It’s Cowes Week this week, the largest sailing regatta in the world and a highlight of the UK’s sporting calendar. Having been held since 1826 it now stages up to 40 daily races for around 1,000 boats. At Cowes the social life is as important as the racing making it a unique event each year that reminds us why we just love boats and sailing. If you’re in the mood to be nautical, we look at how you can bring sea and sail into your home.
Handmade in the UK, this fabric doorstop from Swings and Pretty Things is in the shape of a beach hut and is the perfect reminder of the British seaside. Made using durable striped canvas with a denim roof and button ‘door knob’ it is perfect to prop open a door. It is filled with rice, delicious-smelling lavender and stuffing to weigh it down. It can also be personalised with the name of your choice which will be embroidered just above the door. Price: £39.90.
From hunkydory home is this nautical but nice designer royal blue canvas cushion with winking sailor on one side and anchor on the other. The cushions look fabulous as a pair and include natural duck feather cushion pads. Price: £35.
Super for giving a nautical feel to your hallway or kitchen is this Shell Heart from Nordic House. Made of natural shells on a pretty ribbon it is a perfect reminder of beach holidays and warmer climates. Price: £14.95.
If you want to push the boat out then nothing beats this magnificent antiqued porthole cabinet from Alexander and Pearl. Offering plenty of storage for the home office or sitting room, it is handmade and painted by hand using a build of of combined paints to create an authentic aged look. US yachtsmen visiting the Royal Yacht squadron clubhouse at Cowes, England were surprised at the lack of locker rooms, showers and docks. Even a bar was absent. In contrast the cabins and staterooms of the visiting American yachts were resplendent with grandeur and this cabinet takes its inspiration from this golden age. It’s absolutely perfect for millionaire yacht owners, and armchair sailors. Price: £1475