Insider Trading Up
I recently caught up with Marty Lowe, the interior designer who has worked with numerous boat companies throughout her accomplished career. She’s very excited to be part of the new project to revive Bertram Yacht, largely because she got her start with that fabled brand years and years ago.
“They got me on the project because I walked into the office and there were all the original drawings,” Marty says. “Some with my name on them in pencil with lead, in the title block with my name and the dates that I drew them. How could say no?”
Marty and I had initially gotten to know each other because I tested and reviewed the vaunted Sanlorenzo SL94 a few years ago at Power & Motoryacht. It only made sense that I had to speak to her since she created the unmistakable interior on that yacht. One noteworthy aspect of that interior design—an unforgettable element to me—was that Lowe had installed a Japanese-style Zen garden in the design. It was maybe 4 feet long by a foot and a half and had pure white sand, and rocks, shells, and bits of coral, plus a miniature rake to allow you to create your own corduroy pattern in the sand.
I asked Marty about some simple ways she would go about reinventing the interior and outside spaces on a boat without doing a full-on interior refit. And, no surpise there, she had no shortage of ideas. Before I share her thoughts I will say that the noteworthy aspect of speaking to people such as Marty about such a topic that is right in their wheelhouse is just how much thought they put into it.
In this case, of course it’s Marty’s job and good design comes as second nature to her. But I’ve often thought about interior design the same way I’ve thought about other, similar topics. Which is not at all. A little thought about ways to shift your boat’s interior and make it more your own is all it takes. After all, no one knows what you like better than you.
Here are Marty Lowe’s quick tips to giving your boat a quick interior/exterior makeover:
- “I do a ton of slipcovers for sofas and chairs out of everything from terry cloth to lots and lots of sunbrella colors,” Lowe says. “With slipcovers they’re great, you can just launder them, so you don’t have to worry about every little thing.”
- “If you have a saloon carpet that’s stained or worn or faded, don’t worry about doing all new wall-to-wall,” she says. “You can have a sisal rug made that will fit the room perfectly with finished edges and just lay it on top of the carpet. Or use area rugs. And you don’t have to lay them straight. They can be angled to add to the look.”
- You know when you stay in a nice resort and get the best night of sleep. So does Marty. “Throw out all your old bed linens and buy new luxurious high-thread-count sheets—they’re worth it,” she says.
- Outdoors, change the way the sun hits your decks: Rig panels of canvas or sails to block sun and wind and create a more intimate environment. “It increases your outdoor space, especially in Florida where the sun can get hot,” Marty says.
- “Maybe add another piece of furniture, say a pouf,” she says. “Like an ottoman, easy to move around. I’m a big advocate of putting my feet up. You’re on a boat after all.”
The images shown are for a Sanlorenzo SL94 currently listed at BoatQuest.com by Steve Martin at Sanlorenzo Americas – YachtBlue.