Thursday, 27 February 2014

Coastal Vintage Style at Kool Katz

I love it when you walk into a place and you are taken aback a little. This is what it was like for me when I first walked into Kool Katz - a lovely ladies boutique on Hastings St, Noosa. I wasn't expecting a ladies boutique to be styled in a way that would delight me so much. Amongst all the gorgeous colourful resort wear is a shop styled with all things Coastal Vintage ... and you know me, I love everything Coastal Vintage! 

The owner Jo Pearson's daughter Ashely is the creative mind behind this beautiful family owned store. She has a background in Interior Design & is a wedding planner & stylist.  She drew inspiration from her natural surrounds here in Noosa to create a fabulous shop design that represent's Jo's vibrant coastal & feminine designs. 

Before entering you are greeted with this lovely rustic wooden sign on the sidewalk. I love that it isn't a mass manufactured sign creating a point of difference. 

Another lovely made sign at the entrance. So true....

Immediately on entering the store, I was drawn to the vintage glass floats still in the fishing net that have been placed casually on the gorgeous Armadillo rug on the floor. 


To my left in the window display there are more floats including this one.

And when I looked up I saw oars and a craypot light above the counter, similar to what I stock in my store. 

It all seems to just fit in so perfectly amongst the gorgeous colourful clothes doesn't it?

And then my eye was drawn to another set of oars at the back of the store to the change rooms. 

Doesn't it look great?

In the change room there are wood planks with some cotton reels placed as clothes hooks. Such a lovely unique idea and I love the options where to hang the clothes that you are trying on.... 

Back at the counter there are more cotton reels on a gorgeous piece of driftwood to display the jewellery. 

So when you're next in Noosa, do pop in for a look

Many of those things you see here, you can find similar on our website

Ashleigh currently works for Lovebird Weddings as a Senior Wedding Planner & Stylist. They create the most beautiful weddings Coastal & Vintage style.  

Permission was granted to take these photos 

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Have you ever wondered ....

where some of those lovely Coastal Vintages finds have made their way to?  Here are a few of their stories that some of my lovely customers have shared with me....

Driftwood caravan - made by a bushie with pieces of a wooden boat that had washed up on a North Queensland beach. It found a new home across the Tasman Sea in Wellington, New Zealand.

 A West Australian Vintage Chart was shipped to a coastal lover in Perth where she framed it. Looks great doesn't it? Thanks for sharing Christine.

This clam and many glass floats were shipped to a home in Melbourne to a lovely lady who has purchased quite a few items from Coastal Vintage to transform her townhouse into a coastal home.

Old fishing creel has found a new home on this bike. It belongs to to Jodie of Salt Images. A lovely idea isn't it? Thanks Jodie.

An old letterpress tray is used at a weekly market to store all those little things that Gone Dotti sells. Thank you Gone Dotti!

These South Sea Pearl Shells from Broome have gone to several homes all over Australia. This set was sent to a coastal home in South Australia as a thank you gift. Sweet idea.

Amazing South China Sea Vintage Nautical Chart made its way to Berlin, Germany for a birthday present.

Oh how I love these authentic & old lobster pot buoys that I had shipped in from Maine, USA. These  and many more have ended up all over Australia. A great piece of fishing history to have. 

Painted pair of oars went to a lady in Brisbane where she is going to display them on an angle on a wall of the pool house.

Most of these have ended up in the remote community of Tom Price in WA.

My first shipment of these rolling pin glass floats went to Virginia, USA. These originally were used to hold up Octopus nets.

More lovely old letterpress trays. Many have gone to new homes & are being used for a range of things. I've kept this one, painted it and started this beachcombing shadowbox for little Miss 2 who collected most of these. 

The first clam shell I sold went to a lovely lady here on the Sunshine coast. She was the very first person I met from Instagram! Hello Shona.

Oh and this gorgeous porthole convex mirror went off to an Aussie living in NZ. I also met her on Instagram. However, we have yet to meet in person & I look forward to it one day.

This gorgeous pair of 1950's rowing oars went off to California for a wedding last October for the guests to sign. 

A lovely old porthole that came off an Italian ship in India. It is making is way to a new home in Canada via sea. It will be made into a mirror. 

This incredible Japanese float that was found on a beach here in the 50's went off to a new home in Sydney. 

And that about sums it up for this post. I will do another one similar soon. Thank you to all those that have shared photos. Please keep them coming. It give me great joy to see them and to also see so many beautiful coastal vintage things find their way all over the world. 

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Finding Clam Shells

Just before I opened my online store last August, not only was I busy setting up the website but also sourcing products ready for the launch. The difficult part of that whole process is when you find things that you love, not to keep everything and put some things up for sale. I think many other vintage shop owners can certainly relate to this. 

So when I became the owner of an ex-fishermen's collection of clam shells, I thought, yep I can keep at least one and give up the rest. Because a girl only needs one clam shell right? 

Of course not! In my eyes they are like diamonds. So I've kept two....

.....well two so far... : )

The clams that I found had been sitting in a shed for over 20-years. They had been fished at a time when it was legal to fish them by licensed fishermen. Today, clams in Australia are a protected species. 

This is the first photo I took of them after unloading the car. I was so excited!

Despite them being all so filthy, I knew after a clean they would come up just as magical as they had been all those years ago.

20-years of filth and grime to get rid of. 

Despite being so dirty, you can see the beauty can't you? 

Each one is unique. 

This one has a shell embedded in the side of it.

So the big question was how to clean them without damaging them?

After some research and practise, I found a way. Firstly, soak the clam in a half water and half bleach solution. Leave the clam for 2-3 days. Rinse with fresh water and leave in fresh water overnight. Rinse again and leave in the sun for a day or so. 

And they came up like a dream. 

The rings on a clam are the same as the rings of a tree. It shows their age. Just beautiful isn't it?

I decided to keep this one and planted some succulents in it.

They all vary in size from 25cm - 44cm.

And they look great filled with 40-year old glass fishing floats don't they?

This one upside down looks beautiful this way as well as

 upright filled with glass floats. 

Isn't this one just beautiful with some coral embedded in it.  It really is a unique piece.

And another shot of the clam with beautiful succulents.

And my crazy collection of shells, coral, glass floats, siphon bottles and my gorgeous driftwood lamp.

And finally, this Giant Clam Shell below. I found this one just before Christmas last year. I bought it from a 70-year old chap where it had been in his family for three generations. It is over 200-years old and over a metre long. I will write all about this clam shell and its history in another post soon. 

Oh, so this makes it three clam shells that I've kept..... 

and I think that should do.... : ) 

Monday, 3 February 2014

Keswick Island Guest House

Keswick Island is a beautiful place in the glorious Whitsunday Islands, Queensland. It is an island my partner and I have been visiting every year for the past five years. On our recent holiday with our two little girls it was great to catch up with old friends, Lyn & Brian who own the island's Guest House. 

Keswick Island Guest House

The view from the deck

I am always in awe when I see this view from their deck, especially when I've been away for awhile.  And when I return, my heart never fails to do a little leap when I see it again. It is simply magical isn't it?

During the Christmas period, the Guest House was a full house! The visitors came from all around the world. So I only had a brief opportunity to catch up with Lyn & Brian. Lyn told me that both her & Brian had been busy doing a little decorating & creating - Coastal Vintage style.  They have always had pieces of Coastal Vintage in their home but since our last visit they have added even more and this is what I found to my absolute delight!

At the front it is adorned with lots of beachcombing finds including these old shells

Lots of gorgeous driftwood in the gardens & on the decks like this one

A beautiful pair of Angel shells that remind me of bird's wings

And out the back, a half dozen oars. 
It looks fabulous doesn't it?

Brian has been creative with driftwood for some time.  Many of the pieces that he has found over the years are so beautiful that they are best left the way they are and simply painted with a little lacquer to protect them and make those pieces shine. I will show those pieces in another post, but in the meantime, I want to show what Brian has created recently. These are some of my favourite. Why? Because they are all of boats and you know I love boats!

So simple, so sweet. All found on the beach including the plastic sail. 

A sweet little boat inside an old fishing reel - novel isn't it?

And the most beautiful piece made with several different types of driftwood. This piece is my favourite. 

Thanks Brian & Lyn for sharing your home, creations & all things Coastal Vintage.... 

If you would like to visit the island and would love a fun & magical place to stay with great food & company, contact Brian & Lyn via their website: 

*first image via Keswick Island website