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QT Resort - So Very Coastal Vintage

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Recently, my partner & I visited tropical Far North Queensland for a short mini-break. The first night we stayed at the newly refurbished QT resort in Port Douglas.  I had heard about this place from IG friend @amymail who said that I would love the decor. Oh she does know me well. It certainly didn't disappoint. It was fabulous and styled all so very Coastal Vintage!

 When we arrived we were greeted with this ever changing beachy theme images on the many screens in the reception area. It immediately welcomes you to a relaxed environment. Up above, the first bit of nautical styling appeared. I love this look - sisal rope lights causally strung from the ceiling. Isn't it a great look?

Beautiful water features & tropical gardens welcomed us just beyond the reception area.

And before heading to our room, we had a spot of lunch at the funky Estilo Bar. Isn't the stone work fabulous? 
(I have to admit the highlight here was the delicious cocktails).

While waiting for lunch …

Vintage Swimsuits

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Last year when I first started Coastal Vintage and was out & about sourcing items, I came across this old woolen swimsuit. The lady who was selling it told me that she had been a friend of the lady who wore it in the 1930s & was given the swimsuit a few years before the lady died. If she had been alive that day, she would have been 105-years old.

I couldn't believe it. And I couldn't believe the swimsuit had been kept in such incredible condition. I knew as soon as I heard the story that I had to have it. It was a gem and a gem I wasn't going to part with. It was the perfect suit to have framed and to hang in my home. 

I took it to get it framed professionally and this is what it now looks like.  Doesn't it look beautiful?
It now proudly hangs in my living room and is such a treasure to own. Whenever I look at it, I wonder who that lady was. She certainly had a great little figure didn't she?

Have you ever thought about framing an old swimsuit? 
It's a great…

Cleaning Clam Shells

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I'm often asked via social media or email how do I clean old clam shells? 
So this is a quick post on how I've managed to do it with the ones that I found last year that had been sitting in a shed for over 20-years.


Before photo. Absolutely filthy isn't it? I love the barnacles on this one.

And another one. Not so bad.
I did a little research online but there were some techniques that seemed quite harsh. Such as using hydrochloric acid or blasting with a water gurney. I was too nervous about going down either of those routes as I didn't want to damage any part of the shells including all the lovely barnacles. 
So I came to the conclusion that the least invasive way was to simply use bleach and water. 
I was a bit hesitant at first to use too much bleach but it didn't seem to work. So I learnt not to be shy with the bleach! 

Fill a container up of 50% water & 50% bleach if the shells are particularly dirty, making sure that that the shell is completely covered with the…

Brightwater Hotel & The Lakehouse - Sunshine Coast

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Not long after opening last August, the Brightwater Hotel here on the Sunshine Coast contacted me requesting a range of Coastal Vintage items in time for the opening of their hotel and their beautiful function centre The Lakehouse. 
Recently I took the opportunity to drive down to Mountain Creek where they are located to take a look. I was delighted to see how they had styled the items that they had acquired from Coastal Vintage and also a range of many other beautiful coastal & nautical finds. It looks fabulous as you can see in the following photos.

Old oars & paddles make a great feature up on the wall particularly these white ones against the dark background in the Pontoon function area.

And the white/red rustic vintage life rings add to the nautical theme & also create a fabulous contrast against the dark walls. 

In the gaming room there is a range of authentic wooden lobster pot buoys that I had sourced from Maine, USA and have been placed here with these colourful sets…

Coastal Vintage Vignette

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Recently, I attended a class at The School - the brainchild of well-known stylist Megan Morton. Her classes ignite the inner creative side of you and the reason I attended was to learn the art of vignettes. And, who better to learn from than the Vignette Queen - Kara Roselund. 

Photo credit - www.kararoselund.com
I first met Kara selling her wares outside 'Frankie', her vintage caravan at the New Farm markets when my little Miss 2 was just a few months old. Her stall was beautiful. Filled with so many gorgeous vintage treasures, some that I just couldn't leave behind. 

Kara is absolutely gorgeous & friendly. She invited me to look inside Frankie where she shared her wonderful enthusiasm and love for the van that she lovingly restored alongside her husband Timothy. And just like everyone else when they see Frankie, I fell in love with it too.
It wasn't until a few months later when I joined IG & started following Kara that I discovered the word vignette. I have to a…