January 14, 2016

Cereal Home Tour via simply grove

This house tour, seen over on Cereal, has some of the loveliest colors. Each color has an earthy vibe with a vibrant tone. And mixed with metals and woods, these colors pop beautifully! See the entire home tour here.

Cereal Home Tour via simply grove

Cereal Home Tour via simply grove

Cereal Home Tour via simply grove

 
January 12, 2016

Blue Cabinets via Simply Grove

I went out with a few friends that other night, and we got to talking about how we all used to decorate back in the day. They quickly pointed out one of my lowest moments as a decorator. It included palm trees and stencils. That’s right, folks. I stenciled palm trees all over my bathroom. Big greenish, brown palm trees to be exact. It was hip and cool (I think) back in 2002. I’m sure we’ve all made that one decorating decision that will age us for eternity. So who’s to say that some of the decorating choices now, in 2016, are not big mistakes?? I don’t know but I sort of don’t care. Mostly because nothing is new under the sun and we all are inspired by something that has already played it’s course. Trends will always come and go.

One of my biggest trend loves right now is colored cabinets. More specifically dark blue cabinets. It may not be forever cool but it’s cool now and I am smitten. This kitchen, photographed by Jonas Ingerstedt, was featured in Elle UK. I love the contrast of the cabinets with the floors and the countertops. And the blue isn’t intrusive, but calming and stylish. I think I could cook here all the time.

Blue Cabinets via Simply Grove

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January 7, 2016

Cold Weather decor via simply grove

Image: Coco Lapine Design

The holidays are over but the cold weather is still here…..at least for some of us. My Christmas decor is back in boxes and all of the greenery has been tossed. So now what? Do we make our spaces all springy? Or do we use the cold weather to create cozy homes? I like to call this “cold weather decorating”. I have a few easy tips for you to create a warm space for this chilly season.

1. Use throw pillows, not only for added textile but to add warmth and comfort. Splash them around your home, using them on sofas, chairs, beds, window seats, benches and even on the floor.

Cold Weather decor via simply grove

Image: Andy Liffner

2. Magazines and books can immediately give the sense of cold, rainy days that require lots of blankets, hot chocolate and hot fireplaces. Display them by stacking them on the floor, on tabletops or displaying them on shelves. Create a more organic feel by mixing and matching sizes and colors.

Cold Weather decor via simply grove

Image: Amber Interiors

3. Rugs ALWAYS warm up a space. Choose a rich, textured rug for your powder room. Your guests will love it!

Cold Weather decor via simply grove

Image: French By Design

4. Wood accessories bring a sense of rustic, warm moments. I love pairing vintage wood pieces with more modern, streamlined pieces.

Cold Weather decor via simply grove

Image: Marie Claire Maison

5. Display your silver collection with pride. All of that gorgeous old silver compliments the cold, winter months and creates a masterpiece.

Cold Weather decor via simply grove

Image: First Home

6. Sheepskin is an obvious choice for creating cozy spaces. You can display them on chairs, sofas, benches and even in front of fireplaces.

Cold Weather Decor via simply grove

Image: House Of C 

7. If you want to bring some practical warmth to your bed as well as adding some style, a simple quilt will do the job!

 
January 6, 2016

Trend Alert: Tile via Simply Grove

Image: Royal Roulotte

This past October I attended Cersaie, International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings, in Bologna Italy. It was an unbelievable trip for obvious reasons……ITALY!!! But beyond that, I learned and soaked in the importance of tile. Tile has gone from being a necessity to an innovative trend that is both practical and stylish. Some tile trends include geometric, hexagon, faux wood, brick, 3D, supersize tiles, straight lines, fragments and so much more. Tile has gone from only belonging in the bathroom to being welcomed in the entire home.

Trend Alert: Tile via Simply Grove

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Trend alert: Tile via simply grove

Image: 41 Zero 42

Trend Alert: Tile via Simply Grove

Image: Plastolux

Trend Alert: Tile via simply grove

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Trend Alert: Tile via Simply Grove

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Some of my favorite tile collections, seen at Cersaie:
41 zero 42, ABK, Lea Ceramiche, Naxos

 

 
January 4, 2016

Simply Grove Collage

Image: A recap of 2015 for Simply Grove.

I took some time to look back on my blog this morning and I kind of got emotional. Knowing that I’m going into my 9th year with this blog feels surreal. I remember sitting down in my paisley, b&w chair (so hot) when the kids were just wee ones, trying to figure out how to start a blogspot.com. That moment seems like moons and moons ago! There have been moments in this journey that I have wanted to quit. Moments when I felt less than capable of being a designer and blogger. A LOT of moments when I felt like a teeny tiny fish in a very large pond (which I still feel ALL OF THE TIME). But all of those awkward moments were good for me. I’ve learned to fight through insecurities, which come at every angle. I’ve also learned that consistency and commitment come at a cost, but it’s a cost that is worth fighting for. Being self taught is not the easiest gig in the world. It’s a lot of proving myself, working really hard and learning as I go. But friends, it’s worth following your dreams. And it’s REALLY worth stepping out of the boat, even when the waves are against you. Here I am 9 years later doing what I love and what I am passionate about. I have a feeling that 2016 is going to surpass our imagination, if we believe!

xxoo

 

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Image: Fresh Farmhouse

This is the time of year where the days are shorter and the nights creep up on us faster than ever. The coziest thing i’ve found are fire candles. The second it starts to darken outside every candle in my house lights up. The effect you get from a lit candle is immeasurable to anything else.

sheepskin

Image: Design Your Trust

My animal skins are pulled out from storage for Christmas time and are placed under the tree, on my dining chairs and sofa. They add the perfect aspect of coziness that nothing else can give and the textures are breathtaking.

cozy wool blanket

 

Image: Not On The High Street

This one is pretty self explanatory…..cozy throws. I have a plethora of these lying around my home. With an open fire, christmas tree, and candles lit all through the home and throw blanket is the cherry on top. As our traditions have been kept throughout the years with opening gifts in our pajamas we like to cuddle up with pillow and throws all around us.

stanmore speaker

Image: Urban Outfitters

Christmas music surely cannot be overlooked. I love pulling out my old records and playing them over and over again. I may be the only one but Christmas tunes just never get old to me. I get excited with each song as if I’m hearing it for the first time.

fresh pine

Image: Laura Quattro

Fresh pine clippings give off a tranquil atmosphere and the natural pine scent should be the mere definition of christmas. No candle in the world can replicate this aroma. Simply cut some pine and place them in vases or pottery. This also adorns your home with a christmassy atmosphere.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM SIMPLY GROVE TO YOU!!!

 
December 18, 2015

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I recently installed a key free lock and I am loving it! The Schlage Sensehas made our life so much easier. It’s an intelligent bluetooth-enabled lock and has the highest rating for security and durability. The best part is that it’s linked to my iPhone so it makes it extremely simple to lock or unlock. But it doesn’t end there. I can actually use it with my iPad or iPod touch. Living in a smaller city, this works out for our benefit. We store all of our bikes in our garage and during the summer our friends want to come by and borrow them. The Schlage Sense makes this process uncomplicated.

The most annoying part about having a key free lock is changing the code, but The Schlage Sensehas made it an easy process with simple steps. It has the ability to manage and schedule up to 30 access codes through an app. The app is super easy to use and permits me to create or delete codes, it also has other cool features such as checking on lock status, viewing activity, updating settings and checking battery life.

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Now the best part of The Schlage Sense  it has a trendy look! You are able to choose from two different styles and various finishes. With all the available features it’s surprisingly affordable. AND today one lucky winner will be able to experience all its goodness for themselves. Follow these steps in order to enter the giveaway:

  • Visit Schlage and select your favorite Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt
  • Leave a comment, any comment, on this post.
  • As an additional means of entry, please tweet a link back to the giveaway (including your @username) using hashtag #SchlageSense

This post was sponsored by Schlage Sense™.

 
December 18, 2015

Holiday Tips via Simply Grove

Image: French By Design

I’ve partnered with Pratt and Lambert to bring you some hip, cool holiday decorating ideas!

Utilize what you already have around your home. These shelves are the perfect example of that. Adorn your shelves with some christmas love and call it good. Don’t be timid with your wall colors. This black on black is a great example of simplicity turned into extravagant. Black Watch Green from Pratt & Lambert is a great suggestion for this look. Dark colors make everything else pop, especially all your favorite gold and white holiday accessories.

Holiday Tips via Simply Grove

Image: Cote Maison

If you’re looking to steer away from a traditional Christmas tree, add a fun Christmas tapestry and stack all your gifts in front of it. This look is clean and modern with a quirky twist. Tapestries sort of scream for attention so you won’t have a problem getting into the Christmas spirit. Plus it’s an easy setup and tear down and we all know we’re about that! (Try Maitland Blue from Pratt & Lambert for a similar wall color.)

Holiday Tips via Simply Grove

Image: Ollie & Seb’s House

We all know how much green is loved around this time of year! But let’s just talk about this glorious green room, it is the epitome of Christmas. I love how the tree is gently leaning against the wall in the corner. This space is so unorthodox but gets the winning prize for it’s originality! Don’t feel as though you have to conform to your traditions. Step out of your bubble this winter. For a similar color, Pratt & Lambert’s Shaded Spruce is perfect.

Holiday Tips via Simply Grove

Image: A Beautiful Mess

If you’re not into the traditional red and green combo this season, don’t be apprehensive to play with brighter colors. I love Christmas because there are a plethora of aesthetics to choose from. Be bold with your decision this holiday season and don’t look back. This bright hue of blue around the fireplace is not only exhilarating but is also so inviting. Delightful Aqua by Pratt & Lambert has a similar, fun tone.

 
December 17, 2015

Baby William needs a miracle

Hi friends! Today I am partnering with GoFundMe for my cousin’s and their newly adopted son, William. Every adoption story is beautiful and full of life. This adoption story is no different. My cousin’s adopted baby William this past summer. He is going through more than any baby should ever go through. But he is a fighter and a MIRACLE BABY! We all know that adoption fees and medical bills are not cheap. And in the midst of paying for everything, Christmas has arrived. I want to bless this amazing family and give them a bright and generous Christmas. Go to my GoFundMe page to read their story. If you can, consider giving something to this amazing family and to baby William.

Also, let me encourage you to use GoFundMe for any cause you see fit in the spirit of the holidays! They are helping thousands and thousands of people achieve their goals and dreams daily. This Christmas season is as good of a time as any to use this amazing platform. xxoo

This post was sponsored by GoFundMe.

 
December 17, 2015

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My friend Traci blogged this beautiful space the other day and I was sold.  The Estate Trentham; an estate in Australia available for rent, was designed by Gardener & Marks Interior Design. It’s modern meets rustic….and it’s perfect! Just wished that I lived closer to enjoy it…

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December 15, 2015

Kitchen Inspiration via Simply Grove

Image: Miss Moss

A few months ago a crazy thought popped into my head. I’d been itching to make some changes to the outdated spaces in our home and I said to my husband, “Let’s do a mini remodel on the kitchen!”. Because everyone wants to work on home renovations over the holidays, right??

In all seriousness, even though it takes a lot of time and effort, I’m already excited about the changes I’m seeing. In spite of the fact that I’m sitting here staring at cabinets with missing doors, drawers with no hardware, and a grubby looking linoleum floor, I can visualize the final product and it’s going to be so much better than what we had before. Now if only we can get it finished before the New Year!

If you’re also in the throes of a kitchen project, or just looking to take a little break from tinsel and snowmen, here are a few swoon-worthy kitchens that are fueling my inspiration…

Kitchen Inspiration via Simply Grove

Image: Mad About the House

Black cabinets are always such a sleek option, especially when paired with natural wood floors. Extending a tiled backsplash to the ceiling and opting out of upper cabinets makes a great design statement, while also allowing a smaller kitchen to feel more open.

Kitchen Inspiration via Simply Grove

Image: House Beautiful

Gray is having a major moment right now and it’s easy to see why. If you’re afraid of committing to bright white or deep black, gray is the perfect middle-of-the-road choice. It’s clean, neutral, and it looks terrific with brass accents.

Kitchen Inspiration via Simply Grove

Image: Design Sponge

Navy is another color that’s grabbing a lot of attention lately. I’m loving the combination in this kitchen with the marble backsplash, open shelving, and crystal chandelier.

Kitchen Inspiration via Simply Grove

Image: My Domaine

This unique kitchen is a designer’s dream with its exposed ceiling beams, brick wall, and chevron wood floors. The gorgeous Wolf stove is just the icing on the cake.

Kitchen Inspiration via Simply Grove

Image: Sarah Sherman Samuel

This beauty of a kitchen has already been making the internet rounds for a while, but it’s certainly worth revisiting. I love the idea of combination cabinets, using a different color on the uppers and lowers, and this pairing of white and seafoam green is spot on. Not to mention the fact that I also sourced the same hardware, pictured here, for our own kitchen and it should be arriving any day now! Cannot. Wait.

Mindy Bucklew/Simply Grove Contributor 

 
December 15, 2015

Chasing Paper via SImply Grove

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Chasing Paper has to be one of my most favorite sources for wallpaper. They have a great selection of modern and cool wallpaper. Lisa Congdon, a featured designer for Chasing Paper, designed “Little Village” which I’m using for an upcoming project. I love the mix of old and new that Lisa has brilliantly brought to life.

Shop Chasing Paper here.

 

Blush in Boise, Idaho via simply grove

It’s no secret that I live in Boise Idaho. It’s also no secret that I love it here! It’s a magical city with so much potential and room to grow. I moved here almost 17 years ago and wow has it changed since my first year here! The once sleepy city with not a lot of movement has become a hub of creative entrepreneurs who are in it to win it. Over the next few months, I am going to be spotlighting some of my favorite businesses and artistic individuals who make Boise so awesome. First up, Blush By Jamie Rose!

 Blush in Boise Idaho via simply grove

I have known Jamie Rose for awhile, and can I just say that she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside! Jamie fell in love with cosmetics at a very young age. It’s like she was created for this! When she was involved in theater,  she was captivated by the artistry of makeup. From there, she pursued a career in the cosmetic industry and worked as a professional artist for years in Seattle, Southern California and Idaho. Her biggest venture was opening a Blush, and it is a true success!

When she first moved in to the space now called Blush, it looked like this….

before

It was a bit dark and dreary. Jamie had a vision to create a place that felt like you were transported to Paris for the day. She started the transformation by painting the walls the perfect shade of Blush and incorporating neutral floors and furniture. The store is designed to feel soft and light. You will find elegant accents of brushed pewter and gold.

Blush in Boise, Idaho via simply grove

The transformation is beautiful! When you walk around in Blush, you will see lovely details that make the space fabulous. French prints, vintage perfume bottles, gorgeous candelabras, and vintage frames fill the space to add life. Chandi designed all of the lighting. Meredith Clark, the owner and Boise resident, designs each piece with so much creativity. The building itself dates way back, so most of the architecture has a story to tell.

Blush in Boise, Idaho via simply grove

You will find tons of brands such as Diptyque Paris, Voluspa, Tocca and my favorite FAVORITE makeup, Jane Iredale.

Blush in Boise, Idaho via simply grove

Blush in Boise, Idaho via simply grove

Blush in Boise, Idaho via simply grove

If I ever need my makeup done, I can’t imagine going anywhere else but to Jamie! She has magic fingers! She did my makeup for a recent photo shoot. I did NOT want to wash my face that night. I felt like Cinderella and almost cried when the clock hit midnight….

Blush in Boise, Idaho via simply grove

Blush in Boise, Idaho via simply grove

Blush in Boise, Idaho via simply grove

Blush in Boise, Idaho via simply grove

Blush in Boise, Idaho via simply grove

Blush in Boise, Idaho via simply grove

Blush in Boise, Idaho via simply grove

Blush in Boise, Idaho via simply grove

Blush in Boise, Idaho via simply grove

Blush in Boise, Idaho via simply grove

Blush in Boise, Idaho via simply grove

If you are a Boise resident or you’re coming to visit our amazing city, make sure to stop by Blush and say hello to Jamie Rose!

Address: 405 S. 8th St #109 Boise, ID 83702

All photography by Jess Woodhouse.

 

 

Pantone Colors via Simply Grove

I’m sure that you’ve heard the news. Pantone announced that Rose Quartz and Serenity are the colors for 2016! I was a bit surprised by the news but I think if you do it right, these colors are great additions to your home decor. Above are my top picks for these two colors.

1. horne mod dis2. horne tea pot 3. horne dish 4. huet blue chair 5. wallpaper 6. kate spade lamp 7. blue lamp 8. society 6 pillow 9. pale pink sofa

 

Pergo Flooring via Simply Grove

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When I chose the flooring for this laundry room, it was a HARD decision! Pergo has a vast variety of colors that I’m loving right now. To narrow it down was a tad bit difficult. In the end I went with the tone that I felt matched the style of the room. BUT I still wanted to brag on a few other colors that Pergo has to offer. So below you will find a video of mysef telling YOU what 4 colors you should consider for your own space. AND in celebration of these four awesome floors, Pergo wants to send you two free samples (the larger size vs the tiny chips at retailers) of any of these four colors that I have chosen. All you need to do is go here and fill out your order. Easy as that. No cost on your end! So without further ado, see my picks below!