Monday, 29 September 2014

Oyster Platters - shell display trays

Recently, I came across some very interesting old wooden trays. They were handmade 20-years ago and used in a restaurant to serve oysters. When I saw them I thought they would make great shell display trays. 

With a coat of paint, a little sanding and waxed, they have come up beautifully.


These could also be used to hold eggs or any other small items. 

Now available on the website. If interested, click here: 

and until next time, lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Vintage Glass Fishing Floats

Oh, it was an exciting day today! 
One of those days where I received a shipment of coastal vintage goodies.  A dozen plus boxes filled with beautiful old glass fishing floats from Japan. These were once used to help fishing nets float in the water and are more than 30-years old. Most fishermen in Japan now use plastic floats.

Gorgeous small yellow floats in amongst a box full of 6" (term used to describe the size of the float. 6" is about 15cm in diameter). These yellow ones are harder to come by than the blue or green.

Here are some large 12" brown floats (approx 30cm diameter). I've never stocked these before or a double float! That's the one bottom centre - 2 x 10" (approx 25cm diameter) tied together in one.

and so many different types of netting in this shipment as well as different colours and sizes.

Gradually over the next few days I will be adding these to the website. 

Below is the largest one received - 14" (approx 40cm diameter). It is a beauty and I love the netting on this one.

The small one gives you an idea of how really big this one is. Isn't it fabulous?

If any are of interest, do check back regularly on the website to see what has been added or please don't hesitate to contact me via the website. 

and until next time

lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Beach Huts - Boat Sheds - Brighton Beach

When one is a coastal lover and is in Melbourne, I highly recommend a visit to the gorgeous colourful beach huts on Brighton Beach. They are located just 15-minutes drive south of Melbourne on the bay and a few weeks ago while visiting Melbourne I took the opportunity to visit them right on sun dusk. It was perfect timing to take these photos capturing the spectacular sky & the bright colours of the huts in the soft light. 

Spectacular aren't they? As you can see they weren't being used as it was a little chilly being the last day of winter here in the Southern hemisphere.

As there are only a small number of them, I hear that some sell for $100k.  Incredible isn't it? Oh wouldn't it be lovely to have one? If I had one, I would certainly decorate it like an old boat shed filled with all things coastal vintage!

Tell me, which one is your favourite?

until next time, lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage


Thursday, 4 September 2014

Coastal Home Vintage Style - Bayside, Melbourne

On a recent trip to Melbourne, I met with lovely lady & very loyal customer Maree who is a great lover of all things coastal vintage. Maree kindly let me take a look inside her gorgeous home, a townhouse in Bayside, Melbourne. I was not only amazed by her incredible coastal collection but also how she has cleverly created such a gorgeous home with so many beautiful coastal things - old and new. 

At the entrance to her home you are welcomed with a gorgeous old ship's light, a vintage decorative glass float, a highly collectible old billabong sign and a chill out sign that she found on a trip to Bali.  

Immediately on entering, you are greeted with the stairs leading up to the second floor. To create more light in her home, Maree has invested in collecting old porthole mirrors, many that I found for her.  Trust me it isn't easy finding 'vintage' ones! They are very popular. I do love the round rectangle shape one that Maree found. 

 Doesn't it look great?  Excuse me in the top mirror :)
It isn't quite finished yet as there are a few more to put up including an old brass porthole that came off a Manly ferry and also a huge rectangle porthole that I found & came from an old ship's yard. It will look even more incredible when completed.

On the other wall Maree has placed this gorgeous shell mirror that she found locally. A unique piece and one off that makes it even more special. Spectacular isn't it?

And hung beside it are some old chairs that fill that space. Novel isn't it?

Upstairs is this gorgeous old green trolley and Maree has filled with an amazing collection of coral & barnacles. What a fabulous idea and looks great!

Just opposite the trolley is this incredible seahorse made with shells & sea glass. 

And then to the bathroom! 

Over the years Maree has been collecting these rectangle glass floats. They were made in the 70's-80's as purely decorative pieces & are now highly collectible. They look fabulous here in the bathroom window creating spots of bright colour light through the shutters. 

Out on the deck up on the wall is this fabulous lobster/cray pot that Maree has connected a light to.

Back down the stairs & looking back up. Beautiful old portholes on the floor yet to be put up and I just adore the naked lady painting.

I have to say one my favourites vintage pieces in Maree's home is the 'Peters" Ice-cream cone light! This originally would have been displayed outside a general store or on top of an ice-cream van! Cool isn't it?

Maree has an incredible shell collection and this paper nautilus shell is one of three that Maree & her husband found washed up on the beach.  So fine and beautiful.

Another favourite piece - gorgeous mermaid.

Maree requested these reels from me to create a wall of reels. However, they have ended up here on the centre of the table and I quite like the way they have been casually placed here & are now a centrepiece.  

Old lobster pot buoy from Maine used as a doorstop! 

Another amazing vintage piece & what an amazing find Maree! An art deco yacht in such beautiful condition. Oh how I would love one like this in my home.

And finally, some more lobster pot buoys hanging up in the garden beside her fabulous fountain. 
And believe it or not there was a whole lot more including shells, lights, model yacht, signs & old oars on the walls. Maybe another post one day….

Maree, thank you for sharing your gorgeous abode with me. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and seeing all your amazing treasures. 

If you're looking for something in particular that is coastal vintage, please don't hesitate to contact me or take a look over on the website.

And until next time, lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage


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