Monthly Archives: April 2014

:: Cute Beach Cottage Exteriors! ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

360979f615941ee6a6ac95226853a03dWe love the look of a beach cottage! They’re so cute and embody everything about the coastal lifestyle and design. The exterior just screams beach living and makes you want to live by the ocean. It makes us long for those summer coastal sunsets spent lounging in the backyard with a cool summer breeze. Basically, we’re ready to live at the beach and enjoy summer.

For today’s post we’ve collected some of our favorite beach cottages we found around the interwebs and had to share them with you guys! They’re just so dang cute! We really didn’t have a choice. We hope you like these as much as we do and feel free to pin them up on your boards on Pinterest. We know we will! And if you have any to share with us please do! We love swooning over a beach cottage just like any other!
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:: Monarch Beach Design Project Room Breakdown ::

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Monarch-beach-coastal-home-tuvalu-002Today’s post is all about breaking down some of the rooms from our latest project. We’ll be letting you know what the designer was thinking during the process and where she was coming from. If you haven’t seen the entire finished project, jump on over to our portfolio page and see it in it’s entirety here! But make sure to come back for more goodies in this post!

Let’s start with the living room (pictured above). We talked to Jaymi, designer and home owner, and she said, “For a cozy feel in the living room I chose to do a custom blend of wood tones to create warmth for the tongue and groove but white beams to still add a coastal touch.” She also went with sisal carpet instead of regular carpet throughout the entire home. It’ beautiful and also adds an extra unique design element to each space. She also decided to hang her art by using art gallery style with brass chains that come from the ceiling to get a more traditional look. Jaymi became a fan of this way to display wall art as she traveled to other countries and toured historic castles and estates. She went on to say, “I noticed how they hung their priceless works of art in this style and always admired how beautiful it looked.  And it won’t make holes in my walls or wood work.” Jaymi also decided to use sconces rather than table lamps in the living room to conserve space on end tables and create more space for decor.

Monarch-beach-coastal-home-tuvalu-026Jaymi used oyster shells on the fireplace to add that ocean feel without having shells everywhere. The bricks are hand stamped and give the space a custom feel while mixing up the textures in the space. The TV is framed with a custom matte frame and hung above fireplace as to not have take up room on a console or TV stand (Yes, that’s a TV, not a piece art above the fireplace).

Monarch-beach-coastal-home-tuvalu-004Monarch-beach-coastal-home-tuvalu-012Monarch-beach-coastal-home-tuvalu-027The kitchen backsplash features 6×12 marble subways in a herringbone pattern with stunning wood shelves made from barnwood from the 1900’s. You can see the white that still shows on the wood shelves from when they used a milk glaze on the wood of the barns to prevent bugs from eating through the wood.  If you haven’t noticed by now, this home and designer is heavy on the details! The brackets holding the shelves were custom made from chair rail pieces. They give a great rustic design compliment to the wood shelves and really bring the look together. The base cabinets are retrofitted from Tuvalu cabinets and the kitchen comes complete with a glass front pantry cabinet.

Monarch-beach-coastal-home-tuvalu-010At the time Jaymi was deciding to invest in her first home, she was torn on her first home being located at the beach or in the mountains. Even though the beach home won out, she still wanted to have aspects of a cozy mountain feel for her guests to enjoy. With white tongue and groove walls and a dark navy ceiling as a base, the rest was just a matter of layering it with aspects of warmth.  With the spool style bed, buffalo check curtains, vintage boy scout backpacks, antlers, a few Pendleton blankets, and a vintage American flag (not pictured), Jaymi had the perfect cozy retreat for her guests.

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In her master suite, Jaymi wanted it to be relaxing and have a spa like quality after her long days. She did a more traditional wainscotting than the rest of the space and used her wallpaper in the bath as a match for the colors of her walls to create continuity. The barn door that’s painted in a very light grey separates the bathroom from the bedroom without taking up any space.  The clam shell sink is one of the many items she had saved for years, which she found on a buying trip to Atlanta, and knew that one day it would make the perfect sink after a little retrofitting. The vanities in both bathrooms are chest of drawers from Tuvalu. Jaymi knew she loved Tuvalu’s mermaid artwork, but as with most things in her home, she wanted it to be meaningful. She accomplishes this by a grouping that represents each one of her best friends in their hair color and personality so she always has them near.

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:: Endless Love of White Decor ::

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a28c0c4f33be21585ee984f94ef50301An all white room never gets old. Something about it is timeless and beautiful. We think it’s the simplicity that you get lost in and instantly fall in love again and again. The pure white of the space really grabs ahold of you and pulls you in. Another big plus with white (and any monochromatic space) is all the texture play that goes on. You really have to mix it up and get a fun range of textures in the space. If everything is the same it looks extremely flat and boring. Mixing in old or new and different finishes will really make the space pop.

We love getting lost in white spaces, they’re just dreamy and scream “enjoy me!” We’ve gathered a few for you to enjoy today and get a good look at what we’re talking about. If you have any favorite white spaces that you think we should see please share them! We love to see what you guys love as well!
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:: Go Coastal With Stripes! ::

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89d42374e6e6d1f022acd3d87eff478fIt’s time for you to try some stripes on for size! They’re calling your name and we think you’re ready to answer!

There are numerous ways to decorate with stripes. You can grab striped fabrics, accessories or even paint stripes like in the picture featured below. Stripes are fun and add a little extra eye candy to any space. They also break up the solid colors in the space which fights off repetition in the room.

The beauty of stripes is that they can be used in any space and in any home. No home is left behind when it comes to stripes! Check out how these designers decorated using stripes!
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:: Monarch Beach Design Project ::

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Monarch-beach-coastal-home-tuvalu-001This design project is truly a special project to us here at Tuvalu Home. It belongs to one of our own who is responsible for many of the amazing things within our company and (as you will see) has remarkable taste and style. This home is absolutely  beautiful and this moment has long been awaited. We’re so happy that we can finally show this to you! You really have no idea how long we’ve been waiting for this! The home is 110% Tuvalu, literally everything is from out store. If you’re anxious to see this home right now, jump over to the portfolio page here. We don’t blame you, you can come back and read more later. For those of you who want a little more info, keep on reading!

After nearly 10 years as a buyer for our store, Jaymi has had plenty of time to gather her favorite Tuvalu pieces for when the time came to create her perfect home by the sea.  Recently, the time came and finally she was able to transform her home into the perfect space.

In looking for inspiration Jaymi would always think of the grandest most beautiful homes and hotels she had been to and take note of what made them feel so special. She used this little strategy and applied it to her smaller home for a luxurious cozy feel.

When people ask Jaymi what the style of her home is she has no idea what to tell them except that it is just filled with all the things that she loves individually or that mean something to her. And somehow, with no surprise, they all just work. But she says these two rugs pictured directly below are a good representation of her style – a little coastal and little rustic.  She couldn’t decide on which one she wanted for her living room. She didn’t know if she wanted to go more rustic with the cowhide or stay true to her location with a coastal blue and white striped rug, but in the end she couldn’t part with either. As time went on it turned out she loved them just the way they are, in perfect harmony.

We’ve dropped a few pictures in this post to show you guys what we’re talking about. These are just a sample and you absolutely have to go to the portfolio page for this design project. Go to portfolio page here! And don’t worry, we aren’t done talking about this project yet. We have another post coming that’s going to breakdown some of the rooms, details and more! Plus some before and afters! Stay tuned and enjoy!

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:: Coastal Easter Eggs! ::

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d1b5845be97af49b133a9dfc10aaf84dEaster is this Sunday! Yes, this Sunday! That means we get to create some Coastal Easter Eggs! Time to bring out those coastal blue, sea glass green and sun rise yellow dyes to get our dip on! We grabbed some of our favorite Coastal Easter Egg pictures to share with you guys today and we love these!

Draw inspiration and ideas from these beautifully decorated eggs and have some fun with it this Easter! Tell the kids that you guys have a theme this year and you need their help! And if for some reason the kids abandon ship and go rogue on your theme, you’ve at least got the family together doing something fun. Happy Easter everyone!

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:: Spring Sofa Slip ::

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pastels_01-lWant a quick and easy way to bring a little more spring into the home? Then try this little tip out! Go out and find yourself a nice spring colored slip for the sofa! Look for bright and fun spring colors or some cool and mellow pastel colors! The choice is yours!

If you want more pastel ideas and inspirations for this spring, be sure to check out our Perfectly Pastel Post Here!
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:: Monarch Beach Design Project Preview ::

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Monarch-beach-coastal-home-tuvalu-001Are you guys ready to see our latest project? Because we’re definitely ready to show you guys! We love the way this home turned out and can’t wait to show you! Unfortunately, you guys have to wait until later this week. We’re getting it up on the blog and making sure we don’t leave anything out, so please be patient! Stay tuned and check back later this week for a full view of this amazing coastal home we designed!
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:: Weekend Coastal Backyard Pins! ::

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9663215022890ba35084849500fa0c3eIf you couldn’t tell by now, we’ve been obsessed this week with getting outside and enjoying the weather. So of course this week’s weekend’s pins are going to be all about being outside. So without further adieu, we give you your weekend pins! Get those pin buttons ready and start adding to those boards! We’ve got 5 pinable pictures that should inspire you and your Pinterest followers to get outside and enjoy this weekend! Happy Friday!

Follow us on Pinterest! Find our boards by searching @tuvaluhome or by clicking that link!

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:: Dust Off That Patio! ::

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5ac2c93dbf09d5ef4f208d2c5c527e5bIt’s time to get that patio ready for spring and summer! Then make up some lemonade and get outside! It’s beautiful out here in Laguna Beach and we’re hoping it’s the same for everyone else no matter where you are! The patio is a great place to chill out, relax and even soak up some vitamin D. Set your patio up with a beautiful outdoor sofa or a set of rocking chairs to rock the day away in.

The patio gives you an excuse to be outside. Who doesn’t want to be outside on a beautiful day? We know we do! Plus once you set up your patio you’ve created an outdoor office if you work from home. Looks like work just got a little better 😉

So what are you waiting for?? Take some tips from these designers and see how they set up these stunning patios! Don’t miss out on this beautiful weather!
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