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Nov

2012

I found this nice little Macramé piece while thrifting the other day. I like it when I find good things! Now I need to find it a good place in my home.

Next week is a busy week here on Simply Grove. A giveaway, lots of gift ideas, images from my home and some great kids fashion modeled my E & E. Hope to see you all next week! xxoo

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A crazy cool tilted bookcase.

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A playhouse desk.

Handmade Ornaments.

Beautiful Wallpaper from Wee Gallery.

 

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Nov

2012

Friends, you must check out the ultimate gift guide. To & From Magazine has all of the gift ideas that you need!! Check out my kids gift picks on page 32&33.

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I feel like Christmas trees are going up world wide alot earlier than years past. We had planned on getting our tree up this last weekend but we havent been successful yet. For all of you that are getting your trees this week or need some decorating ideas for your tree, I have a treat for you today!

The talented celebrity event designer and wedding planner Matthew Robbins has been kind enough to give Simply Grove readers tips on how to create a beautiful, family friendly Christmas tree. Listen up and take some notes on how to create the prettiest tree on the block!

Choose a monochromatic or tonal color palette such as a range of white tones or a range of silver tones as an approach to bring in playful, whimsical elements without sacrificing style! If your family owns a huge collection of wacky red ornaments, toys or collectibles run with this as your theme and supplement with inexpensive red ornaments to bring it all together. This will lead to a more contemporary and aesthetically pleasing tree for your home. 

Find a fun theme to inspire your tree. Your kids might love safari animals for example so buy bags of inexpensive, small plastic animal toys/figurines and paint them all one tone. Attach ornament hooks or decorative ribbon to each. For a whimsical, magical, woodland inspired tree buy faux ferns, ivy and mushrooms. Paint these in wonderful tones such as dove grey and silver and nestle into the branches of your tree. 


I love giving everyone their own small tree to decorate. Give each family member a small (2ft-3ft max) tree to embellish and display these throughout the house or as a group. Your kids will enjoy personalizing their own tree!

Remember to have fun with color. Your tree can be an extension of a color palette featured in your home or use it as a one time opportunity to try out a crazy, wild color you have been dreaming about. If you love chartreuse or magenta for example have fun and build a tree layered in one of these tones. 

Thank you so Matthew! I already feel more inspired to tackle my tree this year.

Make sure to check out Matthew’s new book, Inspired Weddings.

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If you are in need of some modern holiday inspiration, this space seen on The Style Files, has just that. I love all of the simple greenery details mixed with twinkle lights and white trees. So very holiday!

via Lantliv.

 

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2012

Here are a few good decorating reads that will captivate a variety of audiences, the traditionalist, the modernist and the eclectic’ist.

Living in a Nutshell by Janet Lee is filled with clever and posh ideas for small spaces.

You will find practical ideas for making your apartment feel open, organized, and inviting in The First Apartment Book by Kyle Schuneman and Heather Summerville.

Mother and daughter team, Suzanne and Lauren McGrath, have provided a great recourse in Good Bones. Great Pieces for those asking the most difficult decorating question.

 

 

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27

Nov

2012

Our tree isn’t up yet but the Christmas records are out! There is nothing more serene to me than listening to artists like Julie Andrews and Glenn Campbell sing my favorite Christmas carols. Growing up in a very musical family, we were spoiled with listening to some of the best Christmas tunes out there. Now it brings comfort to me and I hope to pass on the same music loving bug to my kids.

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Happy Monday!

I’m really into table top trees this holiday season. They’re cute, practical for small spaces and easy on the wallet. Here are three perfect trees (that are all on my Christmas Pinterest board) to inspire us all!

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One room that excites me to no end is the dining room. The possibilities are endless with the design of a dining space. A key component that goes into a dining room is the perfect dining chair. It can make or break the look that you are going for. I’ve had my fair share of dining chairs! Some I’ve loved and some I can’t believe that I bought. Dining chairs have come along way from the classic wooden chairs with the predictable padded seat covers. Below are a few of my favorite dining chairs right now.

The Family Chair by Design House Stockholm has a modern flare within a very iconic style. 4 of these around a white or wood table would look swweeett.

Blu Dot collaborated with Target and this is one of the lovely pieces birthed from this partnership. This simple yet bold chair is good on the wallet as well as the eye.

This chair by MIKA TOLVANEN at Muuto is my absolute favorite right now! The plywood chairs are modern and feel sord of “bubbly” in a fun, cool way.

Boris Berlin and Poul Christiansen designed the Gubi Chair Collection in 2003. I give this danish must have chair two thumbs up!  It might be too much for some wallets but one can dream, right?

These mid century style chairs are affordable and awesome! I’m using them in an upcoming design project. I can’t wait to see the result of the entire room put together using these beauties.

When you’re on the hunt for fashionable dining room chairs just remember to think outside of the box, find what you love and embrace spending a little more for style that will last.

Top image via VT Wonen.

 

Happy weekend friends!! I wanted to show you some pictures of my Thanksgiving tablescape. It was fun hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year. Shane’s family made some delicious food while I created the ambiance. It was a good trade off!

My set up included bright yellow mums placed in a variety of vases and bottles, brown postal paper, my Grandma’s china and silverware, cute little hedgehog candles and polka dot napkins. It turned out fun and festive without being too cliche.

And then there was the kids table…

I used cute gold paper plates and cups just in case of accidents. The turkey name card holders were a fun craft project from Target that my kids and I did the night before Thanksgiving. The kids had a blast using the brown paper as their coloring book for the day. Cheap entertainment as the turkey was cooking.

Now it’s time for CHRISTMAS!!

 

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2012

Well friends, I’m checking out early this week. It’s Thanksgiving here in the States and this year my husbands family is coming to our house. So today I have lots of fun decorating to do!  No complaining here.

And BTW, I am full of Thankfulness this year!!!

Next week I have a giveaway, a DIY and some fun Christmas inspiration to share with you!  Oh, and of course I’ll show you my Thanksgiving decor. I hope that you’ll join me back here on Monday. Until then, be blessed!

xxoo

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Breezy Cozy color palette.

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Puzzle Perfection.

The cutest faux fur vest for you baby.

Thank you eBay, thank you.

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If you haven’t checked out Anthology Magazine’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, you must! So many great gift ideas curated by some amazing peeps. There is also home decor ideas, food ideas and more holiday goodness to feast your eyes upon. I especially love this space which is owned by the couple behind Dear Hancock. The shoot was styled by the lovely Justina Blakeney.

See more here.

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Recently I curated some of my favorite holiday/winter decor items from Zinc Door.  It’s a mix of gold, brass, grey and white.  I think that’s the direction I’m going in my own home this year so it was an easy collection to build!

Check out my wish list here.

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I’ve been on the look out for creative and easy to make advent calendars.  Weekday Carnival has cracked the creative and easy to create code.  I’m LOVING this plywood advent calendar.  The natural wood tone is awesome and I’m sure it would look great painted a bright holiday color as well.

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Christmas is just around the corner! Are you ready? Yeah, me neither. This year I am trying to get creative with my gift selections for family and friends. I have alot of friends that are in new homes or re-decorating their current homes. One idea that I have is to bless someone or someones with awesome art. Art.com is making that easy for me to do.  With over thousands and thousands of options and every art style represented, it’s easy to find something that someone will LOVE.  Above are a few of my favorite picks that will look fantastic in modern or traditional spaces.

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The colors, the patterns, the textures, I love it all!! What is this, you ask?? Created by Australia’s wildly popular design blog, The Design Files, The Design Files Open House is the ultimate stylized Melbourne home, with an added bonus, everything is for sale! From bedlinen to books, artwork, furniture, kitchenware and lighting, each and every item can be purchased on the spot. Brilliant!

Now if only I lived closer.

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