Styling with Portholes & Porthole Mirrors

There are some wonderful ways to add a little nautical style into your home, cafe, bar or restaurant with portholes and/or porthole mirrors.  With their lovely patina only developed from years of exposure to the elements, they make the most fabulous feature pieces.  Here are some inspirational & stylish ways you can add portholes into your space. Have you got a front gate?  Why not add a porthole peephole like El Capitano restaurant has done here. Or add one in the shower At the QT Resort in Port Douglas there is this fabulous wall of porthole mirrors. It looks fantastic doesn't it? A porthole mirror looks in the bathroom or powder room adds some character to the space. They look great don't they? Or how about adding one or two in the kids room in the doors or above the bed.   Or add one to the gallery wall or above a chest of drawers  And my favourite porthole idea, why not as a laundry chute? Love any of these ideas?
If so, check out the variety of old authentic porthol…

Nautical & Coastal Interiors @Riverbar

For those that have been following this blog since 2014 you may recall one of my first posts on the styling of this fabulous bar/restaurant on the river in Brisbane. As soon as you walk into the place you are drawn into a 'Coastal Vintage' heaven. It is like my warehouse without the bar and seats, and is entirely decorated with the most amazing coastal vintage finds. They include all those magical old things that takes one to being back on the sea.  And you will find many similar items available on our website.
Scroll down and you will see why this place in my eyes is a slice of 'Coastal Vintage' heaven...
The hanging ferns and the huge chunky sisal rope draped around the centre lighting of the bar/restaurant immediately captured my attention.  This beautiful corner is all things coastal vintage! An old craypot used as a light shade, old wooden hand reels on the wall, the brass ship's wheel, Queensland soda drinks crate and a box of old mariti…

How to Hang Oars

Have you ever wondered how to hang oars?  Well my friend Kylie from DIY-Decorator has hung the reverse stripe new oars that we sell ying & yang style perfectly over her TV unit, and she shows how to do it over on her blog. 

Check out her blog here:
until next time, 
lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage
Sally x

Nautical Inspired Cottage

Recently, I spotted this Nautical Inspired Cottage on the One Kings Lane blog and thought I just have to share.
It is full to the brim of coastal vintage style goodness & nautical vignettes.
Located on the East Coast of USA in Montauk, it is rented by photographer and Mate Galley owner Matt Albaiani.  To me this holiday place would be the perfect cottage to enjoy by the sea in all seasons. 
Scroll down to see more of this wonderful nautical style abode.  

A wonderful entry way with an old tree stump, an anchor mat and
 a brass lantern that gives hints to the nautical charm to be found within.

An American East Coast seaside home isn't complete without a string of old lobster pot
buoys adding a pop of colour against the exterior's weathered shingles.

I have to say the painting of the captain is a favourite.  You can almost picture the old guy sitting in the chair below smoking his pipe surrounded by beautiful nostalgic items of days gone by.

A fabulous gallery wall in the sta…

Waterfront Cottage

Imagine staying here in this gorgeous waterfront cottage that is only accessible by boat & extends over the shoreline at the Pittwater in Sydney's Northern beaches. With fresh nautical & coastal vintage inspired interiors, it is a casual chic, peaceful haven dedicated to all things sea, sun and sailing. It's a fabulously decorated waterfront cottage called Tides Reach & when the owners Elizabeth & Joanne came to visit Coastal Vintage, I was thrilled to be able to provide a few vintage items for their renovation.  They have mixed old & new beautifully.  New cane crab pots used for lighting, custom painted old life ring above the doorway, an old pond yacht graces the window, and an old trunk is used as a coffee table.  They have a great collection of old school fishing creels to remind one of old fishing days gone by.  Old paddles & glass floats with fishing net decorate the landing. I love this collection of old wooden sailor statues.  Oars & Paddles a…

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