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:: 3 Tips To Get Your Home Ready For Summer ::

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Everyone’s favorite season is rapidly approaching. The sun is shining, the beach is starting to beg you to come play and the birds are chirping away trying to convince you to go outside. As much as your body and mind might be ready for summer, is your home? If you’re not sure, then use these 3 tips to help your home in the direction of summer!

1. Dust off, clean up or replace the outdoor furniture. 

If we plan on getting that beautiful, golden tan or hosting a BBQ (or two or three) this summer, we’re going to need the furniture to lend us a helping hand. Take a quick look at your outdoor furniture. How’s it looking? Do you need new cushions? Does it need to be cleaned? Or is it time to ditch it for some new furniture?

2. Bring out the marshmallows.

Get that fireplace ready for those gooey, delicious s’mores! It’s not summer unless you’re ending your nights around the fire and roasting your marshmallows for the classic summer time treat. No place to roast those marshmallows? No problem! It’s time you get that fire pit and set it up. These are easy to shop for and there’s no need to build one or lay brick!

3. Let it flow

It’s time to let the air flow through your home! Open those windows wide and let the summer breeze fill your home! This lets you keep your home cool and gives those indoor plants a little fresh air as well!
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:: Share The Holiday Spirits! ::

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Coastal bar cart out on the patio enjoying the ocean viewsNo holiday is complete without a glass of wine, or three! Make sure the bar is stocked with beverages for all and for all the holiday madness because sometimes wine just isn’t enough. Cover the basics with your home bar. There’s no need to stock every wine or liquor in existence, you aren’t a bar, but you should have a few go-to’s and the tools to mix drinks properly. Once you’ve set them up with their first drink they know exactly where to find their next one. Make it easy for yourself to stay on top of your host duties these holidays by taking a few extra minutes to plan and prepare. Take a look at these bar spaces and serving carts to get inspiration for your home bar space. Maybe pick a drink theme  for your party or just let guests get after it. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy yourselves responsibly! 

Stock up on barware accessories here and make sure to check out our bar carts and serving tables here!

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:: Using Furniture To Anchor A Coastal Living Room ::

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A coastal living room with fun, electic decorThe living room is an essential room in every home. It gets used daily and is often one of the most seen rooms in the house. That means design in the living room is crucial. One way to ensure design success in the living room is to properly anchor the room. Anchoring is just a fancy term that refers to pulling the room together and there are many ways to anchor a room. The most known would be to use a rug, or rugs, but one of the beautiful things about design is how there are more than one way to do things.

Today we’re exploring the option of using furniture to anchor the living room. It’s a way that offers another design element and mixes up the typical design style. The best way to anchor a room using furniture is to use a neutral colored sofa and matching chairs. There are two reason why they should be neutral colored and these pieces specifically.

First, these pieces in neutral colors are important because they are going to be large pieces that every living room needs. They will take up space and will stand out if they are a bright, loud color.

Second, the neutral colors allow you to build, layer and design on top of them. Set bright red pillows on the sofa to match the red striped rug you lay or the red side table you set in between your neutral colored chairs.

By using these pieces and neutral colors it allows the eyes to see them, but not fixate on them and move onto the more important design elements of the living room. Also, if you have the space, you can use two neutral colored sofas to anchor the space and now your chair options are as open as the color palette you choose.

We’ve gathered a few images to give you a visual of what we’re talking about. Each image shows a beautiful, coastal living room that is anchored by furniture. These spaces are anchored by furniture and allow the designer to decorate the rest of the room as they please. Have a look, take notes and be inspired to try this technique in your home.
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:: 3 Quick Tips For Backyard Cooking ::

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Nautical backyard with fresh air kitchen spaceIt’s time to clean up the grill and get it ready for BBQ season! It’s the perfect weather to be outside grilling and spending time in the backyard. Make sure you’re backyard is ready for you and the summer season ahead. If it’s not we’ve got 3 quick tips to help you get your backyard space ready. 1. Get Grillin’ First things first, make sure the grill is ready to go. Over the winter the grill wasn’t getting too much use, or any at all, so it’s going to need a quick clean. Dust off the cobwebs, clean off the dirt and fill up the propane tank. Now when that perfect warm evening comes along you can hit the grill and enjoy a nice dinner in the backyard. 2. Cover Up It gets a little hot out when the sun is coming down on you so make sure you’ve got some shade to retreat to. We’re talking about a big umbrella, an awning or a deck covering. However you get your shade, you’re going to be thankful you’re standing in it enjoying a cold, crisp lemonade. 3. Table Space One thing you can never have enough of in the backyard is table space. It’s especially useful when it comes to cooking. Get yourself a table that can handle the load and provide enough space not only for cooking and food, but for guests as well. Coastal backyard kitchen space done in turquoise and whiteCoastal backyard with a fun, hidden grillCoastal backyard dining space with a turquoise painted table Coastal outdoor kitchen space with a shimmery back splash

:: How High To Hang Your Dining Room Chandelier ::

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Coastal chic diing room with a gorgeous chandelierThe dining room chandelier is a design conundrum that has been around for as long as we can remember. There are many aspects that go into making this design choice. The official standing, and what you’ll most likely read in the textbooks, is to hang the chandelier 30-34 inches above the dining room table if you have an 8 foot ceiling. If you have a higher ceiling you add 3 inches for every foot above 8 feet. For example, if you have 10 foot ceiling you would hang the chandelier 36-50 inches above the table. That’s just the start.

On top of the hanging height, you need to take into consideration the width. The general rule is to make sure your chandelier is 12 inches narrower than the with of your table. So purchase a wide table because we don’t want anyone hitting their heads on it now, do we? That’s not too bad, but wait! It’s then suggested that the chandelier be 48 inches from each wall in the dining room and should be centered on the table. We can manage that right? Right!

Now that we have the technically side down, it’s time to actually pick your chandelier which means more choices and options as well as design aspects to factor in. Starting to see where this is going? Exactly, no thanks! Sometimes you have to toss the rules out the window and go for it. A chandelier doesn’t need to be that complicated. Find what you like, make sure it fits in the room (literally and aesthetically) and then eye it. Size it up with your eyes and pick the height that you like the most as well as looks right to you. This is your space, you don’t need other people telling you how to design it.

Looking for a chandelier or looking to upgrade yours? Check out the chandeliers that Tuvalu Home offers online here!

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:: Go Big With Your Art! ::

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Creative way to show off art. Create a shelf and place the frame on it.We think that no wall should be left behind! No wall shall go bare while there is art out in the world to hang on it! That’s why you should go big with your art. Cover as much of that wall as you can. There are many ways to do this: get one large piece to cover the wall, create a gallery wall, or get creative with how you display it (like the picture shown above). The bottom line is you get to cover your walls and you get to show off some great art. It’s truly a win-win, especially for those home owners that are fortunate enough to have large spaces. Use large art or gallery walls to fill the space. Using art to cover the walls can give the room a fuller, richer feel when you enter it. Take a look at what these designers have done with these spaces and how they’ve used art to not only cover the walls, but pull the room together.

Are you looking to invest in some art for your home? Check out our art on our online website here!
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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!
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:: Make It Shine! ::

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coastal bedroom with a gorgeous gold mirror making a statement over the bedDon’t let the sun stop shining this summer! The sun may set, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep it bright with some gold decor!

Gold is a fun color to work into your decor. It can be used in a couple different ways. You can make a statement with it and go bold with your gold. Use the color’s bright hue to really give the room some pop and a little touch of glam. Make it fabulous!

If you’re not looking for bold, you can use your gold pieces as little accents. Use the color to compliment the other hues in the space and just drop little hints of gold throughout the space.

Check out how these designers use gold in these spaces and then start your treasure hunt to add gold to your home! A coastal backyard living area with a touch of gold decor coastal kitchen with gold painted hanging lights gold bamboo chair with leopard print fabric

:: Beach Cottage/Coastal Rustic Design Style ::

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d740060d3279d271ac8b3b6f219d2423The beach cottage and coastal rustic design styles are staples in coastal decor. We’ve put these two styles together because they really go hand in hand. The beach cottage style is all about comfort, being cozy and weathered decor. Doesn’t that sound just like rustic coastal decor? It does to us too, so that’s why we gladly combine these styles! Without further adieu, let’s get into what makes the beach cottage/coastal rustic decor unique.

The first thing you notice about the beach cottage/coastal rustic style is the immediate comfort the space offers. This style is all about welcoming you into a cozy space that you can curl up in on a cold winter night or take it easy on a hot summer day. The decor style invites you to forget about your worries and let go. You will also notice all of the textures that come along with the style. This is due to the fact that this style heavily incorporates weathered and vintage pieces. Another big theme throughout the style is the wood work. Whether it be the floors or furniture, there’s going to be wood. It’s most likely going to be stained, weathered or painted because that’s what the style calls for. It’s also very common to see wood paneling on the walls. This adds to the decor and the wood theme is usually carried throughout the home.

Cottages are known to be cozier (word friendly version of small) and that means you have to get creative with the space. That can mean little nooks, built in’s and many other creative ways to utilize the small amount of space you have to work with. Of course not every coastal cottage is small. Some have a lot of space and give the designer the opportunity to play in it. So instead of using standard, cottage friendly furniture pieces they can use larger ones that can add dramatic depth and style to the space.

The furniture used in this style is usually wood based. It keeps with the cottage theme and ties in with the wood flooring that’s already in place. Designers have been known to work in a few pieces that incorporate metals, but they are used sparingly in the home. The pieces also tend to have a vintage, rustic look. This gives the designer the opportunity to actually work with real vintage pieces that give the home unique charm. This idea carries through to the accessories and where we think the style really comes through. The accessories are the whipped cream and cherry on top! It’s very common to see trunks and weathered coastal inspired pieces in this style. Like old pieces off sail boats, vintage looking art and lots of driftwood. This style also gives way to the use of vintage knick knacks throughout each space. The designer can really have fun and get creative with what vintage accessories they want.

If you weren’t already sold on this style, we’ve got a few pictures for you guys to check out and see what we’re talking about. We tried to give you guys a mix of what’s out there when it comes to the style without branching off into any other style (which is a lot harder to do than you think). If you have anything to add to our beach cottage, coastal rustic design style post please let us know! We’d love to know your favorite design aspects of the style and anything you think we should know!

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:: Coastal Easter Eggs! ::

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d1b5845be97af49b133a9dfc10aaf84dEaster is this Sunday! Yes, this Sunday! That means we get to create some Coastal Easter Eggs! Time to bring out those coastal blue, sea glass green and sun rise yellow dyes to get our dip on! We grabbed some of our favorite Coastal Easter Egg pictures to share with you guys today and we love these!

Draw inspiration and ideas from these beautifully decorated eggs and have some fun with it this Easter! Tell the kids that you guys have a theme this year and you need their help! And if for some reason the kids abandon ship and go rogue on your theme, you’ve at least got the family together doing something fun. Happy Easter everyone!

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