A Summer Vignette Featuring Vintage Japanese Fishing Floats

When my mom traveled to Alaska to visit my niece who lived there for a short time,

she bought some vintage Japanese fishing floats that she remembered as a child in Japan.

She carefully packed them all in her suitcase and gifted them to me and my sisters.

That was many years ago, when these floats were not as popular.

I treasure these glass floats and use them in my decor all year round.

Summer Vignette-Housepitality Designs

In creating my summer vignette on the great room table

I wanted to incorporate as many elements/designs as possible.

Summer Vignette-Housepitality Designs

Summer Vignette-Housepitality Designs

I had added some faux succulents for added texture and color.

Ironstone Vegetable Dish-Housepitality Designs

The ironstone vegetable bowl with the floats were previously in the guest room.

I felt it was a great start for the vignette.

Summer Vignette-Housepitality Designs

Adding the demi john to the vignette seemed like the most logical thing to add

as it goes so well with the fishing floats.

I also needed something that was “new” to add to the vignette.

And another texture.

Summer Vignette-Housepitality Designs

So I added this wicker based hurricane

and filled it with sea glass and a candle.

Summer Vignette-Housepitality Designs

I purchased this hurricane when I went to the French Laundry Home shop last week.

Summer Vignette-Housepitality Designs

This summer I have really been  using many ivy plants in my home.

Just love the way it flows out of the container and trails on the table.

Another texture.

Summer Vignette-Housepitality Designs

In keeping with adding blues to the summer decor,

I added my vintage blue and white transferware bowl with the ivy.

Jewelry Chest with sea shells-Housepitality Designs

And we can’t have summer decor without a little bit of shells and coral. . .

placed in the wooden jewelry chest on the hearth.

Hope you enjoyed the summer vignette in the great room.

Summer Vignette/Great Room-Housepitality Designs

Today is the first day of the bHome Summer Open House Tour.

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This is the Day One Lineup ~ ~ ~ hop over and pay them a visit

for some great summer inspiration and a great giveaway! I will be on the Day 3 lineup!

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Homemade by Carmona

My Soulful Home

On Sutton Place

Have a beautiful summer day!

I am joining:

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A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday

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  1. Hi Shirley, I love that your mom brought those floats back to you as a memory of her own. Blenko has made those glass floats as “end of day” type remnants, if you will, for many years. Any time any of our dealers bring them into the antique mall, they get scooped up – often by other dealers. 🙂 I love the look, and yours look great with your mix of textures and other items. Those sea colors just sing to me. I hope you have a great week in store.
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  2. I love coloured glass – the sea glass candle is so gorgeous!! those floats are beautiful. Nice job Shirley!!
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  3. Love those floats and how nice to get them free from your mom. They are so pricey these days in the antique malls and on ebay. Love the new hurricane from FLH filled with the pretty sea glass. A pretty summer vignette.
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  4. Beautiful Shirley. Both the floats and the story. Your vignette just calls out to summer!
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  5. Just beautiful, my friend! I love the floats and they are a true treasure coming from your dear Mom. Love that demijohn and the hurricane. The whole vignette is gorgeous, you are SO good at this! Have a beautiful day!!!
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  6. What a beautiful summer vignette, Shirley! It is extra special with the Japanese fishing floats from your Mom. I can see why you use them year round in your decor. I am looking forward to the tour and your home on day 3!

  7. Beautiful vignette Shirley…LOVE that last photo!!
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  8. How special! I love the history behind pieces. Very pretty as always:-)

  9. I love glass fishing floats. The colors are so pretty. You vignette looks great with the ivy and sea glass.
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  10. Looks perfect Shirley! I also love the new hurricane you scored. I still need to find me some demi-johns and at a good price. I can’t seem to find any that are not too pricey here.

  11. Shirley, you always create the most interesting vignettes. Looking forward to your tour.
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  12. What a stunning vignette. I love the use of all of the elements. They work so well together to make up a lovely attractive piece. It is so wonderful to hear about the Japanese floats that you hold dear to your heart. So very special. Lovely story and vignette. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  13. Those floats are just gorgeous, Shirley! Nothing like the real thing. I like how you use the ivy to add some live greenery around the whole vignette…so pretty!
    Mary Alice
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  14. Linda Kemp says

    Love your new hurricane lantern. I also loved the story of your mom bringing the Japanese floats back in her suitcase. Went to my class reunion this past week and heading to Holden Beach for our family visit. Hope you are having a good summer.

  15. Those are so cool and interesting to hear where they came from. Another great vignette!
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  16. What a lovely display Shirley, and i love the Japanese fishing floats your mother gave you Another beautiful vignette of course
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  17. love your eclectic mix Shirley and the summer shells and sea glass, so pretty!
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  18. Shirley,
    This looks wonderful how sweet to have the Japanese fishing floats from your mom. I love the look to the hurricane lamp you got last week. So pretty.
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  19. The summery vignette looks good. What sweet memories. Can’t wait to see your summer home tour…..

  20. Hi Shirley, Love the summery style and look of your table display. How special to have the Japanese floats from your mom. Beautiful mix of shells and the sea glass with the hurricane lamp.
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  21. Your table is beautiful. I love the repeating colors of glass. And the demi john…I need to find one! Of course you know that I love your pieces of china. You put together a lovely vignette, a treat for the eyes! sheila
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  22. I love the combination of your fishing floats with your demi john Shirley! The shells are coral are a nice surprise in your jewelry box 🙂
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  23. Love this vignette Shirley. The floats and that demi john are perfect together.

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  24. Shirley, your Summer vignette is lovely! I adore the glass fishing floats and know they are a treasure since your mom gifted them to you! Your glass demi john is the perfect color to highlight your floats and ironstone. The contrasts of the lighter shells in your jewelry box is lovely on your hearth! Great job!
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  25. It all looks so pretty Shirley! I still need to make some of those glass balls that you did a tutorial for last year.
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  26. The most precious things in my home are the ones that are from my mom; looks like yours has given you some beautiful things, too. Stay cool!
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  27. Love all the little details… Just so pretty…
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