Decorating with Glass Buoys / Floats

There is something alluring about a glass float. So beautiful and round that has spent time in our oceans. When they escape nets floating in the ocean, they are like a mysterious message in a bottle that has been set adrift in the hope someone will find it years later. And, when they are found washed up ashore, one must wonder how long was it at sea & where did it come from?
Here in Australia, we don't find many washed up on our shores as foreign fishing boats no longer fish in our waters like they did over 50-years ago.  These days, we find them from previous collectors or from our supplier in Japan who collects them from old fishermen who no longer use them.

Below are some inspirational ideas on how to style old glass floats in your home, cafe, bar or restaurant. 
I love how interior stylist Shannon Fricke has them hanging from the ceiling from old boat pulleys inside a beach house. 
For the love of a home blogger has them stacked up inside an old wire basket & on an old fishing reel on the deck. 
Chic Coastal living blogger has styled them individually in sections on the book shelf. 
My good friend Shelby displayed them on her beautiful coastal theme Christmas table one year. 
This big beauty was spotted on the back wall at the Riverbar Restaurant, Brisbane.
At the QT Resort in Port Douglas there is this incredible dreamcatcher style displayed on the wall. The spot lights are around 1m tall, so that gives you an idea of the huge scale of this glass float dreamcatcher!
We stockpile them in an old timber dough bowl in our store. 
And at home I've filled an old giant clam shell with them.
My friend Suz has some still attached to the original fishing net and has the draped on her patio wall. 
and another friend Jan, has one displayed on an old singer sewing machine table in amongst her coastal vintage style collection of old nautical and fishing bits & bobs. 
and finally, Homes & Garden presenter Tara Dennis has a small glass float collection displayed on her wall in her Riverside home.

If you'd like to have some similar in your home or space, see our huge collection available on our website here:

until next time,

lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage

Sally x


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