Thursday, 26 March 2015

Vintage Bottles

Oh I do love old bottles.  You?

I've got them scattered throughout the home in all different shapes, colours & sizes. They look particularly beautiful sitting on a window sill with the sunlight shining through. 
Here are some recent photos taken of the bottles available on our website with some ideas on how you can display them. Similar to this photo, you could use a lovely little display shelf not only to showcase old bottles but also shells, old perfume bottle, fishing net, glass insulator and glass float.
 This would be my most favourite photo. Gorgeous old purple & blue bottles alongside a gorgeous piece of blue coral that sits on a lovely old French trivet. Beautiful isn't it?
 Place inside coffee table trays.

 So many gorgeous colours.
 A large old amber coloured bottle filled with palm leaves would make a beautiful vase.
 Old imperial bottles that once held whisky. These also make perfect vases.
A coastal vintage style home in my mind isn't complete without a lovely old demijohn. These were once used for wine. Today, they make a wonderful statement piece in the home placed on the table or on the floor filled with palm leaves or long stem flowers. Simply gorgeous.

These and more can be found on our website. 

Until next time,

lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Coastal Vintage Studio Shots

Sharing some gorgeous photos taken by friend Louise of @villastyling and
She has the most beautiful instagram page and website.
Below are some of our coastal vintage wares beautifully styled & photographed by Louise.
Aren't these photos simply stunning?

Do you see anything that you would love?

Until next time,

lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage


All these things and more are available at

Monday, 23 March 2015

Coastal Home - Tara Dennis

In the December 2014 issue of the Australian Home Beautiful Magazine, the home of Channel 7, Better Homes & Garden's Tara Dennis was showcased. 
It really captured my attention for it beautiful coastal style & lots of coastal vintage goodness.
Tara's home is new, built by her husband Martyn and decorated by Tara. Inspiration was taken from the nearby river shacks and oyster farms creating a home that blends seamlessly into the rugged environment. Tara states that she wanted it to feel like an older style home, like an old weekender. They used recycled materials and timber to create charm and authenticity. Tara's says she doesn't do modern very well. She likes second-hand furniture, things with character and that have a story.
I have pointed out a few of those pieces throughout this post that are of Coastal Vintage style. 
Some of these may inspire you or give you ideas to decorate with something similar in your home.
In this photo, the ottoman behind Tara is a old boat fender. A recycled piece that is perfect for the home. 
Fabulous isn't it?
Doesn't the old crab pot look spectacular hanging from her ceiling with strings of wool/rope draped through and hanging down? And the rope mirror is a perfect addition to this home.
 Here Tara has reused an old barn door in the kitchen. When I saw this, I thought an old teak ship's door with a porthole window would look just as fabulous too wouldn't it?
The rustic wire net hanging from the ceiling is lovely isn't it? 
You could use an old fish wire net to create a similar look.
In this corner under the stairs Tara has old glass fishing floats hanging and an old wooden fishing reel. On the bookcase is another glass float & tucked in the corner is a vintage oar. 
Glass floats, old wooden reels and oars all look fabulous in either a coastal or country setting. 
Have you ever thought about placing some of these items in your home? 
Tara has such beautiful style integrating old pieces with new in a new home, and has chosen lovely neutral tones mixed with coastal blues. 
It all looks so cosy and inviting doesn't it?
Here is the gorgeous old boat fender again and a galvanised bucket filled with glass floats in front of the fireplace. There are a stack of old wooden reels beside it on the floor and a couple of lovely vintage seaside paintings, and more small glass floats hanging in the corner.
And finally, the photo that really captured my eye. All that beautiful Coastal Vintage style goodness. The glass demijohn, old creels & fishing rods, and vintage paintings.

What struck a cord with me in the magazine interview, is what Tara said when asked how her style has changed:

I've become a lot less cutesy. I've loved coastal, that's my thing, but my style has become more refined. I used to be more literal, while now I'm become more subtle. I'm about the textures and the softer colour palette, rather than just the cushion with boats on it, just for the sake of it. I don't like it being that literal, not for where I'm living. 

Is this your style as well? 
I love coastal, that's my thing too. 
And less literal, more subtle? Yes that too.

It is exactly the style I am creating in my own home. Soft coastal colours and textures with a collection of beautiful old coastal vintage things - allowing them to shine.

Tell me, what is your favourite piece from Tara's home?

and until next time, 

lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage


*Please note all images & snippets of this article were taken from the Home Beautiful magazine.
If you're looking for some similar Coastal Vintage wares click the link below to take you to the website: 

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Coastal Vintage Warehouse - opening

It's been a month since I opened the warehouse. I don't know where that time as gone. However, I've thoroughly enjoyed setting up the space and welcoming visitors. It has been so lovely to meet so many people from Instagram and Facebook. I feel like I knew so many of you before meeting you.
Thank you to all of you that have popped by and extra thanks to @anoshkafish for bringing along a few friends and a bottle of bubbly to celebrate! 
Here are some snippets of the warehouse over the past few weeks. It is ever changing as products come and go including my lovely old boat. It has been replaced with another gorgeous boat.
The old boat has temporarily gone up against the wall and it is perfect for storing all the oars. This is where it will stay until it is sold. 
(if interested email
 And here is the new boat - there is a beautiful story behind how this all came about. 
However, I will blog about that another time. :) 
 Lots of life preservers from ships all around the world. These have come off decommissioned ships.
 One of my favourite parts of the shop - the lobster pot buoy wall! I have imported all these direct from Maine & Florida, USA. Don't they look fabulous?
 A new range of stock including old ship's lights. 
Many of them have been rewired and would look great in a coastal home.
Currently, this is my favourite product in-store. It is a mock up of a 1920's American beach sign. 
It is unbelievable how times have changed isn't it? 
The shields are made by a local 85-year old chap and painted by an Australian artist. Now available on the website. Limited edition. Fabulous talking piece for the home or by the pool. Click here to order your copy -

And finally, so more pics from around the warehouse. 
If you live nearby or visiting Noosa, please do come and say hi!
Currently, the warehouse is open by appointment.
Simply contact via the website for an appointment. 
Shop 4, 33 Gateway Drive, Noosaville 4566 
and until next time, 
lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage