Redesigning the Boat Interior

As part of the sailboat remodel for Mahi, I wanted to redo the interior space as well.  The interior cushions and fabric were well past their prime, so it was time for a more modern look.

First, let me show you what the older interior looks like now:

oldsalonThe blue fabric is rather traditional, and the artwork is nice, but the former owners took the knot art, leaving behind a faded “ghosting” on the woodwork.  Will need to find something to take its place or need to repair the wood.  The flag art will not match my new color scheme, so out it will go.

The old curtains were falling apart, so they have already been removed.  I plan to sew up some new ones.

Here is the new design I envision for the space:


The main focal point will be a Mahi-Mahi art painting by the talented Amber Ruehe, an impressionistic artist from Texas.  The colors and texture in Amber’s painting make me happy. You can see more of her wonderful work here.  (Carla note: Artwork shown with permission of the artist)

I also love the Sunbrella Dupione interior fabric I have chosen for all the upholstery. Curtains will be the striped Sunbrella fabric and pillows will also bring other colors into the space.

ambermahiWill let you know how this design evolves and what else I find to fit the decor.  I am also carrying the upholstery fabric into the master aft state room, too, so will need to find a bed covering that strikes me.  If not, I can always make one.  🙂

Ordering a custom Zeno mattress, too, for the master cabin.  Zeno makes high quality mattresses for boats; they show up to measure the centerline queen berth on Monday.  I will also be buying new carpet rugs in various spaces for the boat.

Stay tuned!  Promise to show you the finished design- both the before and after.  Hoping for a modern updated look in the end.  I want a space I feel comfortable in.


  18 comments for “Redesigning the Boat Interior

  1. October 26, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Nice colors!! I did teal as well as animal print. Sort of leopard.

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    • October 26, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Roberta, would love to see your finished interior! 🙂


  2. Becky
    October 26, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Love the colors! Can’t wait to see the “after” pictures!

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 26, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      Thanks, Becky! Btw, Ethan is going to be a pizza slice for Halloween. Appropriate, isn’t it?


  3. October 26, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Starting to ice this cake!

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  4. farmquilter
    October 26, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Ohhh, what a beautiful home you will have!! Love the artwork and the fabrics you chose…you will be sailing through waters that reflect most of those colors (hopefully not the green, but it will be on the shores!). Calm and tranquil…ahhhhhhhhh.

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    • October 26, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      How sweet of you to think of me!! I’m going to take a stab at quilting with my Sailrite machine. Or wait until I visit home where my machine is.

      Thanks for the happy thoughts! Will be excited for when the refit work is done.


  5. farmquilter
    October 26, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Meant to mention also that is you decide to make a quilt that you can’t quilt on your sewing machine and don’t want to quilt by hand, I have longarm quilting friends in Florida that I could hook you up with!

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  6. October 26, 2015 at 2:23 am

    It’s going to look superb!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 26, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      Thanks, Laura!! Hope you have been well?


  7. October 26, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Perfect colors of the sea!!! (or anywhere………must go find my layer cake of those colors, I know it’s around somewhere!!! sigh……………). Progress continues……………….

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 26, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      I want to see!! What are you making???


  8. moondance38
    October 26, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Colors of the sea are my favorites! Love it!

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 26, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      We have wonderful taste, don’t we??


  9. October 26, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    As anything you do turns out amazing, I know it will be wonderful. Those are one of my favorite color combinations too.
    I had to giggle because it brought to mind a saying on a poster I recall we (you, Lori, me and the RS gang) found amusing back in the RS days “real art doesn’t have to match your sofa”.
    In this case, it goes spectacularly well! 🙂

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    • October 26, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      LOL!! I picked the fabric first, then later found the Mahi artist. I commissioned Amber to do one in a larger size for the boat. Love the colors and love her work!


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