Dream Escape



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So, what do you do, when you are given the freedom to create your very own outdoor oasis. A place that you have only dared to dream up in your head? You know the one, the one you secretly think of escaping to with a bottle of your favorite Rose’. Oh! and did I mention you also have all the beautiful CB2 furniture to play with. Well, naturally you create a modern Spanish Jadrin, with a touch of Cabana,

Because why not?


I wanted to create a calm serine space filled with yummy texture, lush plants and of course in typical Life in Mauve fashion a touch of boho glam.



I kept the color pallet very neutral, mainly using sandy beige shades to accent the iron frame of the Breton sofa. This is one of those furniture pieces that I can see myself loving for years to come, no matter what style mood im in.


Opted to pair the sofa with these  Capiz coffee and side tables (Yes, these are outdoor!) Which tie in perfectly with my neutral color palette, the angular gold legs bring a touch of  modern.



I love how they pop against the black slate floors, which can we just take a moment to admire this beautiful tile. OMG this tile is giving me life, it’s that touch of edgy that elevates this space.


Of course I have to include plenty of live plants to keep the space fresh and bring in positive energy. Recently I’ve been loving creating these succulent arrangements with garden clippings. They give the feel of fresh flowers, however with the right care they will last for seasons to come.

They are like roses but better!


Another element I used to keep the look light, and airy are these beautiful linen curtains they add the perfect amount of romance. I can see myself and Steven sharing a glass of wine at sunset curled up under a cozy throw blanket.


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Hung from this floating frame they instantly give the illusion  of a cabana, or in my mind my perfect escape.


To tie everything in and give some serious Jardin vibes I created this fabulous stucco wall. I used hexagon tile sheets (so easy to use)  arranging them in a diamond shape, not only to create a focal point but to also create repetition and pattern.


There you have it, my perfect oasis.

Also if you are in the Bay area, be sure to stop by CB2 Berkeley Wednesday June 6, 2018 at 5:30 for Design your Escape event filled with giveaways and FREE WINE!

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Florista Blooms x Life in Mauve Collab, Flower Crown Tutorial


Hi guys, I’m SOO excited to share the first installment of mine and Amy, from Florista Blooms wedding series. I have to say Amy is just as lovely, as her whimsy floral arrangements, her attention to detail is simply amazing making her arrangement feel like art work. She is a master at marrying texture, and romantic hues and turning them into something that makes your heart skip a beat. If you aren’t following her on Instagram I highly urge you to drop what you’re doing and stock her page for an hour or two (you’re welcome) @floristablooms.


We had so much fun getting to know each other while she shared her technique on making a pintrest worthy flower crown. Not to mention her adorable back yard, which is surrounded by cactus, bushes of blush hydrangeas and the sweetest veggie garden I have ever seen was our work space for the day. In the middle of it all is an equally darling pale blue shed which we took full advantage off, and used as our back drop for our perfect boho garden set.

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She shared some really great tips for any bride (or if you just happen to feel like rocking crown, on the regular) wanting to give making her own flower crown a go, im pretty hooked. 

In Amy’s words “You can’t go wrong with a flower crown”.

On to the tutorial!

For this DIY you will need:


*The amounts needed will depend on, the size of your head, and how full you want the crown to be*


Step one:

Start by taking your silk ribbon and wrapping it around your head, adding roughly 6″ on either side. Snip and set aside for now.


Step two:

Take the floral wire and measure it exactly to the size of your head, snip.


Step three:

Stretch the wire and lay it on top of the silk ribbon, try and center it as much as possible.


Step four:

Take a 3″ strip of tape and start tightly wrapping the wire and ribbon together, wrap around 2″. Once you have reached the end of the tape, give it a good squeeze this makes the tape extra secure.

Pro tip * if this is your first time using floral tape, it adheres by stretching it gently and wrapping it around itself tightly*


Step five:

Now start to wrap the ribbon around the wire in a long twist, don’t worry about this step looking perfect as it will all be hidden once we add our blooms. Once you have fully wrapped the ribbon down the entire length of the wire, take another 3″ strip of tape and finish securing the wire and ribbon together.

Set aside for now.


Set six:

The next two steps are probably the most important and also the most time consuming, however it is very important that you take your time and don’t rush.

Start to “clean” up each individual bloom, you want to expose around an 1″-1 1/2″ of stem.  I recommend, cleaning up a nice amount of blooms vs cleaning them up as you go, this speeds up the rest of the steps.


Step seven:

Once you have everything cleaned up, take two to three blooms ( mix and match)  and group them together to create small bunches add a small piece of tape to the ends.

Pro tip *avoid using more than 3 blooms at once, to many stems together will make the crown too thick*


You should end up with small bunches like these.

Pro tip *If you have larger flowers you may want to leave them as singles, same goes for any leafy greens that come in multiples ( far right).


Step eight:

It’s time to start building your crown, cut a 10 strip of tape and start wrapping your bunches to the wire and ribbon. Make sure you wrap the entire length of the stem, once you reach the end give it a good squeeze and move on to the next bunch.

Pro tip *start off with your leafy greens first, and then layer on the flowers on top”.


Step nine:

Continue to layer on all of your blooms, don’t be afraid to play with the placement of the leafs and flowers, move them around as needed.

Pro tip * We recommend creating  a pattern, to make a solid design*

*flowers with thicker stems may require you to continue to wrap past the stem and onto the ribbon to really secure it in place.*


Step ten:

Once all of your blooms are attached to the ribbon you should have something that looks like this. You want to stop 4″ shy of where the twisted wire and ribbon end, at this point you want to reverse the direction of the bunches ( when you close the crown, this step creates continuous flow)


Step eleven:

The very last step is to take a long piece of tape and weave down the entire length of the crown, this step makes the crown nice and sturdy and ensures the crown will keep a nice round shape. Wrap the crown around your head and tie off with a bow, or a knot for a more boho feel.

And that’s it you are ready to rock your crown all day every day! Store it in the refrigerator to keep it looking fresh ( it should keep for a few days).



In the comments below let me know what other type of tutorials you would like to see as part of our wedding serious.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to follow Amy and I on Instagram, for daily inspiration pictures. @lifeinmauve @foristablooms



Style with me “dining room edition”

Hey guys welcome back! Today I’m really excited to share a step by step of me styling our dining room, hopefully this will be a little more insight on my process. Along the way, you will see that once the room is almost pulled together I often make minor adjustments to fully perfect the room.

20170705200442_IMG_3840-01One thing that is true no matter the space, I always have a general idea of the look I’m going for, or one piece of furniture I want to highlight. In this case I just score this awesome white lacquer dining table from the Salvation Army and wanted to style it, in my own way. I also knew I wanted to use this baby quilt (also thrifted, actually almost everything shown is thrifted) as a table-cloth, the boho pattern really spoke to me and the rest played off of the pattern.


I first started off with the shelving, I wanted to give the feel of open cabinets like you would see in a kitchen. I wanted to show off my recent obsession with pottery and chose very neutral tones that would compliment dark woods.



I went back and forth quite a bit,  especially with the bottom shelf since it’s round I’m always very limited as far as what I can use. I finally settled on a plant, it filled the bottom shelf very well and the green brought a little life to everything.

I then decided to add these starburst mirrors, they look very similar to the embroidered flowers on the quilt. Plus the black is a nice contrast to the gold shelf, and the style adds that mid-century modern feel.

I then moved on to the table scape, I knew I wanted to introduce dark woods and a few plants. I opted for this rather large cactus, which ended up being way to tall it was blocking a large portion of the shelf from a straight on view. I was pretty happy with everything else, I really like the pop of gold that the flatware brings to this whole look, It ties back to the shelf, and although you can’t see the top of the salt and peppers shakers they also have gold.


Since I was at an ok, spot for the table I decided to tackle the shelf again, this time I rolled a handful of kitchen towels which I really liked but later found a better use for them. I also ditched the small copper bowl and filled a crisp white bowl with succulents to brighten the shelf.


I really love the pattern one the dish towels and wanted to show case them more, so I decided to hang them off an accordion style rack. I LOVE this, not only did it fill the space without being too over powering but the blonde wood from the rack ties in nicely with the legs from the table.


Since the cactus was too tall and interrupting the styling from the shelf, I switched it out for a smaller plant. I also brought it some limes, and a small cactus to re-enforce the green color story. I layered a faux fur throw to add texture as well as brighten the over all look, laying it across both chair creates a seemless looks and gives the appearance of a bench.


Once I was happy with the table scape I revisited the shelf once again, sometimes I end up moving things 30 times before I get it right. I decided to bring another wood element to the shelf with this stacking keepsake box, and added a few extra touches to the second shelf, like these gold measuring cups and a bit of quirkiness with this Russian stacking doll. I then removed both for the final look lol.

The wall also needed a little bit more so I flanked two additional wall pieces that were similar in scale. I typically fan outward, with the largest items towards the center but I actually really like the smaller mirrors toward the center. The two lighter pieces really balances out the wall.


Here is completed look, I hope you guys enjoyed following me along my styling process. In the comments below let me know what you guys think, also if you aren’t already following me on Instragam please show me some love, I post twice a day! @lifeinmauve

Plan with me


I can’t believe that May is gone, and we are already half ways through 2017. I have to say May, flew by and for the most part it was a hectic and stressful month, so I’m glad to see it go (sorry May). Needless to say I’m excited for a fresh month, and wanted to start it off on a… more organized foot . A few nights ago it hit me, my days have very little structure which makes them feel hectic and overwhelming I tend to do things as they come. So I decided to revisit keeping a planner because when I did have a traditional 8-5 a planner was a lifesaver, it kept me on task and even allowed for down time ( dare I dream of a spear hour or two). So last night I set aside 30 mins to plan out good portion of my month and I have to say I already feel so much more in control of my day.



To start off I have a Large Kate Spade planner, It’s broken down into two types of layouts, a traditional full month view with a side bar for notes and a daily lined section (one week over two pages).

I like to go to town, and decorate each month with stickers, washi tape and cute paper clips. Typically I stick to a color scheme, to make it visually appealing, decorating also gets me me motivated to plan my month out.



Before mapping my tasks out, I like to decorate (I’m a dessert first type of gal) first. I stick to 2-3 colors or patterns, I use stickers and quotes that keep my planner feeling positive and motivational.  This month I’m reminding myself that “I have everything under control”. 

I start with filling in important tasks like, bills, appointments things that must happen on specific dates. I then layer on events such as family visits, parties, and any traveling we might be doing for the month. Finally I add my goals for the month, which given my current stress level, this past month they center around alone time. I’m heading back to the gym and allowing an 30min-1hr of pampering time each day.

Laying everything out not only gets me mentally prepared for really busy days, but also keeps me on a daily time schedule.


Once I have everything mapped out on the monthly portion, I transfer things over to the daily section which acts as a daily to-do list. This section also gets small tasks like cleaning, laundry which are my flexible tasks. I also go into detail for Instagram or blog posts, along with a time I strive to upload by. I check everything as I go and any tasks I don’t get to, I transfer over to the next day.

I prioritize time consuming and important tasks at the beginning of the week, leaving my weekends clear to go out and do something fun with my family. I write everything in no matter how big or small, I’m a strong believer that things are more likely to get done if your write them down.


I’m excited and hopeful for June, I think at the very least having a place to get tasks off my head will elevate some of the stress.

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to share any planner tips with me. Or really any ways you like to destress, what works for you?