Monday, 27 January 2014

Riverbar Coastal Vintage Style

As soon as I walked into the Brisbane Riverbar & Kitchen I was drawn into a 'Coastal Vintage' heaven. It is decorated entirely with the most amazing coastal vintage finds which include all those magical old things that takes one to being back on the sea, on boats and fishing. 

Scroll down and take a look at the photos, 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 middle lighting of the bar/restaurant immediately captured my attention. 

Then this vintage porthole similar to ones that I have been stocking caught my eye. It would have originated from an old ship that was decommissioned and the designer of this place has had it turned into a mirror. A super idea don't you agree?

As you walk further in you begin to notice shelves adored with old things - all to do with the sea. Glass floats, vintage books, old photographs of yachts. And all the way through it is lit up with corridor type ship lights. 

Another porthole mirror, an old Alvey fishing rod, wooden reels and boxes of fly fishing flies & hooks.

And then I think I've seen it all until I reach the back wall - and I'm gobsmacked! 

There are two enormous old clam shells, signal flags, an old wooden tiller, a clock, life ring, bottles and...

more flags beautifully displayed hanging up behind an old model yacht, old drink crates and then my favourite section 

an enormous old glass fishing float, a beautiful brass propeller, old green bottles and a gorgeous old large compass. 

And a bar isn't complete without a Big Mouth Billy Bass is it?  (singing fish hiding in the right hand corner) 

Also there is this beautiful corner - an old craypot used as a light shade, the old wooden hand reels on the wall, the brass ship's wheel, Queensland soda drinks crate and another box of signal flags.

And it just keeps going on...... 

Riverbar & Kitchen is located on the Brisbane River at Eagle Street Pier with great views of the Story Bridge. It is a casual and relaxed atmosphere with great food. 

And all those things you see here, you can find similar on our website

Interior by Humphrey & Edwards Architects. Permission was granted by management to take these photos. 

Monday, 20 January 2014

Sea Blue Paddles & Oars

Vintage paddles & oars are a particularly popular item that I sell here at Coastal Vintage. I can never stock enough. There is something about paddles & oars aren't there? That connection to the water and being on the water. And they are fabulous items to display in the home - particularly a coastal home or a beach shack!

And as I find paddles and oars for the online store, some need a make-over. Keeping in with the coastal theme, all the paddles & oars I have done so far have been painted in white & blue. 

And here they are:

Old paddle painted with chalk paint, sanded to give a distressed look and waxed. Looks great doesn't it?


A paddle painted white first, then taped two rows at bottom & painted blue over the top. Took the tape off to reveal to white stripes. Looks lovely with the old lobster buoy from Maine and glass floats from Japan doesn't it?

Strapped some rope around top & it is ready to hang on the wall. 

An oar painted blue and sanded back to reveal a little of the old white paint underneath.

Blue & white stripes - I painted this pair like this to create a little contrast. They were plain pine. I think they will look great displayed opposite one another horizontal on the wall. Don't you agree? And they already have hooks and are ready to hang.

And my favourite design - the Chevron oar!

All these are available

And more will be added over the coming weeks. However, with a change of colour. Stay tuned to find out....

*All oars are painted with Annie Sloanes Chalk Paint, sanded and waxed. 

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Glass Fishing Floats

There is something alluring about a glass float. So beautiful and round that has spent time in our oceans. To me they are a little like a mysterious message in a bottle that has been set adrift in the hope someone will find it years later.

My first memory of glass fishing floats were like this one. The ones that my Dad had in the garden when I was growing up. They had been washed up on a beach in North Queensland during a time when the Japanese used to fish in our deep sea waters well over fifty years ago.  Sadly, they are no longer found on our beaches anymore....

Do you know where glass floats originated from?

Many think it is Japan but they were first produced in Norway as far back as 1840. They were made to replace wood or cork, and by the 1940s were being used by fisherman all over the world to keep their fishing nets and lines afloat. Fishnets were strung together and once set adrift in the ocean, the hollow glass balls or glass rolling pins held the nets near the surface to give them buoyancy.

Today, most of the remaining glass floats originate in Japan because of its large deep sea fishing industry and not many are used for fishing anymore. However, glass floats that slipped out of fishing lines years ago can still be found roaming our oceans, particularly in the North Pacific.

Oh, to find one on the beach must be one of the biggest thrills. 

Glass floats are not only collectors items but also a popular item for vintage lovers, beachcombers and interior designers, and come in all different sizes, colours and shapes as they were designed & used for different types of fishing.

 Do you have have a favourite?

All these are more than 30-40 years old and can be found here: 

 Stay tuned... in a few weeks I will write a piece about styling ideas with glass floats. 

Monday, 13 January 2014

Beachcombing on holidays

There is a special place that my partner & I visit every year called Keswick Island. It is located in the Whitsunday's just off the Queensland coast. It is an island that has captured our hearts and we hope to one day create a permanent holiday home there. In the meantime, we will continue to visit once or twice a year and rent a lovely bungalow so we can continue to enjoy and be spoilt by these spectacular views.

The recent Christmas holiday to the island was a little different from previous visits. This time we had two little people to enjoy it with - little Miss 2 & little Miss 1. They of course adored going to the beach every day - not only once but twice.

 And to my delight little Miss 2 became a beachcomber....

And this is what she found....

We are currently in the process of putting them all in a 1950's letterpress tray to hang on her wall. We will add some photos and a snippet of a nautical chart of the island. When it is finished I will post a piece about it. I'm sure she will treasure it and talk about this for many years to come.

(If interested, these trays can be purchased on the website

And this is what I found

A small Xmas tree like shell that became my Xmas photo. It was one of the most popular photos I have posted on social media. I'm sure you understand why....

And I also found some beautiful driftwood

I plan to create a little something with these pieces along with some sea pottery that was found on a beach in Greece. I will keep you posted about that sometime soon too.

Have any of you created something from items that you have found on the beach? Please don't hesitate to share...

Until next time.....

lover of the sea and all those things coastal vintage - Sally

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

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Salt Images

Last year I discovered a facebook page called Salt Images. The photos immediately captured my attention because they are images of all of things that I love. The ocean, sand, sun, waves, shells, beach,  surf and my favourite part of the day - the sunrise. The best part is they are all taken in a place I now call home here on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.  

You can tell by the photos that it is more than a hobby for the person behind the camera. It is a passion.  Getting up at 4.30am to take these has to be more than a hobby! It's dedication! 

So I contacted the photographer  - the lovely and very talented Jodie Price and asked her if she would like some glass floats in exchange for some beautiful images to share.

And this is what she came up with:

Absolutely stunning aren't they?

And then I got a surprise in the post - a calendar

Thanks Jodie

These are available. If interested contact Jodie at salt

Just beautiful......

Monday, 6 January 2014

Coastal Christmas

I love hearing from people who are inspired by Coastal Vintage, particularly old friends. Shelby Mills was a neighbour from my childhood days and since we reconnected on facebook, she has been one of my biggest supporters.

During the lead up to Christmas she purchased quite a few things from my store. Many old glass fishing floats, old blue bottles and a vintage nautical chart of the Great Barrier Reef.

She told me she was doing a coastal theme Christmas and this is what she created.

Isn't that Christmas tree just glorious? The beautiful blue colours and I just adore the driftwood garlands. And as you can see on the side table are old shells, a sand dollar christmas tree, an old model yacht, glass floats and some old fishing line corks. Isn't it just a stunning Coastal Vintage setting?

And below is her incredible dining table.

To begin with I love how it is outdoors and on the deck. Secondly, the starfish are striking on those gorgeous blue 'Lotus' plates. She acquired the plates online from the fabulous American shop Anthropologie. In the middle is a hessian runner easily made. She has adorned it with seagull decoys and our glass floats scattered along the table. The centrepiece candle was from a reject shop. 

The bon bons (Christmas crackers) were created by Shelby. She bought plain brown bon bons, replaced the inside contents with a Lindt chocolate and a scratchie. Much more exciting that a paper hat, a bad joke and plastic toy! She then covered them with a vintage Great Barrier Reef nautical chart that she purchased from Coastal Vintage, carefully cut up and wrapped a piece around each one. I love the ones that show the reefs. It is such a unique and fantastic idea. 

This Coastal Christmas table theme could be used for many occasions minus the Christmas bon bons. It could be recreated for a beach wedding or a coastal luncheon, or perhaps a coastal theme high tea.

Now I'm inspired. Thanks Shelby.

For those interested, Shelby has a beautiful shop in Sydney called Addie and Me Childrens party workshops Click on the link to take you to her facebook page.