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

Amara

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

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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…..
  7. AND NOW THE WAIT IS ALMOST OVER!

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.

 

Hotel Indigo via Simply Grove

Last week I traveled to Nashville Tennessee for a mini getaway with Hotel Indigo. I was beyond excited to experience Nashville in a new and fresh way. I stayed at Hotel Indigo, which is located right in the heart of downtown. I was able to walk and uber around the city effortlessly. A few highlights of my trip include dinner at Adeles, shopping at Imogene and Willie, eating a doughnut at Five Daughters Bakery, touring the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and catching a show at 3rd and Lindsley. Also, if you want a mad cup of coffee, may I suggest Barista Parlor!

Hotel Indigo strives to create a neighborhood experience. No two Hotel Indigo properties are the same. They want you to feel at home in the community that you are surrounded by, and that is exactly how I felt! I could tell right away that the Hotel Indigo property in Nashville had a lot of history. The building is iconic to Nashville (once a bank) and each detail that has been addressed gives honor to it’s history. My room felt stylish and inviting. And the lobby was bright and energetic!

I am thrilled to have partnered with Hotel Indigo to experience all that Nashville has to offer! Below is a map designed by Morgan Wolf Design for Hotel Indigo. It points out a few stops on my itinerary.

Nashville Map designed by Morgan Wolf Design for Hotel Indigo via Simply Grove

Hotel Indigo Nashville via Simply Grove

Hotel Indigo

Imogene and Willie via Simply Grove

Imogene and Willie

Imogene and Willie via Simply Grove

Imogene and Willie

Nashville via Simply

Nashville via Simply Grove

Nashville via simply grove

Wildly

Nashville via simply grove

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

Nashville via simply grove

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

Nashville via Simply Grove

via Simply Grove

Wildly

Nashville via Simply grove

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

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This post was sponsored by Hotel Indigo. All opinions are my own. Thank you
for allowing me to continue to do what I love and share what I love!