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There’s something refreshing about simple, elegant coastal design. It creates an open feeling in the space that is inviting and mind settling. It takes you to a place that doesn’t need to be filled with extra furniture or clutter and useless junk. Sometimes people can get a little too carried away with their accessories and next thing you know they’re a hoarder, just kidding, but they do have too much going on.
There is an art to keeping it simple. You want to add enough elements to tell your story and show your design style in the space, but also keep it to a minimum. You can do this by finding the ‘tipping point’ and stop yourself before you add too many pieces or things in a space. Adding more to a space doesn’t always make it better.
If you have ever wanted to know the secret to creating a simple look here it is: start subtracting stuff.
It’s a simple concept that is much easier than it looks. Start by taking out what is not needed in the space and see how the simplicity starts to shine through. Then start removing more and eventually you will get to a point where you’ve taken too much out and the room is just too bare. That is the tipping point. Once you have the bare minimum you can add a few pieces back, but keep it to a minimum. Let the pieces in the room help tie together the home’s color palette or create statements in their design.
In case you can’t imagine what simple coastal decor looks like, we’ve got a few photos for you. Check out these photos and use them for some simple inspiration.
Our storewide sale starts tomorrow, October 4th! We’ve got up to 50% off in both stores! This sale is in store only so we get to see your beautiful faces! Both the Laguna Beach and San Clemente stores are open seven days a week from 9am – 7pm! Stop by and shop the sale!
We were featured on Rue Magazine! They’ve included some of our design project photos and got some great words from Tuvalu Home’s owner Laurie Alter! We’re so excited to share the feature with you guys! Head on over and check it out here! Don’t forget to bounce around their site while you’re there!
We were feature on Zaagi Travel! We just stumbled upon this great write up by the wonderful Alexa Johnson, who writes Zaagi Travel, and we love it! We’re so glad she enjoyed herself in Laguna and stopped by the store! Check out her write up about our lovely Laguna Beach and our shop here!
We often see great looking design work and beautiful homes in the magazines and online, but they some times they don’t mention what furniture or accessories they used to get that amazing look. Well, we don’t to that to you guys. So we decided to shed a little light and hopefully answer any questions as to what items we used. In this post we’ll share with you what we used. If we forget to mention a piece, and you really would like to know what it is, just let us know! We’ll be more than happy to tell you guys!
Above: Sectional by Lee Industries made up with two twin mattresses. Woven president chair by palecek. Custom coffee table in driftwood finish. Hand painted seahorse on reclaimed wood.
Above: Aqua slipped club chairs with cream band by Lee Industries. Com geometric tufted ottoman topped with a woven tray by Roost. Custom driftwood etagere to display our clients family photos in boat wood frames. Accent pedestal table with glass cloche with rope topper. Fishermen knit pillows from pottery barn.
Above: Slipcovered dining Chairs by Lee Industries. Turquoise bead chandelier with oil rubbed forged accents. Carved sconces with burlap shades. One of a kind painted sideboard with driftwood candelabra.
Above: Coral art in gold gilded frame topping a reclaimed entry sideboard. Asian gathering basket filled with sand to nest candles .
Please let us know if you have any questions on anything we used! We love helping you guys out and keeping you informed!
We love rustic, coastal cottages! Nothing feels more comfortable and right than a well designed cottage. So we thought we would give you our list of 3 ways to create a rustic, coastal cottage in your home and make it so you never want to leave, except to go to the beach! So keep on reading and see what 3 ways you can turn your home into a rustic, coastal cottage!
1. Aged Wood Floors.
Wood flooring in any cottage is a want. Aged, weathered wood floors in a rustic, coastal cottage is need. This must have sets the tone and mood throughout the entire home. The floors add character to the cottage that give it the rustic, coastal look and we haven’t even gotten to designing . Needless to say, we love woods floors in a cottage.
2. Vintage & Rustic Furniture/Accessories/Decor.
How else would you design your cottage? These choices are basic must haves in the home and in each space. There are plenty of choices from lighting to furniture that you can bring into your rustic, coastal cottage that will give you the desired look. Let’s not even get started on color because we can go on and on about the possibilities. Let’s not forget to mention these amazing kitchens above. Love those teal painted cabinets!
3. An Old Tub In An Old Bathroom.
We love the look a porcelain tub gives the bathroom so of course it’s on the list and we’re putting one in our cottage! Plus when you’re soaking in your tub with your eyes closed – loving life – you’re going to have to open them eventually. So why not open them to a great bathroom space? Don’t forget to bring the decor into the bathroom! It will bring the entire home together and will show that you left no space untouched.
At last week’s Variety Emmy Studio event, stars walked something a little better than the red carpet. Celebrities like Kerry Washington, Hayden Panettiere and Emmy Rossum were snapped posing on Encaustic Cement Tiles that can be found right here at Tuvalu!
What makes this tile so special? Well, here are some quick facts! This ancient technique began in Europe, the tiles are handcrafted and best of all are 100% recyclable. That means you can choose custom colors, sizes, and shapes enabling you to express your own style in your home!
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to give your home a much deserved update! If you’re interested in Encaustic Cement Tile for your home call us at 949.497.3202 and talk to our design center today! Happy Friday!
In this month’s Coastal Living we spotted this wonderful, antique bottles perfect for any coastal home or beach cottage! These beauties give any home that beachy charm and can be used anywhere in the house. You can place them on a side table, coffee table, book shelf, bathroom, bedroom or in any other nook and cranny you can think of! These small guys also make the perfect gift! Decorate your home with these fun and coastal accessories! Happy Friday!