Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Coastal Christmas Wreath

This year I decided to make a Christmas Wreath Coastal Vintage style!


 I found this lovely old life ring with gorgeous peeling paint. However, it was falling apart and the rope to hang it was long gone! 
 

So I decided to paint it blue. I love how the rustic chippy paint texture has come through. 
I then wrapped the 4 points with some old sisal rope I have in stock.



 With the remaining sisal rope I twisted the rope and knotted it around the life ring to enable to hang it.


And for Christmas I decided to spray paint some starfish gold to place temporary on the lifering to celebrate the festive season! And when the festive season is over, I can simply remove them.


Merry Christmas! 

I hope you all have a wonderful day & a Happy New Year! 

This will be my last post for this year. However, do stay tuned. In the New Year I will be posting a couple of stories of some gorgeous Coastal Vintage style homes that I can't wait to share with you!

Until then, lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage

Sally

www.coastalvintage.com.au



Sunday, 7 December 2014

Fishing Corks Upcycled

When I found these old fishing corks I couldn't believe my luck. I just love the texture of these rustic old pieces. What better way to upcycle them than to give them a quick coat of colourful paint and string them up to display in the home. 

 Before
I had some old sisal rope that came in with a shipment of old Japanese glass floats and strung the corks like this placing a knot at each end to keep in place.
 I was going to string them up across the top of the curtains. However, I found this corner needed a little brightening up and have casually strung them across a piece of gorgeous smooth driftwood that my husband found on Rainbow Beach earlier this year.
  
I think I going to have to make some more and decorate the pool area. 

  If you are looking for some old fishing corks, you can find some on our website under fishing:




Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Driftwood Christmas Tree

This morning I received this fabulous photo from one of my customers - Anne. 
Anne has a place down on the NSW South Coast & spent the weekend collecting driftwood to make this spectacular tree. I absolutely adore it and how she has decorated it with vintage glass floats.


And as you can see she loves all things coastal vintage with the driftwood and glass floats, and in the corner the ship's wheel, oar and large glass floats.

I'm so inspired to create my own driftwood tree.  It is perfect for the Australian summer Xmas don't you agree? And also perfect for the Northern winter Christmas draped with silver fabric and a little spray of fake snow. 

If you would like some vintage glass floats to add to your Xmas tree click here:

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Old Scales Makeover

For over a year, I have been looking for some old shop scales. I wanted them for my kitchen bench to use as a  fruit & vegetables bowl. When I found these gorgeous old yellow Salter scales I was a very happy chappy. 


However, when I got home I discovered they were just a tad big for my kitchen. 
So they have now gone into the shop. www.coastalvintage.com.au


And then I came across these old scales that I picked up for a song. I immediately thought, these are perfect in size and I could give them a makeover! Now I know a few of you will love them just the way they are, but displayed on my black kitchen bench they seemed lost & I need a pop of colour in my kitchen. 


I bought a can of blue Rustoluem 2X. Before spraying I gave the scales a bit of a scrub & clean, and covered the area up that I wanted to keep natural.


It took less than ten minutes to spray, an hour to dry and then I sprayed it again. 


And da dah! Perfect colour for my coastal vintage home. 


While I was at it, I also painted some wooden starfish to get into the Coastal Christmas spirit.

Have you spray painted anything for the home? Would love hear what you have done.

and until next time,

lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage

Sally

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Coastal Christmas Table

This afternoon's project was to create a Coastal Vintage inspired Christmas table for a magazine shoot.  
And here it is with a few steps on how I created this look.   


To begin with I've used a plain white table cloth and draped an old fishnet across the middle as my table runner. Percy the Seagull was placed in the centre as the table's centrepiece to create a bit of height in the middle of the table. However you could use a model yacht or a lovely tall candle.


 I then adorned the fishnet with colourful blue & green vintage glass floats, starfish & shells. 


 And added candles in the centrepiece as well. 
I then laid the table with white plates and silver cutlery. To add a little colour to the plates & create a tropical look, I cut some palm leaves from the garden, place them on the plate and topped those with a gold or red **bon bon.


 And then placed a blue & white napkin underneath to give it some contrast & a little nautical look.


 How sweet is this little plate with the seahorse? 
These small dishes were created by Tara Dennis from Better Homes & Garden TV show.


 I particularly love the fishy one.


Finally, I added one of the giant clam shells that are in-store and filled it with ice and champagne and placed it at the end of table so it is in arms reach! ;)


Such a quick & simple table to create and if you would like to create something similar and are looking for similar items, there are a few vintage fishnets on the website that are perfect size for a dining table, plenty of vintage glass fishing floats in different sizes and a few old clamshells.  

Click here to see more on the website: www.coastalvintage.com.au

Will you be doing a Coastal theme for Christmas this year?
Oh do tell! 

and until next time,

lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage

Sally


**bon bons are Australian Christmas Crackers. Usually filled with a Christmas paper hat and a silly joke.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Coastal Wedding in the Country....

Trestle tables overflowing with giant clamshells, eucalyptus, glass floats and old fishing net runner, intertwined with starfish and pearl shell salad plates with european style lunch platters served on boards and prawns in giant clam shells. 
The branches above dripping with larger glass floats and lanterns with this all overlooking paddocks and a view of Mount Cooroy in Queensland's Sunshine Coast Hinterland. 
Sounds perfect doesn’t it?
To create this beautiful setting & images, I was given the opportunity via the collaboration of the The Gap Project to team up with the following beautiful creative people to showcase Coastal Vintage products available for hire. 

Photography: Hannah McCawley @ lost in wishful thinking
Styling/Creative Direction : Hong Henwood @ The Affordable Style Files
Styling Assistant: Emma Flint
Model: Kimberley O’Brien

I thank each and everyone of you for the opportunity to work with you. 
It was a wonderful day & great experience! 
Aren't these photos simply stunning. 
All these products and more are now available for hire. 
To enquire, simply email hello@coastalvintage.com.au for more information. 
We are based just outside Noosa. 

and until next time,
lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage
Sally
www.coastalvintage.com.au

This has also been featured on the beautiful blog: Polka Dot Bride  

Friday, 7 November 2014

Recycled Interiors

Have you seen this fabulous website? 
It's a beautiful website created by Helen Edwards. 
Ideas for your home for sustainable style. 


She wrote a piece titled tips for coastal style with Coastal Vintage recently.
www.recyledinteriors.org


And has asked me to judge this months competition of #recycledfinds over on her Instagram page. 
So if you have found something that you have recycled, why not enter. Simply follow @recycledfinds on Instagram and tag your photo #recycledfinds


Here are a few entries so far this month.


And here is the prize!
Three lovely old glass fishing floats. 
Sorry Percy isn't part of the prize. He just likes to pose with the gorgeous floats. 

Good Luck!

and until next time,

lover of the sea and all things Coastal Vintage

Sally

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

South Sea Pearls - Fiji


"Pearls don't lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it."
Chinese Proverb




In my case, I didn't dive for a pearl but was blessed to be given a beautiful black one by my husband as a wedding gift when we eloped in Fiji last week. I was curious to learn more about this amazing pearl and the day after we married, we decided to visit the workshop of J.L Hunter Pearls located in the small bay town of Savusavu on the island of Vanua Levu.


Firstly we were shown the most beautiful pearl shells with the most amazing colours inside the shells.
 To create a coloured cultured pearl, nuclei beads from fresh water mussel shells of the Mississippi River, USA are placed into the Fijian pearl shells by professional Japanese technicians. They are implanted in the shell with a sliver of a Fijian pearl shell that has the colour they wish to achieve.  This foreign body irritates the live pearl shell, so it begins to grow around it creating a beautiful pearl.** 

The beads from the Mississippi River have found to be the best ones to produce cultured pearls.




 Here you can see one of the workers opening up the pearl shells ready for a technicians to place a bead inside. 



Then they are placed inside these nets and returned back into the ocean for a couple of years.



And these are the results. Aren't the colours amazing?



The bracelets were my favourite style of jewellery. Just stunning aren't they? 
I couldn't leave without getting one. It is now permanently on my wrist. 

I would have loved to have brought back some pearl shells but it wasn't allowed. 
However, I do stock a range of Australian pearl shells from Broome & Cape York. These were once used to create one or two pearls. And I also have a couple of very old shells that came from an estate sale. 
Click here to see them on the website: pearl shells


Click here to take you to the website: pearl shells

And until next time, 

lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage

Sally

www.coastalvintage.com.au

** you can learn more about cultured pearls here www.fws.gov/midwest/mussel/harvest.html
*The underwater photos and the photos of the coloured pearls are from the J.L Hunter Pearl website - www.fijipearls.com. All other images are my own.