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We obviously love everything and anything beach, coastal, nautical. So what can make that better? An American flag standing proud and tall in the space. Americans have created their own coastal style that separates us from the rest of the world. This Americana style usually has a few noticeable attributes. First, and most important, is the American flag. It’s going to be there whether it’s an actually flag, painting or in some other form. Since the flag is red, white and blue it’s not just going to blend in and that’s the point. We want it to stand out and be seen. Also some shabby, chic or rustic furnishings will be found in the space. These furnishings bring in a vintage feel which gives the space a sense of history. Keeping to the historic feel of the space the room will often be adorned with antique finds. Typically something from American history that would have been used in homes back in the day. Lastly, the red, white and blue decor that compliments the American flag and bring the room together. Obviously there are more characteristics and every designer has their own style or tastes so not even Americana coastal room is going to have all of these aspects, but you will notice at least one or two of these in the space.
We love the Americana coastal style because it’s a style that was created and shaped here at home. Plus it looks great! What do you guys think?
Tuesday’s Tips From The Pros
Why does it feel like we never have enough space? Better question, where did all this stuff come from? It constantly seems like we have more stuff then space. Besides just tossing everything, which happens to be the easiest way to create some extra space in your home, what can you do? Today’s post is about the extra storage you can bring into your home. Possibly taking advantage of some dead space, like under the stairs, or installing some new storage opportunities. Some of these ideas involve a little work. Maybe you don’t have the budget or want to do construction and that’s fine. A simple shelf here and there can make a huge different. Let’s start!
We will start in the kitchen, but this can be applied to anywhere you have drawers. Go deep! Deep drawers means more space in the drawer to put stuff in. It’s a pretty simple idea actually. For some of you this could be as easy as taking out a small drawer to create space for a larger one and some new brackets. Others it could be a whole new cabinet, which we support you 100% on. These deep drawers can feel endless and will proper organization they will feel endless.
Don’t let your stairs limit you! There are tons of storage opportunities here. You can install some built in selves or put up a few shelves on the wall. This will give you plenty of space for pictures, accessories, books, or whatever else your heart desires. Do you have a shell collection from around the world? You do!? Great! This is a perfect way to show it off without compromising your other valuable spaces.
We can’t forget about underneath the stairs. If you aren’t already using this space you should. Don’t have access to this space? Make it happen. You can use it as straight storage space or you can get creative and put a TV under there like above. The extra space is yours!
Your hallways offer a ton of storage space. Those walls are begging to be used. You can put some art on them and call it a day, that’s fine. If you want some more space though, you can put some selves on the walls or build them into the wall. Obviously this isn’t meant for every hallway. They aren’t all corridors, but if you can, it will add more storage space to your home.
Entryway shelves are great for cutting back the clutter and clearing up the space. Put your jacket or sweater up on the hook and toss your purse onto the shelf – nice, simple and easy. We like easy, especially with the little ones. All you need is a wall and you’re good to go.
Last, but definitely not least, the family/living room. This is where we are most of the time so why not have the storage and space we want or need? Some build in shelves will help you stay organized in the busy space and make it easy for everyone to find a blanket, or book, or movie. They can each have there place and cut back on searching time. You can install open face shelves or have cabinets that close. Either way works. Can’t put in the built in’s? That’s why we have side consoles or book cases. They can be moved anywhere at anytime. Don’t forget to take advantage of your vertical space. You can go as high as you want or as high as your ceilings will let you. It just means more storage space. Good luck organizing!
Take advantage of that outdoor space that’s been given to you! Whether it’s in the front or back of your home you can maximize your home and space with proper design. Do you have a deck, patio, porch, or free space in the backyard? Whatever it may be it’s time to use it. First things first you need some type of furniture. This creates a place for everyone to gather around. Next is a table of some sort. This way if you want to bring food or drinks out you can. Plus now you have something to decorate and a place for decor. Now it’s time for the rug. A nice indoor/outdoor or just outdoor rug will really define the space. It will turn your random furniture sitting outside into a real outdoor space waiting to be used. Bring on the accessories! Time to really make your outdoor space look like another room in the house. The best and obvious choice for outdoor decor – candles. They are a must have for any outdoor space. The rest is up to you. Want to bring out some fun glass jugs or coasters? Do it! Hopefully it will cool down around here and we can actually go outside and enjoy it for a change. Is it fall yet?
Like what you see featured above? Find all your coastal home decor online at Tuvalu Home!
Tuesday’s Tip From The Pros
The bed is the most important part of your bedroom. Simply because it’s the main focus of the space and more importantly that’s where you fall asleep every night. When you’re looking for a bed, you are searching the perfect match. From the bed frame to the actual mattress it all weighs in on your decision. First things first, you need to decided what size you want your bed to be or what size it can be. At the moment you may be in your cute apartment and a cal king just won’t quite fit in the room. So you need to adjust and pick what fits in the room. Maybe your home’s master bedroom is twice the size of the rest of the home and with all that amazing space you can fit that cal king. In this case ladies, size does matter. We need a bed that’s going to fit the space perfectly. Don’t worry if your home at the moment is a temporary stop. You will get your space one day and that queen bed with fit in your new bedroom perfectly!
After you’ve decided the size of your bed you need to figure out what’s going to hold it up. Bed frame? Ropes from the ceiling? Or is it just going to lay on the floor? Many design choices and styles will be made and factored in at this stage. Do you want your decor to compliment your bed frame or do you want your bed to stand out on its own? Do you want a large bamboo bed frame? Do you want a simple, metal bed frame? Do you even want a bed frame? With so many choices out there you can literally dream up anything. We like to make the space as cohesive as possible and make sure the room flows. If we’re going with a rustic bed frame and using some old barn doors as headboards then we’re going to work the rest of the space around that. We’ll bring in some coastal, rustic pieces to bring the room together. If we have high ceilings to work with ,we’re going to want to play with some of the vertical space that’s been given to us and choose a beautiful canopy bed frame while shooting for the tropical, vacation look. The design choices are endless and up to your space, personality and style.
You’ve got your bed picked out and you’ve finally decided on your bed frame and headboard. Now what? Bedding! One more way you get to bring some fun design elements to your coastal bedroom. Colors, prints, patterns, pillows, sheets, throws, and whatever else you want to put on top of your bed! The best part about your bedding is you can use it to further the space’s cohesiveness with textures, patterns and colors. You can bring it all together and make the bedroom feel complete. Go bold with patterns and textures to give the room fun and playful vibes and draw even more attention to your bed because it is the main focus of the space. Not into bold? Go with muted colors and light fabrics to have a more relaxed and easy going feel to the space. Are you a pillow queen? Because we support that your majesty! If you love your pillows it just adds another design element you get to design your heart with. Hate ripping pillows on and putting them back every day? Then keep it simple with a just a few. Your bedding choices can really influence the space, so make sure you don’t take it lightly!
Here’s a little design work of ours for you guys! We had fun with a neutral palette and brought in a few fun patterns to help bring some character to the space. We loved creating this space and had a great time! Need some work done or looking to redo your home? Let us know! We would love to help you out and see what beautiful designs we can bring to your home. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any home decor questions. We’d love to talk to you!
Tuesday’s Tip From The Pros
A rug can be the perfect thing for a cold morning, help tie a room together or be your cherished decor piece. We love rugs and if you do want a rug in your bedroom, because we know we do, then you have your work cut out for you! There are so many choices and decisions to make. What do you want your rug to feel like? How big do you want it? What material is it made out of? Where is it going to go? These are just a few questions that you will run into and need answers for. The beautiful thing is that you don’t need the answers right away. Some people like to start designing a space with the rug and others like to finish up the space with a rug. Either way works and you’re going to end up with a beautiful room.
The look of your rug is important, but it’s only important to you. You’re going to see it everyday. Whether it’s in the morning when you first wake up or at night when you’re going to bed. So you better like what you lay down. Actually, you better love it. No one wants to spend the money and then regret it later. With so many choices out there you’ve got a good amount of shopping ahead of you. Do you want a jute, sisal, grass, wool, silk, bamboo, or cotton rug? Or maybe some other material? This all depends on your decor and the look you’re going for. If you’re going for your beloved beach cottage look than a jute rug will enhance the room and fit perfectly in the space. If you’re going for an eclectic, coastal space you might have more luck with a silk rug. Start your search and leave no stone unturned. Let your eyes pick out your rug not your budget. Forget about the price for now because you can always grab the old savings jar and start saving your pennies. Plus if you settle for something you don’t truly want you’ll be kicking yourself later.
What purpose is your rug going to serve? Is it just for looks? Or did you lay it down for a functional reason? The beauty of a rug is it can be either of the two or both. You can lay a rug at the foot of your bed to help bring the room together and fill ’empty’ space. The rug gives the room a full feeling and doesn’t leave the room looking bare. You can always lay a larger rug underneath your bed so when you get up in the morning your feet aren’t greeted with the cold hardwood.
The size of your rug is up to you and what you’re using it for. If you want a large area rug that will just cover the entire bedroom floor you can find one to do that. The purpose of your rug also plays into finding the right rug. If you’re going to be walking on it everyday then you’re going to want a material that can take a little abuse. Wool rugs wear well and won’t leave you wishing you got something else. If your rug isn’t getting much foot traffic then you don’t need a heavy duty rug that can take the beating, like a woven rug. We know your bedroom isn’t getting the same foot traffic your kitchen or entryway is, but if you wanted to go the synthetic or outdoor rug route you can always do that too. You’re never limited to what you can or cannot lay down in your bedroom.
With some many choices on materials, styles and sizes you can go crazy trying to find the perfect rug for your bedroom. Just take your time because your rug will come to you. There is a lot to factor in when trying to pick the right one. Just remember these three things when you’re trying to find your rug. Where is it going? What’s it made out of? And most importantly, do I love it? If you go out hunting for your rug with just those three things you should have no problem finding the rug that’s meant for your bedroom. Good luck!
The pictures that we just got in are taken by Brooklyn, New York based polaroid photographer named Matt Schwartz. Matt showed up in the store one day and asked if we’d be interested in some of his art. We love meeting new artists and checking out their work so of course we were excited to see what he had to show us. Laurie and Jaymi were hooked on his dream-like, coastal photographs the minute they saw them. They knew that these photos were right up Tuvalu’s alley and we had to share them with you guys. Matt has been traveling around the world for last 7 years taking pictures of what he’s seen and experienced. He’s traveled to places like Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Portugal. He’s also been all over the US experiencing our beautiful country and taking pictures along the way. He told us that he’s been traveling up and down the California coast taking pictures and making new friends as well as meeting new artists. His prints aren’t like most normal prints, they are taken with a polaroid camera and then transferred over to a canvas to the size wanted by him or his customer. This allows for his unique style to come through and creates one of a kind pictures. Matt Schwartz’s portfolio boasts more than just the beach and surfing photographs that we love. He’s got a few categories that we’re sure you’ll fall in love with too!
Check out Matt’s website here: www.shehitpausestudios.com
Tuesday’s Tip From The Pros
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.
Nightstands 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!
A 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.
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.
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.
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!