Beach Cottage Vintage Bottle Deck Decorating Ideas

Mon 22nd, Nov, 2010

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We had a lovely weekend here, my boys spent 5 hours in the water on Saturday, while Mr BC went out on the boat and I went around the local market, didn’t buy a single thing just soaked up the atmosphere..in the evening we went out for dinner, Mr BC and I and the lg’s.  Um we were just going for a quick, casual dinner by the sea…and we got home in the early hours after lg kept on saying “just one more”.  This was not good for the head the next morning but there were two very very good things about this evening, one I was introduced to a new drink, going by the name of Mojito (yes I know where have I been?) and two a bar that serves its drinks in jam jars and has mis-matched chairs and is so very dark that you don’t have to admit that the last time you frequented these sorta establishments (before Honeymoon Baby when you had a life where one went out til the morning) was when you were significantly less droopy.



On Sunday arvo I just pottered…stuck a couple of chickens with lemons in the oven, planted some hydgrangeas and mucked about on the deck.


I wanted to dress up the deck a bit, seeing as we are spending most of our time out there now…


I had seen this idea at a local boutique…though they had not used vintage bottles



…they had used cans and tied them with string to one of those hanging airer type affairs…in each can was stuffed a bunch of flowers and some native Aussie flora…the effect was quite lovely…rustic and lovely.




So this is my version…

I started off with a few hydrangeas from the garden and a bunch of those drugstore roses-on-a-budget…(bought in his wisdom bless him ;-) by Mr BC, note to self tell husband I prefer chocolate to drugstore roses)….then used my stash of vintage bottles, drawing pins and string…

all too easy…



Righto, I have to fly…I am really busy at the moment and with the delightful weather we have had today, I have a date later with the deck, the vintage bottles, strawberries, cucumber, mint and a bottle of Pimms.

See ya




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49 Responses to “Beach Cottage Vintage Bottle Deck Decorating Ideas”

  1. I love this idea…so whimsy and pretty!! Very creative Sarah!


  2. carla says:

    What a cool idea! Oh and is that a new bench I spy in the background? xx

  3. Donna says:

    Do you think it starnge that my 19yo son likes Pimms too?
    Donna from Brissie

  4. Rochelle says:

    Beautiful Sarah! As always. thank you, feeling down today, so just what I needed. xxx

  5. Annie says:

    I especially love the blue bottle with the white flowers…so pretty!
    These reminded me of an old plantation type home that I’ve shot weddings at near Nashville TN. They hang flowers and candles about like this in canning jars on shepherd hooks and in the low hanging branches of the old trees on the grounds. Sets a nice mood. Here’s a couple of pics…
    Love the vintage bottles!

  6. You just discovered Mojitos???? I have to pause and get my head a round that. Be right back…

  7. Jackie says:

    The bottles look great, love the twine….Ofcourse, these days the ole twine is one of my obsessions! It’s $1 here at the Dollar Tree!!

    Hope your head recovers from the Mojito! Never had one but it sounds dangerous!!

    Have a fab day!
    Jackie :)

  8. susan says:

    Now Sarah….

    1} love the new bench
    2} love the bottle idea
    3} love those hydrangeas
    4} told my husband not long after we began dating that flowers bought at the petrol station simply do not count…… is that awful?
    5} I have a love affair going with Mojitos…. but you’ve simply got to have one here in Noosa, at Season in Hastings Street overlooking the beach at lunchtime… then there is simply NO way you will get another thing done all afternoon……
    6} your massive flower looks great on that shirt/dress

    Susan :):)

  9. Sarah says:

    1} thank you re the bench
    2} and the bottles
    3} I love hydrangeas too
    4} that is not awful, I wish I had done that too
    5} hmm Season, I think I have been there a few years ago for breakfast after a big night..
    6} thanks for the big flower on the shirt love
    8} x

  10. Love this idea! It looks so whimsical!

  11. HRH Sarah says:

    Do tell about the Pimms. I have yet to figure out how to enjoy it… Your deck bottle vases are lovely, btw.

  12. Beth West says:

    How pretty. It looks so breezy and summery. We’re just settling into winter here so this is especially appealing. I have a silly question: What are the strings attached to above?

  13. Jem says:

    What a great idea – it’s such a simple thing but looks all the more effective for it! What a lovely way to show off your vintage bottle collection and your homegrown Hydrangeas of course :-)

    Jem xXx

  14. marcia says:

    The bottles look so cute! I did that last summer here in Cali using small bottles from the thrift store and hanging them with twine. Mojitos are delicious…here is a recipe…………http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink582.html. Ching-Ching! Marcia

  15. Simone says:

    Love this idea. I like the turqoise of the glass too.

  16. AnnaM says:

    Lovely hydrangeas, love how you hung the bottles. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. I went to the fantastic Ikea on Saturday and thought of the photo you posted of you looking pensive as you planned your kitchen storage. I purchased the beautiful white tumblers I have admired in your pics and I am thrilled with them!!!

  17. Heather says:

    OOH! Lovely idea! Jars re-used in any way are right up my alley! I think I might incorporate this somehow into my Christmas decorating..
    I have some red berry left, wouldn’t that be so sweet in these old jars? Sounds like a blast of a weekend you had ;)

  18. jennifer says:

    So cute! We must be on the same page. I posted about hydrangas today too!

  19. Sarah, I love them. They would work well with jars and candles too. But just adore the flowers in the bottles. I see the new bench in the back, It’s gorgee! Bet you’ll fill it with fluffy beach cottage pillows too! Thank you for the sweet reply back to my comment last week, I’m feeling less blue this . It’s not easy being a woman at times ;) Have a wonderful week, tami

  20. mydesignchic says:

    Sounds like the perfect date!!

  21. Kathy says:

    This is lovely Sarah. My vintage bottles are just plonked together in a group on my mantlepiece.

  22. rachel says:

    oh…so pretty! i love vintage bottles.


  23. bec says:

    Very pretty Sarah! Learn from my mistakes.. enjoy and delight in the cheap roses… buy own chocolate. Everybody is happy :)

  24. silvia says:

    Darling Sarah, I like this idea and you photos too very much!
    Where do you hang on bottles?
    xoxo Silvia

  25. I absolutely love your blog design and posts! Very beautiful site. I love bottles or any glassware and the way they catch light, neat idea.

  26. See!!!! You CAN’T have too many vintage bottles!! Love this! Such a fun idea!

    Although everytime you say you have to fly, I wonder if your in a hurry? Or gettin witchy!! LOLOLOL


  27. sarah says:

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  28. Angie says:

    Love Mojitos on a hot day here in Florida. Went to a place once where they serve them in Mason Jars….can you say major headache the next day? Speaking of Mason Jars I saw some with the lip wrapped in wire and three pieces brought up together as a hanger on the top. Beautiful with tea lights and sand and hanging from the trees.

  29. Stacey says:

    Just to warn all you ladies out there, Hubby and I have been married for 25 years and about four years into our marriage I told him not to waste his money buying flowers from the petrol station because they were always dead by the next day. I really thought that I was doing him a favour but he obviously didn’t agree and he hasn’t ever bought me flowers since! Talk about a major sulk!! If I had known then what I know now, I’d have just smiled sweetly and graciously accepted the dead flowers for the last twentyone years. Still I suppose the upside is, buying your own, you always get the flowers you want! lol

  30. Kirsty says:

    Such gorgeous pictures and such a cute idea :)

  31. So feminine and festive!

  32. eileen says:

    Sarah I absolutely freaking love this idea! I can’t wait till we get the nice weather back here on the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. so I can adorn my summer home’s back deck with your idea! I can just imagine my vintage bottles of all sizes and colors glistening in the sun, and perhaps clanging into each other in a slight breeze like a windchime!.. ..Will have to wait for that, I have a long winter ahead though now. Most likely the only thing hanging around here will be icicles!

  33. I’be already collected a lot of white and brown bottles on those last weeks… May be I’ll try to put some white acrylic painting in a few… i’ll show you later on my blog °inspired by Sarah!!° thanks wonderful ideas and pictures!!

  34. Susan says:

    I just wanted to point out, Sarah, that only you could take a picture of some old glass bottles and a ball of string and have it turn out so beautifully that I would happily hang it over my sofa.
    How do you do that?!

  35. Jane says:

    I love that!
    What a wonderful idea!
    I am so doing that next spring! It’s winter over here!

  36. I LOVE this idea! My pagodas should be finished before the first rose blooms & this idea will be utilized for the first garden brunch. Loving all the great ideas you share. I finally found your site again after my comp wiped out my favorites folder. ARGH!

  37. So love the simplicity and beauty this project combines… So doable for all of us beach cottage style lovers and followers.this would be so fun to try next Spring, once or sub zero temps are just a distant memory… My front porch would love having this Beach Cottage Style sprucing it up with this innovative and whimsical idea. Must file this away in my brain for the future. Love it! Already own the stash of bottles needed, the string, and the perfect location to adorn. Just needed the lovely blooms and warm weather now.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  38. TOTALLY love the bottles and decorating with them looks so clean, fresh and romantic. Beautiful! Just beautiful!

  39. I LOVE how pretty & simple this is! I found you via Lauren Conrad on Twitter! She has the link to her site & your link on her site! =)

  40. A nice touch for any home

  41. How lovely Sarah! I’ve got this linked to my glass bottles post too today, for inspiration. Have a great day!