Thursday, 23 April 2015

Coastal Vintage Style Beach Shack - UK

I discovered this amazing beach shack based in the UK on pinterest about 18-months ago. 
And thought it was time to share.... 
 A simple holiday cottage once part of a small fishing community, it's isolated and can be reached by an old farm track or by boat. It is one of just a handful shacks with the sea and beach on one side and, marshland and fields as far as the eye can see on the other.
It is filled to the brim of so much coastal vintage goodness that is an absolute delight to browse through!.
This beach shack is a real treasure trove isn't it?
What else you can you see that you love?
Isn't it wonderful? 

So lovely & rustic, and unpretentious. 

I can see myself curled up with a book on the leather seat marveling at the boat hanging from the ceiling and relishing in all the history of what is filled inside this shack. 

What did you like best?

Until next time, 

lover of the sea 

and all things Coastal Vintage


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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Skimboard Makeover

You may remember last year I blogged about a retro style coffee table that I found 
and painted like a surfboard.
When my friend Ellie found me this old skimboard, I thought I would do something similar.
Here it is completely covered in wax.
Which I removed with a scraper and then gave it a quick sand.
All clean and ready to paint.
I then gave it a couple of coats of Annie Sloane's white chalk paint.
Taped up the parts I wanted to keep white and then painted over the top with blue.
Once dry, I removed the tape
and gave it a quick sand and then waxed with clear wax.
The next day, I put it up in the shop. 
My first customer was an English lass from Eastbourne and she bought it! 
She said she is going to turn it into a coffee table.

So, I'm on the hunt for another old skimboard so I can do something similar again.
Maybe this time in a different colour scheme and style.

Until next time, 

lover of the sea 

and all things Coastal Vintage


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Sandcastles by Tim Neve

For quite a while interiors stylist, vintage shop owner and author Tim Neve has been an instagram favourite. 
I absolutely love Tim's style. 
Because Tim loves and appreciates all things that you and I love and that's all things Coastal & Coastal Vintage.  All those beautiful things that inspire you & I in relation to the coast or sea, and he styles them in a way that makes you be inspired to do the same in your own home. 
When Tim announced last month that he was launching a book, I knew immediately that I would love it. And when I received it in the mail, I wasn't disappointed. I've spent hours browsing over it and I know I will spend many more hours. It's one of those books you never tire looking at.

So take a look below at some snippets of Tim's book.  
I hope you will be inspired as much as I have been. 
Neutral & white tones with wonderful natural pieces from the sea.
Lots of lovely old items. I particularly love the fish made of shells, the fishnets and that cute little lighthouse. You?
For the nautical & fishing lovers - this room is fabulous. Filled to the brim with so many gorgeous things. I love that there is so much of it, almost over the top but really it isn't it as it all sits in perfectly doesn't it? The perfect fisherman's or seafarer's abode!
 A gorgeous room filled with a mix of textures and natural colours. A comfy sofa in natural fabrics with a fishing net wrapped throw, an old mail sack that has been made into a gorgeous cushion, an old pallet crate coffee table with a rustic enamel bowl filled with beachcombing finds, a cane pendant, walls the colour of the sea and a lovely old surfski paddle casually leaning up against the wall. It's all rather lovely isn't it?
I've seen antique Singer sewing table legs used before as the base of a table - particularly with a piece of marble on top but who would have thought to reuse them this way? Using just 3 legs as a support for a gorgeous rustic piece of timber creating a makeshift side table. Adorned with a vase of succulents and a stunningly beautiful old shell. It's works so well doesn't it?
What a beautiful and unique mood-board. Lots of things from the sea giving great inspiration with it's natural tones & colours of browns and greys. The driftwood, shells, seafan and sea-urchin worn by the ocean currents and the sun's rays creating gorgeous colours & textures.
And here is a snippet inside Tim's gorgeous store in Newcastle. Oh that canoe....
Recently, I got in touch with Tim to let him know I was going to write this post. He instantly replied and thanked me for the opportunity but also said, 'I know you're followers will love this...." 
Yes Tim, I think they will. 

Tell me, what have you loved seeing so far?

To purchase Tim's book, simply go to his website:
Below is Tim's book in the home of three more of my favourites on Instagram. 
These ladies have inspired me many times.
Lisa @oarsgalore has her copy sitting perfectly here on her amazing coffee table filled with her beachcombing finds.
Kylie @kyliefoy1 has her copy displayed amongst her gorgeous shell & pineapple collection.
and Suz @coconut_cabin has pieces from her fishing collection blending in so well on this page.
I hope you enjoy the book as much as I do,
and until next time, 
lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage