Ship-Shape Waterfront Connecticut Home

It can be pretty tough to be a lover of nautical. Sometimes "nautical" interiors can be chock-a-block full of kitschy accessories and uninspired blue and white stripes. And yet, other times a waterfront home can be designed with such joy and thoughtfulness, that breezy sea-inspired decor can bring the outside in! This waterfront home in Rowayton, Connecticut by Lynn Morgan is absolutely charming and a perfect fit for its location right on a picturesque waterway.

The front entrance features a wonderfully planted courtyard. And what home wouldn't benefit from soft grey shingles and a pale blue door?

The foyer is simple, classic, and inviting. I adore that Oomph "Hobe Sound" lantern in blue and gold - especially hanging in that coffer painted a delicate blue.

The family room is open to the kitchen, as well as open to the deck over the water. Two more pieces from Oomph, those side tables, are whimsical and functional. A pair of blue Urban Electric "Chisholm Hall" lanterns hang over the kitchen island.

Neutral upholstery is the perfect backdrop for blue pillows in island-inspired ikat and snappy ribbon trim. Even more Oomph here with charming coffee table (topped with blue hydrangeas, naturally). The folding doors out to the patio truly make this room a spot for indoor-outdoor living on a glorious New England day.

A classic white kitchen features traditional white paneling, and a lovely contrasting wood-toped island. The simple striped dhurrie is functional and adds personality. And I can never get enough of those Urban Electric lanterns. Like, I know everyone uses them, but that's because they work every single time.

This Palm Beach regency console with a giant shell pedestal adds a great shot of subdued glamour. I love the repetition of the motif with the giant clam shell and the shell at the top of the mirror.

I'm never not going to like an animal print slipped in with some nautical stuff. And I am very into these neutral grasscloth walls contrasting against the dreamy blue millwork and glossy ceiling. Also, we're seeing more of the shell motif with that sconce.

Stunning light millwork in this wood-paneled library. The gently barrel vaulted ceiling gives a nice sense of marine design.

Hydrangea blue printed shells on grasscloth? Yes, please!

This upstairs hall has the best, uber glossy, teak flooring like the decks of high end sailboats. I aspire to have this in my home somewhere at some point.

More grasscloth up in this delightful guest bedroom. And, lo and behold, more Oomph side tables (as nightstands)! Where don't those suckers look great? Also, I'm obsessed with any Quadrille fabric in the coral colorway, so, yes, I am digging that headboard. Crisp white linens and drapes with coral tape trim give lots of freshness.

This boy's room bed is built in to look like a berth on a sailboat. And those cleat drawer pulls? Great touch.

I love cobalt. I love subway tile. This bathroom is clearly winning. Also, the ships lights as sconces are a great touch.

The mud room leading out to the yard is everything a little coastal mudroom should be. Monogrammed tote bags galore.

The rear of the home backs right up to a busy waterway and could not be more charming. From here you get a get sense of the stone and shingle construction. And who wouldn't want a little watch tower at the top of their house? Great for watching the boats come back to harbor. I adore how this home is so perfectly nautical without giving into kitsch or cliche.