Monthly Archives: June 2012

:: Octopus Triptic ::

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Feature Friday

One of the Local artists here in Laguna painted this beautiful Octopus triptic. These three panels are perfect for any wall space that needs a little love! It’s 72″ x 72″ and it shows. The artist is standing next to it looks small! If you’re interested in this coastal piece, let us know! Happy Friday everyone!

 

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:: Bring Out The Bamboo ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

It’ summer time! So why not incorporate some bamboo into your home? Bring a little beach back to your home! We got three solid bamboo pieces that would make a great addition to any space. If you just want to add a touch of bamboo, then the mirror we’re showing you below will work out great for you!

Looking for a  bamboo mirror?? Well we’ve got it! This mirror works great anywhere in the home. Want to get a little crazy? Bring it outside and mount it in a totally different environment. The choice is yours! Plus it comes in a variety of colors! Snag the Chloe Mirror and get your Bamboo Accents Started Here!

Want to recreate this look in your home? Well let us start you off with the perfect bamboo desk. These have been showing up in all shapes, sizes and colors. Get your hands on one and start bringing the coastal look to your home. They can also be used in a couple ways. It can be used for its actually purpose, which is a desk and then you have yourself a cute mini office in your home or they can be used like semi-replacement side console. Perfect size for any apartment or tight squeeze! Check out our Bamboo Desk Here!

It’s time to get your chest on! We cannot forget about the bedroom. A bamboo chest will continue to bring your coastal theme throughout your home and let’s not forget the storage space. Let’s be honest, we all have stuff and it needs to be put some where! The chest will also give you more opportunities to decorate and bring other design pieces into the space. Shop our Love Letters Bamboo Chest Here!

:: Vintage Furniture ::

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Tuesday’s Tip From The Pros

Today’s post is our last post in this mini vintage series we’ve been doing the last few Tuesdays. If you missed last weeks post on Vintage Accessories go here. This time we are talking about the furniture. We love bringing in a vintage, rustic style piece into our design space. It brings character and a sense of home to every room. If everything looks brand new it makes us feel like we’re living in a museum and we don’t want that for our homes. We want our home to feel welcoming and cozy. That’s why we love bringing in vintage and rustic design elements. Now onto the furniture!

We love vintage and rustic tables. Give us the table we want and we’re in heaven. We love massive tables that allow us to sprawl out and handle anything we put on it. Sometimes you need to the space when you’re working on a design project so you can lay out your fabrics, wood samples, paint swatches, inspirational pictures and still have space for your laptop. We like big tables. We also like cute, intimate tables that create the perfect sharing environment. It’s nice to share a small table with a friend or loved one and catch up on things. We don’t want to be yelling now!

If you’re thinking about bringing vintage into your bedroom then Tuvalu supports you! You can go all out or you can just bring a few vintage elements into your bedroom. We are fans of vintage dressers. Tall or short we support it! We also like vintage bed frames. You can go with a classic iron rod bed frame or you can lean more towards the rustic side and go with a wood bed frame. Small side tables and night stands can also bring a touch of vintage into your bedroom without over powering anything.

Side consoles will really make a difference in the room you put it in. The console itself won’t only bring a vintage element, but the pieces you put on top of it, around it, and even hang above it will really pull the whole space together. Consoles are a vintage base piece that will continually let you grow and redesign your vintage space. The best part about the console is if you decide that your home needs a new look, you can still use it. Just replace the surrounding design elements.

Normally a TV above a beautiful console just ruins the entire thing. For some reason we like this. I’m not quite sure if it’s the airy, light feeling the picture has or the simplicity that the vignette displays. Whatever it is, this work!

Lastly we leave you with a few pictures that we love. We hope that this post and all these pictures have inspired you to go out and add a little vintage to your home. Let us know if you have and send us a picture. We’d love to show off your home and your design work!

:: Capo Beach – Living Room ::

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Here is the living room of our Capo Beach design project. This house is so beautiful! We can’t wait to show you! The pictures are done and we are posting them all up in our portfolio section, which is here, next week. Enjoy this little teaser until then! Have a good weekend!

:: Urchin Appeal ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

We’ve spotted these little guys in a few different places and we’ve noticed that the little sea urchin has snuck it’s way back into coastal design lately. The sea urchin is a classic tide pool find that has been in coastal and beach decor forever. Usually showing up in it’s natural form as a shell, but it’s been known to appear on pillows and in art and various other places. The great part of sea urchin shells is that they come in a variety of colors! Perfect to match your color scheme or to add a little pop of color.

1. Linen Shell Pillow 2. Porcelain Sea Urchin Lamp 3. Sea Urchin Box 4. Coral & Sea Urchin Art 

:: Vintage Accessories ::

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Tuesday’s Tip From The Pros

Last Tuesday we talked about vintage signs. If you missed that post, you can check it out here. We talked about a very specific design element, but this time we’re going general and talking about our favorite things – accessories! We stay true to our coastal roots, but we love vintage and rustic influenced design elements because it is possible to go overboard with too many sea shells. Plus it’s fun to go hunting for pieces and it adds that timeless character to any room. No space is complete until you add those final touches to it and we want to show you how you can do that. Whether your just starting out and looking for that reference point or you just need a few ideas to help you finish that vintage vignette, we’ve got your back! In this post we’ll show you some beautiful vignettes, a few vintage pieces that you can shop Tuvalu for now and what not to do when going for a vintage theme.

We love vintage style clocks, something about them is just timeless… Corny! But seriously, we love clocks and they can really finish any space. They can be hung on in that high room to fill that vertical space or they can be hung right love your side console to complete your vignette. Either way we feel like they are a great piece!

Vintage Seltzer Bottles are great pieces that you can put in just about any space and they’ll fit right in. They bring vintage and uniqueness to any space without going over board. No one wants to look like they’re trying to hard.

You can never go wrong with antique picture frames. They are wonderful because you can go two ways with them. One way you can go is to head down to your local thrift store, or flea market, and grab old vintage photos to put in them to keep your vintage theme going. Another way you can use them is to put your family and friends photos in them. Now-a-days you could even make vintage prints of your own photos for them!

We like the effort in trying to really go for a vintage style room, but lockers? Maybe if they were used somewhere else like the garage, but in this room they don’t work for us. Personally with that light and the heavy wood beam ceilings this remind us of a dungeon or jail cell. Those buckets in the corner add to sketchy vibes we get from this room. Let’s not do this… Ever.

At first we really really liked this vignette because of all the sail boats and ocean themed paintings. Then we looked down and saw the modern side tables, lamps and bed frame. Vintage can be infused with many different styles, but modern is just not one of them. They are extreme opposites, but not in a good way. We know, ‘break the design rules,’ but some times we have rules for a reason and here’s a perfect example why.

:: Capo Beach Design Work Preview ::

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We went out and shot some of our design work at one of our wonderful client’s house and we thought we’d give you a special sneak peek today. We aren’t going to give it all away quite yet, but soon you’ll see every gorgeous part of this home! Enjoy!

:: Vintage Signs ::

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It’s time for a little design talk. Today’s topic: Vintage Signs. We want to show you design ideas that we love and don’t love as much. Vintage signs are a great way to give that blank canvas called a wall life. A vintage sign can help your walls speak, literally. You can grab old vintage beach signs, put up vintage market style signs, or even make your own that can say whatever you’d like. It’s all up to you! We’re just going to give you a little guide to signs and how to maximize their use in your space. We aren’t going to get technical and tell you that the sign or artwork should hang no more than 7 – 10 inches above a side table , even though that’s right, but more so show you what looks good and sadly, what doesn’t.

This is a very simple and cute use of a vintage style sign. Could there be more done with the space? Of course, but we like the sign and the use of the sign. The spaces shows you what’s out there and a basic way of getting started.

This sign makes great use of the wall. With the built in storage in the corner of the room it doesn’t leave you with too many options for the wall next to it. The sign, being a great choice, complements the space perfectly! It’s large and draws enough attention, but isn’t annoying or too stand out-ish. If you need to cover some blank wall space and can’t fit a side table, sofa or some other type of furniture there, let a sign own the space.

One of our favorite vignettes out there. It has a gorgeous, rustic feel that makes you want more. This is a great example of a vintage market sign that fits nicely into the kitchen. The colors and even the surrounding pieces just make this space stunning.

Hands down the favorite. This room has some many great pieces and just makes you feel right at home. We love this space because the room feels 100% natural. Nothing feels or looks forced. The sign thrown in there just adds character and compliments the room flawlessly. The whole sign isn’t even visible, but some how it works out even better that way. This is Tuvalu love.

This is vintage signing gone wrong. It’s overkill and kind of scary to be honest. Even though there’s only a few pieces in this space, the overdone sign make it’s feel cluttered, messy and dirty. Be careful when trying to find a sign that covers your wall. Make sure it doesn’t look anything like the picture above. Also make sure that it relates to it’s surroundings. Side note: is that chainmail hanging from the wall? What is that?

Want to grab your guests attention? Well this is one way to do it! We like the idea of trying to use that semi-awkward space, but this is a little much. We think if they went smaller and maybe even went with multiple pieces this space could have turned out great. Instead they went large and in your face. Time to EAT!

Lastly, there is just too much going on. It feels like they tried to squeeze as much in as they could. We like red, white and blue, but when it’s done right. The signs almost look like they were an after thought and thrown in because they were ‘needed’ to complete the coastal, beach house look. Let’s avoid this all together.

 

:: Sea Life Coasters ::

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In Coastal Living‘s June issue we spotted our Sea Life Coasters. These are perfect for summer time entertaining! Give those drinks a place to rest without worrying about that water rings.

:: Painted Bamboo Chairs ::

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Every home and every space can use a little pop of color. Whether it be a subtle pop that your eye sneaks off to real quick or a pop that leaves you starring while forgetting everything else is in the room. Lately what we noticed trending are bright colored chairs. We’ve seen all kinds of styles and designs, but what really caught our attention were painted bamboo chairs. They’re right up our alley! Bamboo chairs go hand in hand with coastal-beach themed decor, so if we can elaborate and put a new twist on them, why not? We found our favorites from around the web and we want to share them with you. Try to not to focus on the space that the pieces are set in because not all of them are quite our style. Instead focus on the bamboo chairs because that’s what we’re trying to show you.

While looking through pictures of painted bamboo chairs we stumbled upon our Bamboo Wing Back Chairs. Check them out here and add them to you home now!