Mystic Knotwork

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I love using nautical rope and knot decor in many of my design projects and am always looking for new ideas and product lines that I can incorporate into my home.  Recently, I came across a family run business called Mystic Knotwork  located in Mystic, Connecticut that I just had to share. Mystic Knotwork hand makes all of its rope and knot decor items –  a tradition that has been carried on by owner Matthew Beaudoin’s  family for generations. They’ve perfected the art of macramé, splicing, sennit work, and other fancy knot work to  create a variety of home decor items and even jewelry that you’ll absolutely fall in love with.

If you’re “tying the knot” or even just having a dinner party, take a peak at the white nautical coasters, napkin rings, and center piece place cards. If you’re accessorizing a book shelf or desk,  a monkey fist paper weight is a great addition. I’m so excited to share with you some pictures I’ve taken of the ways I’ve used Mystic Knotwork items in my home.

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I also love the  monkey fist curtain tiebacks!  A perfect accessory to a nautical or beach inspired room!

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Mystic Knotwork also  has the largest selection of woven rope sailor bracelets I have ever seen! Traditionally, wearing a sailor bracelet has represented the love of the ocean. Whether you’re looking for a white sailor bracelet, or fashion forward bracelets outlined in bright satin, there is no doubt that you will find the perfect one for you or as a special gift!

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If you love all things that are nautical like I do, you will love Mystic Knotwork!

Happy shopping!

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Nautical Table Decor!

I had a great shopping experience today that I just had to share it with all of you. Until today, I have been using my 30 year old Lenox wedding china for special occasions, which does not work with my nautical seashore decor. Today that has changed, as I finally found and  purchased the most beautiful dishes on One Kings Lane that will look wonderful on my dining room table. Without a doubt, these dinner and salad dishes will be my new special occasion dishes!

Although I will not receive this order for a week or two, I am already planning my first dinner party to “show off” my newest dishes and table decor! I will post again when my table is set and ready for my dinner guests, but until then I hope you have the chance to visit One Kings Lane’s special “Coastal Setting” sale, and are inspired by the nautical-coastal inspired tabletop as I was!

Happy Shopping!!!!!!

Something Extra!: Here’s some other pieces in the One Kings Lane collection that I just love!

Sea Inspired Table Settings

No matter what size dinner you are hosting, you can easily incorporate a nautical, coastal or sea life inspired theme into your table setting. From centerpieces, to dishes, to napkins, to serving-ware and glasses, there are so many ways to take your table from drab to fab. What’s great about a sea inspired theme, is that it’s timeless, and can be used at any sort of event from a backyard barbecue or clambake, to a formal sit down dinner. If you can’t be on the beach for dinner, you can definitely bring the beach to you!

Going to a florist and having a custom centerpiece made for you is always an option, but can be expensive, and require preordering. I like using natural elements around the table. One quick and easy centerpiece idea is to use glass vases and candles.

You can fill these vases with anything you have lying around. Think seashells, starfish, sand, driftwood, sisal rope, rocks, sea glass…use your imagination. You can also take existing glass or plastic vases and make DIY nautical rustic sisal rope centerpieces, as seen on the blog Ruffled.

Napkins are also a fun way to bring color and carry your theme through to the table. If your event is casual, go with a disposable printed napkin, if it’s more formal, go with a linen napkin. When it comes to dinnerware, I love dishes that are embellished with some sort of sea inspired them, without distracting from the food on the plate.

I’ve found that there is a wide variety of sea inspired plates and platters available right now. While some are ceramic, others are melanine, which is perfect for backyard barbecues. Here’s some table inspiration for you all, and links to some great accessories you will need to turn your dining table into a beautiful sea inspired gathering place for you , your family and friends! Click each photo to view the original source, or where to buy!