October 22, 2015

WorkOf via simply grove

If you are in need of a good online shop, you must check out WorkOf. WorkOf, is a marketplace that features local to California and independently made furniture, lighting soft goods and accessories. Above are a few of my favorite items.



October 21, 2015

Cool Kids Rooms via Simply Grove

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Confession time: on a few occasions (okay, many occasions), I get a little jealous of kids’ rooms. It sounds embarrassing to admit, but who wouldn’t want a cool teepee hideout to read books in all day? Or a giant chalkboard wall to doodle on? Or an awesome loft bed with lantern lights hanging above? These magical rooms can become the ultimate exercise in creative freedom. It’s our chance to paint fun patterns, choose playful art prints, and construct the kind of space we always wanted as a child. If you’re looking for more ideas, check out these inspiring kids’ rooms below…


Image: Handmade Charlotte

A child’s room is the perfect spot for a vibrant pop of color. This cobalt blue, with splashes of yellow thrown in for good measure, is a great choice for keeping things sophisticated, yet youthful.


Image: The Boo and the Boy

Bold graphics were made for this type of space. In this instance, keeping colors neutral, like this gray and white zigzag wall, helps prevent the room from feeling too harsh and overwhelming.


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Loft beds are such an ingenious idea. Not only do they look super cool, they’re also an incredible space saver. I love the concept of including a desk space or reading nook underneath.


Image: Handmade Charlotte

Never underestimate the power of shelving in a kid’s room. Shelves are an excellent way to display special toys or keepsakes, while keeping them out of reach from accident-prone hands. These bright green cubes perform double duty by providing useful storage, as well as a generous dose of color to the walls.


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There’s something so warm and cozy about the soft, muted tones in this room. But the real draw in this space is the darling house-shaped headboard. Unique and whimsical furniture pieces are the perfect method of setting the stage for a child’s imagination to run wild.

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October 14, 2015


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Sometimes I feel like entryways are an overlooked spot in our homes. Which is unfortunate considering this is the first place to greet us, as well as our guests, whenever we walk through the front door. An entryway should feel inviting. And it should also be useful (space permitting), especially when it comes to finding a spot to stash your shoes, hang your coat, or corral your keys. Every entry has as its own advantages and limitations, depending on size and configuration, but there’s always something you can do to liven up this space. Here are a few entryway ideas I’m currently crushing on…


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It doesn’t get much better than a bold rug, rustic bench, and a fluffy sheepskin thrown over an interesting accent chair. Add in a great plant by the front door and you’ve got a formula for entryway success.


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Sometimes you’re faced with a set of stairs as soon as you walk in the front door. Use this to your advantage! Painting your stairs and railing a darker neutral color can add a dramatic, modern punch, even in an historic home.


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Placing a large mirror in your entryway is a terrific way to make a small space feel bigger. Bonus points for a slender, minimalist table that displays plants, candles, and a chic little bowl to hide your keys.


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We often think of adding a pop of color to exterior doors, but what about bringing that idea inside? This soft pink is the perfect choice for this rustic, farmhouse style entry.


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If you have the ability to install lighting above your entry area, now is the time to go big! Choose a statement-making pendant or chandelier that fits the style of your home. Just think of it as art for your ceiling.

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October 13, 2015

the 411 on plants via simply grove

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Did you know that plants promote positive energy?! Not to bore you with scientific facts, although sometimes they can be fun—plants actually purify air and convey positive vibes. What more can I say to convince you to stock up! Yes, they are a beautiful thing and bring literal life to any space, but I’d like to enlighten you with a few tips. You can turn something great into something not so great, so I’m here to help you with any questions you may have regarding plants. Here are my suggestions for which plants to adopt as your own and which plants you should probably part with.

Colors of the plant play a huge role in the outcome. Stay in the pallet of DEEP dark green hues. A few of my favorites are:

  1. Boston Fern
  2. Snake Plant
  3. Turtle Vine
  4. Maidenhair Fern

All these plants are easy peasy to take care off and are so so beautiful!

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Below are a few of my not so favorite plants. Not that they’re horrible. They’re just not my favorite for inside the home. Reasons being? Too bright, the color green is off (we want to stay away from lighter yellowish greens) and plants with flowers are just awkward.

  1. Ghost plants
  2. Spider plants
  3. Plants with flowers
  4. Thanksgiving cactus

I love pairing widely spread out plants with more constructive ones. This gives off dimensions and character to the space that you are trying to decorate. When I say more constructive plants, I’m refering to ones such as:

  1. Succulents
  2. Aloe Vera
  3. Cactuses

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As fun as plants are to mix and match they’re equally gorgeous by themselves.

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October 8, 2015

Vignette Ideas via Simply Grove

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Can we just take a moment to talk about vignettes? Nothing sparks my creativity more than an expertly styled shelf…or credenza, or bedside table…you name it. I’m not even quite sure what it is. Maybe it’s the thought that these little groupings always remind me of miniature museum exhibits scattered throughout a home. Maybe it’s the versatility of the objects used — books, vases, candles, photographs, etc. Who knows? But one thing is certain. We all have vignette-worthy pieces somewhere within our homes, and we all have the ability to put a striking collection together. If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out a few of my favorite images below…


Image: House and Hold

I love the idea of styling pieces near a light source, whether it’s a sleek lamp or a well-lit window. The right lighting can provide excellent contrast and will guarantee that your collection is always on display, rather than hiding away in a dark corner.


Image: Amber Interiors

Books are your best friend when it comes to arranging a shelf. All those different bindings provide tons of eye-catching texture, and stacking them horizontally is a great way to vary the height of objects within your groupings.


Image: Passion Shake

Plants! Where would we be without them? They inject life and color into any styled space and, let’s be honest, they’re just plain beautiful to look at.


Image: Apartment 34

Even in event settings, vignettes are priceless. This coffee bar setup gets it just right by providing lots of variation in height, keeping a neutral color palette, and incorporating different textures like glass, paper, ceramics, and a pop of greenery.


Image: The Veda House

Above all else, less is more. Vignettes are your chance to show off the objects that hold meaning — a special vase, a handmade basket, a valued book. Adding too much can be distracting rather than flattering. As with many things, simplicity is key.

Mindy Bucklew/Simply Grove Contributor 

October 6, 2015

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I was in Italy all last week, attending Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings. It was a fantastic trip, which I will share more about soon. In the midst of the trip, we visited some beautiful places where the architecture spoke for itself. I mean, it’s Italy.

This sunroom with it’s gorgeous tile work reminds me of the places that we visited. I’m sure this tile is handmade. It’s definitely not under appreciated!

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Spaces like this don’t need a lot of fluff to create something beautiful. Less is more and less can be beautiful.

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September 29, 2015

Gallery wall how-to's via simply grove

Image: Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer
There’s nothing quite like a well-executed gallery wall to really pull a space together. Combining that magical mix of polished yet slightly haphazard, these carefully curated art collections have a way of making a room feel refined and unfussy all at the same time. They’re also the perfect way to display your own personal style and showcase those valued pieces you’ve collected over the years. But even if these galleries often appear to be casually thrown together, the process can start to feel a bit more intimidating when it’s time to hammer that first nail into the wall. To make things a little easier, I’ve outlined a few helpful hints below.


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If you’re stumped about finding the right spot for your gallery, the living room is always a great place to start. Don’t be afraid to mix it up! Combining art prints with photographs and various frame styles lends an eclectic, laid back vibe and is sure to be a guaranteed conversation starter.


Image: Emily Henderson


For a cleaner look, opt for frames in the same color palette. Just be sure to vary the sizes of your pieces so the collection doesn’t feel too rigid or matchy. And if the wall layout seems daunting, a good rule of thumb is to situate the gallery on the floor before hanging it up.


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If you’re feeling adventurous, choose an unconventional spot for your collection, such as below a staircase. This is a great use of space and a sure-fire way to bring tons of interest to an otherwise overlooked area of your home.


Image: Salt Studio NYC
Gallery walls don’t have to be grand. Sometimes a small group of prints in neutral colored frames adds just the right touch. Incorporating other objects besides artwork is also a great way to up the appeal of your collection.


Image: Line Klein via My Scandinavian Home
And, if the idea of carefully placing and hanging frames still seems overwhelming, there’s always the option of using floating shelves to display your artwork. Not only is this method simpler and less time consuming, it also gives you the flexibility to change up your gallery whenever you like.

Mindy Bucklew/Simply Grove Contributor 

September 28, 2015

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Who doesn’t love art and need art in their homes. Art is what shoes are to an outfit. Incomplete without them. That’s why I love Minted. Minted’s new photography prints are the perfect fit for any home. Through the Lens challenge is the first photography-only competition hosted by the independent artist marketplace. “Through the Lens” was the 2nd largest challenge ever for Minted, with almost 5,000 submissions, 459 new pieces selected and 248 total artists represented. Using Minted, I created a small photography gallery wall in my assistant Janna’s dining room. Janna and I both love to travel, so I chose pictures that represented faraway and gorgeous destinations.

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September 25, 2015

Pergo floor installation via simply grove

Remember this bathroom renovation from a few months ago? Those same awesome clients redid their laundry room and let me tell you, it’s a MAJOR makeover! The before picture gives me the chills……

Pergo floor installation via simply grove

Pergo floor installation via simply grove

Amazing, right?? After they started tackling this room, I helped brainstorm flooring ideas with them. In the end we chose Pergo. Pergo is completely DIY friendly, which lends itself to this particular project. You will see on the video below that I got my hands dirty in the installation. Pergo is super easy and quick to install. The main reasons as to why I chose Pergo was because of the great price, the livability and the color choices. In the end I chose Whiteside Pine. It’s modern and whitewashed, which looks fantastic in this modern farmhouse laundry room. It’s clean and fresh….everything I love!

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Pergo floor installation via simply grove

Pergo floor installation via simply grove

The entire installation process took only an hour, with another few hours spent cutting the flooring and trim. And let me tell you, Pergo is very budget friendly. This entire project cost under a $100! Which is crazy to think considering Pergo floors have twice the wear and twice the durability than ordinary laminate floors. It really is a great product that I am happy to promote! Shop Pergo here.

Watch the video below to see me install the flooring and possibly do some push ups at the end.

September 23, 2015

Accent wall inspiration via Simply Grove

Image: The Brick House
Accent walls seem to be one of those trends that just won’t quit and it’s easy to see why. For those of us with commitment issues when it comes to painting a room, accent walls can add a dramatic punch of color, while simultaneously providing a point of visual interest within a space. WIN-WIN! Not to mention the fact that this type of project is low investment when it comes to both time and money. And let’s not forget that the addition of an accent wall can actually make a small space feel larger. So what are you waiting for? Time to get painting!

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Image: Ollie & Seb’s Haus

When it comes to color choice, you can never go wrong with dark, saturated neutrals like this charcoal gray, especially when contrasted by bright whites. This gives the room a clean, modern feeling, while also providing big impact.

Accent wall inspiration via Simply Grove

Image: The Animal Print Shop

Don’t feel limited to just painting a solid color. Creating a pattern with some strategically placed painters tape can add a fun, whimsical touch to any space, especially a kid’s room or nursery.

Accent wall inspiration via Simply Grove

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Accent colors can also be used to “divide” one space from another. This can be super helpful in an open floor plan if, for example, you wanted show separation between two areas like a kitchen and dining room.

Accent wall inspiration via Simply Grove

Image: Historias de Casa

Paint’s not your thing? Consider using wallpaper instead! The options and patterns out there are endless, and they even make temporary versions that are easily removed if you feel like changing things up in the future.

Accent wall inspiration via Simply Grove

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Wood paneling is another great option if you want to steer away from paint. Even in darker tones, wood provides a warm element to any room while also providing lots of textural interest.

Mindy Bucklew/Simply Grove Contributor 


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Well…this is a topic that I don’t normally talk about but it’s one of those home topics that needs to be addressed. I can’t begin to tell you how many clients and friends are super frustrated with their popcorn ceilings, also known as cottage cheese ceiling or a Stucco ceiling. Popcorn ceiling is a term for a spray-on or paint-on ceiling treatment used from the late 1950s into the 1980s in American residential construction. It was a standard usually only for bedroom and residential hallway ceilings. Saying all that, a lot of homes in America still deal with popcorn ceilings. It’s an annoying detail that people are slowly finding solutions for.

The biggest debate is whether or not to scrape the ceiling completely clean or cover it up. Covering up can save you lots of time, money and energy. AND there are so many great cover up options! Adding planks or tiles to your ceiling gives the perfect amount of texture to your space. It also adds personality and character to an otherwise dull space.

Kind of like this guy. He found an easy solution to an ugly problem. First, everything look disheveled and a mess. Then, with the help of Armstrong Residential Ceilings, the room and scene gets a lot better. Who else knows a guy who would do this?


Armstrong Residential Ceilings has a product to fit every cover up project. They have made it really easy with the Easy Up® Installation System. You can cover popcorn ceilings in a simple 3-step process. Whether you’re putting up a new ceiling or renovating an existing one, the Easy Up installation system makes installing a ceiling super duper simple!

This post was sponsored by Armstrong Residential Ceilings. All opinions are my own.

September 22, 2015

Bathroom design by Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

Remember this bathroom that I designed with Kohler this past winter? I snapped some new pictures for my portfolio and thought I would share. You can see the stellar wooden ceiling in these images. And you can see more of the floor, which I still adore.

Bathroom design by Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

Bathroom design by Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

Bathroom design by Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

Tour the rest of the bathroom here.



Bellacor $500 shopping spree via simply grove


If you ever hear me teaching design, I am always preaching about good lighting. Lighting can make or BREAK a space. I am so thankful for sites like Bellacor.com, who carry large varieties of lighting that fit in any home AND any budget. Above is a collage of some of my favorite options straight from Bellacor. I would have each and every one of these lights in my own home.

Right now, Bellacor is celebrating their 15 year anniversary and in celebration, they are giving away a $500 merchandise credit to anything on Bellacor.com. HELLO! You could grab a sputnik for your dining room with that credit! All you need to do is enter below and you will immediately be in the drawing. I really hope you win!

September 15, 2015

Designed by Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

I am SO EXCITED to show you this most recent bathroom project that I designed for clients who are straight from heaven. Seriously, they are amazing and have become personal friends, so this bathroom makes me even more happy. Together with Kohler, we created a modern, clean bathroom.

My favorite item in the bathroom is the matte black faucet. IT’S PERFECTION! It’s one of those items that could be in a room full of stuff and still shine like a star. My client had a mid-century dresser that was used in another room.  She wanted to use it as the vanity, so we topped it with marble and used the Verticyl undermount sink in white. For the vanity lighting, we chose the Isaac 1 Light Pendant from Schoolhouse Electric. The room has the perfect amount of natural light during the day but at night they rely on recessed lighting and the two pendants.

Designed by Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

A classic yet transitional option for flooring is a herringbone pattern in marble with white grout. It’s the perfect compliment for this space. The tiling around the tub and two main walls are square white tiles with white grout. The tub is the Parity under-mount in white with the square tiles surrounding the entire tub. We wanted simple hooks for towels. The Stillness robe hooks were perfect options!

Designed by Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

I love pairing vintage with clean and simple. The Ronglan mirror from Ikea looks awesome next to the mid-century dresser.

Designed by Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

The bathtub faucet needed to be simple yet elegant. I’ve always loved the look of the Purist faucet with cross handles. It can compliment many styles. We also paired it with the Purist shower faucet

Designed by Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

If you are in the market for a new toilet, Kohler has a sleek, comfortable option. The Persuade Dual toilet is super stylish and a great price point.

Designed by Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

Designed by Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

Designed by Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

Designed by Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

Designed by Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

 Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

Now I just need to talk my clients into letting me move in.

September 15, 2015

INTERWOVEN via Simply Grove

I have been following Kera Thompsons journey with Interwoven for the last few years now. She created Interwoven because fabric makes her happy. She finds her pieces from all over the globe. Kera believes in making every effort to ensure that your purchase is helping to empower the talented craftspeople, artisans, and designers that she works with.

A brand new batch of fabulous kanthas is available at Interwoven and they need to be snatched up!! Shop the entire collection here.


INTERWOVEN via Simply Grove

INTERWOVEN via Simply Grove

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