The greatest way to add some major character to a space is by adding molding. It instantly takes a blank slate and makes it cool and dignified. I love the juxtaposition of modern and classic. Adding molding to a modern space gives the illusion of maturity and character. Here are a few molding and trim ideas to create this look.
+ Baseboards are of course a must! Starting at the floor, baseboards are the visual foundation for a room.
+ Casings is the trim that wraps from one side of the wall to the other It defines the opening and protects the wall surface from scratches.
+ Crown Molding is itself a game changer. Adding it to the top of the room can add grandness.
+ Finishing Touches can include painting moldings the same color as the wall but in a semigloss enamel finish. This trick makes a room feel larger.
I was looking over my Pinterest page and I noticed a common theme….GREEN. I love green! Remember the One Room Challenge? That was one of my favorite green walls! Below are a few other ways to use the color green in your space-
+ Paint an accent wall green.
+ Use plants to add green.
+ Paint one furniture piece a bold green.
+ Use green tiles in your bathroom.
+Add green in fabrics.
In honor of my love for green, here are a few inspiring green spaces. Maybe the more I use green in decor, the more chances I will get of inheriting a green thumb!!
Happy Thursday! And happy “my daughters birthday”! This month is birthday month for my family and party central…:)
I’m hoping to talk my hubby into painting our bedroom a deep shade of gray/black this weekend, like this or this. My bedroom needs major help and has been ignored for TOO LONG. Which goes against everything that I believe! Haha. I alway tell clients to create a beautiful master bedroom that they can escape to. And here I am living in everything but that! So hopefully that will change this weekend. This bedroom (above) is a perfect example of what I want to achieve.
Pops of color are really my favorite way to decorate. Whether it’s one bold color or several soft colors, I think that there is something so serene about only using moments of color. Now don’t get me wrong, using lots of color can be beautiful in it’s own right. But sometimes it’s refreshing to tone down a bit. This house tour has a few moments of color, including that awesome punch of yellow in the sofa. See the entire tour here.
This is for all of my Instagram friends! I want to start a fun new hashtag #simplystyleyourspace for you to showcase styled areas of your personal home that you are proud of! Let’s start with COFFEE TABLES! Style your coffee table, snap a pic and use hashtag #simplystyleyourspace on Instagram. This is meant to be fun! Show us your creativity. I’ll Instagram some of my faves!
I’ve showed you images of my daughters bedroom in the past (go here to see the list of sources). It’s a clean, minimal space, perfect for dreaming up fairytales and musicals…..hint…that’s all she does. One fun detail that we’ve added is Prettypegs. My husband built Eden a palette bed. It needed a little something something. When I first saw Prettypegs, I wanted to try them on a sidetable or dresser. But then I saw these pink Astrid legs and fell deeply in love. They’re exactly what Eden’s room needed!
It’s amazing what mixing textures can do to a space. This living room is very neutral in it’s color palette and the warmth comes mostly from the rug texture mixed with the fabric textures. So if you are a minimalist in your decorating, try adding warm, soft textures to bring in interest and comfort!
Bathrooms are on my mind right now. Most of my clients are redoing their bathrooms and creating modern masterpieces. You may remember this bathroom above that I did for a client earlier this year. It was a blank slate that we filled with clean materials. I’m doing a bathroom right now with a similar vibe but a little more pops of gold. A lot of people ask me to refer them to sites that have good inspiring bathroom images. Below are some of my fave.
Pinterest– I’ve pinned over 700 bathrooms for your enjoyment.
Remodelista– You can browse some amazing bathroom images.
Houzz– Choose between a plethora of styles and sizes.
Design Sponge– Grace and her team have featured some amazing bathrooms over the years.
Domino– We wouldn’t except anything less than incredible bathrooms.
Dining Rooms can be tough to freshen up. It’s not like you want to throw around a bunch of money changing out dining chairs every season. Instead focus on the smaller details of the space. Below are a few tips and tricks-
1. Add greenery and flowers to your dining table for a splash of color and natural elements.
2. Use vintage chairs as head chairs to create an eclectic, on point look.
Apparently I share a lot on my Instagram that I forget to share here on the blog. Geeez Kirsten, get your act together! I sometimes consider my Instagram a mini blog that all of you can somehow channel from there to here. If you DO follow me on Instagram, you may have already heard my biggest news of the year. And what is that you ask? Well……I’m thrilled to share with all of you that my first book for Sterling Publishing is due out Fall 2016! It will be a collection of chic and resourceful ways to style your home with styling specifics for each room and some new tips and tricks. Styling is my one true love. It’s what I’m passionate about when it comes to design. So to create a book that is focused on the subject of styling makes me so giddy! I want to create a book that is not only beautiful enough for you to place on your coffee table, but also practical enough to give you the tips that you need to style your own home.
If you want to see the process of the book, I will hashtag #simplygrovebook for you to follow along.
I’ve talked about moving into an office space a lot on my Instagram, but I realized that I haven’t talked about it much on the blog. I have worked out of my house for 8 years now, which has been great up to this point. Nothing like working in your PJ’s, drinking coffee while watching Good Morning America. But times have changed for me and it’s a season where I need to take myself and Simply Grove a little more seriously. So I’ve found a cute little office in a historical building here in Downtown Boise. It’s perfect for me and my assistant to work our little tails out of. And I can now have clients meet me at my office as opposed to meeting me at coffee shops and restaurants.
We are still in the reno stage of the office and hope to move in next week. One thing that I will be working on figuring out for the office is storage. I’m such a clean freak and I don’t want a lot of clutter showing. I love the look of vintage filing cabinets and neatly designed wooden shelves. I also love beautiful pieces of furniture that double as storage for offices. It’s all about hiding the junk and showing the pretty stuff!
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Tis the last week of school and I’m already checked outtttttttt. I feel like I’m ready to call it a summer and just head to Cabo! So in honor of all you moms and dads out there who work hard and tirelessly, I’m giving away the latest vacuum from Electrolux – the Ergorapido® Lithium Ion Brushroll Clean™ Xtra. Guys, this will make the day to day task of floors a SYNCH for you! When I first received mine, I felt like a kid at a candy store. It’s just so easy and so efficient.
All you need to do is a leave a comment below to enter! I will announce the winner Saturday morning. Happy WINNING!
Disclosure: I was provided the vacuum in exchange for this review. All opinions are MY OWN.
This family friendly living room, seen on Cakies, has both laid back and super stylish details. The pops of pail colors mixed with the natural elements make for a fun and creative space, perfect for kids to lounge and adults to entertain. Here are a few tips to create your own family friendly living room-
+Choose child friendly fabrics that include fun patterns and soft colors.
+Mix and match colored pots and ceramics.
+Pair something old (like a vintage mirror) with something new (like a ultra modern chair).
+Display playful art.
+Floral patterns always have a home in these spaces.
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I have a wall in my living room that I’ve slowly been adding art to. My latest purchase is an epic John Wayne piece that I found at a local antique shop. My family watched old westerns during my childhood so I feel like John was always apart of my life…as he should be!:) Another new piece on my wall is by Jaime Derringer. I love mixing modern art with vintage art. It keeps things interesting and unique.
And if you’re on the market for new pillows these three on my sofa do no wrong. I am a huge fan of pink right now and this Linen Cushion pillow from by molle is perfection. For a pillow that can be paired with just about anything, this Sumatra pillow from Christy Linens is a great option. And then for a punch of pattern, the moonlight pillow from bunglo can work good with many different looks. And please note that the the awesome geometric blanket is from Happy Habitat. It’s a staple piece!