Monthly Archives: October 2012

:: Be Smart About Painting Your Kitchen ::

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The kitchen is one of the most used spaces in the home, so why not show it some love? When it comes to painting your kitchen you should be smart about it. Ask yourself questions like do I really need to paint the whole kitchen? Or can I bring my kitchen back to life with just a quick splash of paint? Maybe all you need to do is paint the island or a few cabinets and your kitchen is revamped. Maybe you need to paint the whole thing and if it’s time then it’s time. There’s no reason to do a full overhaul with paint if you don’t need to. It’s a hassle and a headache waiting to happen. Usually a little paint will go a long way.

Your color choices should reflect the space and the natural feel of it. If your kitchen gets a lot of natural light you may want to choose colors that absorb the light instead of colors that will reflect it. This way you can actually enjoy your kitchen instead of wearing your sunglasses inside or always having the curtains drawn. The same goes with a naturally dark kitchen. If your kitchen doesn’t get that much natural light you might want to go with lighter, airy colors so it doesn’t feel so dark or small. If it’s time for an update, really think about it and plan your painting before you try to tackle the entire space.

Paint is a great way to spice up any kitchen and if you plan it right we promise you’ll save yourself money, time and stress. Have any successful kitchen painting stories or horror stories? How about some of your tips or tricks? Let us know! We’d love to hear all about them! Bottom line is paint is a great way to spice up any kitchen, here are some examples for you guys.kitchen with a green color palettekitchen with nautical design elements Rustic beach inspired kitchen

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:: Halloween Projects for the Family ::

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Halloween is right around the corner, so why not have some fun this weekend with the family? It’s time to get ready for crafts! We found two crafts that we thought would be great for the family, especially the kids! The first project is from Pretty Handy Girl and shows you how to make some fun and decorative pumpkins using fabric and toilet paper. These are great for Halloween decor and home decor. The best part is they can easily be used for Thanksgiving decorations as well. They’re pretty easy to make and look great! Check them out here!



The second project we found will give your house that spooky, festive look on Halloween night. This project is brought to us by eighteen25. This is another  simple halloween project that only requires a few milk jugs, a marker, a string of Christmas lights and some creative drawing. Grab some markers and let the kids go to town! They’ll be excited to put them outside and when Halloween night comes the neighbors will  know you’re ready for some trick-or-treaters. Get the guide by going here!

Have some family fun this weekend and give yourself those last minute Halloween decorations! Have fun and happy friday!

:: Pearl’s New Bunny Blabla Doll! ::

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Another happy customer with her brand new Blabla doll! This is Pearl and her new bunny friend that she insisted be called Nunny. Thanks for coming in and visiting us Pearl! We’re glad you love your new doll!

:: Modern Coastal Decor ::

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There are different styles and design elements in decor. With coastal decor, and many other design styles, there isn’t just one, cookie cutter way to go about it. With all the unique styles and tastes out there the decor is going to change from person to person. Modern coastal decor brings all of our favorite coastal colors and tones with sharper, cleaner edges and shapes. Modern decor has a very geometric look by itself. When you bring coastal decor into the design mix you get some fun, unique shapes and spaces.

Modern coastal decor is a simple and minimal style; less is more when it comes to the modern coastal look. Just like any style, it isn’t limited to any specific hues or furniture. It can have a bright and bold palette or a calm neutral palette. Take a look at some of these examples we have for you. If you like some of the elements use them to inspire you and possibly work the modern coastal decor style into your home. It’s always fun and interesting to see new or different ways of designing. Are you guys fans of modern coastal decor? Let us know! Tweet us at @tuvaluhome, leave a comment on here or let us know on our facebook page!





:: 5 Quick Tips to a Kids’ Bedroom ::

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The kids room is always a blast to design. You get to have fun and pick out great pieces that aren’t necessarily for your age range anymore. It’s such a shame sometimes, but luckily we have our little ones to live through and still get to buy some playful stuff. You want to make the room fun for the kids and also livable for someone their age. It’s going to get a lot messier before it gets cleaner and stays clean. So why not prepare for this in the design process? We’ve got some quick tips that will help you stay on top of that messy room and make the space best for the kids.

5 Quick Tips to a Kids’ Bedrooms:

1. Storage space – under the bed, shelves or in clever hidden places. You’re gonna need it!

2. Machine washable bedding – bright colors and playful patterns that are easy to clean.

3. Wood floors with an easy to clean rug – like an indoor/outdoor rug or jute rugs. Spare yourself the carpet nightmares.

4. A child sized table – give them a place to draw, do crafts or sit and read.

5 Play space – every kid needs a place to play! Smart and well planned furniture can maximize the space.

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:: Spotted! Oyster Shell Mirror ::

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If you flip through the October issue of Coastal Living you’ll spot this little gem. It’s located in the Things We Love section and we agree! The Oyster Shell Mirror is one of our favorites and can add life to any dull wall. This mirror brings the ocean to your home by giving it that beach cottage feel. Pick up the Oyster Shell Mirror here or click on the picture to go to the online store. Happy Friday!

:: Tuvalu Design Studio Expansion Part 1 ::

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We’re expanding the store! We’ve taken over the cigar shop behind us to make room for our design studio. We plan on dedicating this area to the design aspect of Tuvalu Home. Right now the design studio, or lack there of, is just a tiny, little corner in the store and we think you guys deserve more!

We plan on keeping you guys up to date on our expansion project and here is day one. We finally got into the space and the previous occupant out. Now it’s time to draw up some plans and start designing. Stay tuned for future updates and progress on our project so you can watch the space transform into our design studio.

:: The Main Points of Coastal Color ::

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We came across a great article from Coastal Living’s idea house called  7 Ways with Coastal Color and had to share it with you!  It’s a quick and easy read with pictures;  I’ll sum it up for you right here:

1. Set the tone of your home from the beginning at the entry.
2. Authentic touches, distressed or vintage pieces, can give the home a ‘lived in’ feel.
3. Use beach inspired colors and light to give an indoor room an outdoor, al fresco feeling.
4. Don’t match everything, instead create an eclectic palette throughout the home.
5. Every color doesn’t need to be bold–subtle color goes a long way.
6. Make odd-shaped rooms appear bigger by painting all the walls  the same color.
7. Blue painted walls can bring the coastal feel into the home.

We love and agree with all of these tips, and will share more about coastal color with you soon!

:: Spotted! Vintage Glass Jugs! ::

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Once again we spotted another thing in this month’s Country Living. It’s like they’re trying to show you guys that you can get all this stuff from Tuvalu Home. This is nothing new though, we carry most of what the magazine’s show and more. Anyway, spotted in the issue are these wonderful Vintage Glass Jugs. These beauties are perfect and can go in about any room. Like the kitchen featured above, the famimly room, living room or even the dining room. They can even go outside!

The versatility of these glass jugs are incomparable. They’re perfect for any coastal home and even any rustic home. So what’re ya waitn’ for? Shop vintage glass online here!

:: Painting Pumpkins ::

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If you’ve picked up this month’s Country Living, or even been onto Pinterest once in the last week, you’ve seen plenty of pumpkins, Halloween decor and Halloween food. October is the start of the pumpkin season and we’re ready for some pumpkin pie! This Halloween season Country Living sparked the paint your pumpkin trend and it has taken off. They even had a contest for the Best Halloween Pumpkin. They’ve made Halloween a little less messy and a lot more creative. This way you don’t have to cut open the pumpkin and go through that whole ordeal. Also I don’t know about you, but my knife and pumpkin carving skills aren’t even close to as good as my painting skills. I’ll stick to the brush and paints. By painting the pumpkin it gives you so many more options and allows you to bring in more colors other than the typical black and orange. You can free hand paint on it, paint a pattern on it, or stencil a design on the pumpkin. This opens up so many different avenues for you to get creative. Don’t get us wrong though, we love the classic jack-o-lantern and the pumpkin seeds it yields. There’s no replacement for that, but why limit yourself there? Get creative and have fun this Halloween.