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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!
A striped rug in coastal home decor is like the sand to the beach. It’s a coastal home decor piece that will always be found in coastal homes, just like sand will always be found at the beach. No one will ever argue the fact that stripes are a part of coastal home decor. It’s a great design piece that’s versatility and flare has cemented it’s place in the coastal design style. Here are 3 reasons why we believe that:
1. Size Options
When it comes to rugs, size matters. Literally. You need to know the measurements of the space you plan on laying your rug down. An area rug is not going to fit in your hallway. An extreme example, but you get it. You need to know the length and size of the space for potential rug options. Is this a given for all rugs and not just striped rugs for coastal homes? Yes, we won’t argue that, but it’s a reason we had to touch on.
2. Pattern Play
The striped pattern is a classic pattern. Home decor is not the only place you will find stripes. It’s because the pattern invokes a sense of fun while having an affect on the eyes. Long lines can trick the eye into making it seem like a space is longer or wider. Use thin stripes to lead the eye throughout the space or lay down a striped rug with thicker, larger stripes to bring a full feel to the space. This is where the stripe pattern shines. It offers much more than just a quirky, playful pattern.
3. Color Choices
A blue and white striped rug is a coastal home essential. The strong blues paired with the creamy whites leaves an impression in homes. Blue and white hues are not the only colors that have an affect on a space. The striped rug helps colors make a lasting, striking statement in a coastal home. On the other end, striped rugs with subtle colors can achieve the exact opposite affect. They can compliment and blend into a space to add the finishing touches.
If you want visual proof we got that too. Check out some of these coastal homes that use striped rugs to their full potential in the space. If you’re in the market for a striped rug or two for your home, you can find a few in the Tuvalu Home Store.
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!
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Ready to get the most out of your walls? Good! Because it’s time to slap some art up on them, around them and in them!
One cannot just hang any old art though, no-no. No one wants to be that person that just puts something in their home because they saw it once in a magazine. We must strive to be better than that. Sit down and have an honest, open conversation with yourself about art. Put some thought into it because it’s something you are going to be looking at it everyday and every guest that enters your home with see. This is why we choose something fun! We choose something meaningful! We choose something colorful! Something silly! Something that will be cherished and loved!
Plus half the fun is going out and searching for the art. The search for art is a great way to get to know yourself. You find your likes, dislikes and what really calls to you. Art is truly a great way to express yourself and to further imprint onto your home.
As always we won’t leave you baby birds without proper art inspiration. This, of course, is just a mere taste of what’s out in the wonderful word waiting to be added to your home. Go out into the world and find a piece that begs to be on your walls! Or realistically fire up the google and type in ‘coastal art’ or something niche like that.
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If you’re looking to add a little extra style to any space in you home textures are the way to do it. Textures can be used in many different ways with many different materials. The best part is, you can use as many as you want or as many as you need.
Add texture to the walls with textured wallpapers or introduce a textured animal fur or jute rug on those wood floors. Textures are essential to creating a great space. They allow you to layer up a space without stuffing it and make the space more interesting.
Imagine you are going for a rustic look in your home. What materials are you going to use? Most likely you are going to have a lot of natural woods throughout the house. An entire home of wood would look far to cabin like so that’s when we introduce textures like metals, plush fabrics and vintage accesories. The metals will accent the woods and drive the rustic feel forward. The plush fabrics with soften the rustic look and make it feel more homey. Lastly, the vintage accessories will add the look of age and finish off the look throughout the home.
The possibilities are truly endless with the available materials we have out on today’s market. We gave you one example of how textures can create a fuller, more interesting look in a home. And we bet you can even think of one or two yourself, but what kind of post would this be without a few pictures for inspiration? Take a look at the pictures and notice the different materials the designers use in each space. More importantly, take notes on how the designers use specific textures in each space and what that texture accomplishes. You’ll be a texture wiz in no time!
Never under estimate the power of pillows. They have the ability to completely change the look the room, effortlessly blend in and be the final touch needed for the space. In a coastal home, pillows can really bring out your design style and decor. A coastal home isn’t about dramatic furniture or hard lines that define the space. It’s all about the light, airy feel which leaves you the option of using your pillows for more than just a comfy place to rest your head. We’ve got a quick list for you guys on three simple ways to maximize the use of your pillows! And when you’re done with one set, all you have to do is pick them up and plop the new ones down! It’s that easy! Now onto the list!
1. Use them to compliment the decor
Are you in love with the way your space came out? Perfect! Let’s add the finishing touches, the pillows. You can use pillows to carry your design throughout the space without them taking away from, or distracting from, the rest of the decor. You usually see this in an all white space or a space with a neutral palette. That doesn’t mean it can’t be used in spaces that use color in the design though!
2. Use them to add color and patterns.
Pillows are one the easiest and best ways to add color to any space! They do not require a paint brush or clean up. Pick out some fun pillows to add pops of color to the space and watch them bring life to the room. The same goes with any colorful or fun patterned pillows. They will liven up the space and leave you happy with your design choices!
3. Use them to add texture and depth
A few pillows on a sofa can be very versatile. They can break up the solid colors you may have as while as give the space a deeper, fuller look. You can achieve this by pairing pillows (such as the blue ikat patterned ones on top of the solid white ones above). It gives depth and character to an area of the space that could easily be overlooked. It also shows your attention to detail and that you loved designing your home.
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!