August 16, 2016

Little Boys room via Simply Grove

One room in our house that I haven’t blogged about yet is our son Ethan’s bedroom. It’s not even close to being done but I thought I would show you what we have so far. Because my passion is styling, I am constantly re-styling everything. In fact, this room already looks a little different. As do some of our other rooms. It’s a sickness…I know.

For Ethan’s room, we chose to paint it Baby Seal Black from Benjamin Moore, which as you can see is actually a dark blue. I’m obsessed with this color! Eventually he will have a loft where those top closet doors are. The room is small so we can’t put a whole lot of stuff in there, but that is OK! Ethan is naturally a collector of everything and anything, so less is best for him.

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Little Boys room via Simply Grove

Little Boys room via Simply Grove

When styling a little boys room, some of the best spots for accessories are thrift store, antique shops and even garage sales. I have found so many cute accessories for both of my kids rooms without breaking the bank. Below are some easy items to spot and use to fill bookshelves, dresser surfaces, walls and side tables.

  1. Globes
  2. Animal Figurines
  3. Vintage posters
  4. Ceramics and pottery
  5. Vintage and Perisian Rugs
  6. Macrame
  7. Vintage picture books
  8. Vintage travel books

Little Boys room via Simply Grove


Paint- Benjamin Moore

American Flag Blanket- in2green

Duvet and Pillow Sham- Flanuer

Vintage Poster- Boise Vintage

Copper Sconce- Barn Light Electric

Forest Art Print- Walls Need Love

Everything else is vintage.

Photography: Hailey Wilson

August 11, 2016

Our favorite chairs for under $400 via simply grove

The Design Files

We have a lot of inquiries for lounge chairs under $400. It seems difficult to find something that is good quality and stylish, but we have narrowed it down to our favorite 4! (See our choices below.) These four can be placed in a variety of spaces. I think I personally own a dozen accent chairs. I am constantly moving them around my home. I guess you can never have enough, right? We also have a few tips on how to get the most use out of your chairs.

Above we see a wired chair that would typically be uncomfortable, but by adding a sheepskin and pillow, it makes it comfy cozy.

Our favorite chairs for under $400 via simply grove

Dot and Bo

I love how there is two different accent chairs in this room. They were able to create a laid back environment by simply placing two unique chairs side by side.

Our favorite chairs for under $400 via simply grove


Placing these two chairs side by side gave this room a more high end look. And to make them more comfortable, they added a black sheepskin to each chair.

Our favorite chairs for under $400 via simply grove



August 10, 2016

Eric Trine via Simply Grove

Oooh, today’s spotlight is a good one! If you haven’t heard of LA-based designer Eric Trine, then let me introduce you. Eric’s work focuses on simple, smaller-scale pieces for the home — think chairs, planters, and side tables. But these objects are no run-of-the-mill design. Trine’s pieces are uniquely sculptural, and the results are often as colorful and quirky as his personality. Just check out his Instagram videos to see what I mean!

Eric’s introduction into the furniture design world began back in 2008, when he started creating DIY projects to furnish his own apartment. Friends began commissioning him for work and, from there, his business has steadily grown into what it is today. Aside from his studio, his work is also currently being sold through major retailers like West Elm and Land of Nod. To see Eric’s full line of work, be sure to check out his website here. As for my favorite pieces, I’ve included a few of them below…

Eric Trine via Simply Grove

Eric Trine via Simply Grove

Eric Trine via Simply Grove

Eric Trine via Simply Grove

Eric Trine via Simply Grove

* All images are courtesy of Eric Trine.

Mindy Bucklew/Simply Grove Contributor


Simply Styling by Kirsten Grove

You know what I can’t believe?? I can’t believe that I wrote a book. And furthermore I can’t believe that it’s already available for PRE ORDER…say whaaaaaaaaa??? Simply Styling is almost here!! And it’s an actual, physical book… and it’s going to be released in exactly 57 days!

When I first started this process, I had (and still have) no idea what I was doing. In fact, when Sterling Publishing reached out, I thought it was a joke. It has been my passion since I was a four-eyed red head to work in design. I never knew how that would transpire and I still don’t fully know what the end result will be. But I do know that I LOVE helping people style their homes and I especially love creating a space that tells a story. It’s so easy to decorate a space using all items found from one showroom. But it’s meaningful and beautiful to use items that have been found on travels or passed down from generation to generation. I am all about encouraging the stylist in all of us!

Simply Styling by simply Grove

This book will take you from room to room, giving very practical ideas on how to create a styled home that you can be proud of! Have you ever wondered what to do with your grandmothers silver platter that you somehow inherited? Or those elk horns that your husband is so very proud of? I bet that we can get you inspired to create a look that can incorporate pieces that you have questioned for so long.

The process of the book was actually really fun! It was broken down in a few steps-

  1. The first was to find the perfect homes. I decided to stay in Boise for all of the shoots. I asked a variety of homeowners (some clients, others friends) if we could use their homes. I went to each home and did some major and minor styling.
  2. The following week, Paige French (photographer genius) met me in Boise and we started a 4 FULL day photo shoot. We averaged 3 homes per day! And did I mention that Paige was 5 months pregnant?! She’s a BOSS!
  3. Next came text. Like I said before, this book goes from room to room, giving lots of practical tips.  I went through each photo that was chosen for the book and allowed those spaces to inspire advice and instruction. Design is such a personal choice, so I worked really hard to create a book that anyone can find inspiration and help.
  4. The layout is so important for a design book. Sterling Publishing and I worked really well together, creating pages that tell a story that can hopefully spark creativity in YOU!
  5. After all was said and done, I proof read, we changed things, I proof read again, and we changed some other things.
  6. And then I waited…..

Until the book is available, you can pre-order your copy HERE before it is released on October 4th. I am not looking to make loads of money from this, because unless I sell to the entire country of Australia, I won’t. But I DO want to inspire loads of people to become their own best stylist!

Collage photos by Hailey Wilson and Karen E Photography.