Shopping for Nautical Decor in Florida

I love a beachy-feeling home, even when I’m not too close to the beach.  It gives me a sense of calm.  We have a surfboard propped up in the corner of a room decorated with oversized, brightly painted wooden fish; shells, jars of sand and large photos adorn the fireplace mantle flanked by a framed “Endless Summer” poster on one side and a Nick Kuchar “Black Rock Maui” print on the other.  In my home you’ll find, bamboo furniture, starfish, leis, glass floats, tiki heads and awood-carved parrot.  It’s relaxing.

There are tons of great stores for nautical and beach decor.  I was recently in Florida and did some shopping.  I have put together a list of a few nautical stores that I love.

In Jupiter, Florida, Nautical But Nice is a “must stop to shop” location.  The prices are reasonable; the items cute and sophisticated. This shop holds mostly indoor decorator items, clothing, accessories like rugs, Tervis cups, and pillows. I must admit, although I’d love to decorate my house will everything there, I don’t shop there for home items but I usually get one piece of jewelry from Nautical But Nice each year. My favorite piece is a pair of silver, starfish dangle earrings.  All of the items at Nautical But Nice are on my wish list.  I’ll need a larger car for my next shopping spree.

There is a wholesaler located in West Palm Beach called Culpepper Nautical. This is my new favorite for rustic nautical. On a recent trip we found individual signs of all kinds pointing to beach locations around the world, boat paddles, glass floats, wooden crab traps, large assortments of nautical light fixtures for the home or boat, and a lot more. They sell “to the trade” so get with your decorator and go check out the place. You can go in and look around; maybe they’ll sell you something.  I was able to snag a boat paddle and wooden “Tiki Bar” sign.crab traps glass balls (c) eileensaunders

In Apalachicola FL, the stores around and including Apalachicola Sponge Shop and Antiques are fun to visit.  Yes, I’ve made many purchases there.  They just have cool stuff so check them out next time you’re there.

On top of my list, though,  is Sea Hagg located in Cortez, FL, a quaint fishing village north of Sarasota. This shop sells high end decorator items and rustic indoor/outdoor decor. They have fishing equipment, furniture, baskets, art from local artists, authentic & one-of-a-kind nautical items. Check out the salvage area, too.  I’ve purchased glass floats and some other small items from the Sea Hagg. Highly recommended but don’t go thinking you can dash in and out quickly. It’s packed with great stuff.

There are tons of great nautical/beachy decor shops around the US. We all have our different tastes and ideas.  Until my next shopping spree I’ve been collecting what I like and would like to have on my Pinterest “Coastal Inspirations” page.  Stop by.

Where do you like to shop?  Please share your favorite shop in the comments.