Tag Archives: tropical

:: It’s Time For You To Bamboo ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

Bamboo furniture in a tropical inspired homeBamboo decor is no stranger to coastal style and can be found in almost every beach cottage. It’s no surprise to see designers using bamboo in a space and getting in touch with their coastal roots. Bamboo brings a beachy vibe to any space and definitely lets that person know exactly what kind of home they’re in. Plus it can come in any color. Painted bamboo has really opened up the design options and lets us go wild! We love the look of bamboo and it will always be a coastal home classic.

What are your thoughts on bamboo? Do you use it in your home? Or have you guys moved onto to something new? Let us know! And don’t forget to enjoy these beautiful spaces these designers have put together using bamboo!
Coastal dining room with white bamboo chairsCoastal furniture in an outdoor spaceCoastal lounge chair made of bamboo in the living roomColorful bamboo trolley bar cart

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:: Coastal Home Inspired Pins ::

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Monday Pins

Coastal dining space with rustic beach charmMonday means one thing, the beginning of the week and that it’s time for some coastal home decor pins! Okay, so Monday means two things. Enough with the chit-chat, let’s get to the pins! This Monday we have five pin-worthy coastal decor inspired pins that belong on your boards! Check them out and start pinning!

Find even more coastal home inspiration and pins on the Tuvalu Home Pinterest!

Coastal hallway with stripe patterned details Inviting day bed in a tropical home Rustic kitchen with lots of light Tropical inspired outdoor space perfect for lounging

:: Coastal Home Decor Pins ::

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Monday Pins

Coastal bedroom leading out into a tropical paradiseIt’s Monday and that means it’s time for coastal home decor pins. Get those pin buttons ready because we have five pin-worthy coastal home photos for your boards! Enough with the words already, let’s get to pinning!

Follow us on Pinterest and find more coastal home decor ideas and inspirations at Tuvalu Home!
Coastal dining area Coastal dining space with simple decor Coastal living room coastal workspace ready for your most creative ventures

:: 3 Quick Decorating Tips For Tropical Design In Your Home ::

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Tuesday Tips

Beautiful tropical decor inspired outdoor patio spaceTropical home decor is great for transforming your home into the tropical island getaway you’ve always wanted. Incorporate lush, green plants and natural, earthy tones to create a tropical paradise. Today we have 3 quick decorating tips for tropical design in your home. These tips will help you get started on a tropical home decor journey in the place you call home.

1. Keep It Tonal
Go neutral with the colors and tones in your home. Step away from the typical tropical style that uses bright colors and crazy patterns. Create an environment and space that invokes relaxing island feels. Try decorating with whites and natural colors.

2. Lush Greens
Tropical locales are always rich in greens. Upon seeing bright greens and palm leaves, you’re immediately transported to the tropical state of mind. Pair the vibrant greens with a neutral color palette and really create a lasting impression.

3. Natural Elements
Designing with natural materials not only brings an element of nature, but a look that can withstand the weather. Tropical regions are prone to wet weather and need materials that can look good as well as preform. Turn to designing with light colored woods or even dark, rich woods to create a striking look.
Tropical design elements in an outdoor seating area Tropical home with a thatched roof and simple wood furniture Tropical home with high ceilings decorated with a neutral color paletteTropical home with an open flow throughout the space

:: Cuban Tile ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

Beauitful tile work in a cuban homeNow that traveling to Cuba has become easier for Americans, it seems that everyone is trying to make their way over there and see what they’ve been missing out on. Even though it’s not exactly legal to just jump a flight and vacation over there, the lengthy process that once was has been set aside making traveling over much less of a hassle. Heading over there under the guise of journalism is one way to ensure a trip to Cuba. That’s why you may have seen many publications toting their Cuban trips, photos and stories. We have no objections to people sharing the Cuban culture because it is as island lifestyle as it gets. We love seeing the architecture, the design and the home decor that we now get an up close look at.

One design aspect we’re really excited about is the beautiful tile work that they do in Cuba. The bright, colorful patterns are gorgeous and something to dream about. As trendy as trips to Cuba are, the culture and lifestyle that they finally get to share with us is much more fascinating. We’ve gathered some great Cuban tile photos and we hope there are many more to come from travels over to their country. Take a look at how they have create wonderful works of art and get inspired to bring a little Cuban style to your home.
Cuban home with a turquoise color pallete and stunning tile work Cuban kitchen with great tile work and open shelvesCuban style tile on outdoor stairs Cuban tile in the home with bright, tropical colors

:: Creating Island Vibes With Bamboo ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

Bamboo mirror with coastal detailsGet into the island mindset by decorating with bamboo! Real bamboo or faux bamboo, it provides a fun, tropical look for the home. Pick from adding a few bamboo accents to enlisting larger pieces to really sell the island look. Check out what these designers have done with bamboo. Get ideas, get inspired and start using bamboo to create a blissful island feel in your home!
Bamboo side console with nautical and coastal details Beautiful entry with coatsal details, bamboo seatee and beach ready accessories Coastal bedroom with bamboo lined ceiling Coastal Dining area with bamboo chairs

:: 7 Secrets To Owning Your Own Private Island ::

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7 secrets to owning a private island

In Coastal Living‘s February issue they feature a quick guide called the “7 Secrets To Owning Your Own Private Island” and it gives you a basic run through of what you need to know about private island purchases. With California’s Power Ball jackpot sitting at $1.4 Billion, and rising, this really could be a great guide to help you with your new found wealth. Even if you aren’t a lotto winner, the dream of owning a private island actually isn’t that unrealistic. We’ve listed their 7 Secrets to Owning Your Own Private Island below so that you can find out how to make it happen!

1. They’re not all as pricey as you may think.

Sure, a large and sandy tropical island will seriously set you back (the undeveloped Caribbean isle pictured here is listed at $5.5 million), but some small, rocky islands—like the 1-acre Wohoa Bay in Maine, 30 miles east of Acadia National Park—can go for as little as $40,000.

2. But be prepared to pay up front.

Banks generally won’t grant loans for the purchase of private islands, because without comparable properties on the market nearby, it’s almost impossible to establish a clear-cut monetary value, explains Chris Krolow, CEO of Private Islands Inc., the largest marketplace for international private island listings and sales.

3. Existing dwellings rarely affect the price.

A house that might go for $1.5 million elsewhere does not add the same amount to an island’s listing price. If anything, particularly quirky houses can sometimes pull down the final purchase price, says Krolow, because new owners might have different needs for the property.

4. The hottest spot to buy an island right now is…

the Bahamas or Belize. Both countries are relatively easy to get to from the United States and have the tropical feel that many potential island owners are after. There’s a lot of interest in purchasing Greek islands, but logistical difficulties and bureaucracy usually slow down the process and make people look elsewhere.

5. Island owners still have to deal with nature.

Owning an island means being responsible for the area’s ecosystem. Anything an owner does—say, getting rid of snakes—could have unintended consequences, such as creating a rodent problem. Krolow advises looking to local regulations on the nearest mainland for guidance.

6. Tech advances have made island life more accessible than ever.

Krolow notes that new yachting technology is opening up possibilities for private islands. For example, small water desalination units made for yachts are easy to transport and capable of cleaning enough water for single-occupancy residential islands.

7. The trick to easy maintenance year-round is…

Rent out your island. Even some of the wealthiest owners rent  their islands to guests, employing full-time staffs. Doing so ensures that the island is ever-ready for  visitors, and that owners won’t be greeted by surprises when it’s their own off-the-grid time.

:: Tropical State of Mind ::

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Beautiful troipcal inspired detailsAs the cold weather chills our bodies, we won’t let it beat our spirits! If we aren’t laying out on the beach basking in the warmth of the sun, we can always imagine we are. We can do the same with our homes while we’re huddling around the fireplace and staying cozy under our warm blankets. A little tropical inspiration in our homes can go a long way! If you need a winter weather pick me up, here’s a couple tropical inspired spaces that will do just that! Here’s to warmer days and looking forwards to summer time.
Coastal style with modern coastal influences Fun, tropical inspired pillows in a beach cottage Modern coastal decor with a touch of tropical style Simple coastal living room with tropical vibes

:: Breezy Monday Pins ::

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A cozy, wicker style chair with a coastal view and breezeEven though summer is winding down it seems the heat isn’t ready to go. It’s time to open the windows and catch a breeze! We hope these fabulous photos of these gloriously, breezy homes help keep you in a cool mindset. Get those boards ready and start pinning these pictures! It’s like you can feel the wind flowing on your face!

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Breezy ocean view off the back patio with flowy white curtains and blue accent accessories Cozy chairs on the beach with a creeze blwing and keeping you cool Open windows creating a breezy, airy dining space Open windows giving the space fresh air and natural lighting

:: Thinking Tropical ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

Beautiful, open trpoical living space with lush, green plantsWe’re checking out and heading to the island life. Bring on the white sand beaches, beautiful palms and a cozy hammock, please! Unfortunately, it’s not that easy, but we aren’t beaten that easy! We’re taking a mental vacay to the tropics! And we’re inviting you guys to come with us! It also seems like we’re not the only ones that are looking for the island life. The tropical style has been showing up recently and it’s more than welcomed this time of the year. We haven’t forgotten that most of the country actually experiences winter. Hang in there guys! Spring will be here soon! In the mean time, kick your shoes off and dream of warm beaches with the sun shining. It’s never a bad time to get inspired by these great tropical spaces. We’re loving the way these look and wish we could just jump right in them! See you guys out there!

Outdoor tropical backyard space with lots of vegetation Tropical inspired outdoor space ready to relax inAsian inspired tropical space with eclectic decorWelcoming hammock in a tropic home