Monday, 28 December 2015

Most Popular Coastal Vintage Posts 2015

Firstly, a big thank you to all of you for visiting Coastal Vintage this year. 
This post is a brief look back on the highlights for 2015 and which posts received thousands of page views. These are the top five coastal vintage posts for 2015 and also a favourite post for this year.

and my favourite post for 2015 was:

and until next time,

lover of all things coastal vintage


Sally x



Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Australian Coastal Christmas by Glamour Coastal Living

One of my favourite bloggers is Ashlea from Glamour Coastal Living. 
She is a lover of all things coastal. Over the past 2-years I've enjoyed her posts of her home being renovated, DIY projects & her posts of other homes for inspiration.

This week Ashlea wrote about her Christmas Coastal Styling - non-traditional with a lovely driftwood tree that she had made and decorated with shells, twine and handmade clay tags.
 So very coastal vintage and perfect for the Australian summer!
 
Last year she made the driftwood mirror and the Hampton's whitewash side table, and as of last week the lovely feather wreath.
She is rather clever isn't she and very inspiring! And it all looks rather beautiful & homey.
Thanks Ashlea for sharing your home.  I love it.

until next time,

lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage,

Sally x

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Coastal Vintage Christmas Inspiration

Hello, I know it has been a long time in between posts. So to end the year on a high note, here is one that I hope will give you a little Coastal Vintage Christmas inspiration!
 You may remember this gorgeous setting from a previous post. 
My friend Shelby created gorgeous Christmas table and included glass floats from our store and made her own bon bons using an old nautical chart of the Whitsundsay Islands also from our store: coastal vintage.
 You can read all about Shelby's gorgeous Christmas here:
This is my friend Tanya's Christmas tree last year. 
Isn't it divine?
Such beautiful decorations.
Tanya has a gorgeous beach vintage style home. Click here to see read all about it:
 Make your own Christmas Wreath using an old life ring. I made this one last Christmas. 
Here is the link on how to here:
 And another Coastal Vintage Style Christmas table. I created this for a magazine shoot last year using items from my store. Click here to see more:
 Will you go traditional or have a driftwood tree this year?
Doesn't my friend Anne's tree look fabulous decorated simply with old glass float?

Until next time, I wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, 

lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage

Sally








Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Beach House Hotel - Scarness, Hervey Bay

Recently, my family & I spent a weekend away in a caravan. We headed north along the coast to Hervey Bay. The caravan park in Hervey Bay was right on the beach and it was bliss to wake up to the sound of the rolling waves of the ocean. 
 Just up the road is the Beach House Hotel. 
In January, we shipped off a wide range of oars, life rings, lobster pot buoys and vintage nautical flags to this hotel. It was thrill to see these items up on their walls.
Here are just a few pics of how they decorated the dining area.
Don't the flags look fabulous framed?
and a final pic of little Miss 4 walking along the jetty across the road.... 

Isn't that water stunning?

until next time, 
lover of the sea,
 and all things coastal vintage

Sally x

Monday, 12 October 2015

Elise Cameron-Smith's Home - Miniature Boat Builder

Captain Elise Cameron-Smith is a creative sculptural artist - specilising in making the most divine miniature boats. Last week, we introduced a range of her beautiful & unique handmade boats into our store.
They are simply beautiful aren't they?
And you can now find this range available on our website under wooden boats & yachts. www.coastalvintage.com.au
Perfect to display in the coastal home. 

Recently, Elise's home was featured in an edition of the Australian Real Living Magazine and it is decorated beautifully with all things coastal vintage. Her husband is also a sculptural artist and you can see both their works scattered throughout their home.
 Her home is nestled among the gum tress on the NSW South Coast in a former's miner's cottage. It really is a treasure trove filled with delight. I hope you enjoy and maybe gather some inspiration from her home. It is a simple home with so much character and is decorated with all the things that Elise and her husband love.
I have to say this wall of vintage sailing ship paintings in the bedroom is a favourite.


What did you love you about this gorgeous home?

and until next time,
lover of the sea 
and 
all things coastal vintage

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

How to Style Coral At Home

Recently, the gorgeous blog  DIY Decorator posted a fabulous post about how to style coral at home and included some tips & images from Coastal Vintage.

We also shared some decorating & cleaning tips.

And a post about how to create a beach inspired terrarium.  
Click here to see how to create your own.


To see more of how to style coral by DIY Decorator click here

and until next time,

lover of the sea 
and 
all things coastal vintage

Sally x

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Wooden Lobster Pot Buoys


Do you know much about wooden lobster pot buoys?
Well here is a little history. 

Wooden lobster pot buoys are a type of float that is attached to a cane pot/trap in order for lobstermen to be able to identify their traps which have been set on the ocean floor. The buoy is attached to the trap and it floats on top of the water enabling the lobstermen to locate his pot/s easily. 
To identify their buoys the lobstermen have their own colour scheme. This is required by law and many mark their buoys with their initials or names, and also license numbers. No two lobstermen can have the same colour scheme, pattern or numbers. 

I import these wooden lobster pot buoys from Maine, USA & Nova Scotia, Canada where lobsters have been plentiful, so plentiful that during a time in the early 1800s, catching lobsters was done by gathering them by hand along the shoreline before traps started to be used around the mid-1800s.  Can you imagine being able to gather them along the shore? Wouldn't it have been amazing? 
All these authentic buoys are made from wood, shaped into spheres or rounded oblongs & some with a wooden pole attached. Don't they look fabulous?
Today, sadly wooden lobster pot buoys are no longer allowed to be used and have been replaced by plastic durable floats. So the old wooden lobster pot buoys have become highly collectible.
With their bright colours
and unusual shapes,
and unique patterns 
they do make wonderful coastal vintage home decor don't they? Imagine them in the bathroom or hanging in the garden?  Aren't the stars on these gorgeous?

To see what we have in-store at the moment, click this link:



and until next time, 


lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage

Sally