Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Watson's Bay Hotel

While living in Sydney in the late 1990's, 
my friends and I would often take the ferry across the harbour to spend an afternoon at the iconic 
Watson's Bay hotel, enjoy lunch and watch the sunset over the dazzling harbour. 
Recently, the hotel was given an amazing makeover and much of it encapsulates seaside opulence with nautical and Hamptons aesthetics and all things coastal vintage. 
 Aren't both these bar areas just divine? I absolutely love the seaside colours, palm leave wallpaper, porthole style windows and life rings in these bar areas. Looks bright and inviting doesn't it?
As you will see in the following photos, there are lots more wonderful coastal vintage style pieces.
Driftwood, rope and brass boat funnel in the background.
 Doesn't this collection of oars look fabulous held up with a hook rack?
 I absolutely love how the lobster pot buoys have been displayed in these settings. 
So simple, bright and cheery.
Isn't this room divine? 
Beautiful old demijohns, glass floats, driftwood, rope, coral, twigs, shells and with a touch of Hampton's sophistication. The table reminds me of an old wool classing table.

It's the perfect room for a wedding.   
 
 Oh why not.... while I'm here?
 
 and finally a personalised life ring with the hotel's initials. 

What do you like best?

Fancy a visit?

More pics over on the Watson Bay Hotel website

until next time,

lover of the sea,

and all things coastal vintage

 Sally x



*all photos are from the Watson Bay Hotel website




Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Noosa Wedding Shoot Coastal Vintage Style

 Recently, a range of our products were used in another absolutely 
gorgeous wedding photo shoot here in Noosa 
organised by the very talented and creative team at
It is titled 'Soiree by the Seaside'.....
Giant clam shell & glass floats adding a little vintage style & history to a modern day wedding. 
Pieces of brown stem and blue coral were used here on the bridal table. 
They make amazing centrepieces don't they?

Simply stunning isn't it?
One of our vintage nautical charts was used for displaying guest's name tags and seat location. 
Lovely idea isn't it?
If I was to get married again, I would certainly hire this Noosa Dream Boat 
to take me to the alter and then to the reception.
If you like the idea of some of our pieces to display at your wedding to give it that beautiful coastal vintage feel, click below to browse through our website


and until next time, lover of the sea

and all things coastal vintage

Sally x 

Do check out the incredibly beautiful video was made by  
Wild Bunch Weddings

Friday, 19 June 2015

Californian Coastal Vintage Cottage

About a year ago, I discovered a bright and colourful page on instagram called Art and Sand.
A page and blog about life in a little cottage by the sea. Owned by Steve & Carol Cook, an artist and retired school teacher, this couple have lovingly decorated a gorgeous quaint 1928 California beach cottage with bold primary colours, beachcombing finds, Steve's artwork and many vintage pieces that have been passed down through the family.
 
All the buoys have been found washed ashore and painted in primary colours. Looks fabulous doesn't it? And so does the driftwood sign. The wheelbarrow was a find as well and what a perfect piece to create a lovely garden bed.
  
Love the surfboard hanging on the fence that has been painted. All the pieces seem to fit so beautifully in the garden don't they? Bringing lots of colour. It is a wonderful way to upcycled old and discarded pieces. 
  
Handmade driftwood boats & flags adding a lovely nautical touch... 
 And inside it is filled with many old pieces that have been re-purposed. The cedar chest belonged to Carol's mother.  The basket of gorgeous old croquet balls were Carol's when she was a little girl.
The artwork over the mantel is forever changing, but always coastal. This is a hillside looking over Montecito, California. How fabulous would it be to have an artist in the family to be able to do this too?
I spy sweet collection of little old sail pails too. 
 This vintage record cabinet actually had 78 rpm records in it when Steve found it in Carol's parent's garage. The slate was Carol's grandmother's. She carried to school as a little girl. What a beautiful treasure to have and to remind you of your Granny Carol.
Gorgeous artwork by Steve.
Old watering can that belonged to Carol's grandfather. Looks great painted yellow!
And finally a vintage typewriter that provides a spot for Carol to show off her weekly favourite quotes. 
Love that idea!

Is this home just beautiful? 

Thank you for allowing me to share Carol & Steve.

To see more of Carol & Steve's beautiful home, click here


And until next time, 

lover of the sea

and all things coastal vintage

Sally x

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Beach Wedding Inspiration

Recently, a range of our products were used in a photo shoot at Little Cove, here in Noosa. 
Titled 'Shipwrecked in paradise', these little mermaids pretty up the shore spectacularly.
 Here is a little inspiration for a beach wedding styled with some funky vintage nautical pieces.
Simply stunning isn't it?
Photography: Chesterton Smith Photography
Hair: Sass & Niki Wedding Hair
Make-up & Flash Tattoos: Sally Townsend
Wedding Dresses & Headpieces: Alexsandrovna Bridal
Bikini: Klams by Alex Mearing
Flowers: Magnolia Grove Flowers
Model: Lauren Wheatley
Mermaids: Ellia & Summer
If you're looking for unique coastal vintage style pieces for a wedding, 
please don't hesitate to contact us. 

Until next time, lover of the sea

and all things coastal vintage

Sally



Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Oars Galore


Styling a home with oars is a fabulous & fun way to bring a coastal touch to the home. Not only can they be decorative but in some ways they can also be functional. Whether they are old or new - mount them on walls, use as racks, curtain rods or handrails, or stand them up tall against a wall, you can never have too many oars! 
As many of you know, we always stock a range of vintage oars in our online store and are always on the hunt for more. And now we are also excited about announcing that we are the online distributor for the new and exciting range produced by Oars Galore. Oars Galore is a new company that custom paints and patterns new oars to suit any decor or colour scheme. All their oars are authentic and handmade here in Australia.
One of my favourite is the anchor paddle
An anchor within a lifering and the waves of the ocean. Sweet isn't it?
 The range also includes the boathouse
Gorgeous colours aren't they?
So many gorgeous styles aren't there? 
And there are so many more that can be seen on the website. 

One of my favourite styles would have to be these gorgeous Rustic Oars in White.
These oars are beautifully styled here and below in the home of talented interior decorator Hayley of www.mumlittleloves.com.au
All these oars and more are now available on our website


Until next time, lover of the sea

and all things coastal vintage

Sally