’s living room in posts like:

Christmas Old Colonial Fireplace, Hearth, and Mantel

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Cozy Couch Moments

This antique easel with a lighthouse painting is regularly moved around in this room. I picked it up when I was in Downeast, Maine last summer at Cabot Mill Antiques.

Quaint Nautical Decor Corner With a Vintage Wow Factor

I hope this quaint little nautical decor corner with that vintage wow factor inspired you today. Whether adding shore birds, driftwood, shells, nautical paintings, or garlic scapes to your favorite vase, it’s all about what makes our homes cozy and enjoyable for each one of us.

I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed visiting our Home in Coastal Maine with us today.

Quaint Nautical Decor Corner With a Vintage Wow Factor

I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed your visit with us here today at our Home in Coastal Maine.

Be sure to also check out our Home in Vermont too, where we spend winters enjoying the coziness of home in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

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  1. Cindy@CountyRoad407 says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more perfect home for nautical treasures. Seriously, I love it all! The colors, the vintage treasures and how you’ve laid out your furniture pieces. It’s stunning! pinned

    1. Thank you so much Cindy, I’m so glad you like it my friend, and I’m always so happy to see you when you pop in.

  2. Linda Scott says:

    Love your homes. The curtains in this home in Maine are awesome! We are a bit nautical ourselves as we don’t live far from the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. So I really can appreciate them! I’m sure you’re thrilled you found them! Enjoy your summer!!

    1. Thank you Linda I’m so glad you like them⛵️ They were originally custom made for a boat in the 70s⛵️⛵️

  3. Kathy Munday says:

    Hi Ann and Ella
    Love. Love. Love the garlic scapes! I e never seen them before but my daughter lives within minutes of a garlic farm so I will be searching for them! Also love the “dual purpose” vases. You always find the coolest items! Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Of course Kathy, I’m glad you liked them. I thought they were a fun idea too. Hope you’re having a nice summer!