Monthly Archives: February 2017

:: Don’t Just Display It, Say It! ::

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Tuesday Tips

A tropical inspired living room with fun wall artYou can never have enough art in your home. Art can be as abstract and crazy as you want or it can flat out say exactly what you want it to. Why beat around the bush?

Use art to say what’s on your mind! We tend to see signs and art in coastal homes that say something about the beach or the beautiful beach city they are located in (Shout out to Laguna Beach!) and we love that. We love it because that’s something you don’t see in other home decor styles. You might find a Victorian style home with a sign that says, “God Save The Queen,” but that’s probably it. Chances are you won’t find a sign that says, “Hello Gorgeous.”

Have fun with the art and signs you place around your home. Take a look at how these spaces are saying something with the art. If you want to bring more art into your home, check out what we call ‘the written word’ section on the Tuvalu Home online store here!

Coastal bedroom with life is beautiful wall art Coastal details with cute accessories and art

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:: Coastal Home Monday Pins #16 ::

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Monday Pins

Bright and pattern filled coastal home living roomIt’s Monday and that means it’s time for coastal home decor pins! This week we have five more coastal pins for your Pinterest boards. So get ready to pin ’em and share ’em, ladies and gentlemen! Most importantly, don’t forget to have a good week! Happy Monday!
Clean lines in a modern coastal kitchen Coastal style bedroom with simple decor Eclectic coastal dining area Simple coastal home entryway

:: Tuva-Luvs – Dean ::

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Thursday Tuva-Luvs

Tuvalu Home Tuva-LuvsTuva-Luvs – Dean loves the Arteriors Trump Floor LampThis week our Tuva-Luv comes from Dean! One of her store favorites is the Arteriors Trump Floor Lamp. This wooden bowling pin inspired floor lamp has a rustic iron disk base and is topped with a textured mushroom brown linen drum shade with cream cotton lining. It also has French wire and 3-way switch. Shop the Arteriors Trump Floor Lamp now!

:: Because Sometimes You Just Need Color ::

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Bright and colorful coastal living roomColor is a fun and easy way to bring personal style to any space. Unlike creating a mood with tones, color allows you to break up a space to make bright and bold statements. You can decorate with a pre-designed color palette, choose colors based on your favorite pattern, use color to accent or even just use color for the sake of using color. Basically, you can do anything and everything design-wise with color.

People will say that there is a way to design with color and there is a way not to. They might say that you should use color vertically and start with darker colors and hues on the floor and slowly transition to lighter color and hues the closer you get to the ceiling. They might say start with the front door and entryway s0 that you can color your way through the house to keep the color palette cohesive and consistent. They might tell you to stay away from this color with that color or that color with this color.

Want to know the cold hard truth about designing with color? Do whatever you want.

Pick whatever color(s) you want and start designing. Make as much or as little visual noise as you want! Picture your home as a coloring book, just add the color and complete the picture. Seriously, it’s really not that hard and no color is wrong. The best part about using color is you can always take some of it away. Trying to pair bright orange pillows on a dark blue sofa? Maybe opt out for white or light yellows to compliment. It’s all about playing and experimenting to figure what you like and want.

You might not get it right the first time and that’s okay. It really is part of the fun. The mixing and matching is all part of the game we love to call design. It will help you grow and understand yourself as well as design. And if you absolutely can’t get it right that’s what we have the pros like the Tuvalu Home Design Team for. Give ’em a call if you want a beautifully designed space, we promise you want be disappointed!
Colorful coastal bedroom with bright decor Colorful coastal details Colorful coastal living room decorated in green Eclectic collection of bright coastal style and decor

:: Decorate With Natural Tones ::

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Dining room decorated with warm, natural tonesHave you enter a space and instantly felt comfortable? Felt at home? Do you ever wonder how a designer does that? Well, to be honest, there’s not just one single way to accomplish that feeling. There are actually many different ways. But let’s narrow down and focus in on one way you can accomplish this feeling in your home. If you haven’t guessed by the title of this post, “Decorate With Natural Tones”, then boy do we have surprise for you!

That’s right! Use natural tones to create a feeling of warm and cozy comfort. Warm tones create a sense of peace and familiarity. They welcome you with open arms and bring joy. Think about golden hour and how the sunset creates a tone of magical light. On the other side, blue tones are regarded as cold and sometimes lifeless. Think sterile, crime show morgue and you can feel how cold and empty the space is. These quick examples show how powerful tones can be in design. They can hit you subconsciously and transform your mood without you even realizing.

Once you realize that the tones throughout your home play a very powerful role, you can use them to decorate. Natural and neutral tones can help create a relaxed feeling and look in the home. It puts you at ease and is easy on the eyes, unlike a bright and colorful home that can bombard your visual sense (no offense to overly colorful homes, we applaud your bold decor). That’s not to say that colors don’t play a role because they can certain play a part in the show. Just apply subtly throughout and use the idea of less is more.

If you want a quick and easy visual reference to what we are talking about, look no further. We’ve grabbed a couple beautifully designed spaces that use natural and neutral tones that evoke the warm sense of welcome. Take a look, catch a feel and let it help transform your design abilities.
Natural tone decorated on a cozy day bed Natural tones in the bathroom

:: Coastal Home Monday Pins #15 ::

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Monday Pins

Books stacked under the coffee table in a coastal home living roomThis week we have five coastal home decor pins ready for your Pinterest boards! That’s right! It’s time for your Monday Pins! Get ready to pin ’em and share ’em, ladies and gentlemen! Hit that pin button and get lost in coastal home decor!

Find more coastal home decor and inspiration on the Tuvalu Home Pinterest!
Coastal cottage style living room Coastal inspired kitchen with painted cabinets Plenty of colors and accessories to decorate the built in book shelf Stripes in the kitchen

:: Tuva-Luvs – Peggi ::

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Thursday Tuva-Luvs

Tuvalu Home Tuva-Luvstuva-luv-peggi-within-your-heart-baby-blanketToday’s Tuva-Luv comes from Peggi! Her pick is the Within Your Heart Baby Blanket! The blanket reads, “Within your heart keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go, and sheltered so, may thrive and grow-where doubt and fear are not. Oh, keep a place within your heart, for little dreams to go.” Louise Driscoll. A cute message that can be displayed in your home while bringing inspiration! Check out the Within Your Heart Baby Blanket online!

Don’t forget to check out the Tuva-Luvs page! There you can find all of our store favorites and more!

 

:: Lee Loves Local Sale Still Going On! ::

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lee_socialmedia_0217The Lee Loves Local sale is still going! That means you can get 25% off all Lee Furniture! Come on down to the Laguna Beach or San Clemente store and start shopping for new coastal furniture now!

:: Coastal Home Monday Pins #14 ::

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Monday Pins

Beautiful coastal cottage living room drench in natural light and neutral tonesIt’s time for your Monday Coastal Home pins! We’ve got five fresh pins ready for your coastal Pinterest boards. We’re talking cottage looks and beach house feels. Pin ’em and share ’em, ladies and gentlemen! And don’t forget to have a good week!

Find more coastal home decor and inspiration on the Tuvalu Home Pinterest!
Classic East Hampton Summer In The Kitchen Coastal living room with beach cottage style and decor Open coastal living room space with pops of blue and turquoise Simple and clean design in a coastal home