Monthly Archives: January 2013

:: Layering Rugs ::

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key-west-living-room-lLayering rugs is a great way to bring texture and depth to any room. You can use this decorating technique to  bring the space together with a larger area rug and then anchor a specific space in the room with a smaller rug. Layering rugs usually consist of a sisal or jute rug as a bottom layer because of their natural, neutral tones that allow you to add a pattern or color on top of it. A popular choice for the top layer rug is an animal hide rug, faux or real. Other popular choices, especially in coastal homes, consist of striped rugs and colorful patterned rugs. Even though sisal and jute rugs are used as a bottom layer more often than others, it doesn’t mean you cannot combine other colors or patterns while layering to create the look you want.
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:: Color Board – Rescue Me ::

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Creating a custom color palette can be one of the best parts of designing. The colors let you bring any look, feel or style to a space. A color board will help you layout and show the colors you choose for your palette. Today we’ve created a color board to show you how to create your own. There are a few ways you can get started on your own color board.

One way to get your color board going is to base it off an already existing palette in order to build off of it or to use it as inspiration. Another way is to find a picture or image that has colors, or hues, and get your inspiration from that photo. You can pull the main colors from the photo and use them in your palette (which we plan on showing you next week).

For this week’s color board we picked an already working color palette to show you how to pull colors. This way you can see what colors are present, what colors catch your eye, what colors the designer snuck in and how the colors are used in the space. Some colors, like the reds and blue, are easily noticed and pop out at you. These colors pop because the designer set them with a neutral base giving them a stage to shine. This is a great use of color in the space which you can achieve by creating a color board. It will help you visualize the layout of your colors and see how they work with each other.

Don’t forget to have fun with your colors! Experimenting and mixing some unexpected colors can lead to something you’ll love!

:: There’s Still Time For Your Consultation! ::

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That’s right! January’s not over yet! There’s still time for you to come down to our design studio and get your complimentary design consultation. We want to help you bring your design dreams to life and help you create that perfect space. So print this coupon out, bring it in and get started today! There are only a few days left in January so make sure you don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Can’t wait to see you down here in the shop!

:: Spotted! Trimaran Red Stripe Rug! ::

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We spotted Dash & Albert’s Trimaran Red Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug in this month’s House Beautiful! This is the perfect rug for some many reasons; it brings a fun, coastal look to any space, it’s easy to clean and can take anything thrown at it like today’s rainy weather. Come down to the shop and snag yours today or start shopping online right now by going to our online shop here. Not looking for a red stripe rug? Well we’ve got plenty others to choose from online and in store. Browse our selection online here. Happy Friday!

:: Bring On The Blues ::

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i-vdPTkfHThere is nothing more coastal than the color blue. We love it and any hue of blue too! Wow, may have gotten a little rhyme happy there, but it was necessary. Surfin’ the blogs today we stumbled upon this great post from House of Turquoise and had to share some of the pictures from this beautiful home with you guys. This home is the work of designer Ashley Whittaker and is stunning. She did a great job turning this home into a summer haven.

We snagged a few of our favorites, but you can see more pictures of the home over at House of Turquoise. What do you guys think? Love the use of blue like we do?
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:: 6 Tips On Creating A Gallery Wall ::

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how-to-create-a-gallery-wall-coral-coastalGallery walls are a great way to show off your art and photos. They also allow you to use your walls for design and to show off the things you love. Here are a few tips to creating a beautiful gallery wall:

  1. Get meaningful art pieces and pictures to frame to make your gallery more personalized.
  2. Pick out fun, interesting and unique frames; the art isn’t the only thing being displayed.
  3. Decide if you want a color palette or not.
  4. There isn’t a ‘right way’ to layout your gallery wall; there are no rules for displaying your pieces.
  5. There are no limits on how many pieces or the sizes you can use.
  6. Practice your gallery set up by laying it out on the floor.

Remember that a gallery wall is a direct expression of you, so don’t limit yourself! Show off your passions! Have fun putting your gallery wall together, but don’t forget to try new and different things to find your perfect layout!

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:: Fabric & Wallpaper ::

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House Beautiful is on a redesign roll in their latest issue. Trying to spark those design ideas in you, they’ve featured some graphic fabric swatches and some exotic wallpapers. They’ve given you a taste of what’s out there in the wonderful world of design, but that’s only the beginning. Maybe graphic fabrics and Chinese inspired wallpapers aren’t your thing, but that’s where we come in. We can help you find any fabric or wallpaper you do want.

All January long we’re doing complimentary design consultations, find the coupon here, to give you exactly what you want. If you’re not sure where to start or what you want, come down and meet with us. We would love to get to know you and find out what you’re thinking about doing in your home. Happy Friday!

:: The Atlanta Market Was A Success! ::

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the-Atlanta-International-Gift-and-Home-Furnishings-Market-chevron-picture-frame We had a blast out in Atlanta at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and found some great finds to bring home for everyone. We’re excited to have new stuff for you guys in the shop. We love finding new stuff for you guys to design your homes with, plus who doesn’t like new options? On our last day in Atlanta we decided to hit the antique shops and we all know how that goes. More finds and more stuff for you guys! And a little for us too; couldn’t help it. We’ve got some pictures for you guys from the showrooms and the antique stores. Check ’em out!

If you want to see more pictures from Atlanta, find us on Instagram at tuvaluhome and follow us for more home decor and coastal home goodies!
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:: Antique Coastal Pieces ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

91127592431081157_03NAGiRL_cEvery house and every room could use an antique coastal piece or two. Using antique pieces bring a fun, vintage feel to the space that also give it a unique look. Antique pieces allow you to further your coastal decoration with your great finds while staying within your style. The best part about an antique piece is the hunt. Searching from antique shop to antique shop is an adventure like no other. Happy hunting!
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:: 3 More Ways To Make Your Kitchen Look Vintage ::

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81487074479232219_4DLE4XiQ_c Last week we showed you 3 ways to make your kitchen look vintage. If you missed that post you can read it real quick here. Last week’s post focused more on some of the larger things you could change in your kitchen, like the island or your oven. This week’s ‘3 ways’ take a look at some of the smaller things you can change. Maybe a new fridge just isn’t in the budget right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still make your vintage kitchen happen. Let’s look at 3 more ways to make your kitchen look vintage.
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172614598187311369_kJzhK3gC_c 1. Get Vintage Light Fixtures – Every kitchen needs light and one very easy way to bring vintage style to your kitchen is with your lighting fixtures. The first three pictures in this post show you some examples of ways to use light fixtures to your advantage both functionally and design wise.
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198299189814491454_CPtXt3eV_c 3. Get Open Shelves – Open shelves will allow you to create an open feeling in your kitchen and give you the ability to display your goods. You can use your open shelves to show off your vintage jars and bottles that contain your cooking ingredients and spices giving your kitchen more vintage details. Like we said before, those details are everything and will help bring an even better vintage look to the space.