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:: Decorate With The Sea In Mind ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

Cute, nautical decor in a wonderfully decorated nookThe sea is calling and it’s trying to talk to you about nautical decor. Not a fan of the idiom? You can let it go to voicemail. For those of you who want to answer (we’re done, we promise), let’s talk about nautical decor! Nautical decor is a wonderful way to bring aspects of the sea, marine life and coastal influence into your home. It makes decorating fun by using unique pieces that used to adorn a part of a ship or a piece that is inspired from travelers that sailed the seas!

Take a look to see what these designers are doing with the style. Use the images to get ideas and inspiration on ways to bring the effortlessly nautical style into your home!

Not sure where to start with your nautical style search? Check out our online store here and get an idea for your home’s nautical decor!

Minimal nautical decor in the living room Model sail boats serving as some beauitful nautical decor Nauitcal decor in the bedroom with fun accessories and details Nautical decor on the patio

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:: Spring Sofa Slip ::

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Tuesday Tips

Coastal living room with spring colorsWant a quick and easy way to bring a little more spring into the home? Then we’ve got just the tip for you!

Go out and find yourself a nice spring colored slip for the sofa! It’s a large piece of furniture that easily stands out when you put some color on it. Look for bright and fun spring colors or maybe playful pattern! The choice is yours! And when spring is over, just pull the slip off. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

If you want more pastel ideas and inspirations for this spring, be sure to check out our Perfectly Pastel Post Here!
Pinks in a coastal living room Pastel colors in a cottage style living room

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:: Open & Airy ::

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Coastal living room with natural light and natural inspired decorWe think it’s time you open up the doors and windows to create a laid back, open feeling in your home. Spring starts to bring us weather that we want to joy outside, so why not create a space that brings in the fresh air and opens up the home to the world to do that?

Creating this feeling isn’t just for the blessed that have beach front property and the luxury of an open floor plans paired with high ceilings. We aren’t going to lie to you guys, that definitely helps – like it really helps. But what about those who aren’t that fortunate? How do you create this in your home? There a couple ways to achieve this feeling in a not so open floor plan home. It’s actually a lot more achievable than you’d think!

First, let as much light in as possible by opening the windows. This will help get fresh air in the space and create a brighter space. It seems so easy and cliche, but really it helps.

Second, keep your decor simple – think essentials only. This cuts the clutter and makes more space which creates room and empty space to help open up the home. Less equals more! Simple!

Third, decorate with lighter colors. This is a must. Darker colors will make a space feel smaller. This isn’t always the case, but for this style it is (if you must use dark colors think of colors in weights and go heavy to light). Neutral colors and lighter colors are your friends and will help make the space feel open and fresh.

As always, we won’t leave you guys empty handed without any visuals. These beautiful spaces are what we’re talking about. Check out the work of these designers and use them as inspiration to create the home you want!
Open coastal living room Coastal cottage living room with a light airy feelLarge, open kitchen with plenty of ceiling space

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:: Perfectly Pastel ::

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Coastal living room decorated with pastel colorsIt’s time to start thinking about spring colors! There are plenty of options in the yellow and blue realm of hues, but why not expand into something different this spring? Try decorating with pastel colors to mix it up!

Pastels are a classic spring look! Plus they look like, well, spring time! Pastel colors are a great way to step away from the bright or bold colors of spring and give you a chance to take it easy on the eyes. The muted pastel colors are easy to mix into your existing decor too. Most of them will just replace anything bright or simply be added to the existing decor.

For example, if you’re lucky enough to have a neutral color palette, you can add a few pastel colored accessories and you’ve got your spring decorating started. What’s that? You don’t have the ridiculously convenient and easy to style example we just mentioned to further our blog post agenda in your home? Well that’s okay! Because we do have these images of pastel decorated and designed spaces for you to look at. We love what these designers have done and hopefully you do too! Get inspired for spring! Pastel colors in the kitchen Muted, pastel colors in a cottage style living room pastel blue painted coastal front door Pastel colors in a coastal living room

:: 3 Quick Tips To Spring Your Patio Back To Life ::

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Tuesday Tips

Kick back with the pup on this cozy coastal patioSpring is right around the corner and it’s been heating up here in Southern California! The last couple of days have been nice and hopefully it’s been the same for your area as well. Looks like a quick day of rain, but then we’re  back to the good weather!

Not sure about you, but we’re all ready to be outside in the sun. When the time comes, we want to maximize our patio with as much comfort and style as we can. That’s why we have 3 quick tips for your spring patio! Get your patio ready for the weather and sun with these tips!

1. Use Colors.

Don’t be afraid to use a little color outside! Sure the spring flowers show bring lots of color, but do the flowers match your interior’s color palette? Or do you want the outside to start a fresh, new palette for your patio space! There’s no need to shy away from colors! Let the hues jump out and shine like they’re meant to in spring!

2. Use Different Types of Materials.

The tip’s title pretty much says it all. Don’t limit yourself to only one type of material on your patio. There are a ton of natural materials that work great outdoors and even plenty of ‘indoor’ materials that work well outside in the weather. They just might need to be pulled in from time to time.

3. Use Plants & Flowers.

This one is a no brainer! Bring some lush, green plants onto the patio space and really feel surrounded by the outdoors. Like we mentioned above, the flowers are strangers to color so use them to brighten up your patio! Make them the standout decor in your patio space!

Beautiful, coastal patio set up with lots of fun patterns and textures Coastal patio dining space perfect for dinner in the backyard Coastal patio with furniture inspired by natural textures White bamboo furniture set out on the patio

:: Garden Stools ::

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Coastal living room decorated with a garden stool Garden stools are a great way to mix up the design in your home. They work inside, outside, in the bedroom, in the living room and in the bathroom! Basically, you can use a garden stool anywhere and it works.

They’re the perfect piece for any space and come in every size, color and shape imaginable. Garden stools give you a chance to switch things up. You can substitute a garden stool for an end table, use it as a layering piece or even use them to add pops of color to any room. With their small size they can come in handy in the coziest of spaces. Extra bonus, they’re easy to add or remove from any space. Not feeling it anymore? Take it out.

We’ve gathered a few pictures of garden stools for you guys to enjoy! Check out how these designers have used garden stool sin various areas of the home. Get inspired and try using a garden stool, or two, in your home!
Garden stool in a coastal bathroom Modern coastal home decorated with a garden stool Coastal cottage living room with garden stool side tableYellow garden stool in a beach house Coastal bedroom with a garden stool at the base of the bed

:: Spring Your Garden Into Action! ::

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Beach cottage with flowers everywhereThe weather has started to heat up the last couple of days here in Southern California, so we’ve been outside enjoying it! That includes a large amount of time spent at the beach and laying out in the backyard enjoying the garden. Speaking of gardens, what’s your garden look like? Eagerly blooming this spring? Or nonexistent? It’s okay if it’s the latter of the two.

Now is the time to plant that garden and show the world you can grow beautiful flowers! Believe in your green thumb! It will give you an extra excuse to get outside and will get that base started on that summer time glow. Plus it all pays off when you get to relax outside and, quite literally, smell the roses.

It’s time to head down to your local nursery or hardware store and get that garden going! The more flowers the better! Start having a little fun in the sun! Don’t forget the sunscreen! 
Walkway lined with flowers that lead to an ocean viewBeauitful flowers reaching for the sun in a coastal cottage backyard

:: Don’t Just Display It, Say It! ::

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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

:: 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

:: 3 Easy Ways To Decorate The Living Room With Bamboo! ::

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Coastal living room with white bamboo chairsA little bamboo goes a long way in a coastal home. It’s always fitting and, let’s face it, it just works. Bamboo brings great texture to the space as well as color, whether it be the natural, neutral color of bamboo or a fun, bold color that pops. The versatility is great!

Today we’re sharing 3 Easy Ways To Decorate Your Living Room With Bamboo! As much as we’d like to suggest putting that bamboo floor in, that’s a spend venture. Try these 3 tips instead!

1. Bamboo Chairs

Chairs are probably the easiest easy way to bring bamboo into the home. It’s as simple as picking them up and setting them down. Done. They also offer a ton of variety. There are so many styles, shapes and colors to choose from you can’t go wrong! They’re also extremely easy to remove when it’s time to mix things up and try new pieces.

2. Bamboo Coffee/Side Tables

Coffee tables and side tables can be used in multiple ways throughout the home. The coffee table can be the focus and building point for the entire living room and set the tone or feel of the space. It can also be an accent piece that plays the simple role of, you guessed it, the coffee table. The side table(s) can add a little touch of bamboo that perfectly compliments the space with it’s color or texture. There’s a lot you can with your bamboo table options!

3. Bamboo Shades.

Bamboo shades can be the piece that ties the space together. It extends the decor to the windows/walls and accents your coastal home decor perfectly. Not only will they help with those bright days, it shows that you’ve got an eye for details and no space in the room is left untouched. Plus, they totally belong in any beach house and drive that coastal style home (pun intended).
Coastal living room with a bamboo coffee table Eclectic coastal space with a bamboo chair Coastal living room with bamboo shades Beach house inspired living room Modern coastal space with eclectic decor Coastal living room with bamboo made coffee table