Nautical Inspirations

I was asked in May to design a table for the annual Red & White Ball to raise money for the Greenwich Red Cross. The event’s theme was “Help is Here.”  To get my creativity going I went to my archive of inspirational photos…of course!

When I started looking through the shots I’ve take over the years, I was pretty certain my table design would be a nod to marine rescue.  In the process I pulled these images below, as I wanted the design vibe to be powerful and crisp.  To me, all of these nautical photos are just that.  I hope you find them as cool as I do!

Huge anchor chain on the shipyard dock in Genoa, Italy.

Custom painted ceramic plates with nautical flags spelling “Nantucket.”

A banister of a different kind – mahogany wood and chrome railings on board Oceania’s Marina.

Fishnet rope play area at the Children’s Zoo in NYC’s Central Park.

Iron link detail atop the seawall in Portofino, Italy.

Sleek marine lacquered deck on a private taxi in Venice, Italy.



  • 7 years ago Lisa Johnston

    The rope banister is a great inspiration for waterside home decor — especially since I was just at the shrimp boat docks in south Georgia this past weekend and loved the heft of the thick lines. We want to use them along a woodland path by the lake at our residence. Thanks for your insight!


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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by design and the subtle impact of our surroundings. Some of my earliest influences still resonate – I think of the dark woods and textured lodens of my father’s shooting club, the smell of fresh paint on a new canvas, and the bold symmetry of the Philip Johnson Glass house just down the street. For me, it was a natural path to become an Interior Designer. I love what I do. I’ve created this Journal to share my thoughts, finds and design inspirations. I hope you enjoy it!

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