Monthly Archives: January 2016

:: Spotted! Noir Bullseye Ottoman ::

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Feature Friday

spotted! noir bullseye ottomanWe spotted the Noir Bullseye Ottomon! This ottoman has a very unique bulls eye design that is outlined with nail heads that evokes a symmetry to which ever room it is placed in. Multiple nail heads run down the sides to make sure the burlap stays tight and secure. Check it out on our online store here

:: Tuva-Luvs – Maddie ::

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Thursday Tuva-Luvs

Tuvalu Home Tuva-Luvstuva-luv maddieThis week’s Tuva-Luv comes from Maddie! One of her Tuva-Luvs is the Beach Lining Boatwood Frame. It’s made out of recycled wood with lining pieces in beach blues, greens and hints of yellow. The frame features a “distressed” finish. The nature of this style introduces variations such as cracks, bare wood, nail heads, knots, color gradients, and other random elements. Add this perfect coastal frame to your home today! Shop the Beach Lining Boatwood Frame on our online store here!

Check out all of our team’s Tuva-Luvs here! Find out what we love now!

:: Creating Island Vibes With Bamboo ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

Bamboo mirror with coastal detailsGet into the island mindset by decorating with bamboo! Real bamboo or faux bamboo, it provides a fun, tropical look for the home. Pick from adding a few bamboo accents to enlisting larger pieces to really sell the island look. Check out what these designers have done with bamboo. Get ideas, get inspired and start using bamboo to create a blissful island feel in your home!
Bamboo side console with nautical and coastal details Beautiful entry with coatsal details, bamboo seatee and beach ready accessories Coastal bedroom with bamboo lined ceiling Coastal Dining area with bamboo chairs

:: 7 Secrets To Owning Your Own Private Island ::

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Tuesday Tips

7 secrets to owning a private island

In Coastal Living‘s February issue they feature a quick guide called the “7 Secrets To Owning Your Own Private Island” and it gives you a basic run through of what you need to know about private island purchases. With California’s Power Ball jackpot sitting at $1.4 Billion, and rising, this really could be a great guide to help you with your new found wealth. Even if you aren’t a lotto winner, the dream of owning a private island actually isn’t that unrealistic. We’ve listed their 7 Secrets to Owning Your Own Private Island below so that you can find out how to make it happen!

1. They’re not all as pricey as you may think.

Sure, a large and sandy tropical island will seriously set you back (the undeveloped Caribbean isle pictured here is listed at $5.5 million), but some small, rocky islands—like the 1-acre Wohoa Bay in Maine, 30 miles east of Acadia National Park—can go for as little as $40,000.

2. But be prepared to pay up front.

Banks generally won’t grant loans for the purchase of private islands, because without comparable properties on the market nearby, it’s almost impossible to establish a clear-cut monetary value, explains Chris Krolow, CEO of Private Islands Inc., the largest marketplace for international private island listings and sales.

3. Existing dwellings rarely affect the price.

A house that might go for $1.5 million elsewhere does not add the same amount to an island’s listing price. If anything, particularly quirky houses can sometimes pull down the final purchase price, says Krolow, because new owners might have different needs for the property.

4. The hottest spot to buy an island right now is…

the Bahamas or Belize. Both countries are relatively easy to get to from the United States and have the tropical feel that many potential island owners are after. There’s a lot of interest in purchasing Greek islands, but logistical difficulties and bureaucracy usually slow down the process and make people look elsewhere.

5. Island owners still have to deal with nature.

Owning an island means being responsible for the area’s ecosystem. Anything an owner does—say, getting rid of snakes—could have unintended consequences, such as creating a rodent problem. Krolow advises looking to local regulations on the nearest mainland for guidance.

6. Tech advances have made island life more accessible than ever.

Krolow notes that new yachting technology is opening up possibilities for private islands. For example, small water desalination units made for yachts are easy to transport and capable of cleaning enough water for single-occupancy residential islands.

7. The trick to easy maintenance year-round is…

Rent out your island. Even some of the wealthiest owners rent  their islands to guests, employing full-time staffs. Doing so ensures that the island is ever-ready for  visitors, and that owners won’t be greeted by surprises when it’s their own off-the-grid time.

:: White Decor Monday Pins ::

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Monday Pins

All white coastal bedroom with an ocean viewThis week’s Monday Pins post taps into all white decor. Plus, who doesn’t love a beautiful, white room? A white space looks elegant and stunning. It offers a feeling of peace that you can walk into and instantly enjoy. Get those pin buttons ready because we’ve got some gorgeous rooms that you can add to your boards. Check out what designers have done with white decor in each of these spaces! Happy Pinning!

If you want more home decor pins, follow Tuvalu Home on Pinterest here!
All white kitchen with cottage decor Coastal details in the living room Simple, white decor with rustic accents White, monochromatic color scheme in a mediterranean style home

:: Spotted! Dash & Albert Molly Rug ::

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Feature Friday

spotted! dash & albert molly indoor outdoor rugLook what we found in this month’s Country Living! We found Dash & Albert’s Molly Indoor/Outdoor Rug! Dash & Albert create a classic, wide plaid rug with a modern combo of coral, brown, and taupe stripes. The rug is crafted out of recycled materials into a durable, washable indoor/outdoor weave. This rug would be perfect for high traffic areas and great in outdoor spaces! Take advantage of the durable, washable rug in places like the kitchen or even the bathroom! Shop the Dash & Albert Molly Rug now on TuvaluHome.com!

:: Tuva-Luvs – Laurie ::

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Thursday Tuva-Luvs

Tuvalu Home Tuva-Luvstuva-luv laurieThis week’s Tuva-Luv comes from Laurie! One of her store favorites is the Ro Sham Beaux Carmen Chandelier! This chandelier’s round hemp-wrapped frame captivates the eye with cascading arrangement of beads. Ro Sham Beaux takes a fresh approach to lighting design with an eye towards the future and a reverence of the past. This is the perfect chandelier for a coastal home! See the more of the Ro Sham Beaux Carmen Chandelier in our online store here!

If you would like to see more Tuva-Luvs you can check out the Tuva-Luv page here! See what else the Tuvalu Home team likes now!

:: All White Decor ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

Coastal living room with white decorStart the new year fresh. Help yourself let go of the stress and get rid of the mess. One way to do this is to wipe the slate clean – literally. Decorating with white decor gives you the opportunity to make your home feel fresh again. From time to time we need a little, healthy change. We need try out new ideas and styles. This year it can be all about a monochromatic color palette, specifically, an all white palette. Check out these spaces that have been decorated with a white in mind. Get inspired and start thinking about how your home could be transformed with a fresh, monochromatic look.
Nautical style bathroom decorated in white Simple, coastal bedroom decorated with white decor White coastal details White decorated coastal living room

:: 3 Quick Tips To Beat The Cold ::

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Tuesday Tips

A nautical, rustic style space with a warm fire

During winter it can get a little too cold for comfort and there’s only so much of that you can handle. That’s why we’ve got 3 quick tips to help you beat the cold. Check them out below!

1. Curl Up With A Blanket

It’s cozy and, more importantly, warm. A blanket is a must-have for the cold season. Grab a nice, fluffy throw to drape over yourself when you’re relaxing at home and you’ll forget it’s even cold.

2. Huddle Around The Fire

A fire is a great way to heat up the room and create a cozy space. Get yourself nice and toasty by the flames to give yourself some relief from the chills of winter. Did someone say S’mores? Oh, no? Just checking.

3. Grab A Warm Drink

There’s nothing like a hot drink to help battle the cold. Whether it’s tea, coffee or hot cocoa, it will keep you warm and leave you with a smile. Stay warm!

Coastal day bed with a warm throw ready for the cold weather Coastal living room with a cozy cottage look, a throw and a puppy to keep you warm Simple coastal home decor Time to entertain with tea in a coastal style home

:: Simple Coastal Decor Monday Pins ::

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Monday Pins

Bright and simple coastal vignette with minimal detailsThis week’s Monday Pins post is all about keeping it simple because sometimes less is more. It’s a beautiful and elegant way to decorate, but doesn’t come as easy as you’d think. Keeping it simple when it comes to decor is a true art form. There’s a fine line between too little and too much. A great way to approach this style of decorating is to add items into a space and slowly remove pieces one by one. You can start to feel when the space feels too empty or still feels too full. Need a little inspiration? Then check these spaces out. Look how these designers have created beautiful, simple spaces with minimal decor. Get those pin buttons ready and pin these to your Pinterest boards while you hunt for more inspiration! Hopefully these spaces help you get a feel for simple, minimal coastal decor. Happy pinning!

If you want more coastal inspired, home decor pins, you can check out the Tuvalu Home Pinterest here!
Coastal bedroom with model sail boats hangin on the walls Minimal coastal details in the living room Simple coastal bedroom with a nautical theme Simple coatsal details in the bedroom