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.

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.

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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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