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:: Newer Isn’t Always Better – Vintage Details ::

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A vintage trunk doubles as a coffee table in a cute coastal living roomIt’s easy to get lost in new accessories and furniture that’s readily available for us to decorate our homes with. We pop into the store and it’s on the shelf waiting for us. It’s easy and accessible, something we crave relentlessly in the 21st century. Then there’s the other side of decorating. The hunting and collecting of vintage pieces for the home. The search can take a long time when you’re looking for something specific in the color or condition. Other times, you’re open to anything and the piece jumps right off the shelf.

Finding antiques and vintage pieces is fun way to decorate your home. One perk about vintage pieces is that you don’t have to fill the entire room with them to show off the style. A couple main pieces or even small accessories can get the job done. Check out how these spaces use vintage finds to decorate and really bring out the best of the style.

Are you looking for vintage, one of kind finds? Then check out our Flea Market Finds on our web store here! Each piece is hand picked by our buyers here at Tuvalu Home and they loved hunting these down for you guys!
Coastal nautical space decorated with vintage inspired decor Shell details in a vintage looking glass jar Vintage details on a beauitful decorated cabinet Vintage sea glass bottles covering a weathered sideboard

:: Spotted! Vintage Seltzer Bottles ::

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spotted-vintage-seltzer-bottles-home-decor-tuvalu-homeLook what we found in Flea Market Style Decorating! We loved flipping through this magazine that is chalk full of finds, which you’ll probably see more of later, and is inspiring for decorating ideas. While flipping through we found one of our favorites that we have here at Tuvalu Home, our beloved Vintage Seltzer Bottles. These look great in any coastal, rustic style home because of their vintage look and feel that they give the space. Head over to our online store and pick up these wonderful Vintage Seltzer Bottles here! Happy Friday!

:: Today On Tuvalu’s ‘Candy Counter!’ ::

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Image 6Image 5 Today we’re showing you some of the beautiful jewelry handmade by our one and only Candace Hurley! These long, over-the-head necklaces are perfect for summer! Wear them with your favorite sun dresses or give any summer top the final touch! All of these pieces are unique and one-of-a-kind. The semi-precious stones are all hand wrapped on delicate chains. This is a quick taste of what we have available for you in our store! Make sure you stop by the store to see it all and follow Candace’s Pinterest for more Neck Candy ! Happy Friday!

:: Antique Coastal Pieces ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

91127592431081157_03NAGiRL_cEvery house and every room could use an antique coastal piece or two. Using antique pieces bring a fun, vintage feel to the space that also give it a unique look. Antique pieces allow you to further your coastal decoration with your great finds while staying within your style. The best part about an antique piece is the hunt. Searching from antique shop to antique shop is an adventure like no other. Happy hunting!
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:: 3 Ways To Make Your Kitchen Look Vintage ::

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vintage-kitchen-stove-white-blue-tuvalu-home Today we have have 3 tips to make your kitchen look vintage. If you’ve ever wanted to travel back in time and make your kitchen a cute, vintage inspired space then this post is for you. If you already love your kitchen and just adore vintage decor, then this post is for you too! These 3 tips with push start you into the vintage direction and give your kitchen an instant vintage look. Let’s take a look at these 3 tips below!
vintage-kitchen-vintage-island-home-decor-tuvalu1. Get A Vintage Island – A vintage kitchen island will anchor the space and set the tone for the kitchen. It could be the first thing that people see and associate the style of your kitchen with, so why not make it a vintage statement? Plus it’s an easy install that doesn’t involve tearing anything out or tackling a renovation.
vintage stools-vintage-kitchen-home-decor-tuvalu 2. Get Vintage Stools – What could make your new vintage island better? Vintage stools. These can give any kitchen more of a vintage feel whether you have the island to go with them or not. Vintage stools, or even vintage inspired stools, can be found in many shapes and sizes that will fit perfect with any existing island or future vintage island you bring into your kitchen.
vintage-kitchen-vintage-fridge-home-decor-tuvalu vintage-stove-vintage-kitchen-inpiration-style-home-decor-tuvalu 3. Get Vintage Appliances – Vintage appliances will top off any aspiring vintage kitchen. With all kinds of vintage style stove tops, ovens and refrigerators out there you can find the perfect ones for you and your kitchen. With companies making them brand new, there’s no need to worry about them not working or causing problems either.

:: Spotted! Vintage Glass Jugs! ::

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Once again we spotted another thing in this month’s Country Living. It’s like they’re trying to show you guys that you can get all this stuff from Tuvalu Home. This is nothing new though, we carry most of what the magazine’s show and more. Anyway, spotted in the issue are these wonderful Vintage Glass Jugs. These beauties are perfect and can go in about any room. Like the kitchen featured above, the famimly room, living room or even the dining room. They can even go outside!

The versatility of these glass jugs are incomparable. They’re perfect for any coastal home and even any rustic home. So what’re ya waitn’ for? Shop vintage glass online here!

:: Tuvalu & The City of Atlanta ::

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Our buyers are over in Atlanta, Georgia at the Atlanta Gift Show shopping for some new stuff for the holiday and Spring 2013 seasons. They’re looking for the latest and greatest to bring back home to sunny California. And yes, we are jealous that we’re here working and they’re shopping in Atlanta, I mean ‘working’ in Atlanta. Luckily they’ve been sending photos and emails updating us with everything they’re doing and seeing. So today we thought we’d share some of their finds with you readers. Get excited, because we are!

I guess one plus about not going is enjoying our sunshine and beautiful weather while they get their rain over in Atlanta. We can’t be too mad about that one! Are you in, around or from Atlanta or Georgia? Do you know of any must go-to places to shop, eat or just enjoy life? Let’s us know!! Have fun ladies and be safe!

:: Vintage Furniture ::

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Today’s post is our last post in this mini vintage series we’ve been doing the last few Tuesdays. If you missed last weeks post on Vintage Accessories go here. This time we are talking about the furniture. We love bringing in a vintage, rustic style piece into our design space. It brings character and a sense of home to every room. If everything looks brand new it makes us feel like we’re living in a museum and we don’t want that for our homes. We want our home to feel welcoming and cozy. That’s why we love bringing in vintage and rustic design elements. Now onto the furniture!

We love vintage and rustic tables. Give us the table we want and we’re in heaven. We love massive tables that allow us to sprawl out and handle anything we put on it. Sometimes you need to the space when you’re working on a design project so you can lay out your fabrics, wood samples, paint swatches, inspirational pictures and still have space for your laptop. We like big tables. We also like cute, intimate tables that create the perfect sharing environment. It’s nice to share a small table with a friend or loved one and catch up on things. We don’t want to be yelling now!

If you’re thinking about bringing vintage into your bedroom then Tuvalu supports you! You can go all out or you can just bring a few vintage elements into your bedroom. We are fans of vintage dressers. Tall or short we support it! We also like vintage bed frames. You can go with a classic iron rod bed frame or you can lean more towards the rustic side and go with a wood bed frame. Small side tables and night stands can also bring a touch of vintage into your bedroom without over powering anything.

Side consoles will really make a difference in the room you put it in. The console itself won’t only bring a vintage element, but the pieces you put on top of it, around it, and even hang above it will really pull the whole space together. Consoles are a vintage base piece that will continually let you grow and redesign your vintage space. The best part about the console is if you decide that your home needs a new look, you can still use it. Just replace the surrounding design elements.

Normally a TV above a beautiful console just ruins the entire thing. For some reason we like this. I’m not quite sure if it’s the airy, light feeling the picture has or the simplicity that the vignette displays. Whatever it is, this work!

Lastly we leave you with a few pictures that we love. We hope that this post and all these pictures have inspired you to go out and add a little vintage to your home. Let us know if you have and send us a picture. We’d love to show off your home and your design work!

:: Vintage Accessories ::

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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.

:: Vintage Signs ::

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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.