I’m a big fan of a Portland, Maine company called Sea Bags. It started a few years ago, with a bag that I bought while vacationing in Cape Cod, MA. It was white with a big, nautical blue, number 4 stitched on the front. I loved its clean design and graphic look. The next purchase, from a shop on the Island of Nantucket, was emblazoned with a gigantic letter N, so naturally it just called to me. (It might as well of had my name on it, right?!) On my return vacation to The Cape last summer, I discovered, in addition to these wonderful, handcrafted, rugged bags, they also make an assortment of other very useful products, including a maritime themed tabletop collection. Handcrafted from recycled sails, just like the bags, the placemats I picked up, with their charming anchor appliques, are perfect for setting the foundation for any table looking for a little sea spirit.

If you’re like me, and love things that once lived another life, and have been reinvented to live again in a beautiful new form, I highly recommend checking out Sea Bags.

Happy decorating!

Love, Nora



  1. Debra on August 3, 2016 at 8:25 am

    I live near the Texas Gulf Coast, and although I share the ‘Spirit of the Sea’ with you New Englanders, so wished I shared love of sailing. I loved the Sea Bags website and the reuse of vintage sails…thanks Nora, for sharing!

  2. Linda Hardwick on August 22, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I love the sea bags! I have a large sea bag with the anchor on and some of their coasters. I love the use of the repurposed sails. Love your table settings with the placemats.

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