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:: Tuvalu Home Design Studio ::

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tuvalu home design studioThe “Design Studio” space was added to the Laguna Beach store in early 2012, to offer full, turnkey design and decorating service. In addition to furnishings and accessories, the Design Studio showcases a library of hardwood floor, tile, fabric, wall covering and window treatment options. It’s all about working together to achieve the perfect space for clients and making the design process enjoyable for them. Working closely with her team of designers, Tuvalu founder Laurie Alter, offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee policy on design services. From special orders of tiny accessories to outfitting an entire house, if clients are not completely happy with every detail, Laurie and her designers will work diligently until everything is 100% perfect. Contact us to find out more about our interior decorating services. For those not in the southern California area, we offer our Tuvalu “Design TuGo” services to provide online design consulting and decorating packages.

Get in contact by calling the Tuvalu Design studio at (949)715-5604! Or send us an email at Design@TuvaluHome.com! We look forward to working with you and creating beautiful spaces!

:: Breakfast Nook Love! ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

01-diy-dream-house-dining-room-0214-xlnWe think everyone deserves to wake up in the morning and have breakfast in their own breakfast nook. Who doesn’t want to cozy up with their favorite book/magazine and a warm cup of coffee? Sounds perfect to us!

We love some of these amazing breakfast nooks and had to share with you guys! We love the built-in seating and the extra dining seats it offers. The space also gives us a little extra space to compliment the kitchen decor and take it step further.

What do you think about breakfast nooks? Love yours? Want/need one? Let us know what you think! And don’t forget to check out what these designers have done with these breakfast nooks!
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:: Fiat Luxe x Lucky Magazine ::

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Feature Friday


Fiat Luxe Handmade Soap was spotted in Lucky magazine! Fiat Luxe soap is handcrafted to blend color, form, texture and fragrance to delight the senses. Fiat Luxe only uses natural ingredients in their product and tries to sources all there materials locally. They do not use any synthetic fragrances or ingredients. Their fun and vibrant colors add a new twist to soap. Each bar is covered in felt and has it’s own unique scent.

:: Color, Color, Color! – Kitchens ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

House Beautiful recently asked their reader’s what their favorite color in each room is and they posted their findings in their September issue. Many of the color choices that are the favorites aren’t too surprising. One we weren’t necessarily shocked about, but surprised it beat out the competition was in the kitchen. Reader’s choice was yellow with white right behind it. We of course coming from our coastal roots won’t be the first to put yellow into the kitchen, but have nothing against it. We like yellow and support it, but of course we have to go with our whites and blues in the kitchen. No offense yellow, it’s a coastal thing. We’ve got some pictures form House Beautiful of some of their favorite yellow kitchens for you. Of course we couldn’t leave out some of our favorite white kitchens so we’ve got some of those for you too. Enjoy!







:: Coastal Bedrooms – Headboards ::

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Tuesday’s Tips From The Pros

Wood headboard in a eclectic bedroom Headboards are one of our favorite things in the bedroom. They can be big or small or technically not their at all. It’s all up to you and your style! With so many options out there you are literally free to do whatever you want. You can go with a traditional headboard that’s usually small to medium basic piece that is connected to the bed frame. This guy will help keep the pillows on your bed and the linens in place. Or you can get a multipurpose headboard that has selves and drawers built in.

There’s really no reason you won’t be able to find the headboard you want. You can get a wood headboard, an upholstered headboard, or a possible a steel/iron cast headboard. If you dream it up, it can be made. Plus plenty of things can be made into a makeshift headboard, like barn doors, old wood shutters and even mirrors. The beauty of the headboard is that it doesn’t have to be strictly functional. It can be for design purposes only.

They can be large and dominate the space so that your eyes are immediately drawn to it or they can be small and barely noticeable. It’s a design element that can bring life back into a dull room or it can be just another piece of furniture. It’s really all up your imagination and what you want the piece to bring to your bedroom. There are no limitations to the headboard or real guidelines as to how it’s suppose to be. There’s really only one rule that makes sense; it should be at the head of your bed. Then again, who are we to tell you how to design your bedroom?

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:: A Little Tuvalu Design Work ::

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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 laguna@tuvaluhome.com for any home decor questions. We’d love to talk to you!

:: Coastal Bedrooms – Rugs ::

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Tuesday’s Tip From The Pros

coastal bedroom decorated for christmasA 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.

tropical inspired coastal bedroom 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.

Coastal bedroom with a beautiful ocean viewWhat 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.

Nautical inspired 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!

 

:: Coastal Bedroom – Nightstands ::

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Tuesday’s Tip From The Pros

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!

:: Tuvalu On Houzz ::

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Our Capo Beach home that we did some design work for is featured on Houzz! Check it out and browse some of the pictures that Dana from Houzz snapped of this beautiful home. Thanks again Dana! Take the jump over to Houzz Here! Happy Friday!

:: Neutral Spaces With Pops Of Color ::

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Neutral home decor with pops of purple accenting the space
A fun trend that we’ve seen people decorating with lately is livening up their neutral spaces with pops of color. This is a great way to bring new life to an old room or a space that has been designed with a neutral color palette. It leaves you with so many decor options and gives you a chance to bring fun and bright accent colors to the space. You can choose to decorate with big or small pops of color, like a bright sofa or even colored lamps. The choice is yours! Have fun with the new pops of color you choose to add to your space!

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