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:: Newer Isn’t Always Better – Vintage Details ::

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A vintage trunk doubles as a coffee table in a cute coastal living roomIt’s easy to get lost in new accessories and furniture that’s readily available for us to decorate our homes with. We pop into the store and it’s on the shelf waiting for us. It’s easy and accessible, something we crave relentlessly in the 21st century. Then there’s the other side of decorating. The hunting and collecting of vintage pieces for the home. The search can take a long time when you’re looking for something specific in the color or condition. Other times, you’re open to anything and the piece jumps right off the shelf.

Finding antiques and vintage pieces is fun way to decorate your home. One perk about vintage pieces is that you don’t have to fill the entire room with them to show off the style. A couple main pieces or even small accessories can get the job done. Check out how these spaces use vintage finds to decorate and really bring out the best of the style.

Are you looking for vintage, one of kind finds? Then check out our Flea Market Finds on our web store here! Each piece is hand picked by our buyers here at Tuvalu Home and they loved hunting these down for you guys!
Coastal nautical space decorated with vintage inspired decor Shell details in a vintage looking glass jar Vintage details on a beauitful decorated cabinet Vintage sea glass bottles covering a weathered sideboard

:: Antique Coastal Pieces ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

91127592431081157_03NAGiRL_cEvery house and every room could use an antique coastal piece or two. Using antique pieces bring a fun, vintage feel to the space that also give it a unique look. Antique pieces allow you to further your coastal decoration with your great finds while staying within your style. The best part about an antique piece is the hunt. Searching from antique shop to antique shop is an adventure like no other. Happy hunting!
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:: Tuvalu & The City of Atlanta ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

Our buyers are over in Atlanta, Georgia at the Atlanta Gift Show shopping for some new stuff for the holiday and Spring 2013 seasons. They’re looking for the latest and greatest to bring back home to sunny California. And yes, we are jealous that we’re here working and they’re shopping in Atlanta, I mean ‘working’ in Atlanta. Luckily they’ve been sending photos and emails updating us with everything they’re doing and seeing. So today we thought we’d share some of their finds with you readers. Get excited, because we are!

I guess one plus about not going is enjoying our sunshine and beautiful weather while they get their rain over in Atlanta. We can’t be too mad about that one! Are you in, around or from Atlanta or Georgia? Do you know of any must go-to places to shop, eat or just enjoy life? Let’s us know!! Have fun ladies and be safe!

:: Vintage Accessories ::

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Tuesday’s Tip From The Pros

Last Tuesday we talked about vintage signs. If you missed that post, you can check it out here. We talked about a very specific design element, but this time we’re going general and talking about our favorite things – accessories! We stay true to our coastal roots, but we love vintage and rustic influenced design elements because it is possible to go overboard with too many sea shells. Plus it’s fun to go hunting for pieces and it adds that timeless character to any room. No space is complete until you add those final touches to it and we want to show you how you can do that. Whether your just starting out and looking for that reference point or you just need a few ideas to help you finish that vintage vignette, we’ve got your back! In this post we’ll show you some beautiful vignettes, a few vintage pieces that you can shop Tuvalu for now and what not to do when going for a vintage theme.

We love vintage style clocks, something about them is just timeless… Corny! But seriously, we love clocks and they can really finish any space. They can be hung on in that high room to fill that vertical space or they can be hung right love your side console to complete your vignette. Either way we feel like they are a great piece!

Vintage Seltzer Bottles are great pieces that you can put in just about any space and they’ll fit right in. They bring vintage and uniqueness to any space without going over board. No one wants to look like they’re trying to hard.

You can never go wrong with antique picture frames. They are wonderful because you can go two ways with them. One way you can go is to head down to your local thrift store, or flea market, and grab old vintage photos to put in them to keep your vintage theme going. Another way you can use them is to put your family and friends photos in them. Now-a-days you could even make vintage prints of your own photos for them!

We like the effort in trying to really go for a vintage style room, but lockers? Maybe if they were used somewhere else like the garage, but in this room they don’t work for us. Personally with that light and the heavy wood beam ceilings this remind us of a dungeon or jail cell. Those buckets in the corner add to sketchy vibes we get from this room. Let’s not do this… Ever.

At first we really really liked this vignette because of all the sail boats and ocean themed paintings. Then we looked down and saw the modern side tables, lamps and bed frame. Vintage can be infused with many different styles, but modern is just not one of them. They are extreme opposites, but not in a good way. We know, ‘break the design rules,’ but some times we have rules for a reason and here’s a perfect example why.

:: Get The Look – Coastal Side Console ::

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Tuesday’s Tip From The Pros

While browsing through our stacks of magazines we came across this little gem. What we have here is a beautiful side console table and a stunning coastal theme arranged around it. Today we want to show you how you can easily recreate, or even expand on, this setting and make your home look like it should be featured in magazines. Clear a space and get ready for a coastal over haul because we’re turning you into a pro!

Let’s start with the base piece. We will start to build from the side console table and go from there. Choose a solid table that will fit perfect in the coastal theme. Make sure you have plenty of space to play with too. On top of it and below it!

Hit the walls with a few framed art pieces. These paintings have a strong nautical theme and bring more ocean vibes into the setting. Consider going antique or at least the vintage look to scare some extra style points.

This scene is not complete without a replica model sail boat. Finding the right one for you will complete this look! Let this model shine and breathe that fresh ocean air into your home while everyone marvels at it.

You’re going to need a little light in that space which provides a good opportunity to bring in rustic-coastal style lamps. You don’t want to go overboard on the shells or ocean theme, so why not balance it out with a couple rustic-coastal lamps.

It’s not coastal without some shells. I don’t know how you feel about taxidermy birds, but I think we’ll pass. So instead of the taxidermy bird in a case we’re opting for shells, coral and sand. We like that a lot more and it feels more beachy to us. It’s kind of hidden behind the chair, but there’s a box decorated in shells on the floor which drives the coastal feels home

What would we do without accessories? I mean really, where would we be? Let’s finish this setting by pointing you in the right direction. We only want to get your started with a few because we think that every space needs a personal touch added by you. Run down to the beach and hunt for shells, rocks or anything that will fit into your setting. While you’re down there you can stop by our shop or go online to grab these accessories. Find antique accessories and more at Tuvalu Home!

We’ve got you started and now it’s up to you to finish it! We want to see what you do and how it looks finished. So don’t be shy and send us over some pictures of your space!