When it comes to doing themes in a design, there are one of two ways it can go. Either the look is pulled off with elegance and grace, and totally captures the concept without looking like a theme party, or—well, it doesn't quite work, for one reason or another. Even our Chief Designer Mark Cutler acknowledges the potential pitfalls (and triumphs!) that can be had by centering a room around a single idea.
For today's real/deal/steal challenge, we have a nautical-themed living room by Norman Design Group that does the former. In fact, we might say this space is pitch-perfect in terms of working within the maritime theme without going overboard (or would that be capsizing?). We loved the execution so much, in fact, that we just knew we wanted to see what recreating this design would like at a variety of price points. Check out how to get the look for real, then how to do it at a "deal" and "steal" budget:
In the "real" version of this look, you can recreate this room almost to a tee. At a total price point of about $11,800, you can spring for detailed extras like this pillow from Hayneedle, and a few sturdier tables that'll last through the long haul. A luxurious wingback armchair is definitely worth the splurge here—we love its antique look and feel like it fits right in with the rest of the theme.
In the "deal" version of this look, you can bring the Nantucket feeling on with a reasonably-priced sign at $59 from Home Decorator's Collection. A striped area rug from Burke Decor at $213 is also a perfect addition to creating the look, all for a grand total of $3,156.69. Not too shabby.
For our "steal" version, a rug with a cool print for $329 and a few nautical-themed extras at excellent prices (just $35 and $45) allow this room to be recreated for just $1,594.99. We love the variety of nautically-themed pieces it's possible to find at this price point. It just shows you can definitely work with a sea theme no matter your budget, and mix and match even the pieces from each of these price points for a unique coastal look.
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