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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

One Chair Styled three different ways

Hi guys! I feel like it’s been way to long since my last post, maybe because it has but please forgive me, as mommy life was calling all week-long non stop. I finally have an hour to myself maybe because it literally 1:32 am and I’m now just starting this post. Any who that was too drawn out of an explanation for me to say baby was sick and I had my hands full lol.

For today’s post I wanted to challenge myself by styling my beloved CB2 Parlour arm-chair in three completely different ways, by simply changing up the accessories. In a way this was also beneficial for me, it reminded me that a little refresh goes a long way. Maybe next time I’m tempted to switch out all of my furniture, I’ll look back to this post. For all three of the looks I also kept another one of my most beloved pieces, my giant gold Ikea floor mirror this thing has been with me just as long as the chair (it’s one of those pieces that I don’t think will ever leave my collection). All three looks are extremely affordable, most of the accessories used were thrift ed or bargain shopped.

On to the post!

Boho Chic

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To achieve this first look, I used different metallics and layered in pinks and blues. Laying down a soft faux fur rug, grounded everything and gave it a touch of elegance. The fringe wall hanging layered on top of the mirror make this look feel relaxed and added a little bit of the boho feel I was after. Over sized flowers help re-enforce my pink color palette, while a fringe throw add a but more blue.

Granny Chic

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To achieve this look, I started by switching out the metallic for wicker and brought in plenty of plants to liven a more muted color palette. I opted for a basket wall to really make the wicker a focal point, and once again to balance out the oversized mirror. A plaid rag rug gives this look that granny feel and is a good opposition compared to the modern silhouette of the arm-chair.

South Western Chic

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To achieve this look Modern South Western look I switched out the wicker for dark woods which are off set by light linens. I laid down a small white embroidered quilt, which really lightens the over all look. On the wall I hung this accordion wine rack to act as a sculptural piece but also as a hat rack, the dark wood ties in with the C table. While the blue tassel runner hung over the mirror bring a dash of blue from the chair upward. I used to same copper drum table, but this time I add a faux fur pillow to make it appear as a stool. 

I’m so happy with the outcome of every look, I think the first is my favorite follow by the third. I’d love to hear which is your favorite, let me know in the comments below and as always thank you for stopping by.

Thrifted Style

I’m always amazed when I manage to style an area with completely thrifted items; It reminds me why I love to thrift so much, and that you don’t have to spend $$$ to have a stylish home. I managed to buy everything shown (plants excluded) for under $30.00 so I thought I would do a haul of sorts, and along the way share a bit more design tips as well as some thrifting tips (check out my previous How to Thrift like a Pro Post) for more thrifting tips.

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My first step before going into a thrift store is to think of what I’m shopping for, whether it be a broad category like, home decor, kitchenware or furniture. This trip I was looking for pottery, for this Blog post/ Instagram post (shameless plug, but if you would be so kind as to follow me here @lifeinmauve). I didn’t have a specific color way in mind,  but as soon as I got to browsing I was drawn to blues and teals (surprise, surprise). It all started coming to life, once I found this awesome painting (only $2.70) I knew I had my color palette and I continued to play off of it.

Once I got home and it was time to style, I decided to group everything together rather then sprinkling pieces here and there, because placing everything together would tell a stronger story. The White bookshelf, allowed the colors to pop and also kept thing light and somewhat modern.

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The top shelf really sets the over all tone, all the colors are represented and the painting makes it all pop. I Typically I would never place the largest  items on the on a top shelf, since it can be too heavy on the eye. However since there is only three items it balances out with the rest of the unit and the low profile of the bowl paired with the clear glass lantern keep it from over powering the rest of the shelf.

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I knew going into this that I wanted to add in a lot’s of plants to  liven everything up, and introduce a third color as well as texture. Using plants on every shelf creates repetition, which in my opinion is key to successful styling.  I like to pair items in a set of three, making sure I place the larger or taller items at the edge. Stacking books in different ways gives the area movement and height.

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My second shelf I kept a bit simpler, lining up a few books to fill the shelf but facing them away to create a more uniform look. I placed my plant on the opposite side to further add movement, and threw in a small tray to ground this cluster. Again my largest item is at the end and creating  a waterfall or gradual steps to carry the eye through-out the shelf.

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On my last shelf I started by placing my plant on the opposite side of the previous one, to complete my pattern. I created two clusters but made switched things up by displaying the teal cups in a straight line and the pitcher and mug in a small triangle.  I used a book to ground the three cups and give some needed height  and hung a frame to create a solid background. I recommend using pictures/art with-in the same color story to create a cohesive look.

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Just a few final pointers, try breaking up sets like the teal cups I placed one at the top and three down below to create a strong sense of  repetition and carry the eye throughout the shelf. . Stick to two or three color families and introduce varies shades of that color.

Overall these all work together because essentially it’s all pottery and every piece has the same feel, weight, and similar finish grouping them together in a small area creates a bigger impact.

I hope this post inspire you to check out your local thrift store, I’d love to hear of your latest decor finds.

As always thanks for stopping by,

xoxo Nayeli

 

South Western, Boho Vibes

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I’m going to apologize ahead of time, as I think this might be a rambley post and maybe a little all over the place. But I promise to make it a quick one, I just wanted to share a few exciting finds with you all so you can all RUN to Target and get in on all the sale action. Seriously, Target has some crazy sales going on, so naturally I went ham!

The second part of the post is to share how glad I am that I decided to start Life in Mauve. Its provided a creative outlet that I felt was missing, ever since leaving my career in Visual Merchandising and deciding to become a full time stay at home mom. Once I became a little more comfortable and maybe even got the hang of this whole mom thing, (ha!) I found myself missing running around all day styling product. While at home I mostly style with vintage, one of a kind pieces. I also want to start doing posts like this, were I pull products together just to show inspiration. Of course along the way, I’ll start sharing my styling process.

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The first thing I gravitated towards were these woven wall hangings, I fell in love with the texture and scale of the this piece. I had originally thought I would pair it along side of a neutral fringe wall hanging, but once they were side by side it was too much texture and not enough contrast. So I decided to use a kitchen towel, and hang it at an angle to make it look more interesting. The dark forest green color of the towel, layered behind the light fringe makes everything pop, and brings the green from the plants upward grounding the entire look.

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Once my art pieces were hung, I decided to make green my color statement by using a mostly green product, layering in different textures and shapes from the plants kept things visually interesting. I used brown as an accent color to bring a little warmth to the overall look. Like this glass lantern, the leather strap not only adds a different texture but the glass itself helps lighten the area. The varying heights of the plants draw the eye back up to the wall art as well as start a cascade allowing each item to shine on it’s own.

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On the opposite side I brought in this copper plant stand, which added height and the copper also made this look feel a bit more modern. To balance out both sides I mirrored the opposite side with another cacti, creating visual repetition helps make the look stronger and is pleasing to the eye.

All of the products used are still available at Target, and are all one sale. In the comments below, let me know if this is a series you would like me to continue.

Thanks for stopping by, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for daily inspiration posts.

Small space, big style

I’m REALLY excited to finally be sharing our bedroom/ nursery tour, it’s my favorite space in our home. It meets all of our needs while still feeling stylish and to be honest, I’m pretty impressed of what we accomplish with only 180 sq ft. We had three goals, while designing this space; 1) we needed to create designated area for baby (that could act as the nursery portion). 2) we needed to fit a crib, rocker, queen size bed, and a dresser. 3) It needed to still feel grown up, yet playful all at the same time. Oh and lets not forget, 3 of us (baby, my fiance and I) share this room! PHEW!

 

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The first task was choosing a color palette, and while I could have lived perfectly content with a very neutral, soft color palette ( all white and blush for me please!) I had to add a touch of masculinity. So the bones to our palette are a rich navy and crisp white with pops of orange and green throughout the space to create a playful vibe. As for a “theme” we really don’t have one, our taste tends to be a little bit all over the place. (but it all somehow works together). I guess you can say we tend to lean towards bohemian design eclectic if you will.

 

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The star of the show is our bed, (my favorite) it’s the first thing that catches your eye when you enter the room. The headboard (DIY) a navy suede, paired with exaggerated tufting add an element of richness and sophistication to the room. The neutral linens add juxtaposition, with a tonal south-western inspired print, layered along side a multitude of tassels on the throw blanket and pillow. Keeping everything tonal allowed me to add several texture and patterned layers, with out feel overwhelming.

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The next step in our process, was space planing we had several new pieces we wanted bring in, to make life with a new baby a little more “comfortable”. We added a rocker that I’m absolutely in love with, and a C style side table. Opting for a not so traditional rocker,  kept the room from feeling to nurseryish yet still served its intended fuction. Especially during the first sleepless nights, it was a life saver having a comfortable place to sit with baby until he fell asleep.

The dresser was something we already had, it’s a chest style 6 drawer dresser which baby and I share ( well more like he has four drawers and I have two #mommylife). The scale and the color are perfect for the space bringing in  warmth from the  wood, while the hardware ties in our love for modern.

Our C table came as a later addition, at first we wanted to go with out a night stand but we quickly realized we needed something. It was a lucky find from Ross and only costed $29.00, the shape is perfect as this area is snug it fits perfectly over the arm off the rocker.

Tucked behind the table is a gold leaning floor mirror, from Ikea (no longer available) that I’ve had since my very first apartment (so obviously it’s not going anywhere!). It brings in a lot of light, and makes the room feel much larger that it actually is plus baby loves to look at himself in it. The gold frame, is everything it has an almost vintage quality to it.

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For babies area, we kept it playful yet not overly themed the focal point is a gallery wall filled with little critters (mostly painted by me) and geometric mountain scapes. Items like a vintage inspired wall sconce, large navy pot, and geometric pillow give it a grown up feel. A simple light-grey crib frame, is not invasive or over powering, marrying nicely with the rest of the room. We utilized every inch of the room and store clear totes underneath his crib for  fold-able clothes. I whipped up a simple caddy to house all of babies necessities (e.g whips, diapers, lotion etc. ) this freed up a ton of counter space, and minimized the clutter in the room (plus it keeps us organized).

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While we do have a busy walls, it all works since we try to keep it in the same color family. Over the bed we have a DIY woven wall hanging and two vintage hats anchoring it.Minimal yet full of texture for plenty of visual interest.

This round wire shelf, is styled in our color palette with special objects for baby like gifts brought back from trips to Mexico, and a baseball from his first game. I’ve added in faux succulents to add a touch of greenery,  and liven things up. Anchoring the shelf, we have some of our favorite pictures of Levi in these modern gold floating frames, that hang by a simple leather strap.

On the dresser more plants (#urban jungle) and a few thrift-ed treasures like this 1970’s oil lamp for added interest. I also love picture frames (this was my mother’s day gift) they make a space feel cozy, and are an easy way to introduce color.

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The biggest key to making a small space work, and not feel overly crowed is to keep it clean and organized. We store things like books, toys, shoes and sleepwear, in totes making them “appear” neat and organized. I also try my best to pick up daily, although that’s not always the case… we declutter and donate often, as soon as we stop using something, it gets taken out of the room and pass on. 

Hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I did, I truly believe that no make the size of a space it can be functional and stylish.

For more decor inspiration follow me on I.G @lifeinmauve

Thanks for stopping by.

xoxo Nayeli

 

I’m continuing my crafting kick this week, but this time I’m busy making decor for my apartment because WELL… I just love staying busy and changing stuff up around my place. My focus these days has been our restroom, it’s been an area that was lacking color and personality. I decided to combine my love for all things bohemian and all things blush and blue. I DIYed a bar towel rack, and whipped up a small yet colorful painting but it still needed something else I knew I wanted to in cooperate a mirror and a little more color, Que the Boho wall Hangings (I have a restroom “reveal” coming soon hence what these are not shown in their new homes, stay tuned).

They were very simple to make, this is the  type of craft you can do while binge watching Girl Boss or whatever show you are currently hooked on. Now on to the tutorial.

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For this DIY you will need:

 

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Step one:

I started by cutting 42, 6″ strips of Blush yarn, 11, 6″ strips of  Pale Taupe yarn and 1, 20″ strip of Navy yarn, set a side for now.

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Step two:

I then placed a piece of tape just below the middle of the mirror, I used this as a guide to glue down the yarn.

*Crafters note: I recommend using washi tape, or a tape that is not overly sticky.

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Step three: (optional)

I wanted to add a boarder to the mirror, to give it more substance, so I place a slightly smaller bowl over the mirror leaving me with the perfect amount to create a border. With a small brush I painted along the edge, this made the mirror really pop  (I’m obsessed with this stuff!).

*crafters note, I once you lift the tape there will be a small gap left go back in with your brush and carefully fill it in.

If the gilding liquid bleeds, take a Q-tip and a small amount of nail polish remover to fix any mistakes.

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Step Four:

I found the vertical center of my mirror and laid down a generous amount of Mod Podge placing 11 Pale Taupe strips, in the center, and 21 Blush strips on either side. As I added more I made sure to place them closely together and made sure they were straight. Set aside and allow to dry (20 mins to work with, but 24hr to full dry)

*Crafters note: start from the center and work your way out this will ensure everything is symmetrical.

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Step five:

With the same small bush I painted one of my three dowel caps, leaving the other two untouched. Set aside allow to dry.

*Crafters note: I slid a brush handle through a dowel cap, this allowed me to rotate the cap while I painted it.

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Step 6:

To hang the “beads” I took my Navy strip and folded it in half, leaving me with 2, 10″ strips. I knotted the bottom portion 3 times and slid the first bead through both strips about 1″ from the bottom. I then made a second knot 2″ above the first one, and slid my second bead, and finally I made my last knot another 2″ above the second one and slid the last bead.

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Step seven:

To create a tassel, I simply looped the Navy yarn 20 times around the palm of my hand, I then took a 6″ string and tied it through the center of the loop.

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Step eight:

I then snipped the bottom of the loop, creating several separate strands.

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Step nine:

To attach the tassel, I simply tied the loose strands through the loop and cut off the access.

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Step ten:

After the glue was dry enough, I took the mirror and laid it flat separating each of the strands I then taped all the yarn down with a second piece of washi tape. This will keep everything in place.

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Step eleven:

To achieve a nice uniform round shape I took a bowl slightly larger than the mirror and placed it 5″ below the bottom of the mirror. Holding it firmly I then began to cut along side the bowl. 

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Step Twelve:

The last step is to glue everything down with a generous amount of glue, and allow to dry over night before hanging.

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The end result is so chic, I love these in multiples to make a statement.

Hope you all liked today’s DIY, don’t forget to tag me on I.G if you recreate them #lifeinmauveDIY. Follow me on I.G for daily inspiration posts @lifeinmauve

Thanks for reading!

Strawberry Pink Lemonade with Mint Infusion

With warm weather peeking in, I can’t help but get excited for warm evenings lounging by the pool sipping a refreshing cocktail. I’m very excited to share my Strawberry Pink Lemonade with Mint infusion cocktail, it’s perfect for those Al Fresco dinners or when just lounging. This is seriously so good, it’s become a staple.

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