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Nautical Nostalgia: Japanese Fishing Buoys in Coastal Interior Design

Updated: May 5

Hey Friend!

So, I was thinking about this super cool design idea I stumbled upon recently, and I couldn't wait to share it with you. Have you ever heard of Japanese fishing buoys? They're these amazing little treasures with such a rich

Japanese Fishing Floats in an antique Dough bowl
Japanese Fishing Floats in an antique Dough bowl

history, and I think they could add such a unique touch to your next project.

Japan began using glass fishing floats in 1910, and by the 1940s, glass had replaced wood or cork in most of Europe, Russia, North America, and Japan. Glass floats are used to support large commercial fishing nets and are blown into various shapes and sizes, from as large as a beach ball to as small as a kiwi fruit. In Japanese, the floats are variably known as buoy balls.

Picture this: you're working on a coastal-inspired space, right? You can use Japanese Fishing Buoys in Coastal Interior Design.

Imagine incorporating these rustic, weathered buoys into the decor. They're like pieces of art that tell a story of the sea. You can find them in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and each one has its own character.

I love how they bring this sense of authenticity and nostalgia to a room. It's like they instantly transport you to a cozy coastal cottage by the ocean.

And get this – sometimes, if you're lucky enough, my sister-in-law told me you can even find them washed up on the Oregon coast! How cool is that?

(If that is not where you live, you can find them here:

You could use them as statement pieces on a mantel or coffee table, or even hang them up as wall art. The possibilities are endless!

And here's the best part – they're so easy to mix and match with other decor elements. Think natural textures, soft hues, maybe some woven baskets or driftwood accents. It's all about creating that effortless, laid-back vibe that we love so much.

So, what do you think? Are you ready to add a touch of maritime charm to your next design project?

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Chat soon,



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