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!
The 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!
The 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!
This week we show you how to get the look by bringing it out of the magazine and into your living room. But don’t think we’re not putting a little Tuvalu Home spin on it because we definitely are! This living room is featured in this month’s Coastal Living and we even used it in one of our trend posts on layering rugs. Check that post out here! We thought it was the perfect space to show you how easy it is to get the look. Find out by reading on!
Let’s start things off with our coffee table and build out from there. We loved the coffee table that this designer chose and it looks great in the space, but we like to show off our rugs. So we chose our Elm Coffee Table to still give us that wooden, rustic look while being able show more of our rugs. Interested in the Elm Coffee Table? Check it out here!
Now it’s time to lay down our cow hide rug. We didn’t invest in this beautiful piece to cover it up with a coffee table, now did we? No, we didn’t. It’s time to let it shine! It’s the perfect piece to layer rugs with and give the space texture. If you’re in serious need of a cow hide rug we’ve got you covered, jump over to the online store here!
The jute rug is the bottom layer of this perfect combo! A jute rug is great for so many different reasons. It offers texture, coverage and a natural color that goes with everything. Bring the space together with your jute rug. Snag one from us here!
It’s time to use up some of that empty space. The Havana Ottoman is just the right piece of furniture for that! Give yourself an addition option for seating when the room gets full and a place to kick your feet up when it’s time to relax. Grab the Havana Ottoman here!
You’re obviously going to need a place to sit in your new coastal living room. So why not give yourself a blank canvas that you can paint with pillows and throws? The Lily Sofa gives you just that! It’s begging for you to dress it up and use it to it’s full potential. Check out the Lily Sofa here!
Remember that blank canvas of a sofa you just got? Well here are a few pillow options for you. Above we’ve featured the Building Sandcastles Pillow and our Rugby Denim Pillow. These are just two of the many pillows we offer! Check out more pillows here!
We can’t forget about the walls. We’ve got to hang our art somewhere! Keeping to the sea animal theme, we matched this designer’s octopus art with our own. Jump over to our online store here if you’re interested in picking up this piece.
Last, but not least, let there be light! We bring some light to the space by using our Jamie Young Bamboo Floor Lamp. This little guy doesn’t take up much space and packs a powerful, coastal design punch. Get your Jamie Young Bamboo Floor Lamp here
Bar stools are a great way to bring people to the kitchen without bringing them into the kitchen. It gives your family, or guests, a place in the kitchen without them getting in the way. Bar stools can make or break your island or kitchen bar and before you buy the wrong ones we have three questions that you should know the answer to. They are:
1. How high or low is my bar or island?
2. How much space do I have?
3. How often are my bar stools going to be used?
Once you can answer these three questions you are ready to start looking for the perfect bar stools. It’s pointless, not to mention a huge waste of your time, to go out looking for bar stools that won’t fit because they’re too high and too wide. Also, if you know your stools are going to be used daily you should buy some that can handle the physical demand. If you’re in need of some bar stools or want to get some ideas, jump over to our web store and start looking here.