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22 February 2015

Vintage Tropical Delights

You know what I'm craving these days besides cute stuff?  
I'm craving warmth. I'm craving a warm sandy beach that I can stick my toes into. I'm craving blue ocean and warm breezes...... And palm trees and pink drinks with little umbrellas in them.

Instead I have this!

My backyard...

Here in the north, we still have snow, ice and subzero temperatures.  
While some of you may be escaping winter with a ticket to a tropical 
beach somewhere, others like me, are probably stuck here for the rest of winter!

What to do? 
Decorate like the tropics instead!
But first let's get you in the proper mood! 
Listen to Tony Bennett while your browse through this post. 
Just imagine, you're in the Middle of an Island....

You can still experience the relaxing sway of a palm tree 
and the beachy feel of the tropics by changing up your decor.

Start with something you love.  
Is it that colorful parrot you saw on Etsy?

Vintage Colorful Parrot Planter on Tree Branch with Wings & Tail Up (E1551)

Vintage Parrot Planter from LittleRedHenVINTAGE

Or maybe this pillow cover!!

 Vintage Embroidered Pillow cover Tablecloth Wall hanging Parrot  Birds Large Square Counted Cross stitch
Vintage Embroidered Pillow Cover from VintageHomeStories

Now Choose a Color Palette:
Pick a color from the item you love. The parrots above both have blue in them. The Parrot Planter has a softer more muted palette , while the Parrot Pillow Cover has a bolder theme.  The beauty is that you can go as bold and bright or as light and lively as you want! Tropical is all about fun!

Choose soothing colors from the ocean and sky with it's various shades of blue.  Throw in some cream and pink from the color of sands and shells.  Shades of teal, orange, yellow, pink, purple, green from the flowers, fruits, birds and fish will liven things up.

Still need some inspiration? 
Check out some of these fabulous decorating ideas I found on Pinterest as well as some fabulous Etsy finds.

Beach House Decorating - Beach Home Decor - Country Living

Nautical Cottage Blog -  | Shabby Chic Cottage in Florida | http://nauticalcottageblog.com

 Tropical Colors - Coastal Living


Tropical Textiles:
Vintage textiles featuring bright botanical prints and luscious green palm fronds are just the ticket to your way out of a winter whiteout! 

Vintage Tropical Barkcloth Quilt Leaves Fronds Pink Cottage Flowers Lap Robe Crib Quilt Throw

 Vintage Tropical Barkcloth from Etsy shop OnePreciousThing

 vintage tropical print

Vintage Tropical Print Cloth from Etsy shop AStringorTwo

Midcentury modern glamour is right at home in this West Palm Beach condo. The vintage sun-shaped mirror pulls the room together and adds a touch of glint to the room’s vibrant orange color scheme. Coastalliving.com

Delightful Decor:
Other tropical delights include, birds (think parrot or macaws), sea creatures like seahorses, lobsters and seashells.  Tropical fruits and flowers such as pineapples, citrus, bird of paradise, orchids and hibiscus will add some cheery color as well.  

Check out some of the wonderful vintage items below!

 ONEIDA Blue Crystal Fish Pair Set of 2
Blue Crystal Fish from Etsy shop SunshineSurprises 

 Collectible Antique Lobster Dish by John Schachtel, Germany 19th Century Hand Painted Porcelain Divided Serving Bowl

Lobster Dish from Etsy shop AtoZCherishedVintage

 FAB FLOWER LAMPS Hollywood Regency Mid Century Modern Style / Pair of Lamps at Retro Daisy Girl

Flower Lamps from Etsy shop RetroDaisyGirl 

 vintage seascape painting of sailboat

 Vintage Seascape from Etsy shop LoganAvenueVintage 

Southern Living Goes Palm Beach Chic

Make a welcome statement by grouping all of your beachy finds together at your entry: small seashells in a clear glass jar, conch shells in a large woven basket, and fishing floats in a smaller basket.

I hope you've been inspired to add some tropic flair to your ho-hum decor. 
Nothing beats the winter blahs like some of these vintage tropical delights!

Etsy items featured are from the Vintage Vertigo Team members. 
Click on the links to find out more about them. 

At the end of this post you'll find a treasury featuring more 
Tropical Delights from the Vintage Vertigo members. 

Thanks for joining me today!
See you all again soon,

Tropical Inspiration

Sick of winter? Let these tropical lovelies inspire you! V2team
1950s Pepsi Advertisement McCall's Magazine Vintage Home Decor Wall Hanging DottieDigsVintage
RHINESTONE PENDANT BROOCH-Beach/Resort Starfish Motif-Beautiful Hot & Light Pink Faceted Crystals-Nice Pewter Tone Setting-Great Sparkle
Vintage Florida Tray Toleware Souvenir Tole Ware
Vintage metal fish necklace
Vintage Kingswear Ivory Ceramic Mug w/Lobster (E327)
70's Avon Parakeet Perfume Bottle Aqua Decanter Full Fragrance Vintage Blue Green Glass Bird Tropical Island Vacation Parakeet Collectible
Stained glass summer brown flipflop and sunhat suncatcher makes a great gift
Adventures of a Sailor - 1932 - Adventures of Seesick and Trampo - Leo Nowak - Superman illustrator
Gorgeous Vintage Robin's Egg Blue Clam Shell Trinket Box Salt and Pepper S & P Shakers Napco Kitsch Coastal / epsteam ivteam tvat wlv v2team
Sailboat Belt Buckle, Boat Belt Buckle, Vintage Men's Belt Buckle, Women's Belt Buckle, Unisex Buckle, Ocean Scene Buckle, Unique Design
Young Girls at the Seaside Book Plate Print Reproduction Print of 1879 Original Oil on Canvas Painting Vintage Wall Hanging Paper Ephemera
Vintage buoy,lobster buoy,beach decor,red,yellow ,ocean,fishing,nautical decor,float,
Izod Sunglasses, Oversized Brown, Designer Eyewear, Iconic Preppy Style, Beach, Ski
Art Glass Whale Ronneby Sweden FM Kontsglas Paperweight Decor Emerald Green
Vintage Tommy Bahama Women's Aqua Blue 100% Silk Camp Shirt Size XL16 Extra Large Roomy Resort Cruise Wear Urban Classic Fashion Forward
Jasper Shell Necklace Hand Carved Pendant Sea Shell Jewelry Melon Bead Necklace Earthy Jewelry Natural Stone Jewelry Beach Hand Knotted


Tannis Tataryn said...

Wonderful blog post Diane!

Georgia VintageHomeStories said...

My parrot loves nesting in Vintage Vertigo!
Thank you so very much!

NeverTooOld said...

What a great post and especially for those like you Diane who are hunkered down midst a frozen tundra. I can feel the breeze come through the open windows while sitting in that awesome wicker chair sipping an ice cold beer, listening to Tony!

kinseysue said...

Lovely post! I, too, am stuck in TN, dealing with the never-ending ice storm of 2015. I have bookmarked this so when being cooped up gets to be too much, I can escape for a bit to the beach:)

Kathy Harding said...

What a great escape, I'm still looking at deep snow on the ground! Thanks for including my vintage feedsack fabric!

John said...


Wonderful blog post. We can all dream of warmer temps, and by looking at all the fantastic photos makes all warm and fuzzy!! Will tweet and put on my facebook page.

And Dave, great job on decorating the blog for St Patrick's day!

Cowgirl 5834 said...

Beautiful beach deco...love it!!!

Linda Gentry Graves said...

Beautiful post.....the beach deco is gorgeous!

Plums and Honey Vintage Antique said...

I love this post! Great story and images. Would love to have a place like this.

arvag said...

Another Great story very well curated ! congrats Diane :)

Blue Moon Attic said...

So beautiful and takes me away to warm lands! Beautifully done, Diane!

Debi said...

Delightful blog post, thank you for including my vintage lobster dish.

Leigh Blake said...

Love your blog post Diane......I will be taking up space in your dream......not your back yard.....thank you

Thanks for the extra bonus of featuring my stained glass flip flops and hat suncatcher in that great tropical treasury........

See you in your dreams

Leigh Blake said...

Love your blog post Diane......I will be taking up space in your dream......not your back yard.....thank you

Thanks for the extra bonus of featuring my stained glass flip flops and hat suncatcher in that great tropical treasury........

See you in your dreams

Leigh Blake said...

p.s. FB's and Tweeted and Dave thank you for posting my Irish picture....I just took that last week so it's an updated pic of me........I wish......am a red-headed irishwoman......just not that young or thin:(

Meg's Endeavors said...

Love Your Tropical ideas!
I am Soooooo thankful for Florida weather!

Angela Spiess said...

Wonderful post! Your delightful ideas and selections have me dreaming of long summer days and sandy beaches! Thanks!

Rescued in Time said...

Great ideas and finds to brighten up these cold February days!

Erin Murphy said...

I am right there with you in the snow and cold and I absolutely loved reading this, thanks!!

Anonymous said...

I love the decorating ideas, selections, and it's wonderful to think of the tropics and the beach when I'm in a colder climate! Great blog!

Anonymous said...

I can feel those warm breezes now. Love the tropics!