We’ve been working hard over at our house these past few weeks. Our latest projects have been the family room, the man cave (can’t wait for you to see this room!) and we start on the kitchen next week. I’ve haven’t been showing you pictures because we want you to get the full tour which is on the first webisode, coming your way shortly.
One room that you have seen lots of is the patio. It was one of the first spaces that we finished and so far it’s our fave! I’ve had some inquiries lately about our patio. Most questions have been about the patio furniture, specifically the dining set and rug. I’m excited to share with you these sources!
You can see that the patio before needed some TLC. You cannot get better bones for an outdoor living space than this, so it was easy to transform it. It truly feels like an outdoor/indoor space, which has been my dream to own one day.
We started by painting the brick black and the wood white (more on that later). I wanted to create a dining space and a loungy space, so we divided the patio into two zones. Because the patio already had an outdoor kitchen, it was easy to decide what should go where. We places the dining set in front of the kitchen and placed the living furniture near the large windows of the house. (See dining set source below.)
This is my favorite part of the space!
I partnered with ATGStores.com for the majority of the furniture and accessories I paired these pieces with existing pieces that I already owned.
Let me start out by highlighting these awesome butterfly chairs from ATGStores. The covers are washable, which is a must when you’re dealing with outside! The black and white outdoor rug, also from ATGStores, is also hand washable. We’ve already spilled chocolate on it and it wiped right up with warm water and soap. Yay!
Now for the big question…where is your dining table from? ATGStores! Isn’t it the best?? This 7 piece dining set comes in 4 different colors. I chose dove grey, but I love all of the options. The best part about this set is how sturdy it is. I am sure this will be something that we will be using for years to come!
Like I said before, I paired all of the new pieces with existing pieces that I already owned, like this vintage coffee table and indoor sofa. I actually cover the sofa every night so that the squirrels don’t poop on it…:)
All Photos taken by Hailey Wilson.
The key to a well styled patio is lots of potted plants! I will most likely keep adding to this space. It makes the whole area feel friendly yet modern. And because we haven’t done any landscaping yet, it helps make the space feel green. And also, don’t be afraid to mix metals and woods in an outdoor space. It keeps the area from feeling to matchy matchy.
Shop ATGStores here. And shop my picks below-
Dining Set, Rug, Butterfly Chairs, Planter, Hanging Basket
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Green has been all the rage for quite some time now. It’s a color that looks fabulous from one end of the spectrum to the other. From mint green to kelly green. Nearly every hue is breathtaking.
If you’re aiming to keep your furniture with basic colors, go all out on an accent wall. In this case the wall is deep hunter green with plants that are deep green. This tie’s everything together.
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I know it may seem difficult to commit to colorful large piece of furniture, but in many cases it works! This bench is the focal point of this room and everything surrounding it is simple. When styling around a large statement piece, don’t feel like you have to add the color everywhere. That’s when it starts looking cheesy.
Image: My Attic
If you’re not convinced to integrate green in large capacities, start small. Pillows are a great example with starting minimal and eventually committing to more. You can easily store pillows away or rotate them around your home.
Image: SF Girl By Bay
Now if you are a lover of the green world and are looking to fill your space with a plethora of green inspired furniture and accessories, be sure to leave your walls bare and minimal.
Image: Eclectic Trends
And if you desire deep green walls, materials like bronze, gold and copper compliment just about any green.
These are a few of our absolute favorite green paints right now that will surely make the perfect statement in your home.
1. Benjamin Moore- Forest Green
2. Benjamin Moore- Green
3. Benjamin Moore- Absolute Green
4. Benjamin Moore- Hunter Green
Decorating a small space is no small task. You have to get tricky and smart to make a space feel bright, open and functional. Especially when it’s a smaller room. I always say that less is more and white walls are right walls. The darker you go and the more busy the decor is, the smaller the space is going to feel. Head over to Society6 to see more of my tips on how to decorate a small space!
Images and Styling: Kirsten Grove
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‘Tis the season for outdoor entertaining! Seriously, this is the part of summer that I look forward to all year long. Once the kids are out of school and the evenings magically turn balmy and breezy, we jump at the chance to enjoy our dinners in the backyard. Especially with a group of our closest friends. Maybe it’s the longer days, or perhaps it’s the slowing of busy schedules, but something about these summer nights always sets me at ease and puts a huge smile on my face. And, honestly, how could it not? Good food, great people, a beautifully set table…it’s the best, am I right?
To gear up for the summer entertaining season, I’ve gathered up a few swoon-worthy table settings that have me daydreaming about future get togethers and parties. If you, too, are needing some inspiration keep reading below…
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I’m all about this mix of copper and bright greenery. That giant leaf! It’s simple and elegant, yet utterly eye-catching.
Can you imagine receiving an invitation to this dinner party?? The low table, the piled moroccan rugs, the giant pillows…it’s a recipe for the most relaxing evening ever. Count me in.
Image: My Domaine
Beautiful succulents and white pillar candles — both are affordable and easy to find! I love a sophisticated table setting that doesn’t break the bank. Pretty glassware adds the perfect finishing touch.
Image: Design Love Fest
So, the flowers are absolutely gorgeous but I am dying over the combination of the natural fiber placemats with white linens and those adorable little air plants. Totally stealing this.
Image: Oh Happy Day
If only every dinner party could be this lovely. It’s a design trifecta of white cakes stands, industrial lanterns, and comfy ottomans. All with a beautiful string of al fresco lights hanging from above. Truly, a little slice of heaven.
Mindy Bucklew/Simply Grove Contributor
Last night we celebrated West Elm’s soft opening in Boise. We are excited to welcome West Elm in this beautiful city of ours! And as far as I can tell, West Elm is excited to be here. The store layout is perfect and the location is even better. I am thrilled to have another option here for local clients!
West Elm was kind enough to give several local influencers tours of the store yesterday, before the soft opening. The overall consensus is that this location is AWESOME! I couldn’t agree more. If you’re local to Boise, make sure to pop in today as it’s the grand opening! 824 W. Idaho St
My girls: SG contributor Janna Smith and interior designer Samantha White.
Macramé designer Mónica Galvan of Aletheia Designs is featured as one of West Elm’s local makers. Her wall hangings are spot on!
Blogger Tanya Carnahan.
As if West Elm couldn’t get any cooler, earlier this year the furniture company teamed up with up-and-coming design firm Roar + Rabbit to launch their first collection of home goods. Based out of Philadelphia, the design duo consists of Mitzie Wong and Wendy Wurtzburger — both former veterans of the Anthropologie corporate world (no wonder I’m crushing on their work!). Described as “modern style with whimsical details”, the collection spans the gamut from furniture to bedding to eclectic art pieces. Personally, I’m loving the quirky design elements featured in their pieces such as pleating, brass inlays, and strong geometric shapes. The outcome is soft yet bold, echoing the firm’s clever title. This talented team is certainly one to watch and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next! If you’re interested in checking out the entire collection, you can see it here. As for my favorites, you can find them below…
*All images courtesy of West Elm.
We are thrilled that West Elm is opening up a Boise location TODAY! So if you live in the Treasure Valley, visit West Elm at 824 W. Idaho St.
Mindy Bucklew/Simply Grove Contributor
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Keeping with the art discussion from last week, today we’re talking statement art! And when I say “statement art” I mean large prints, photographs, paintings, drawings…you name it. It just has to be BIG. This is a terrific way to add high impact, drama, and creativity to any space in one fell swoop. Plus, artwork is one of the best methods for putting your own personal stamp on your home. It can speak volumes about your interests and sense of style.
Larger art pieces can often come at a high price, especially when adding in framing costs, but, in my humble opinion, this is one of those instances where the splurge is definitely worth it. I think of good art in the same way I think of fine, high-quality rugs — they become heirloom pieces passed down through families, they can easily be switched out and stored away for later use, and if properly cared for they will last for years and years to come. However, if you are looking for more affordable options, Joanna Goddard from A Cup of Jo recently wrote a blog on this very subject and offers up a ton of great sources.
As for some styling inspiration, here are a few of my current faves….
Image: Kara Rosenlund
It’s no secret that I love a good animal print. This high contrast version works so well against the clean white walls and wooden bench of this entryway.
Image: French Fancy
A bold graphic print really takes this living room, with its simple neutral palette, to the next level. When opting for such a strong art piece, there’s really no need for patterned pillows or a multicolored rug. The print is clearly the star of the show.
How serene is this fluffy cloud print in a modern gray bedroom? The result is dramatic and elegant without feeling overly fancy.
Image: Clements Design
There’s a lot going on in this dining room, but somehow it works because the patterns and colors aren’t competing with one another. It’s eclectic done right, with a decidedly mid century feel.
Even home offices need artwork, too. The place where we work and think creatively should be a constant source of inspiration. I say what better way than to add that inspiration to the walls?
Mindy Bucklew/Simply Grove Contributor
With our renovation underway, our home is a disaster. A clean disaster, but still, it’s a wreck! We needed one space to retire to during these hot summer months. Ace Hardware approached me about partnering to get our backyard bbq ready and I quickly said yes! I had already devised a plan for what furniture and feel I wanted for this space. One of the items that was and is a necessity for us is a gas bbq. I have always loved the look of Weber grills. They are clean and modern. And the color choices are always on point! Ace Hardware’s local teams can deliver AND install these grills in your home. This installation service is brand new and brilliant for our summer needs.
Our new home has a built in kitchen area, which is great for prepping food. The grill part that you see is just a charcoal grill, so a gas grill was needed. I chose the dark green option because I love green and I didn’t want to choose something predictable for this space. Plus this gorgeous green fits right in with all of the luscious greens showcased in our backyard.
The process was quite simple for the installation. They came right to our front door, unloaded the bbq in the backyard, gave us a simple tutorial and that was that! It didn’t take up any time and was easy peasy.
Here is an EASY DIY for your summer potting needs!
I’m sure you have lots of flowers and plants to pot, and pots are not the cheapest. So find some inexpensive options and spray paint them whatever color you desire. I wanted to stick with black because I knew I was going to mix and match with more natural ceramics. So I chose a planter with some texture and spray painted it black using Krylon black satin. Um, SO EASY!! Anyone can do it.
Our backyard is now ready to entertain all summer long!! Now to work on the rest of the house…
Congrats Ro!! You are the winner!
To celebrate backyard living, Ace is giving away a $350 gift card to one lucky winner! Comment below for a chance to win!
Shop my Weber Grill here.
Come back soon to find out where I got all of this awesome furniture!
This post was sponsored by Ace Hardware. All opinions are my own. Thank you
for allowing me to continue to do what I love and share what I love!
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So…I’m in a bit of a design dilemma at the moment. We recently got rid of the large area rug in our living room because (A) it got ruined, and (B) we didn’t really love it enough to pay for it to be professionally cleaned. I’ve actually been wanting to switch it out with something new for a few years now, so you’d think I’d be looking forward to this moment, right?? I thought so, too! Wrong. Oddly enough, as I sit here staring at the huge empty space on my floor I find myself feeling more overwhelmed than elated. It isn’t that I don’t know what I want. Believe me, I’ve got a running list of favorites in my head right now. The problem is that I just….can’t….decide. So many choices! And I am admittedly one of the most indecisive individuals ever, especially when it comes to big purchases. I know, kind of embarrassing considering I write for a design blog. But there you have it — the sad truth.
So while I continue pondering the options for who knows how long, read on to find out which rugs made my list and why…
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I’ve never thought of myself as a vintage rug type of girl, but here I am, crushing on them hard. Especially this kilim version. The mix of colors may seem like too much to some, but that is precisely why this rug pairs well with just about anything. Plus, the flat weave makes it super easy to clean. Music to my ears.
Image: My Domaine
Another beautiful yet low maintenance option is the sisal rug. Natural fiber rugs like this one are a great choice for high traffic areas (I’m looking at you, kiddo shoes and pet hair). Literally, they can take a beating and still look fresh and clean. If you’re pairing this with other neutrals, punch up the space with bright accents, such as artwork and pillows, to keep things from feeling to bland.
Image: Adored Vintage
What’s not to love about a good Moroccan rug? They’re versatile, textural, and super soft under foot. Take heed, though, this version is not the easiest to keep clean. If opting for this rug choice, consider some preemptive measures like applying a teflon coating and yearly steam cleanings from a professional. A little bit of maintenance can keep your rugs looking great for years to come.
Image: Jaclyn Campanaro
I think I’m convinced that cowhide rugs have magical powers. Seriously, I’ve never seen a well-designed space where I thought, “Hmm, they shouldn’t have put that cowhide there”. The warm color variations are always so visually interesting and the free form shape works well in living rooms big and small. Also, they’re great for layering over other rugs if you’re going for a dimensional look.
Image: Design Sponge
Last, but not least, the distressed Persian rug….the more faded the better. Much like the bright kilims, the lovely mix of colors in these rugs works amazingly well with rich neutrals, such as black and camel brown, yet the result is a little more luxe and refined. This choice is a true style chameleon, looking just as perfect in a modern setting as it does in the traditional.
Mindy Bucklew/Simply Grove Contributor
If you could compare just one home accessory with shoes, it would be art. Just as shoes can make or break an outfit, art can make or break a room. I am constantly changing out art in my home. Whether my mood shifts or I’m just rearranging a space, art is being moved around a lot!
Let me introduce you to something amazeballs! Electric Objects is a digital art platform with a mission to put digital art on the walls of every home. EO1 was created as an internet-connected screen that can play video, animations, high definition images, or web-based work. It comes in black or white and can be mounted on the wall or sit on a shelf/table with their stand.
Through their app, you can enjoy hundreds of original works of art made for EO1. They’ve partnered with artists like Björk, YACHT, and Sandra Gramm. You can now also find classic works from museums like LACMA, the National Gallery of Art, the Rijksmuseum, and more. They’re adding collections every week and you can also upload and display your own artwork.
When I first learned about Electric Objects, my brain quickly thought of 20 different places that I wanted to display this brilliant invention. In the end I chose our new breakfast nook (which you can see sneak peeks above and below). It’s displayed on a wall that is noticeable from the front entrance. The set up was a breeze!! The fun part is that I can literally change the art on the hour, depending on my mood. My kids love it too because they feel like little art curators. Eden picks the classics while Ethan chooses quirky photography.
In the app, you’ll see an area where you can view what everyone else with an EO1 is currently displaying on their screen. In this area, you’ll see both what people have uploaded and are displaying in addition to what Art Club pieces they are displaying. You’ll be able to follow other users whose art picks you like. And if you see an image you like, just tap on it and tap “display” to show it on your EO1 even if it’s a work they’ve uploaded themselves.
So really, for only $299, you are gaining hundreds of pieces of art. I think that is well worth the price.
Shop Electric Objects here. AND use “simplygrove” at checkout for FREE SHIPPING!
Image: Mandarin Stone
Do you know what color constantly inspires me? I guess you’ve already figured it out by looking at the title of this post. But just in case you didn’t notice, BLUE! Have you ever wondered how to use blue in your own home? It’s easier than you think. Blue has become the new neutral. You can pair blue with almost any other color. It’s soothing yet sophisticated. And depending on the tone of blue, you can create a room that feels bold. We chose to paint my sons room a deep deep blue. It took the small space and made it unbelievably cool!
There are so many options to choose from when using blue. Right now I am inspired by the deep tones of blue. Light blues feel refreshing and clean. Dark feels dramatic and playful. I’m a fan of all blues! Be inspired by these spaces that use blue either in big ways or small ways.
Image: Ginmar (Exact source unknown)
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When it comes to plants, I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have the greenest thumb. Sure, I’ve picked up some helpful tips and tricks over the years but my succulent game is still iffy, my yucca cane turned brown, and my first go at a fiddle leaf fig is turning out to be less than stellar (as in, send help right away because it’s dropping leaves faster than I can pick them up).
Enter the latest plant-of-the-moment…the cactus! Granted it’s still considered a succulent, which can sometimes be a little finicky in the watering department, but cacti, as a general rule, are pretty forgiving due to their “desert dweller” status. Literally, you only need to give these guys a little water about once every three weeks and even less in the winter months when they go dormant. You can imagine my relief at this discovery. I’ll definitely be picking up a few of these at my local nursery in the very near future. Wish me luck!
In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite images for incorporating these beauties into your home…
I’m really loving these, giant slender versions. They truly hold their own and they look terrific in the corner of a dining room or between your favorite set of chairs.
Image: French by Design
Personally, I always prefer cacti in terracotta pots. It just lends itself to their southwestern nature. Paired with aloe plants in the corner of this bright living room, they make the perfect statement next to a colorful chair.
Image: The Jungalow
Speaking of pots, I’m also digging these cheery ceramic versions. Clusters of these miniature cacti are just right for the top of a dresser or sideboard.
Image: Fantastic Frank
A grouping of cacti in rustic pots looks terrific when juxtaposed against this modern gray and white kitchen. The addition of the tall, leggy one in the corner provides lots of dramatic impact.
Image: SF Girl by Bay
Cactus plants prefer lots of indirect sunlight, so this window seat/ledge with its dreamy, soft light is an ideal spot. Gathering an eclectic group of plants together makes for a striking little indoor menagerie.
Mindy Bucklew/Simply Grove Contributor
This past weekend, my kids and I were featured on Joie Sunday Girl, Mother’s Day Special, which was a total honor! The talented Karen Krum snapped our pics for this feature. You can see us here, and the rest of the awesome mommas here. Thank you, Joie!
I’ve been in NYC the past few days with my hubby. It’s been half business and half eating and shopping…and more eating. Over the weekend, we attended BKLYN DESIGNS in Williamsburg. I loved it! Brooklyn has an overwhelming amount of talent. From furniture to ceramics, it’s a one stop artist shop. Every year, BKLYN DESIGNS brings incredible talent together and celebrates the creativity that lives in Brooklyn. I am forever a Brooklyn fan.
After walking around NYC, Brooklyn specifically, you begin to appreciate small spaces and what they represent. This Brooklyn apartment tour, seen on Apartment Therapy, is a great example of a small space done right. It’s well thought out in the placement of furniture and decor. It’s also stylish without being too trendy. Meaning, the pieces that they’ve used are both timeless and modern, which I think is important in a small space. You don’t want to feel cluttered and chaotic.
See the entire tour here.
Happy almost Mother’s Day to all of you incredible moms who sacrifice on a daily basis to create a stable, loving home for your children. You have the toughest yet most rewarding job EVER! I’ve come together with Enrou, a lifestyle brand that focuses on social impact in developing communities. They asked me one simple question-
What do you love about being a mom?
Oh man. Where does one begin with this question?? Here’s my short answer.
I love waking up every morning, seeing my kids sleepy head faces. I love when they tell me that they love me. I love when I see them respectfully talk to strangers. I love knowing that these two children will forever make my life full and exciting. I love that even when I’m feeling icky, they make me feel like a million dollars. I love creating a safe and comfortable home for them. I love helping them chase their dreams, even when they feel impossible. I love being a mom, not because it’s easy and and non challenging, cause it’s not, but because it makes me a better human. I love my kids!
If you are looking for the perfect Mothers Day gift, Enrou has an amazing collection made by moms, for moms.