I love hearing from people who are inspired by Coastal Vintage, particularly old friends. Shelby Mills was a neighbour from my childhood days and since we reconnected on facebook, she has been one of my biggest supporters.
During the lead up to Christmas she purchased quite a few things from my store. Many old glass fishing floats, old blue bottles and a vintage nautical chart of the Great Barrier Reef.
She told me she was doing a coastal theme Christmas and this is what she created.
Isn't that Christmas tree just glorious? The beautiful blue colours and I just adore the driftwood garlands. And as you can see on the side table are old shells, a sand dollar christmas tree, an old model yacht, glass floats and some old fishing line corks. Isn't it just a stunning Coastal Vintage setting?
And below is her incredible dining table.
To begin with I love how it is outdoors and on the deck. Secondly, the starfish are striking on those gorgeous blue 'Lotus' plates. She acquired the plates online from the fabulous American shop Anthropologie. In the middle is a hessian runner easily made. She has adorned it with seagull decoys and our glass floats scattered along the table. The centrepiece candle was from a reject shop.
The bon bons (Christmas crackers) were created by Shelby. She bought plain brown bon bons, replaced the inside contents with a Lindt chocolate and a scratchie. Much more exciting that a paper hat, a bad joke and plastic toy! She then covered them with a vintage Great Barrier Reef nautical chart that she purchased from Coastal Vintage, carefully cut up and wrapped a piece around each one. I love the ones that show the reefs. It is such a unique and fantastic idea.
This Coastal Christmas table theme could be used for many occasions minus the Christmas bon bons. It could be recreated for a beach wedding or a coastal luncheon, or perhaps a coastal theme high tea.
Now I'm inspired. Thanks Shelby.
For those interested, Shelby has a beautiful shop in Sydney called Addie and Me Childrens party workshops Click on the link to take you to her facebook page.