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Coastal white  sectional sofa

The St. Bart's Sectional can be rearranged to fit your room and make the most of the space. Choose between left arm or right. There is no empty, useless space here and it looks great too! 

Coastal navy slipcover sectional sofa

The Laguna 2 Piece Sectional is the perfect way to accommodate a coastal family space with plenty of functional seating. The denim blue masks everyday family dirt for an added bonus.

Beach house sectional sofa

Make your coastal living room a welcome hang out with ample seating. This L shaped Nantucket II Sectional fits any space well, especially a corner space. Throw in a circular coffee table to create easy navigating around the seating.

This particular sectional is also great because it can fit a small space and make it feel larger by offering lots of seating. 

Coastal wicker sectional sofa

Sectionals come in all types, from fully L-shape to this Lounge 3 Piece Sectional. Using all three pieces this sectional becomes the ultimate cloud, lounge space.  The relaxed style of this sectional gives any living space an organic, coastal feel without the typical sectional design.

DESIGN TIPS:

Basic Rules to Keep in Mind when Planning your Furniture Layout:

- Space between coffee table and seat is 18' to 20". 
- Walkway behind sofa minimum 30" to 36" 
-Walkway into seating group minimum 24" to 30" 

Terminology: When selecting the pieces, it's important to know the terminology.

- A right arm or left arm sofa is always referred to as if you are facing the front of the sofa. 

Style: When deciding on a style, there are many options, such as the type of arm: round arm, square arm.

- Round arms tend to be less contemporary looking and fit well in a casual setting. The round arms are also great for resting your head on a Sunday afternoon nap.

- Square arms tend to be more contemporary and tailored looking.

- Other options such as down or high resiliency foam do effect the look of the sofa. Down tends to have a more relaxed casual feel and high resiliency foam tends to be firmer more clean lined. 

Fabrics: Some of the most popular fabrics for slipcovered sofas are cottons, linens and acrylics(sunbrella).

- Our cottons are extremely durable, comfortable and washable adding to the relaxed feel of slipcovered furniture.

- Linens are beautiful, soft and comfortable but usually require dry cleaning.

- Acrylics, which are sunbrella fabrics, come in a variety of colors and are practically indestructible. This is a great choice for rental homes or where there is a lot of use. They are washable and fade resistant. 

Browse our collection of Sections below:

Coastal sectional sofas

Nestled in the quaint town of Wesport, CT, this home is a perfect mixture of coastal and glam. From the sun room looking out the picturesque pool and garden to the many fully stocked bar carts throughout the home. There's something about getting out of New York City to the suburbs to undwind, relax and decompress.

The best part about summer in the northeast is being outside. This backyard, complete with an incredible garden all along the perimeter of the yard, is where you'll want to spend the majority of your time. 

Our favorite room in the house is the sunroom. We could envision ourselves spending the whole day in here, drinking our morning coffee, reading a book and just relaxing! I bet it's pretty cool in the winter too!

The rattan seating in this room adds a textural element and adds to the casual living feel throughout the home. 

Bright colors like yellow and aqua are used throughout the home creating a tropical, beach house vibe throughout.

We loved the sea glass used in the shower of one of the bedroom, such a nice coastal touch!

The details are all on point from the stocked bar cart to the seashell chandelier to even the pup ;) 

A gorgeous home perfect for summertime living in Connecticut!

Our coastal art collection has been curated to showcase the coastal vibe that embodies everything Our Boat House. We have carefully selected a variety of giclees, prints and photography that speak to us in ways we can only feel. Art is something that is so incredibly personal to each individual. Walk through someone's home and admire their art collection, it will tell you a story. 

What exactly is a Giclee? In order to print a giclee, a 12 color inkjet printer squirts special pigments (not dyes) onto archival quality material – 100% cotton paper, linen rag, or canvas. Giclee prints demonstrate longevity with fade-resistant colors.The beauty of a giclee print is that each reproduction is as true to the original as possible, and a lot of that has to do with the 12 colors of the printer. Printers with 12 colors are better suited to accurately recreating the original look of the image.

One of our all time favorite pieces is the White Boat with Red Buoy Giclée by local artist Mary-Louise O’Sullivan. Mary Louise was born in Biltmore Forest located near Asheville, NC and after living in Spain for many years, she eventually settled in Palm Beach, FL. She has an active work studio, producing art for several years- some that are featured at Our Boat House and the island’s galleries. Her original oil paintings are on Belgian Linen and collected all over the country. She is also a published author for books about wildlife and landscape.

This Floating White Pelican Giclee is another of our favorites from this artist.

Why we love her so much: O’Sullivan started by loving to paint water since she lived on a boat for 12 years. She concentrates on character and texture. “Boats should have ribs like birds have feathers and joints. Everything, even old and decrepit, becomes more beautiful when reflected in water.” We couldn’t agree more!

This Blue Horizon Giclee is by Colleen Nash Becht. This giclee originated as a water color. Colleen is one of America’s prominent fine water colorists. She grew up on the Treasure Coast of Florida and has the talent and the eye to create photo realistic paintings.  Her water colors are intricate and detailed, often her hyper-realistic renditions are done at close range. She is an expert on capturing illumination provided from natural, organic sunlight – she is inspired by Florida’s landscape and coastal life.

We love supporting our local artists, not only do their pieces fit in so well with our aesthetic but they seem to deeply appreciate living by the water as much as we do. 

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