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August 19, 2016

Ahoy! Tour Our Updated Ticon 30 Sailboat Interior

Decorating a sailboat can be a little tricky because there are not a lot of opportunities for accessorizing - much to my disappointment.  For one, there's no room - this is kind of like tiny house living, so minimalism seems key.  More importantly, things can go flying when Lake Superior pummels us, so pottery, potpourri, and anything else we can't shove in a latched drawer is a firm "no," it turns out. 

But there are still many ways to update a 1980s boat interior because upholstery and other textiles can go a long way.  When I shared the first tour of our Ticon 30 sailboat, you got a glimpse of the all-beige interior: beige headliner, beige fiberglass, accented with beige upholstery!  I really find myself warming up to beige, cream, and off-white these days though, so I decided to embrace the beige and find inspiration in a moodier palette, with lots of rich blues.  The cushions were shot - in such terrible shape, that the seller actually knocked a bunch of money off the asking price so we could get them replaced.  I had a lot of fun choosing upholstery fabric and, after much deliberation, Hubby and I decided on a deep blue upholstery (Sunbrella Loft Indigo) which you saw a sneak peek of on Instagram.  Most colors made the beige headliner look dirty, but this rich blue made it look lighter and we figured it would hide dirt and muck well too.  I turned down teal - TEAL - but I like the classic, nautical feel of this blue.  It's such a gorgeous, rich shade and it really changes color when you look at it from different angles, which I love!

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse

Here's quick trip down memory lane - for more photos of the "before," check out this post.  The "before" photos were snapped with Hubby's phone when the boat was still tarped, so the quality is different but it's also shinier and gleamier now because I went through a bottle and a half of teak oil and removed about 16 garbage bags of stuff. 

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
BEFORE
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
BEFORE
When you first clamber down the companionway into our boat, this is the view now:

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse

We were both surprised by how much stuff was left behind by the former owner - some of it useful, some of it not.  We spent weeks just sorting, emptying, cleaning; I vacuumed the headliner, scrubbed surfaces, sorted through drawers, oiled teak.  Meanwhile, Hubby worked on the engine and tackled various repairs.  The unexpected de-cluttering set us back a little and it's part of the reason we launched so late in the season, but it was necessary - and oddly satisfying!

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse

On the port side (I've gotta learn this!), is a settee with fold down table and also a neat bed extender - plus the galley (kitchen).  I changed the design of the settees a little, asking the upholsterers to remove the tufting and square off the corners for a cleaner, more modern look.

I didn't show you the teak table when it's open in the first tour - it folds down and another section slides out to reach the other settee.  Such a clever design!  I like that it can fold completely out of the way. 

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse

The little galley is adorably tiny and I absolutely cannot picture whipping up anything more than a sandwich in there right now, but I'm sure I'll get used to it.  I'd love to find a cute vintage stove and maybe replace the sink and faucet at some point.  But for now, a good clean and some irresistible (clearance) melamine bowls from HomeSense do the trick!

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse

On the starboard side, there's another longer settee, the navigation station, and quarter berth:

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse

Beyond the little door is a bank of tiny drawers, hanging storage, a teeny tiny bathroom (the "head") and the v-berth with more drawers.  Fun fact: if I need to, I can scramble up the hatch in the v-berth onto the deck surprisingly nimbly.   

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse

This is the view looking toward the stern (back):

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse

I love the new upholstery fabric and fresh new mattress-grade foam (so comfy!).  My DIY ice dyed pillows look perfect in here and really brighten up the space!  Now that it's clean and we're using the boat, I'm assessing what else we can do to spruce it up.  I have a secret Pinterest board just brimming with nautical crafts and projects...

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse

There is some terrible wall covering in the head and little storage area that I'd love to cover up, but I need to figure out what can withstand the moisture.  We're eyeing a cute nautical wall sconce for more light - plus we'd like to upgrade the existing interior lights.  I'd love to make some DIY fitted sheets and some sturdy, washable, cozy blankets - maybe a quilt?  That would be fun - and daunting.  I have pinned some cute macrame projects too because a woven hanging fruit basket would be adorable.

Any ideas?

A huge thanks to Sunbrella for providing the Loft Indigo fabric.  I am absolutely thrilled with the quality of the fabric and the gorgeous, deep shade of blue.  I'm already eyeing up some other nautical fabrics to have our forest green bimini re-done...   
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  1. this is so dreamy, tanya! i am so excited for you!

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    1. Thanks Cassie! I'm really happy I could make it look and feel cozy and comfy inside because it wasn't very welcoming when we bought it.

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  2. This looks great! I love the blue and the ice dyed pillows look perfect in there.

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  3. Hi Tanya, this looks great! Just a copyediting note -- pretty sure it's "berth," not "birth" in this context. Don't want you to look like you don't know your boat lingo!! :-D <3 <3

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    1. Haha, I don't know the lingo very well! Our last sailboat was SO tiny, it didn't have these fancy things, lol. Thanks for catching that!

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  4. This is awesome---I knew you'd refresh the interior and make it cozy!


    Amy

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    1. Thank you! It even SMELLS better now that it's been scrubbed and all of the cushions are new. I'm so happy with how it turned out!

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  5. I love it!!!! My mother is (honestly) the best seamstress I've ever seen--she does everything from reupholstery to wedding dresses, alterations, suits, etc., and it's all perfect. One thing she made for me was fitted sheets for beds (out of leftover sheets--we are a thrifty sort), and she even made the top sheet have two corners, so that I could make my boys' beds easier and so that they wouldn't pull the sheets out. it was a game changer. she put a big pleat in the middle of the base of the sheet where the corners are so that they are not too narrow or have to be tapered at the end. this could even be done with blankets.

    i think this might be a nice idea for a boat, too, as making up beds that consist basically of loose cushions can be tricky. My mom said this would not be difficult for a less experienced sewer (although I have no idea since i cannot sew and find it very intimidating).

    whatever you choose, good luck! i love you blog...

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    1. Thank you! Your Mom sounds amazing! I'm trying to picture what your Mom did and I think I know what you mean. Thanks so much for the idea, sheets for these random cushions will be a project for the winter because I'm not sure we'll sleep on it this year. We might just do some day sailing and work up to overnight trips.

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    2. Wow! Amazing how significant an improvement you've made from reupholstering and those beautiful ice-dye pillows. I'm in love. I'm excited for you guys. How beautiful!

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  6. I'm swooning! You're right that the blue and cream go together so well. It totally looks "you," even with the limited creativity allowed by such a small space. Can't wait to see what else you add!

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    1. Thanks Staci! It was fun working with a new color palette for me (the indigo blues, the beige - not a speck of aqua, lol), but I'm so happy to hear that it still looks like "me"! If you spot any cute, practical accessories you think might work, let me know - I'm still scheming up some things here.

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    1. Thanks! I'm so excited with how it looks - the cushions were terribly frightening before because most of them were just shredded, lol. I've been so excited to show you :)

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    2. Well you dun good. ;) The decor is homey yet with a maritime bent. Love it.

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    3. Now I'm finding myself drawn to more nautical stuff when I'm at HomeSense. What the heck is happening to me?

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