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Coastal Vintage Christmas

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Can you believe it is almost that time again? It only seems like yesterday that we celebrated last Christmas doesn't it?  If you've been following my blog from day dot, well you may remember my very first post this year and this gorgeous Coastal Christmas table created by an old friend & neighbour of mine Shelby.    Not long after I opened last year, Shelby purchased some old glass floats & blue bottles, and a vintage nautical chart of the Great Barrier Reef. She told me that she was going to do a coastal theme Christmas and this is what she created. Isn't it gorgeous? Firstly, I love al fresco dining and this beautiful setting is perfect for an Australian Christmas. Secondly, the starfish are striking on the gorgeous blue 'Lotus' plates aren't they? 
Shelby bought these online from the fabulous American shop Anthropolgie.  In the middle of the table, Shelby has used a hessian runner that she whipped up. I'm useless with a needle so if I was to recreate, I…

Old Wooden Frame - Restored

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Recently, I found a beautiful old wooden frame in an estate sale that I thought would look lovely painted. Unfortunately, I didn't take a photo of it before I took to it with a brush & some paint, but you can still see the beautiful wood work in the photo below. I have used Annie Sloans chalk paint - old white and then I painted over it with Aubusson blue. Once dry, I gave it a sand and polished it with dark wax to give it a more aged look. The frame didn't come with glass or a backing. So I recycled some glass and backing from an old picture frame that had broken & was fortunately of the same size. If that hadn't been available, I would have simply bought a cheap frame in the same size from a stationery shop. Then it was time to decide which picture to place behind the frame. At first I was going to go with this photo of me walking on the beach out to our old boat as it is the perfect size. But then decided to use this sweet old pirate card that I had bought a few yea…

Driftwood Boats

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Aren't these driftwood boats fantastic? So lovely and unique! They are made by a local chap based here in Noosa with pieces of old boats & channel markers that he has found washed up on our beaches here in Australia. 
The hull of this piece is actually from a mast of an old boat and the red sail is from a channel marker. These pieces were found at Double Island Point - a coastal headland just north of Noosa.  And these gorgeous green & yellow pieces were found on the beach down on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. 
The green is from a starboard channel marker. And the materials for this boat originate from a beach in Cooktown up in Far North Queensland. And the hull is from a mast of an old wooden boat. It had obviously been floating at sea for a while as it was filled with gorgeous little holes that had been made by sea worms. I decided that I had to keep one and once I put it up on the wall,  I decided I had to have another one to compliment the other.  And here they are display…

House & Garden Magazine

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Thrilled to see one of our glass floats appear in this months Australian House & Garden magazine.  Thank you House & Garden.