Bungalow Update

I wanted to give you a little glimpse into my living room. The Grove Bungalow is coming along! Projects are slowly being completed and rooms are beginning to look more look livable spaces and less like storage rooms. I love myself a good project but sometimes I would rather snap my fingers and see everything completed at once. Anyways, I will post more images as they come. Hope you are having a fantastic Wednesday!

BTW- don’t forget to enter this GIVEAWAY. And if you want to see more of Simply Grove, follow along over here on Instagram.

GIVEAWAY {Closed}

{CLOSED} Congrats to Sarah Rose! You are the winner!

Today I have a fun giveaway for you! I am giving away these 3 coat hangers from Mooi GoedThe three Mooi Goed Coat Hangers are cut out of a single sheet of metal in the shape of a branch and finished in black. By bending certain parts you can hang you coat of bag. Each coat hanger has a minimum of 2 possibility for hanging and can be easly attached with two screws. All the materials for installing the hangers are included. All you need to do is leave a simple comment below. For an extra entry, follow Mooi Goed on Facebook here and leave an extra comment telling me that you did so. Giveaway will end Sunday night at Midnight.

Shop more of Mooi Goed’s amazing products here.

Links

Hi friends! Sorry for my absence! I’ve been trying to stay a float these past few weeks and I seem to be failing my to do list. But never fear, I am here….barely! I kid i kid. :) Below are some note worthy products!

Have you been introduced to Hem yet?? I’m obsessed! It’s total high end design made easy. And the price points vary from low to middle of the spectrum. Shop Hem here.

If you live in UK and you need to reno your bathroom, you will love Crosswater. They are having a giant sale right now!

Can we say cutest table lamp ever! Marset just released this table lamp and we give it two thumbs up.

Image: Go here to see how Mark Cutler would recreate Angela Tafoya’s home via NousDECOR.

Designers, have you checked out NousDECORNousDECOR offers intelligent search tools, shopping links and moodboard builders and a community forum that help you decorate online the way you do in real-life. It’s an honest, creative platform!

Product Alert

I always have me eyes open for new product alerts. These may not be brand new to the market but I think you will all enjoy them. And I need that bird art!

1. Recycled Tent Rug 2. Nordic Dresser 3. Bird Art 4. Brass Light

Bathroom project and trends

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I am working on a bathroom reno right now. The homeowners are good friends of mine that live in a 1920′s farmhouse on the outskirts of Boise. It’s an amazing amazing home that deserves a super cool bathroom. Large hexagon tiles have been on my mind a lot lately! Specifically black tiles with white grout. There is something so classy yet modern about these tiles. And mixed with the traditional subway tile…heaven.

Some other bathroom trends that are taking over right now?

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1. Round Mirrors. Forget the normal rectangular mirrors and opt for a round mirror. Ikea has my favorite option right now! Shop it here.

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2. Dark grout. It’s everywhere right now! And who wouldn’t love dark grout?? It hides dirt!

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3. Floating vanities. It’s like they are floating in the air. You can’t get more classy than this!

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4. Brass Accents. I couldn’t leave this one out. Don’t think of brass as your grandmothers brass. Think of it as a rediscovered material that is back and is being done right this time.

Define Your Style

Have you ever wondered what your decor style really is? Is it minimalist modern? Is it clean contemporary? Or maybe glam bohemian? Whenever I first interview a potential client, we first establish what their design aesthetic is. My first test is to have them pick 5-7 images off of Pinterest that they are immediately attracted to. From this images I can usually grasp their style. But if you want an easier way to do it, here you go!

I’m partnering with Dutch Boy to help you define your style!  They’ve made it easy by making it a Pinterest focused contest with a giveaway.

This is what you win:

Five First Place Style Prizes of one $300 Dutch Boy Paints prize pack each which will include Dutch Boy Paints, Purdy® Paint Tools and a $200 cash gift card. The total ARV of each Style Prize is $300.

One grand prize of one $1,000 Dutch Boy Paints home prize pack which will include a two hour in-home personal consultation with a Dutch Boy Personal Color Consultant for one room in your home valued at ($300), four gallons of Dutch Boy paint, Purdy Paint Tools and a $500 cash gift card. During the two hour in-home visit, the Dutch Boy Personal Color Consultant will create a custom color palette that fits your decorating style for a single room in your home. Consultation must take place between Monday, January 5, 2015 and Saturday, December 19, 2015. Winner will need to provide three potential dates for the in-home consultant to choose from. The total ARV of Grand Prize is: $1,000.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Visit Dutch Boy here.

2. Choose one of the six styles you like the most from the Dutch Boy Paints selection to pin on Pinterest, or choose to pin your own style image on Pinterest

3. Complete the entry form in its entirety and click “Submit & Pin” to submit your entry and pin the image on Pinterest

4. Follow @DutchBoyPaints on Pinterest here.

Guess what my style is? It changes from time to time BUT there have been consistent threads. MINIMALIST BOHEMIAN describes me. Though I find myself going more and more minimalist the older I get, bohemian will always be peeking around the corner. It’s rather fun to see what you style you are. And it makes decorating and shopping way more fun!!

This is a paid partnership with Dutch Boy Paints. Opinions are all my own.

Bedroom Tips

I was browsing Derek Swalwell’s photography portfolio and fell in love with some of the bedrooms that he has shot. They vary from warm to stylish to just really really relaxing and cool. Bedrooms can be easily overlooked, but my belief is that bedrooms should be a priority since you spend a whole lot of time in that space. Here are some simple tips to help take a bedroom from boring to beautiful.

1. Paint your bedroom a dark, moody color. Even if it’s just an accent wall, that will immediately create ambiance and drama.

2. On the opposite side, paint your bedroom bright white. And then layer patterns, textures and color around the room.

3. Invest in great linens. What makes your favorite hotel, your favorite hotel is most likely the bedding. Create that same feel by updating your sheets and comforter. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more. You won’t regret it.

4. Create your own abstract art. If you are wanting a large piece of art but can’t afford to invest in one, make your own. Use colors and shapes that you are normally drawn to.

5. Add gold and a hide, and you are set. Gold makes any space look fancier and cooler. And a hide will bring warmth.

6. Pastels are still cool. And they look oh so lovely in the bedroom. Make sure to pair them with neutrals.

{CLOSED} $1000 ART GIVEAWAY!

Image: Wit & Delight

CONGRATS to Kristin Montgomery for winning this giveaway!

Recently I have become quite the art lover. It’s a fact that art can instantly make or break a space. Let me introduce you to Crated. Crated’s mission is to be the online community that powers the local art scene yet offers a global reach. They connect artists and art lovers, both locally and globally, to share, collect and purchase inspiring art.  LUCKY FOR YOU………….

Crated is giving one Simply Grove reader $1,000 worth of art from Crated! AMAZINGNESS. And you will get $10 just for entering! Enter here. Giveaway ends Monday, October 6th at midnight. GOOD LUCK!

I’d live here

It’s been a busy week over here. So posts are extremely light. But I just had to include this home. It’s bright and cheery. And it also shows that small spaces can be extremely liveable! See more here.

One shelf in the kitchen

Image: Svenska

I may not cook a lot, but I do love me a good kitchen! There is something to say about a well designed kitchen. Since they are the heart of the home, they should be a proud moment for the resident. There are a few cosmetic changes that you can make to your kitchen that won’t break the bank. The first being open shelving. Open shelving allows you to display all of your favorite kitchen accessories including ceramics, plants, bottles, dishes and glassware. In this post, I have collected my favorite kitchens that display only one shelf. It demonstrates how to approach this idea in your own space.

Image: Fantastic Frank

Image: Nordic Days

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What are your thoughts about open shelving?

Create the best small kitchen

My latest eHow article is all about creating an efficient small kitchen. Which is a perfect subject for me right now because my new kitchen is teeny tiny. There are a few tricks of the trade that will allow you to utilize every inch of your kitchen. Check out the entire article here.

Also if you are interested in reading my other eHow posts, here are the links-

Creating a stylish yet functional office space.

Trend Alert!

Accents of plants

Images: Stadshem

Maybe it’s because I recently moved and I have been craving a specific aesthetic… but interiors like this have me giving standing ovations. The natural light, white walls and green accents are exactly what is on trend right now. These are spaces that make working, eating and living so much easier and carefree. Another plus is brass accents. Brass brings old world charm while green and white keep things fresh and young.

A moment with J. Jill

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It’s an obvious observation to judge that I like interior design. I mean, it’s all I ever talk about here on Simply Grove. And if I had to choose to spend money on decor or clothing, I most likely would choose decor. BUT that’s not saying that I don’t love fashion because I really really do love fashion. I’m not an expert and I wish that I had a stylist who could dress me everyday. But I do love following fashion. Design and fashion really do work together and should go hand in hand. So saying that, I interrupt Simply Grove to bring you a rare fashion post.

 

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I am a bohemian minimalist when it comes to my clothing. I love black, white and gray. I love texture and patterns. I also love the juxtaposition of dressy meets casual. That’s usually my day to day approach to fashion. When I was approached to collaborate with J. Jill, I immediately was drawn to the tailored pieces that I could mix with my normal street look. The Ponte knit houndstooth crop top is an everyday go to piece that I can pair with my favorite black jean or boyfriends jean or I could pair it with a high waisted skirt. It’s casual yet fits like a glove.

 

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Fall is approaching quickly and pieces like this will be used over and over again! Shop the ponte knit shirt here.

This post was created in partnership with J.Jill and Martha Stewart Living. All ideas are my own.

 

 

Moving Day

It’s amazing how much stuff you DON’T get done during moving week. So cheers to have a giant list of to do’s but officially moving TODAY! Can’t wait for you all to see my little brick bungalow. See you soon, friends! xxoo

Remembering

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“We shall never forget, we shall keep this day, we shall keep the events and the tears in our minds, our memory and our hearts and take them with us as we carry on”  September, 11, 2001