Wednesday, 22 February 2017

A Visit to Mallorca, Spain

Almost a decade has passed since I left the yachting industry (where I worked as a chef on board private yachts) and I called Mallorca, Spain my second home. I finally decided last year it was time to book a ticket, go back, see friends and explore the options of finding and importing old wares from Europe.
This was taken from the Old Town Palma. Many times I set sail coming and going from this port heading for the South of France, for the Red Sea, Scandinavia and the Eastern Mediterranean. 
It was wonderful to wander the streets of the old town with my friend Kyla again.
Fisherman still repair their nets down by Pier 46 and the fishing port. 
One of the many marinas filled with boats along the Paseo. 

I revisted one of the boat yards & ran into old friends and crew who are still working in the game. And then I spotted this sweet old boat below. I couldn't believe it! I set sail on this 80' Bennetti back in 2001 from Palma, Mallorca across the Mediterranean to Egypt, down the Red Sea to Djibouti, into the Gulf of Aden to Oman and then across to the Maldives. It was a trip of a lifetime. So many things went wrong and we were even chased. But that's another story. 
(There is a book & it is almost finished!) 
Boats, boats and more boats.
More of old town Palma
It was great to revisit one of the bars - La Lonja and have a vinto tinto & reminisce with old friends. 
And the majestic Cathedral all lit up at night. 
Whenever we saw her out at sea, we knew we weren't too far away from port.
And finally, some research/work. A visit to an Aladdin's Cave owned by Antonio who has been buying and selling antiques for over 30-years. It was full to the brim of old wares and I found a 300-year old Palazzo tile in here which has found it's way home with me.

and next week, a little more of Mallorca and then my friend Kyla and I
 decided on a whim a trip over to Ireland. 

until next time, 

lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage

Sally x




Thursday, 5 January 2017

House & Garden Feature

We've had a few of our lovely old wares featured in the latest Australian House & Garden magazine. 
Take a look at these dreamy coastal style photos. It all looks simply beautiful.
 Styling by talented Kayla Gex. 
We made the front cover! :) with one of our old fishing nets. 
It was also featured on this page alongside photographer and product designer Kara Rosenlund's beautiful handmade wooden spoons. Kara was one of my greatest inspirations for starting Coastal Vintage. It was after meeting her at the New Farm markets 4-years ago where I found her selling old wares out of her restored Bondwood Caravan 'Frankie' that I realised that it wasn't only coastal style wares I wanted to sell, it was coastal vintage wares. 
Selling old wares is in the blood from my Dad's side of the family in the UK. It started with my beautiful Nanna who was an antique dealer and so was my late Uncle, and then his two sons also bought and sold antiques.
Our custom designed Duck egg stripe oars certainly strike a pose lending on the wall don't they and isn't that old pond yacht just divine?
 Have you ever thought about hanging an old ship's light up on the wall? Doesn't ours look fabulous here?
One of our old paddles blends in perfectly here alongside one of Kara's beautiful photographs. All the items on this gallery wall, both old and new seem to fit in together don't they?

What photo inspires you?

Thanks House & Garden,

until next time, 

lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage,

Sally

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