home at sea

September 4, 2012  in inspiring places

croatian boats by Sania Pell

Whilst on holiday in Croatia we are always surrounded by boats as a large part of island life is spent in and on the water. All types and sizes of vessel are moored up in the village harbour, alongside jetties and in the port and marinas on the mainland. Some of the boats are pristine and others well used, from weathered and rusty fishing boats to little, hand-painted putt-putts and enormous super yachts, where you wonder which billionaire magnate is on board.

croatian boats by Sania Pell

croatian boat by Sania Pell

croatian boats by Sania Pell

croatian boats by Sania Pell

The repeating geometric patterns of masts and and colours and textures of hefty ropes and weathered wood all caught my eye and I thought I would share a few more photos from my summer.

croatian boats by Sania Pell

croatian boats by Sania Pell

croatian boat by Sania Pell

Graphic lettering and registration numbers stencilled onto the side of quaint traditional wooden fishing boats with gulls circling overhead, hoping for the scraps to be thrown overboard. Natural monochromatic colours combine with washed-out tones and hints of rust while painted whites pop with splashes of blue, the traditional boating colours.

croatian birds by Sania Pell

croatian boat by Sania Pell

Whilst growing up my brother and I would take out my grandfather’s little boat and row to town or along the coast to hidden little coves, and now our children are enjoying the water and boats just as we did.

play sail project by Sania Pell

Seeing these boating influences each summer was one of the inspirations behind the children’s play sail and pirate flag project in my book The Homemade Home for Children. And some of you may recognise the cheeky little captain of this boat.

Aye aye Captain!


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  1. geisslein says:

    Beautiful pictures! I´ve spend my holidays in Croatia too…in Opatija and then at the Island Pag – loved it, and now I miss the beautiful sea….
    Greetings from Germany, geisslein

  2. Sania Pell says:

    Thank you Geisslein, I miss it too. We always buy the famous cheese that’s made in Pag when we are there. Delicious!

  3. Ljubica says:

    I enjoy your photographs and beautiful stories that come with them. Your blog and afterwards your book was such a nice discovery for me….and than when I found out that you have Croatian background…. 🙂
    Warm greetings from Zadar!

  4. elisa says:

    taking your grandfather’s rowboat out together? the stuff of dreams. i love to be on the water, i’d like to get out fishing and kayaking more. next year i shall hunt for a little boat. x

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  6. Cheoy says:

    Lovely photos, love the details on the rope, they certainly get a lot of wear! It sounds so fascinating to be able to live on water for the long term!

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 18 years, and is known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for top architecture practices and property development companies. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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