- Location: online only
- Website: ourboathouse.com
- Founded by: Lori Auer-Smith and Karen Marcil
- Headquarters: Vero Beach, FL
If you've ever picked up our Big Book of Small Cool Spaces and caught a glimpse of my slightly over-the-top nautical themed apartment, then you know I carry with me a love of the maritime aesthetic. Well, when I recently escaped to my hometown of Vero Beach, Florida for a little sun and sand, I caught wind of OurBoatHouse.com, a new online store and design service that specializes in vintage ship authentics and coastal decor. I was so excited, I slipped on my flip-flops, hailed the next jon boat and begged for a tour of their showroom.
If you are familiar with Florida, then you know Vero Beach is a haven for the most amazing nautical odds and ends, due to its place on the Treasure Coast — a 75 mile stretch where many Spanish shipwrecks occurred around the 17th and 18th centuries. To this day, Vero remains a destination for treasure hunters and contains a charming "old Florida" feel, being that many of the buildings in the area are actually constructed from century old driftwood and other repurposed materials. Like many of the small towns in this area, Vero is a literal treasure trove of never-been-seen nautical elements, but discovering this stuff takes a lot of legwork and advice from the locals. OurBoatHouse.com, based right out of little ole' Vero Beach, brings these hard to find pieces to your fingertips with their impressive inventory of rare nautical items and design services offered by people who literally live the lifestyle.
Started by sisters Lori Auer-Smith and Karen Marcil, OurBoatHouse.com emerged after a series of hurricanes left their own homes in disrepair. In the process of redecorating, the two decided to start from scratch and redefine their own style. Having grown up in the Hamptons ("before the Hamptons was chic"), Lori and Karen are no strangers to seaside living, and their current business is a reflection of their love of the coast and the classic aesthetic of oceanic home decor.
With a carefully selected inventory that runs the gamut of everything from genuine nautical treasures like port holes, sea glass balls, vintage day markers and brass cleats, to modern home goods like curioso charts, morena wool pouffes and several lines of relaxed, slip covered furniture, OurBoatHouse.com is the one-stop online shop for all things authentically coastal. I am especially impressed by their lighting collection, which includes hefty brass cargo lights, spotlights and lanterns. Also not to be missed are the various unique tables and chests, many of which are handcrafted from reclaimed materials.
OurBoatHouse.com also offers wholesale discounts to the trade and, with their network of designers all across the country, includes design services from start to finish.
Whether you want to totally live the lifestyle, or are just looking for one really great accent piece, you can't deny that OurBoatHouse.com carries truly unique, one-of-a-kind items. And, unless you live off the beaten path, this is one source with a wide range of products you won't find anywhere else...take it from a local.
Images: Mat Sanders