Image via Emily Henderson
Let me start by saying this: I blame Emily Henderson. I blame her for my sudden and unwavering obsession with all shades of the color blue. I blame her for my burgeoning menagerie of brass animal figurines. I blame her for my weirdly encyclopedic knowledge of artisan tile makers, but most of all I blame her for the private investigator-level of research I’ve achieved in my hunt for vintage seascape paintings.
It was this dining room that did me in. The combination of raw wood and clean lines with the perfectly curated wall of turquoise-tinged seascapes is my siren song. The cool colors and rich visual textures of the gallery wall appeal to the very vocal maximalist side of me, while the concrete floors and tailored dining chairs provide the perfect foil, keeping the design from veering too far into the realm of kitsch (a distinction I’ve been known to struggle with on occasion).
I may be a few years away from having my very own perfectly styled formal living room, but after spending more than a few hours pouring through Etsy search results, I’ve clicked my way to a pretty nice round-up of vintage seascapes. I plan on adding one or two to my collection as soon as possible and collecting more over the years—crowded vintage shops are often treasure troves of forgotten paintings—until I can curate my own ocean-inspired gallery.
If you, too, wish to hear the crash of waves against craggy rocks every time you glance up between forkfuls of roast chicken, feel free to browse the round-up below. Each piece is vintage, one-of-a-kind and currently for sale on Etsy.
So which salt water-soaked scene do you have your eye on?