Collecting them was once regarded as a hobby for Europe's elite. Now, "no beach house is complete without shells!" says designer Scott Sanders.
A variety of colors and patterns makes buoys lively decor.
Handcrafted Nautical Decor Wooden Vintage Dark Blue Maine 7″ Decorative Lobster Trap Buoys, $10 for a set of two
"I like this boat for a beach house because it's made from driftwood," says designer Thomas Paul.
Coastal Vintage Small Driftwood Sailboat, $38
Colorful bottles can be found at antiques shops along the coast, via online sources, or maybe even washed up on the shore.
Vintage Glass Bottles, $45 for a set of four; fleaosophy.com
They're just what you need to bring a hint of nautical flair to your outfit.
Hattie Carnegie Vintage Jewelry Anchor Brooch, $75
"The ideal mix of art and sculpture, these can be hung up or propped against a wall," says designer Liz Carroll.
Norquay Co. Blue Jay Artisan Painted Canoe Paddle, $220
Often crafted from brass and mahogany, ship clocks served as both timekeepers and fine design pieces.
Seth Thomas Helmsman Brass Ships Bell Clock, $850
Developed in the 1600s in Holland, these dishes feature Asian-inspired designs in charming detail.
Bardith 18th Century Blue and White Dutch Delft Charger, $1,400
If you're a real undersea enthusiast, you may be up for this level of investment in order to own a piece of diving history.
Antique Draeger Diving Helmet, pricing available upon request
"This is a conversation piece built for a beach house," says designer Kelly Wearstler.
Kelly Wearstler Pacific Surfboard
Engraved and hand-colored charts from the glory days of ocean exploration are rare and valuable finds.
William Faden Antique Nautical Chart