Yes, it’s true….We bought a boat! My husband is a yacht broker, so it’s not too surprising that we are on-and-off again boat owners. (Prior to this, we owned a Bryant powerboat, then a Jeanneau 54 sailboat, then we were—sadly— boatless for a bit aside from our trusty dinghy.)
This time around, we knew we wanted a powerboat. Something easy to handle, and that could get us to beloved Catalina island in a few hours. (For perspective, a sailboat takes 12-14 hours to get to Catalina from San Diego.)
My husband stumbled upon a boat listing for this 2000 Azimut. It’s an Italian-made powerboat, 39 feet. Looks amazing, right?
We loved the lines on this boat—all undulating and stylish. Those Europeans got it going on!
Sadly, the inside wasn’t as appealing. Mainly, the curtains and decor. Italians did this?
Still, the design elements were there…
In spite of the questionable curtains and touches…
We decided to go for it. After all, we’re kind of boat snobs, and although this vessel needed work, we knew we would have a hard time getting something so sleek for the price. All it needed was a major engine overhaul, new electronics, a new wall, underwater lights, a bow thruster and of course….complete decor redo…and we were in business!
I loved the mint green suede, but the hunter green? That had to stay, and I just had to work around it. Lucky for me one of my best friends does interior design, and when I said, “What in the hell do I do?”
She said “neutrals with pops of black.” I ended up straying from that a bit, but always went back to her suggestion when I ran into trouble!
First off, those ugly curtains had to go. After that, everything seemed lighter and brighter.
For help with the master stateroom, I googled “hunter green decor” and pulled up some images.
along with this one from Bungalow56, a design firm here in Coronado…
See, it could be done! It could be pretty!
Here’s how it turned out….drumroll please!
The black and white pillows are from the outdoor collection at Target.
Then it was onto the girls room. I decided to forgo the neutral idea because the room was so tiny and drab, and I wanted it to explode with energy and love.
Onto the salon. This was easier because the mint green is so light and fresh. I went with graphic black and white pillows from Target, a graphic green pillow from DENY designs and a flamingo from HomeGoods.
We also had to fix up the outdoor upholstery. It was super stained and jacked up from the sun, even though you can’t really tell from the pictures.
We added a two-tone upholstery and some fun, nautical pillows. And the boat name? Mojito, of course!
Some underwater lights…