Giveaway :: Maple + Mauve

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


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I have a confession to make: I am absolutely obsessed with concrete. I swoon over polished concrete floors and look forward to the day when I can have the concrete countertops in my kitchen that I love. On a smaller scale, I find myself consistently drawn to the same medium in home decor and jewelry. From salt cellars to planters to necklaces, I find concrete to be a wonderful metaphor for the beauty of functionality.

Maple + Mauve is a boutique jewelry studio from designer Sera Young. With wood and concrete her usual medium, each of these pieces speak to her background in interior design and her architectural design inspiration. Maple + Mauve is a line that speaks directly to my heart and I am hard pressed to find a favorite piece to highlight. (But if I must…) The Gold Leaf Stand is ridiculously perfect and the Diamond Necklace has been awarded the number one spot on my wishlist. Please visit Maple + Mauve and find your own favorite.

Maple + Mauve is giving away one Silver Leaf Rectangle Necklace to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, May 6th.
Please visit Maple + Mauve and tell us: What is your current design obsession? (As in, what do you find yourself drawn to lately? Vintage, modern, monochromatic, colorful, etc…)
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, May 13th, to see if you’ve won!


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  1. 1
    Kenesha says:

    I’m feeling a bit modern right now. Clean lines and simplicity. To that end the Silver Leaf Rectangle Necklace necklace from Maple + Mauve would be perfect!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i am always drawn to understated, modern and simple design. my home and wardrobe reflect that.

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    megan says:

    I think design inspired by nature is always in style. 

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    Kadi says:

    I’m really digging dark, rough woods sprinkled with crisp white and gold accents. Salvaged woods, clean white frames on the wall, and glints of a rustic golds are making their way into my home. The funny thing? When I was a teen I hated (hated!) brown, white, and gold. Everything I wanted was black, black, black. So funny how your tastes can change! I think the combo gives me that earthy feeling while still inhabiting a bit of elegance and cleanliness.

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    Monica Borge says:

    Geometric patterns all the way. Especially delicate lines and patterns. I think it’s beautiful and I love it.

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    ren says:

    in a world obsessed with modern design, i find myself pulled back to victorian clutter again and again. wrought iron and tassels, velvet and trims. it’s crazy, overdone and completely lovely in it’s own way.

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    Samantha S says:

    An odd combination of clean white lines and Tiffany blue accents and rich, eye-catching fabrics in intricate Southeast Asian prints. Still not sure how that will work out, but my goal is “comfortable and liveable” rather than “anthropologie catalogue”!

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    brenda says:

    Bright summer colors…corals, aquas, lime..

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    Kim Henrichs says:

    I’ve been drawn to the color orange lately! I’m trying to design the redo of our kitchen and i keep going to this bright color along with stainless, and it’s rare for me but I’m loving it!

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    C Eliza Elliott says:

    I frequently find myself drawn to vintage – especially the 40’s styles…very fun and interesting.

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    Courtney J says:

    I’ve been drawn recently to geometric patterns, especially with pastel colors. I want to create a series of watercolors of geometric patterns…

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    Trisha says:

    Lately I’m drawn to natural materials and earthy colors. 

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    Susanna B. says:

    I really enjoy a good mix of vintage and modern, both in my home and my wardrobe. 

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    Kate B says:

    As a graphic designer, I tend towards clean, modern pattern, and my home reflects that, though it’s much more cozy than cold. We’re finishing up our first kid’s nursery right now (just in the nick of time, I’m due in 2 weeks!) and balancing grey and white stripes on one wall with a bright orange accent wall in a nook, warmed up with some rich wood floors and a mid-century find of a dresser that my husband is re-staining. We’re also using the rocking chair my mom purchased when she had my older sister, though we recovered the cushions from the scary 70s upholstery! I can’t wait to rock my little one to sleep and spend hours in that room!

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    chris b says:

    my current design obsession is the french country style. it’s a nice blend of rustic and CLEAN.

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    Jennifer says:

    Well, as fate would have it, we just made a drastic move from the pacific NW to southern TX….a very different world indeed.  I’ve never felt so far from the nature I love, and this has majorly influenced my design style as we settle in our new life.  I’m drawn to natural pieces – wood and water – and plants are filling the rooms.  We’re creating the lush nature we love inside the very walls of our home…and we are slowly feeling the balance return.

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    Nikki says:

    The last couple of years, I’ve found that I am  really drawn to a rustic/homemade/repurposed/industrial/edgy but still glamorous/chic/worldly-influenced (as in well-traveled not boho) aesthetic in design.  I am finding these themes influencing not only the direction of my house remodel and decorating, but also my wardrobe/makeup/jewelry, and even my crafts.  I love it!  It makes me feel like my style has evolved to a place where it is not only a reflection of me, where I am now, and in the case of the house, my family, but also my dreams and where I (we) are headed.  I find this design mix to be not only eclectic (just like people are multi-faceted) and visually pleasing (because true style is really about proportion and balance) it also is an expression of values that I truly believe in: recycling, repurposing, & finding beauty in unexpected ways and places. Recognizing what pleases me, even though it is such a long-winded description frees me to enjoy couture designers & high-end design, along with diy & homemade/handmade.                  

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    jane says:

    lately i’ve been drawn to handmade items. i think i used to be into stuff that looked very professionally made (not that handmade items don’t look professional) but knowing that what i wear/use/purchase was made with a lot of effort, love and care just gives it that little special something lacking in commercially produced products. i’ve also tried to make some of my own accessories and clothes (through crochet) but i’m still not that great, so the personally-handmade stuff i have are a little “raw”, but it secretly makes me a little happier when people compliment me on stuff i’ve made 🙂

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    Rinny says:

    I’m really into portraits, lately – how one snap of the camera can capture an emotion, thought so deeply. I find myself staring at the face in the photograph and really stop to think “Why this face, why this moment”. Each person’s unique qualities shine in portraits. My grandmother is about to downsize from her home of 45+ years to a small apartment and the best gift I can think to give her is a grouping of portraits, one each of her 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren – so she can take the memories of almost 50 years with her.

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    cindy says:

    I am really into minimalism as of late. With two kids, my home feels constantly cluttered so any opportunity for less, I take! I’m trying to keep it simple!

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    Sparrow says:

    I just did some tours of some turn-of-the-century homes and I’m obsessed with the simplicity, utility, and beauty of their design. I want to de-clutter and cut back, only have what is necessary and useful and cling to earth tones and calming colors. A marriage of modern aesthetic and vintage practicality.

  22. 22

    Simplicity. I’m obsessed with simplicity. Give me a white wash room, the clarity, the space to imagine, re-imagine, what could be. Give me the blank space to dream. Pure. Simple. Beauty. 

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    Susan F says:

    For almost 30 years I have been designing commercial space for a living and have always stayed away from residential.  My dad recently had a flood in his kitchen and gave me the opportunity to update the outdated look.  It was all greek to me,  totally different from office space.  It took forever for me to design it and choose colors of cabinets and granite tops.  Still working on backsplash and flooring, but I am really enjoying the process

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    Anna L says:

    I’m currently obsessed with the sophisticated and clean look!  At 22, I’ve tried all the various kinds of styles out there.  Girly, chic, punk rock, grunge, etc, everything! But now that I will be entering the professional work force, I wanted to clean up my look.  Though my look looks cleaner and more sophisticated, I can’t seem to give up those bold colors that just pop! I’m a huge fan of royal blues and forest greens and incorporating them into my style.

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    Charlotte D. says:

    I currently like classic.  I want something that would last and last and still be beautiful and relevant.

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    Susie H. says:

    I’m really drawn to natural elements. There’s a vital connection there. A Native American friend of mine years ago told me about the long-honored value of walking barefoot on the earth. I likewise feel a boost, a connection, from natural elements in the home: moving water, stones collected from the beach, solid wood pieces, natural light, plants, wool rugs, even handcrafted pottery. Our next project we hope is to add some reclaimed wood to a wall in the bedroom.