Monthly Archives: July 2013

:: Coastal Staircases ::

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coastal-living-coastal-staircase-home-built-in-storage-stairs-tuvalu-homeThe staircase can often be overlooked and forgotten. Don’t waste that space! It can be a tricky space because it’s not the easiest to design. You mostly have walls, a small shelf space of sorts and a little floor space at the bottom to work with, but that’s okay! A lot can be done in that small amount of space! There’s no need to limit yourself. Plus we can’t forget about the stairs themselves. We can use stair runners, wood or even tiles to decorate them giving us even more options. Check out some of these staircases to find out what other people/designers are doing and to get some inspiration! Apply what you like to your home. Put up that gallery wall and use those empty spaces!00eef72c95ce5bfda862f1be999bc985 9e10cbdcedba62876fa90e1853afe78f 65f4c15ef8a4523adf6c9493ec8daae5 79feea483903355147670377b71ab2f5 2914f4466926c79c3420abff49d540e2 bb0f456aefa484ff6a115ec676e29cec

:: 3 Coastal Home Materials That Last ::

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reclaimed-wood-metal-stools-coastal-backyard-home-decor-tuvaluLiving on the coast can really do a number on your home. So that means you’ve got to invest in the right materials that will stand up and take on the coastal weather. If you don’t, things will fall apart and end of costing you a lot more than you’d like. Take the time and invest in solid, long lasting materials! Check out our 3 Coastal Home Materials That Last list below.
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Metals will take on any weather and be left standing ready for more. Metals, especially steel, will out last every other material you have in or around your house. It will probably still be there after we’re gone too. It’s built tough and built to last. Toss it up on you the roof and let it take the constant coastal weather beating or grab some metal furniture and accessories for the outdoors. Metal goods even work indoors as well and can give the space a nice rustic feel too!
coastal-reclaimed-wood-home-decor-tuvalu2. Reclaimed Wood.

Reclaimed wood has already seen it’s fair share of weather. It’s proven that it can stand the test of time. So when you use this material in your home you can rest assured that it’s not going to be changing too much. This wood is solid and will last. Since it is reclaimed it’s going to be a bit on the pricier side. It has to come from somewhere! The extra money is worth the look and the reassurance of knowing you have a lasting material. 
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3. Natural Stone Tile.

Tile was created to make our lives easier, give our homes a fantastic look and to last forever. The only way you’re getting rid of your tile is if you tear it out, which is no walk in the park. Tile can take a beating from us and from any outdoor weather. If it gets a little wet no problem, a quick mop up fixes the problem. Plus tile keeps the house cool and we love that during the summer which is okay with us!

:: Beach Cottage Kitchens ::

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5a3ed7b22e00682547a9466d253e8b4eWe’re loving the look and feel of these cottage kitchens! They’re open, airy and extremely inviting which makes the look perfect for this time of year. Open up the windows and let the breeze come through! A cottage kitchen can also bring the right amount of rustic charm while creating a cozy environment that always feels like home. Check out some of these lovely kitchens we’ve found and are thoroughly enjoying! We wouldn’t mind owning one of these kitchens, would you?7d7018c196f351f8cf89a03c9f42f174 8e5c19f45b30ab536fd243d13a71ea74 c2fbb48eedc2932f2b03b28d3606937b

:: iSanctuary Volleyball Tournament ::

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1stplaceThe iSanctuary volleyball tourney was this last weekend and it went great! Tuvalu Home was a sponsor for the event and donated these 1st place trophy plaques that turned out so wonderful! This fun tournament/fundraiser was such a blast and everyone had good time on and off the volleyball courts! We were so happy to take part in this fundraiser and enjoyed helping out. iSanctuary helps rehabilitate and reintegrate young girls and women survivors of human trafficking back into society.

:: We’re Out In Atlanta! ::

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atlanta-home-decor-show-tuvalu-home2We’ve been shopping in Atlanta for the last couple of days trying to bring in some new stuff for you guys! Check out some of our finds! Make sure to follow us on Instagram @tuvaluhome to get these photos and many more! We’re having a blast out here and we’ll be back to good old Laguna Beach in a few days! But until then, make sure to check out our Instagram to stay up on the finds!
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:: Go Out & Enjoy Your Garden ::

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If you haven’t noticed by now, being outside is a must for us during the summer. I know we’ve said it before, but we seriously look for any excuse to get outside and enjoy our beautiful, Southern California weather. But what else can we do while we’re outside besides go to the beach? We can enjoy the garden! We love stepping out to the backyard to see all the beautiful flowers and plants. It’s nice to slow down, unplug from the modern world and get lost in nature. It takes a little work and effort, but it’s so rewarding when the flowers bloom and the garden grows. Plus you get the added bonus of the lovely natural scents when you’re out in the backyard. Check out some of these wonderful garden examples we found and helped us forget we aren’t out there enjoying them.
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:: How You Do Blue By Phoebe Howard ::

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blue-family-room-0713-lHave you seen this home designed by Phoebe Howard? This home is amazing! She uses blue so well throughout the home and leaves us wanting more! And we love the subtle hints of green scattered about too! She effortlessly uses a neutral palette to make the blues stand out and really give us something to enjoy. Howard also uses different hues of blue to give the space depth and to create a nice flow throughout the space. This prevents the any color overkill which can happen when designing with one main color. We love the way this home turned out and had to share it with you guys! It truly is inspiring!green-chair-family-room-0713-lblue-dining-room-lblue-girls-bedroom-0713-l blue-living-room-0713-lblue-breakfast-room-0713-l blue-living-room-dresser-0713-l blue-master-suite-0713-lphotos via coastal living

:: Spotted! Cowhide Rug ::

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spotted-cowhide-rud-lonny-magazine-home-decor-rustic-tuvalu-homeAs we were browsing through Lonny’s July/August issue we spotted this beautiful cowhide rug! It looks great in this room! The cowhide rug really adds texture and a unique flare to the space making it a joy to look at. This space was designed with a man’s style in mind and they did a great job doing just that. It really shows the versatility of the cowhide rug and how it can be used for designing with men or women in mind. Get your cowhide rug from our online store here and try something new in your home! Happy Friday!

:: Using Yellow To Bring Out Summer ::

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81668488cc6f678567804d7bdd96284eThere are plenty of ways to bring summer into your home. One fun way to show your summer love is to decorate with the color yellow. It’s bright, colorful and really shines! Like the our beloved summer sun. Yellow brings an instant cheerful and happy feeling to any space. It’s a hue that promotes light in the space as well, unlike some of the light absorbing relatives. Because yellow is a bright and bold color, a little goes a long way. Check out some of the pictures in this post for a clear example, but there’s plenty of spaces out there that embrace yellow completely and still manage to do it right. Most importantly, make sure you enjoy your summer inside and outside! And be safe!
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:: Today On Tuvalu’s ‘Candy Counter!’ ::

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Image 6Image 5 Today we’re showing you some of the beautiful jewelry handmade by our one and only Candace Hurley! These long, over-the-head necklaces are perfect for summer! Wear them with your favorite sun dresses or give any summer top the final touch! All of these pieces are unique and one-of-a-kind. The semi-precious stones are all hand wrapped on delicate chains. This is a quick taste of what we have available for you in our store! Make sure you stop by the store to see it all and follow Candace’s Pinterest for more Neck Candy ! Happy Friday!