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:: Urchin Appeal ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

We’ve spotted these little guys in a few different places and we’ve noticed that the little sea urchin has snuck it’s way back into coastal design lately. The sea urchin is a classic tide pool find that has been in coastal and beach decor forever. Usually showing up in it’s natural form as a shell, but it’s been known to appear on pillows and in art and various other places. The great part of sea urchin shells is that they come in a variety of colors! Perfect to match your color scheme or to add a little pop of color.

1. Linen Shell Pillow 2. Porcelain Sea Urchin Lamp 3. Sea Urchin Box 4. Coral & Sea Urchin Art 

:: Vintage Accessories ::

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Tuesday’s Tip From The Pros

Last Tuesday we talked about vintage signs. If you missed that post, you can check it out here. We talked about a very specific design element, but this time we’re going general and talking about our favorite things – accessories! We stay true to our coastal roots, but we love vintage and rustic influenced design elements because it is possible to go overboard with too many sea shells. Plus it’s fun to go hunting for pieces and it adds that timeless character to any room. No space is complete until you add those final touches to it and we want to show you how you can do that. Whether your just starting out and looking for that reference point or you just need a few ideas to help you finish that vintage vignette, we’ve got your back! In this post we’ll show you some beautiful vignettes, a few vintage pieces that you can shop Tuvalu for now and what not to do when going for a vintage theme.

We love vintage style clocks, something about them is just timeless… Corny! But seriously, we love clocks and they can really finish any space. They can be hung on in that high room to fill that vertical space or they can be hung right love your side console to complete your vignette. Either way we feel like they are a great piece!

Vintage Seltzer Bottles are great pieces that you can put in just about any space and they’ll fit right in. They bring vintage and uniqueness to any space without going over board. No one wants to look like they’re trying to hard.

You can never go wrong with antique picture frames. They are wonderful because you can go two ways with them. One way you can go is to head down to your local thrift store, or flea market, and grab old vintage photos to put in them to keep your vintage theme going. Another way you can use them is to put your family and friends photos in them. Now-a-days you could even make vintage prints of your own photos for them!

We like the effort in trying to really go for a vintage style room, but lockers? Maybe if they were used somewhere else like the garage, but in this room they don’t work for us. Personally with that light and the heavy wood beam ceilings this remind us of a dungeon or jail cell. Those buckets in the corner add to sketchy vibes we get from this room. Let’s not do this… Ever.

At first we really really liked this vignette because of all the sail boats and ocean themed paintings. Then we looked down and saw the modern side tables, lamps and bed frame. Vintage can be infused with many different styles, but modern is just not one of them. They are extreme opposites, but not in a good way. We know, ‘break the design rules,’ but some times we have rules for a reason and here’s a perfect example why.

:: Capo Beach Design Work Preview ::

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Feature Friday

We went out and shot some of our design work at one of our wonderful client’s house and we thought we’d give you a special sneak peek today. We aren’t going to give it all away quite yet, but soon you’ll see every gorgeous part of this home! Enjoy!

:: Vintage Signs ::

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Tuesday’s Tips From The Pros

It’s time for a little design talk. Today’s topic: Vintage Signs. We want to show you design ideas that we love and don’t love as much. Vintage signs are a great way to give that blank canvas called a wall life. A vintage sign can help your walls speak, literally. You can grab old vintage beach signs, put up vintage market style signs, or even make your own that can say whatever you’d like. It’s all up to you! We’re just going to give you a little guide to signs and how to maximize their use in your space. We aren’t going to get technical and tell you that the sign or artwork should hang no more than 7 – 10 inches above a side table , even though that’s right, but more so show you what looks good and sadly, what doesn’t.

This is a very simple and cute use of a vintage style sign. Could there be more done with the space? Of course, but we like the sign and the use of the sign. The spaces shows you what’s out there and a basic way of getting started.

This sign makes great use of the wall. With the built in storage in the corner of the room it doesn’t leave you with too many options for the wall next to it. The sign, being a great choice, complements the space perfectly! It’s large and draws enough attention, but isn’t annoying or too stand out-ish. If you need to cover some blank wall space and can’t fit a side table, sofa or some other type of furniture there, let a sign own the space.

One of our favorite vignettes out there. It has a gorgeous, rustic feel that makes you want more. This is a great example of a vintage market sign that fits nicely into the kitchen. The colors and even the surrounding pieces just make this space stunning.

Hands down the favorite. This room has some many great pieces and just makes you feel right at home. We love this space because the room feels 100% natural. Nothing feels or looks forced. The sign thrown in there just adds character and compliments the room flawlessly. The whole sign isn’t even visible, but some how it works out even better that way. This is Tuvalu love.

This is vintage signing gone wrong. It’s overkill and kind of scary to be honest. Even though there’s only a few pieces in this space, the overdone sign make it’s feel cluttered, messy and dirty. Be careful when trying to find a sign that covers your wall. Make sure it doesn’t look anything like the picture above. Also make sure that it relates to it’s surroundings. Side note: is that chainmail hanging from the wall? What is that?

Want to grab your guests attention? Well this is one way to do it! We like the idea of trying to use that semi-awkward space, but this is a little much. We think if they went smaller and maybe even went with multiple pieces this space could have turned out great. Instead they went large and in your face. Time to EAT!

Lastly, there is just too much going on. It feels like they tried to squeeze as much in as they could. We like red, white and blue, but when it’s done right. The signs almost look like they were an after thought and thrown in because they were ‘needed’ to complete the coastal, beach house look. Let’s avoid this all together.

 

:: Sea Life Coasters ::

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Feature Friday

In Coastal Living‘s June issue we spotted our Sea Life Coasters. These are perfect for summer time entertaining! Give those drinks a place to rest without worrying about that water rings.

:: Shadow Box Table ::

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We did some design work for Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna and here’s a quick sample of what we did…

 We started with this as our base. We wanted to infuse our coastal style into this so we decided to fill it.

This is what we put on the inside. We put sand, coral, shells, starfish, beads and other beach themed accessories.

Here it is finished and installed. We’re very happy with the way this piece came out and so is Pacific Edge Hotel.

:: Bring The Coast To Your Bathroom ::

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Tuesday’s Tip From The Pros

We want to bring a little touch of the beach to your home and we’re going to start with your bathroom. The best part about this is you can do this with any bathroom of any size. It can be a full overhaul that transforms your bathroom into the perfect beach cottage getaway or just a few accessories that bring the beach to your powder room. So let’s take a look at what you can do to take the leap into the ocean of bathroom design.

Glass jars are something that can add style and functionality. These jars can offer the perfect coastal vibes when filled with seashells or sponges and can offer extra storage space for cottage swobs or q-tips. It’s a two in one and you can’t beat that! Check out our glass jars here and pick some up to help your bathroom out!

The laundry basket is kind of a no brainer, it makes clean up easy and adds a little touch coastal-rustic style to the bathroom. Make it easy on yourself on those early mornings and have that basket handy for when your jumping in and out of the shower. Trust us, you’ll thank yourself later. Snag our wire laundry basket here!

Bathrooms are only so big, so why not try to maximize the space? Small tables will help add extra storage space, display space and surface space. You’ll love your table in your bathroom when you have extra space to put towels or your bubble bath soap.

I don’t know about you, but in the morning the tile on my bathroom floor is cold! So our way around that is a nice warm rug! This way it completes the room and keeps our toes warm! Check out our rugs here!

No bathroom is complete without some coastal accessories and we have plenty for you! From soap dish trays to towels you can cover your bathroom with the perfect accessories. Here at Tuvalu we’ve got plenty for you to choose from. Find all kinds of accessories at Tuvalu Home!

:: Try These 3 Earth Day Events in Laguna Beach ::

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Feature Friday

Tomorrow is Earth Day! Events are planned all month long but here are three exciting { free and family friendly } events planned for tomorrow in downtown Laguna. Grab your bike { because it’s Earth friendly },  slather on the sunscreen { it’s supposed to be 78 tomorrow! } and don’t forget to stop by Tuvalu to say hello. Have a wonderful weekend!

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