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Go Nautical for Shark Week: Tips From Décor Expert Cathy Hobbs
Cathy Hobbs shares her tricks of the trade on how to sharkify your home!

Cathy Hobbs, Emmy award winning TV personality and founder of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes, gives us some useful tips on how to amp up your home in time for Shark Week. If you are hosting a Shark Week party then it is a necessity to make your home as shark-centric as possible (and we don't mean biting all your furniture). Cathy suggests using sea or nautical decor to achieve that sharky vibe. 

Follow her guide below and you are sure to reel your guests into having a good time!

Use White. My first tip is to incorporate white and white washed pieces into your décor as much as possible (think: great white shark). There is simply nothing prettier than a piece that is rubbed or slightly distressed especially when it comes to shark décor and white pieces can be used in so many different ways for a fresh look. When it comes to using white, also think about incorporating white architectural elements such as beadboard wainscoting along walls.

 

 

Incorporate natural elements. One of my favorite design tricks for a seaside or beach retreat (perfect for Shark week!) is to use decorative elements such as rope. I simply love it and you can use rope in so many different ways. You can use small pieces of rope in place of traditional trim for pillows or sofas. You can also fill inside of a tall cylinder jar by wrapping it around the interior until it fills up to the top (a great centerpiece for your event!). Additionally you can use rope as a decorative wall hanging or create an interesting pattern on a blank canvas to make an interesting art piece.

 

 

 

 

 

Think yellow!  So often, when it comes to “shark themed décor,” most people think you can only use blue (the color of water), but I really love using yellow which not only reminds me of sunshine, but really serves to brighten beach associated décor like Shark Week and keep it cheery all year round! The wonderful thing about yellow is that, like a great black dress, you can pair it with so many things! Match it with warm colors to create a space that is cozy and cheery or cool it down using shades like chartreuse and pair it with grays or black. From accessories to decorative elements such as pottery to artwork and natural elements like woods and ropes, there are so many different ways to incorporate yellow into your decor!


Accessories using found objects from outside your door. I find especially when it comes to Shark Week appropriate decor, there are always so many beautiful treasures just a footstep away. Often there is a desire to preserve these treasured mementos. The best way to do this is in beautiful shadow boxes that can be used as artwork throughout the home. Postcards, treasured photos, shells, all work well with multi-dimensional items such as buttons, coins, souvenirs and mementos.  Think about how impressed your guests will be when they see all of your interesting elements!! Framed bones and if you are lucky enough to find a shark tooth, would also work well!