Tuesday, June 30, 2009
On another trail through some vintage shops I found this green polka dot jug for $8. I had previously sighted it 2 weeks before but left it there as it had a small chip on the lip. But on my return it was still there - and I just had to take it home. I added some fresh flowers this morning from my garden. The reason? I wanted to say "Thank-you" for stopping by today. Thank-you for commenting on my blog and thank-you for all your suggestions on yesterdays post. What are you thankful for today?
Monday, June 29, 2009
.....every single one of these cushions. I also love how the chenille blanket is just casually laid on top of the day bed. I am using this photo as inspiration for my new deck makeover. Will show you the finished project soon. Does anyone know where I can get cushions or covers like these?
Friday, June 26, 2009
When I saw these chairs at the dump for $5 each I couldn't resist them. At first there were 6 but my little sister grabbed 4 before I could get there first! The seats were scratched to bits from a cat I think. But they had such great bones. Enter a $6 vintage tablecloth in my favourite shade of pink. I simply unscrewed the base of the seats. Cut the tablecloth in half. Thumb tacked it securely underneath each base (this can be tricky so take your time) and re-attached the seats. I am very happy with the outcome. So now they are headed straight for my dining table as a few of my older chairs have passed away of late. Have a great weekend everyone. Simone xx
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I came across this image from Coastal Living. I just adore this kitchen. It has everything I could dream of. Just take a look at that table for starters. All rough and riddled with imperfections. I have been searching for a table like this for some time now. But it's not just the table is it. What takes your fancy in this room?
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Today I had lunch at a FAB place called the "Cross Town Eatery". Located in Wooloongabba Brisbane. I had no idea it existed until my friend Jody took me there. What I like about the place is that everything is so basic. You can't book. The tables & chairs are basic. The decor is simple BUT the food is AMAZING. Check out the wall art, a massive collection of wine corks framed. Love this. And it is tucked away in a little street. Almost hidden from view. Have you discovered a little eatery like this recently? I would love to know about it.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Went down to the refuse centre over the weekend and purchased this original framed oil painting for $4.00. It's quite big at 80cm high. It is titled "Childhood Memories". It has a sticker on the back confirming it as an entrant in a local show competition in 1996. So I gather it was painted by an amateurist. I just can't believe someone has thrown this away in the trash. Surely the artist would not have discarded it? I wonder who the young girl is. I am fascinated by portraits like this. After a quick clean it is headed for my hallway wall. I just wish I could tell the artist it has a safe new home and did not end up as landfill.
Monday, June 22, 2009
How cute is this? If you live in the UK you can rent these wonderful vintage VW campers. And they have names too. Sandie & Pebbles. Now that is very beach inspired. I am experiencing major disappointment issues that nothing like this is available here in Australia. If I could I would take off right now in one of these. Do you have a secret escape?
Friday, June 19, 2009
Last month I posted about a necklace I had won and in the background was this shell artwork. I had a few people mention it so I thought I would post about it today. I made this by simply collecting 12 shells of the same type. Using clear nail polish I gave them all a quick coat. Once dried I then super glued them on the base board of a shadow box frame. Using a pencil I added the details of the shells and the location. It now sits on one of my coffee tables and constantly reminds me of our trip to Brooms Head. Have a fabulous weekend. Simone xx
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Couldn't resist this cute vintage money box at my local thrift store. How could I say no to those eyes. I am trying to teach my daughter how to save money so this is a good start. It's much prettier than the plastic ones the banks give out don't you think?
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Today I am so inspired by these children's rooms. My favourite thing is the clear fronted drawers in the first image. Unfortunately when I was a child I had a fairly mediocre bedroom. The best thing about it was mum let me stick posters of my favourite teen idols on the wall (John Stamos from Full House & Micheal J Fox from Family Ties). How about you? Did you have a great bedroom as a child?
Monday, June 15, 2009
I first saw this stunning little beach house on Julie's Being Ruby blog. I emailed her to ask if she knew where it was. After some research on her part, Julie let me know she didn't know where it was located, other than maybe in NSW somewhere. She gave me details of the photo source (which I am looking into). In the meantime I am hoping, someone, out there.......where is this house!!! Has anyone seen it? I am in love with it and need to know. I am like a teenager in love here. Just take a look at it. Simply beautiful!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Recently a friend of mine returned from a vacation in Paris. She had all these postcards and wanted them arranged somehow to remember her fabulous trip. So I made her a memory board which she had framed. All I did was buy a piece of rectangle foam board ( Lincraft ) and a piece of pink pin striped fabric the same size. Using spray adhesive I glued the fabric to the board tucking the top and sides under. Then I glued the postcards randomly over the covered board (again using spray adhesive). Once it was all dry it was off to the framers to get finished, but you could frame it yourself if you wanted to. I think it's a great idea and a great way to have your memories on display. Have a fabulous weekend and I will be back next week. Simone xx
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Last week I was contacted by Apartment Therapy for a story on my backyard. I could hardly believe it and was so excited. They are only like one of the biggest design blogs in the world. Anyway, here is the story. It went live last night. Thanks to all my followers and people who have commented on Beach Vintage over the past 3 months. I truly appreciate it. I am enjoying all of this so very much. Think I may go and pop a bottle of Verve....oh, it's only 10am. Oh well, so what! It's 5'oclock somewhere right?
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Today I spent some time with my friend Jody. You may remember her house from Anna Spiro's Blog last month. Just before I left today I took this photo. What I love about her coffee table is the way she has displayed a few of her favourite things. My favourite are the 3 mirrored trinket boxes. It seems everyone has a coffee table at home. How do you use yours?
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
L'Objet Qui Parle. (Translation = The object that speaks). If I came across it I don't think you would ever get me out of there. I just love the curtain in the window and the blue and yellow exterior. Can you see the little Eiffel Tower in the window? Do you have a favourite little "hideaway"shop ? I would love to know about it.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Today I wanted to show you a little work in progress. My vintage printers tray. I picked this up on Ebay for $25. I was going to paint it but the more I looked at it the more I liked it the way it was. Old, rough and a little tattered. I had already collected a few bits and pieces and I am continually adding to it. You can put anything you like in them. I have a weakness for small vintage glass bottles and vintage ceramic doll heads. And of course shells. Once it is full I will hang it in my study. It won't be long now. I am almost there. Have a great weekend everyone, a long weekend here in Queensland (again) so I will talk to you all next week. Simone xx
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Today I ask you, could you bath in your bedroom? Or do you need to be in a separate room to do so? This beautiful image has inspired me to rethink my views.
Image from Home Beautiful March 2008 Issue
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I am just in love with this photograph from a Yellowglen advertising campaign. It makes me want to dress up in my favourite vintage dress and go out with my girlfriends. And of course drink Champagne. I wonder what they are laughing about?
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Recently we purchased a little yellow boat that sits moored out the front of our house. The previous owner offered it to us first seeing it was close to our property. It was the colour that had me. So when I saw this cane chair for sale in the same shade I couldn't resist. Now they both sit out the front to keep each other company. This is my first experience co-ordinating decor with land and sea. What do you think?
Monday, June 1, 2009
I used to make my own cubby/play houses as a kid from all sorts of things. Chairs, wood, metal - basically anything I could get my hands on. So when I saw this interior of a cubby house in the USA I almost lost my breath. Can you imagine if it was yours when you were a kid? Did you have a cubby or playhouse?