Monday, April 29, 2013

At Home with Aubrey GIVEAWAY

The winner of this giveaway will receive this seahorse pillow from At Home with Aubrey

Here's a little more about At Home with Aubrey from Aubrey herself!
"Hi Nautical By Nature readers! I am so thrilled to be hosting a giveaway for our popular seahorse duo pillow. This is the perfect nautical accent for any room in your house. I started this business as an outlet for my passions in interior design, entrepreneurship, and savvy shopping! We all want to feel "At Home" and who doesn't love quality decor, furniture, and home accents at deep discounted prices? Shop my core product line and my weekly flash specials. Join my emailer to stay "in the know" about all the current SALES and Flash specials. If you too would like to earn an income while also having the flexibility to be at home, be sure to click on my "join today" link at the bottom of the website to be part of my awesome group of stylists. Feel free to email me at if you would like more info on that."

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Organizing: Cleaning Closet

I have a big pantry in my kitchen but it doesn't have any shelves. The previous renters asked to take the shelves out and used it to store other things. I don't need a bigger pantry so I just stored a few things in it but it was mostly empty. Then I saw these photos and knew what I wanted to do! The original article was written by Jen of iHeart Organizing for Better Homes and Gardens.

Better Homes and Garens: Organize This: Cleaning Closet

Better Homes and Garens: Organize This: Cleaning Closet

I was previously storing my vacuum in my hall/coat closet but it took up a lot of room and meant my rain boots and uggs were just sort of thrown in on top. It made sense to move it to the cleaning closet
Such a poor use of space! Duster and mop, plastic bags, paper towels, and my apron
Nautical by Nature: Organizing: Cleaning Closet
Still a work in progress but on its way! * I moved the paper towels to the under kitchen sink spot
Attached hooks to hold my mops/brooms/duster so they aren't falling over
Nautical by Nature: Organizing: Cleaning Closet
Added some of the contact paper I blogged about before on the bottom
Nautical by Nature: Organizing: Cleaning Closet
The TJ Maxx bag holds paper bags and reusable bags, the silver thing holds plastic bags

Where do you store your cleaning products? What else should I include in my space? I have room on the side for more hooks

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Nautical Rain Boots

If there is any chance of rain I will wear my rain boots. I hate wearing regular shoes in the rain: your feet/socks get wet, the bottoms of your pants get wet (and stay wet for hours). I have two pairs of rain boots: Lilly Pulitzer pink elephant swellies and Target anchor boots (same coloring as the whale ones below). I love wearing rain boots at work because I can walk through puddles with H (he has fireman AND Thomas rain boots).

Nautical by Nature blog: Nautical rain boots

1. Target whale rain boots Target rain boots are the best! They come in a ton of patterns, hold up really well, and you just can't beat the price!

2. Payless puddle rain boots Simple nautical stripes will go with everything!

3. Target rain skimmers I have seen different versions of these and am intrigued by the idea. A bit more professional looking than rain boots but still keep your feet dry. Does anyone have something similar?

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Destination Nautical: Traditional

Nautical by Nature blog: Destination Nautical: Traditional

1. Castle Hill Inn (Newport, Rhode Island)
From the website: At home on the ocean, "guest quarters at Castle Hill Inn retain the warmth and quiet luxury of 19th century seacoast life"

2. The Inn at Perry Cabin (St. Michaels, Maryland)
From the website: "A Charming colonial mansion, this Orient-Express resort and spa sits in beautiful gardens that reach down to Maryland's tranquil Eastern Shore"

3. Chatham Bars Inn (Cape Cod, Massachusetts)
From the website: "This world-famous turn-of-the-century landmark has a remarkable ambiance. The expansive lounge, front veranda and main dining room have been returned to their original grandeur, affording panoramic ocean views and gentle sea breezes"

4. Harbor View Hotel (Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts)
From the website: "With stunning ocean views and refined Martha’s Vineyard d├ęcor, we deliver the attentive personal service you thought had disappeared forever"

5. The Red Inn (Provincetown, Massachusetts)
From the website: The Red Inn offers "breathtaking waterfront decks and views of Provincetown Harbor and Cape Cod Bay" (image via)

6. Montauk Yacht Club (Montauk, New York)
From the website: "Rich in history and tradition... Refreshed and renewed for a new era of storied guests"

I would love to hear your nautical travel recommendations! Been to a hotel with an amazing ocean view? Cute nautical decor? Please share in the comments!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ask Nautical by Nature: Bridal Shower Ideas

Reader Cindy emailed me looking for nautical bridal shower supplies (favors, decorations, printables) for a shower she was hosting for a friend at her nautical home in Annapolis.

Nautical by Nature: bridal shower ideas from Etsy

Nautical by Nature: bridal shower ideas from Etsy

Nautical seed favors for a more rustic feel
Nautical by Nature: bridal shower ideas from Etsy

Nautical compass bags would be perfect for the bridal party or shower guests
Nautical by Nature: bridal shower ideas from Etsy

Wish bracelet favors-knot AND how fun are the kissing seahorses at the bottom?
Nautical by Nature: bridal shower ideas from Etsy

Custom wine charm favors are also great for a wedding!
Nautical by Nature: bridal shower ideas from Etsy

Nautical by Nature: bridal shower ideas from Etsy

Love the little heart on these cupcake toppers
Nautical by Nature: bridal shower ideas from Etsy

Cindy was looking for some turquoise so maybe these anchor napkin rings?
Nautical by Nature: bridal shower ideas from Etsy

Nautical by Nature: bridal shower ideas from Etsy

Monday, April 22, 2013

Salty Sea Clothing

Brandi and her husband started Salty Sea, a clothing brand inspired by the laid-back, low key style of the Southern Coast. Everything is printed with eco-friendly inks (perfect for Earth Day today!). Salty Sea uses only non-toxic, water-based inks. Water-based printing is more earth and human friendly than traditional plastisol inks, so you can feel a little "greener"
James and Brandi on the beach
Right now Salty Sea offers t-shirts and hoodies, but they will be adding other styles and kids' options soon!

Pocket tees (Available in Melon, Violet, and Lagoon Blue. Sizes S-XL)
Salty Sea clothing
Front has design on pocket
Salty Sea clothing
Larger design on back
Salty Sea clothing

Salty Sea clothing

Salty Sea clothing

Long sleeve t shirts (Available in Watermelon, Violet, Orange, Crimson, and Neon Green. Sizes S-2X)
Salty Sea clothing

Basic pocket tee (front pocket design only)
Salty Sea clothing

Salty Sea clothing

Salty Sea clothing

Friday, April 19, 2013

Southern Nest Monograms + coupon code!

The Prep Circle Large Monogram
Courtney from Southern Nest emailed me about her beautiful wooden monograms. Of course I said yes to reviewing one of them! All of the wooden monograms from Southern Nest are offered painted or unpainted in multiple sizes. The Southern Nest website is now up so head on over to the website to place your order. You can also find Southern Nest on Facebook and Etsy. Courtney's personal blog is Charming Little Nest.
Use code FRIEND at checkout for 10% off your order!

Here is my monogram:

The quality is great. I can tell that Courtney puts a lot of time and effort into making each monogram perfect!

I want to put it somewhere special but all of my walls are white so I need to decide what color to paint it. I want it to stand out! Maybe navy? I will do another post with photos once I have hung it up. If you couldn't tell from my recent organizing posts, I am doing major spring cleaning in my apartment! 

More ideas on how to decorate with your wooden monogram

**Please note I was given the wooden monogram to review. All words and opinions are my own**

Don't forget to use code FRIEND at checkout for 10% off your order!
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