A friend and SG reader emailed me last week and told me that my yellow mirror is in the November issue of Real Living in the “Your Thoughts” section. Yippee! I wont be able to see it for awhile since it takes a bit longer to get here from Australia. So Australian peeps, let me know how it looks!
Also, check out Viv’s blog today. She announced on ish and chi that her home is featured in Real Living!! I am so excited for her. She is a lovely person with a lovely home:)

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I am excited to introduce you to a new installment here on Simply Grove. I have had quite a few local SG readers request tips and suggestions on shops, design and cool finds here in Boise. Well I welcome you to Les Bois Tuesday. Every Tuesday I will be introducing and or re- introducing you to somewhere fabulous in my city, Boise Idaho. Some may underestimate Boise’s cool factor but I assure you that we are expanding and growing into a city full of hip and lovely finds. Really?? Idaho?? Yes, Idaho. And come on, we have Boise State football!!

Our first stop is Paisley Roberts. Eeeekkk, I LOVE this store. You want gift wrap and stationary heaven? Here it is! They have walls lined with gorgeous paper and carousels full of colorful ribbon. They carry Angela Adams, Lotta Jansdotter, Kolo, Three Designing Women, Cavallini & Co., Tea Forte, Curly Girl Design, and Egg Press—just to name a few.


The owner of this adorable shop Liz Roberts shared with me that their gift selection including Angela Adams stationary sets and their variety of candles are hit sellers. Also their Imprintable invitations are really popular. You can choose from Snow and Graham, Cross my Heart, Bella Ink, Inviting Company, Peculiar Pair, Egg Press, and more.

Their front display window is so chic! I love the dress made from paper.



The ribbon carousel is my favorite feature in the store.
Mix and Match stationary.


If you are in the downtown Boise area make sure that you stop by Paisley Roberts on 9th St. You are going to want to buy the whole store, trust me.

If you still don’t believe me that Boise is cool then let Design* Sponge tell you.

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28

Sep

2009

I wanted to give my sofa a fall makeover but not spend alot of money. I found some plaid shirts that hubby and I grew tired of and made a few pillows out of the fabric. I also found some ultra cheep vintage fabric from a consignment shop and made a few more pillows. There is another floral fabric that I found at a local fabric store that I will add soon. But for now I like my plaid party on the sofa. Oh and how about that lamp find!!

Before
After

$6 thrift shop find…yay!

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28

Sep

2009

Hello Monday! Its nice to see you. You are the start of a great week and the start of some fun posts. Don’t go by to quickly because I have alot to do today. And please be nice to all of my peeps out there! God bless ya Monday:)


Lovely blue bedroom images via A.T, House of Turquoise and Design* Sponge.

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1. Bold pieces.
3. Cute shades.
3. A lovely Etsy.
4. Chairs and a table that need to be in my house.
5. Gray Posies.

images via room 123 (via Desire to Inspire), My Deco, inklore, Jill Stuarts home (via Elle Decor) and Etsy.

 

There are certain images I see that make me think a big Wow.
I am sure that alot of you have heard of Constança Cabral and her Etsy shop as well as her blog. I have seen her name and her work around the web but just recently sat down to take a good look at her fun blog. Her use of fabrics and her eye for mixing textiles is lovely. I have collected my most favorite images from her blog. Please enjoy and make sure to go visit her!










Also a big thanks to Project Nursery for doing a tour of Eden Jo’s room. Check it out here!

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23

Sep

2009

We received our family pictures today in the mail from Yan Photography and I just had to post these 3 images. The first one explains Shane and I very well. Haha. The second one explains why I married this hottie!! (Hopefully you are not mad that I posted this picture babe!!) And the third one, well I just like it.


 

23

Sep

2009

9 years ago today I married “the one”. Yep, I married the love of my life.
To the hottest and greatest man alive, Happy Anniversary babe!!!!

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I have the utmost appreciation and love for Stylists. I don’t think that there is a better job out there if design is your cup of tea. With that being said Genevieve Wiseman is one of those design Genius’s. She is a Photo Stylist who does roomsets, tabletop, editorial & advertising. Her portfolio is stacked and her work is amazing. Please enjoy this mini interview with Genevieve.



When did you decide that you had a love for Styling?

Probably all my life – I was always moving furniture around in my bedroom to change things up when I was a kid. I also changed up the look over the years, it went from Merimeko to Laura Ashley bedding and everything in between on the walls.
My mother was a decorator for a brief stint and I remember I loved looking through all the heavy stacks of wallpaper books and going to furniture showrooms with her.

Do you consider yourself a designer as well?

Yes – overall, the same design principles apply. However the big difference is, it is a real 3D space and needs to function accordingly.


How long have you been in this field?

Full time for the past 5 years as a Stylist.

(Although, I did intern for House & Home magazine when I was in high school.)
Styling for magazines and advertising as I do, is also about photography. So I have been in the photo industry for over 10 years.

What has been your favorite project?

Styling for Target. I loved working with the photographer Mark Olson (so lovely).

Having a strong team is a real treat. Coming up with ideas and power shopping for multiple roomsets was both creative and challenging.


Favorite City?
San Francisco


Coffee or Tea?

coffee

Fall or Spring?
Spring – I love tulips

Brown or Black?
Black

Any tips for people wanting to start a career in Styling?

1) Look at lots of inspiration images and figure out what you like. It may be a theme, a color story, a certain trend. It always goes back to Susan Sontag for me, how it does what it does.


2) Go to stores/showrooms/flea markets and look at what is available to rent/borrow/buy and start to think about how it would look if it was photographed. Maybe pair it with something that is not the norm.

3) Meet up with photographers to shoot creatives to create a portfolio for yourself.

4) Go with the flow – it always works out in the end

Thank you so much Genevieve! You are one talented Chic!

 

21

Sep

2009

Yipper Skipper its Monday!! I am having family day today with my cuties. I will be back tomorrow with a lovely post about a lovely Stylist so make sure you check back. xx

My .59 cent art.

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18

Sep

2009

1. A twist on the traditional wreathe.
2. What most my week looked like due to runny noses and tired children. (This is what they do when they watch TV:)
3. A meaningful art piece.

via Knock Knocking (found via The Red Otter Shop) and design is mine.

Have a great weekend!!! See you on Monday!

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18

Sep

2009

Here is the last kiddo room on this tour. We have a “bonus room” upstairs near the kids rooms that we turned into an all out play room. Nothing about it is adult. There are books, toys, art projects and games that fill this room and sometimes fill it to full. Oh well.

This room is a mixture of thrift shops, Ikea, Urban Outfitters, Etsy and handmade. The bench that holds all of there books is a bookshelf turned sideways and topped with a mountain of pillows. I found all sizes of ABC’s at a local craft store and painted them. The mirror underneath the coo coo clock (Urban) was my moms mirror and I have wanted it for forever so she finally gave in and gave it to me. Thanks mom!
The kids love to hideaway in this room and sometimes so do I:)

Visit my flickr for more images of all 3 rooms.

Also click on the image to view bigger.

Next week I will show you the plaid party that I created for my couch!!

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17

Sep

2009

My son is much more organized and clean by nature then my daughter. Ethan has a place for everything and MUST have a clean room before he goes to sleep every night. I gave him a space without clutter so that it would be easy to clean and organize. I also tried to create a place for him to read, draw and practice his pre-school tasks.
Eden has a variety of accessories where Ethan only has one of everything. Different personalities need different spaces!
The deer art was painted by my hubby and the art on the main wall is a collection of Etsy, Target, hubby and Ethan’s art. My friend bought the desk at a garage sale for $7 and the inspiration board above the desk is full of his favorite people. Ethan and I made the lamp shade by wrapping yarn all the way down the lamp. It looks very cool at night.
I purchased the planets above his bed at Pottery Barn years ago. He will never let me get rid of them! Both chairs are Ikea.

Playroom tour TOMORROW.

 

16

Sep

2009

I have shown a few images of my kid’s rooms in the past but I thought I would give you more of a tour today. We will start with Eden’s room.
My Eden Jo is full of personality so I felt her space needed to be fun and whimsical. My dad painted a quote on the wall that I found off of a greeting card that seemed very fitting of her personality. Her bedding is a mix of Ikea and handmade pillows. The giant horse was a gift from one of her favorite baby sitters. The pin wheels on the wall were left overs from the shower I hosted a few months back.
I bought the armoire a few years ago and painted the outside of the doors Jet black to give it some contrast. The armoire is topped with a variety of sentimental pieces as well as fun pieces. Most of the art in her room is Etsy with exception of an Urban Outfitters print and a mommy made when she was bored print. The butterfly wreathe was also made late at night with 2 besties. I bought the venetian heart shaped mirror for dirt cheap on Ebay.
All in all my little girl is very happy in this room and that is what matters the most!
Tomorrow I will give you a tour of Ethans room and then the playroom.

 

15

Sep

2009

I thought these spaces were cute. Quirky and chic. Just the way I like things to be.






Found via visual notes.

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