Category Archives: Tropical

:: Do You Even Bamboo? ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

Bamboo furniture in a tropical inspired homeBamboo decor is a staple in coastal style and coastal homes. It can be found in almost every beach cottage because of it’s practicality and tropical nature. It’s no surprise to see designers using bamboo in a space and getting in touch with their coastal roots.

Bamboo brings a beachy vibe to any space and definitely lets that person know exactly what kind of home they’re in. Plus it can come in any color or size. Painted bamboo has really opened up the design options and lets us go wild! We love the look of bamboo and it will always be a coastal home classic.

What are your thoughts on bamboo? Do you use it in your home? Or have you guys moved onto to something new? Let us know! And don’t forget to enjoy these beautiful spaces these designers have put together using bamboo!
Coastal dining room with white bamboo chairsCoastal furniture in an outdoor spaceCoastal lounge chair made of bamboo in the living roomColorful bamboo trolley bar cart

:: Coastal Home Decor Pins #56 ::

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Monday Pins

Beauitful coastal home with a mellow tropical feelIt’s Monday and it’s time for you coastal home decor pins! This week we’re completely focusing on brighter and warmer because it’s been raining like crazy here in Southern California! It’s wet and cold so naturally we want to be somewhere else. Preferably somewhere sunny with the sun shining! Hopefully these five fresh pins can take you to a better place! Get those pin buttons ready and add these to your coastal home boards! We hope you stay dry and get warm this week! Happy Monday!

Do you want more coastal home decor and inspiration? Then head to the Tuvalu Home Pinterest!
Coastal chic mixed with a little modern style Outdoor tropical space ready to lounge Cozy chic coastal home with lots of eclectic charm Coastal side console with pops of blue

:: 3 Quick Decorating Tips For Tropical Design In Your Home ::

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Tuesday Tips

Beautiful tropical decor inspired outdoor patio spaceTropical home decor is great for transforming your home into the tropical island getaway you’ve always wanted. Incorporate lush, green plants and natural, earthy tones to create a tropical paradise. Today we have 3 quick decorating tips for tropical design in your home. These tips will help you get started on a tropical home decor journey in the place you call home.

1. Keep It Tonal
Go neutral with the colors and tones in your home. Step away from the typical tropical style that uses bright colors and crazy patterns. Create an environment and space that invokes relaxing island feels. Try decorating with whites and natural colors.

2. Lush Greens
Tropical locales are always rich in greens. Upon seeing bright greens and palm leaves, you’re immediately transported to the tropical state of mind. Pair the vibrant greens with a neutral color palette and really create a lasting impression.

3. Natural Elements
Designing with natural materials not only brings an element of nature, but a look that can withstand the weather. Tropical regions are prone to wet weather and need materials that can look good as well as preform. Turn to designing with light colored woods or even dark, rich woods to create a striking look.
Tropical design elements in an outdoor seating area Tropical home with a thatched roof and simple wood furniture Tropical home with high ceilings decorated with a neutral color paletteTropical home with an open flow throughout the space

:: Bohemian Colors ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

Beautiful bohemian coastal living room with playful patternsBohemian colors are a great way to bring a bright and colorful palette into your home. The Bohemian style is not only known for it’s colorful look. It’s also known for its bold patterns that come along with it. Decorating with these colors is a great way to spice up your home a bring life back into it. The Bohemian style also mixes well with coastal home decor. You can use the style and colors to create dreamy, tropical vibes in a coastal home. Check out some great examples we found and look how these designers have infused coastal style with the Bohemian style and colors.
Bohemian details Bohemian style living room with bright colors and fun patterns Bohemian style living room with electic decor and colors Bohemina style beach cottage

:: 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.

:: Tropical State of Mind ::

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Beautiful troipcal inspired detailsAs the cold weather chills our bodies, we won’t let it beat our spirits! If we aren’t laying out on the beach basking in the warmth of the sun, we can always imagine we are. We can do the same with our homes while we’re huddling around the fireplace and staying cozy under our warm blankets. A little tropical inspiration in our homes can go a long way! If you need a winter weather pick me up, here’s a couple tropical inspired spaces that will do just that! Here’s to warmer days and looking forwards to summer time.
Coastal style with modern coastal influences Fun, tropical inspired pillows in a beach cottage Modern coastal decor with a touch of tropical style Simple coastal living room with tropical vibes