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:: 4 Steps To Arranging A Beautiful Coffee Table ::

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coffee-table-plant-0214-lgn-88151434Country Living has a great step-by-step guide on how to arrange a coffee table like the designers do and we had to share. They’ve created great visuals that are easy to follow and also provide wonderful explanations that will help you grow as a designer. We grabbed these photos off their site and use their words as well, you can see the original on Country Living’s website here.
coffee-table-tray-0214-lgn-33937640Step 1: Start with a tray.

“A piece that mimics the shape of your table helps organize items neatly and acts as a pretty layering element,” Sigala explains. Then, anchor the opposite corner with an oversize book to balance out the tray. Illustrated books invite laid-back perusing. coffee-table-lidded-boxes-0214-lgn-95491327Step 2: Zero in on the remaining corners.

Envision your table in quadrants and aim for rough symmetry along the diagonals. Here, a stack of smaller books that faces off with lidded boxes corralling necessary odds and ends: remotes, matches, cards, etc.coffee-table-glass-bottles-0214-aDXgpB-lgnStep 3: Just add personality.

“Set out things that will spark curiosity and conversation, like a collection of glass bottles,” advises Sigala. Plus, when you top stacks with an interesting object, “a large book or a pile becomes a pedestal,” she explains.coffee-table-organic-details-0214-lgn-15214054Step 4: Finish with organic details.

“Plants or flowers give life to any surface—literally!” says Sigala, who placed this orchid off-center for a casual look. One last thing: “Don’t overdo it—a coffee table should have plenty of space for cups of coffee!”

:: 3 Quick Tips To Welcoming Fall ::

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9b2aca42abd427f3bb914e98868a1b26Fall is the coziest of the seasons. It gives you the perfect weather to go out during the day and cuddle up at night. It’s time you take the season from outside and bring it in. Here’s a 3 quick ways to do just that!

1. Fall Foliage

Nothing is more fall than the flowers and leaves themselves. The reds, yellows, and oranges are the natural colors of autumn so bring the natural decor into your home this fall!

2. Pick Up Pumpkins

Pumpkins go hand in hand with fall. Without these glorious gourds fall is not complete. So what does that mean for us? We bring them into the house! A few little pumpkins scattered throughout the living room or entryway will provide the ultimate fall decor.

3. Capitalize On Candles

Some of our favorite candles and scents usually come out during fall and it’s the time of year to start burning them. It’s nice coming home and seeing you’re fall decor, but coming home to the smells of autumn? That’s perfect. Go out and grab yourself some season friendly candles and cozy up!
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:: Get The Look! – Coastal Living Room ::

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get-the-look-coastal-living-feb-2013 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!

elm-coffee-table-coastal-home-decor-tuvaluLet’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!
cow-hide-rug-coastal-rustic-home-tuvaluNow 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!
jute-rug-coastal-home-decor-tuvaluThe 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!
havana-ottoman-home-decor-tuvaluIt’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!
lily-sofa-coastal-living-room-home-tuvaluYou’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!
pillows-coastal-decor-home-tuvaluRemember 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!
ocotpus-art-coastal-living-room-tuvalu 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.
bamboo-floor-lamp-coastal-living-room-tuvalu 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

:: 3 Ways To Make Your Kitchen Look Vintage ::

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vintage-kitchen-stove-white-blue-tuvalu-home Today we have have 3 tips to make your kitchen look vintage. If you’ve ever wanted to travel back in time and make your kitchen a cute, vintage inspired space then this post is for you. If you already love your kitchen and just adore vintage decor, then this post is for you too! These 3 tips with push start you into the vintage direction and give your kitchen an instant vintage look. Let’s take a look at these 3 tips below!
vintage-kitchen-vintage-island-home-decor-tuvalu1. Get A Vintage Island – A vintage kitchen island will anchor the space and set the tone for the kitchen. It could be the first thing that people see and associate the style of your kitchen with, so why not make it a vintage statement? Plus it’s an easy install that doesn’t involve tearing anything out or tackling a renovation.
vintage stools-vintage-kitchen-home-decor-tuvalu 2. Get Vintage Stools – What could make your new vintage island better? Vintage stools. These can give any kitchen more of a vintage feel whether you have the island to go with them or not. Vintage stools, or even vintage inspired stools, can be found in many shapes and sizes that will fit perfect with any existing island or future vintage island you bring into your kitchen.
vintage-kitchen-vintage-fridge-home-decor-tuvalu vintage-stove-vintage-kitchen-inpiration-style-home-decor-tuvalu 3. Get Vintage Appliances – Vintage appliances will top off any aspiring vintage kitchen. With all kinds of vintage style stove tops, ovens and refrigerators out there you can find the perfect ones for you and your kitchen. With companies making them brand new, there’s no need to worry about them not working or causing problems either.

:: Winter Table Decor ::

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It’s time to start breaking out the winter and holiday decor if you haven’t already. We’ve got a few images here to spark your inner winter decorating skills and to inspire you to try something new. You’re dining table is going to see some action this holiday season and you’ve better be ready for it.

Whether it’s bright winter berries scattered about on the table or even ornaments incorporated into the center piece, your dining table can become the perfect holiday show piece in your home. There’s no need to go above and beyond when it comes to decorating your dining table. Remember at some point you are going to be eating on this table, so leave some room for the food and cut out the unnecessary stress of having to strip all of your beautiful decorations off the table. We aren’t saying that you should just put a few pine leaves and call it a day, but there’s no need for the mini Christmas tree with a full town nativity scene either – put that on one of your side consoles.

Hopefully some of these images bring you some inspiration and new ideas. Next week we’ll actually get into decorating our dining table, so make sure you check back in for that post.

:: Coastal Bedroom – Nightstands ::

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Nautical inspired bedroom decor One element of the bedroom that we feel that gets overlooked quite often is the nightstand. Everyone focuses on the bed, bed frame and headboards and forgets about it. I don’t know about you, but my nightstand is a lifesaver and has helped out in numerous ways. We want to cover everything in the bedroom so there’s no way we were gonna leave this little guy out. We’re gonna show you a few different design elements and decor pieces that will make your nightstand complete.
Bedroom night standstacked vintage trunks as nightstands in the bedroom side table in a rustic style homeBamboo inspired nightstand in a coastal bedroomNightstands come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. There’s no limit to what you can put next to your bed and use as your nightstand. You can go with a basic nightstand table like the Mendocino Table or you can go with a more traditional nightstand that has a drawer like the Mandalay Nightstand. Want to get a little more creative? No problem! You can try stacking vintage trunks or use an accent side table with a round top like the Somerville Side Table shown above. It’s all up to you and your style. You can really bring the space together when you find a nightstand that’s the right fit for your bedroom. Looks aren’t always everything though and functionality plays a part too. Don’t get us wrong, you’re nightstand needs to be cute and show that you have good style and taste, but if you’re going to need to a little more space or storage out of your nightstand then sometimes a simple side table won’t cut it. Think about the use and abuse your nightstand will endure while trying to find the right one. It’s out there! You’ve just gotta look!
nightstand lamps and table lampsA nightstand is incomplete without a lamp on it or extremely close to it, like a floor lamp hanging over it acing like a table lamp. They not only serve aesthetic purposes, but they bring more light into the space. What good is all that hard work put into decorating if it can’t even be seen? Exactly. Most importantly the nightstand lamp gives you light right where you want it. It allows you to get cozy and read your favorite book or browse through the latest issue or Coastal Living or Elle Decor. If you’re more of an in bed reader look at lamps that will enable you to do so and make it easier to give you accessible light at night like our Paris Desk Lamp. If you already have your nook setup in the corner of your room and enjoy reading there then the Jamie Young French Bottle Lamp will give you that perfect touch of light in your bedroom and look great on your nightstand.

Vintage style alarm clock for the bedroom nightstand

Call it old fashion, but I like to have an alarm clock on my nightstand. Yes, my phone is right there and has the same functions, if not more, but something about alarm clocks make me feel at home and nostalgic. Cell phones with built in alarms weren’t always around and I’ve had them fail on me a number of times. Alarm clocks also bring in a fun design element too. You can find cute ones that have a great vintage style like the Ritz Alarm Clock or if you’re into digital ones you can go that route too. Either way we like alarm clocks on our nightstand.

reclaimed wood coastal picture frame

I don’t know about you, but I don’t mind waking up to familiar faces smiling back at me in the morning. That’s why we love putting picture frames with loved ones on our nightstand. They also add a personal touch so your bedroom doesn’t feel like it’s in a stuffy magazine or like it’s a hotel room. The Boatwood Frame will add a touch of coastal decor without taking away from any picture you want to frame in it. It’s not the only frame we have though, you can check them all out Here.

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There are so many fun accessories and things you can add to your nightstand. You can go as crazy as you want and try to fit as much as possible on your nightstand. Or you can keep it clean and simple and only keep the necessities on your nightstand. It’s all up to you. Add some shells, store your books or have fresh flowers that will make your space smell wonderful. Nightstands are not only there to look good, but they’re there to help. So take advantage of them!

:: Coastal Bedrooms ::

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Today we’re looking at some beautiful bedrooms. The bedroom is arguably one of the best rooms in the house. We love the kitchen, mostly the food, and of course our family room, but the bedroom will always be at the top. We want to inspire you today with bedrooms we like and design aspects of the bedroom we like. We’re just going to get you warmed up for next week when we show you how to redo your bedroom Tuvalu style. So hopefully you’re still in your bed and getting cozy because we wish we were!

We are envious of this space. It makes us think of driftwood or being out at sea. The tall ceilings with the rustic wood posts shaping the headboard is stunning. Not only is the headboard lined with thick wood posts, but the ceiling is too! What a great and unique idea instead of the typical crown moulding. The side table/nightstand and the wood bench in front of the bed also make great accent pieces without pushing the rustic, wood feel over the top. This is Tuvalu love.

This bedroom feels so light and airy. It’s inviting and looks relaxing. It makes you want to run and jump into the bed and forget about your worries. We also enjoy the symmetry of the room with the night stands and the lamps really bringing that aspect to the room. The rug underneath the bed leading out to the chest is a great way to add a little extra detail to the room. We like that the rug compliments the room and doesn’t stand out or clash what-so-ever. Be careful when choosing a rug that will go underneath your bed. A few things to keep in mind is the amount of space you have, your color scheme and of course quality.

We love anything that hangs, especially beds. These beds are beautiful hanging beds. From the ropes to the pillows, we love it! We like the vertical stripes on the walls as well. It gives the room an even bigger, taller feeling with the already tall feeling that the hanging ropes gave.

This room is all about the color scheme – blue and white. There’s almost too much blue and white in this bedroom, but did you notice the little touches of red in the pillows and the bedding? When you’re trying to stick to a color scheme you want to make sure you don’t go over board. It’s really easy to go over board and when you realize it, it’s usually too late. Keep your color scheme in mind when you’re putting together your bedroom, but don’t forget to bring in another color that will compliment your scheme. That’s not to say that you can’t do a color scheme without going over board. It’s possible, just harder to do.

When it comes to coastal design we all think of beach cottages filled with whites, blues and neutrals; but not all of us have that taste. This room has more pop and brings an eclectic look to the room while still infusing coastal design elements. It brings together bright prints and patterns with accessories to match. Every style is up to your interpretation and that’s how design grows and evolves. Feel free to break the rules and let your true creativity come out.