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Recently I’ve been in to dark, moody walls. Our previous bedroom had a fabulous dark wall that I really miss. I’m considering doing it again to my current bedroom. One dark color that gets me every time is a rich, dark, green. It’s untypical and a bit out of the box. Sherwin Williams has several deep green options that are awesome, including Dard Hunter Green. These rich green hues would make the perfect addition to a minimal space.
BTW, Happy St Patricks Day! This post is quite fitting, don’t you think?!
My kids have shared a room the past few years. Recently we decided it was time for them to both have their own spaces. So we kept Eden Jo in the existing room and moved Ethan downstairs to the once playroom. It’s already made life easier (and quieter) having split them up. I gave Eden’s room a makeover in collaboration with PB Teen. She loves having her own space to do girly things. You can see the entire tour over here.
By Mölle is blowing my mind with their new linens. They are modern and fresh. Perfect for adding some beauty to your bedroom!
Shop the entire collection here.
Most of you know that I live in 1940’s bungalow right now. We are renting it in hopes of buying a similar style home in the near future to reno. For now, I’m loving my time here. Being a renter is stress free in a lot of ways. But on the flip side, you can’t do everything that you want. So this has caused me to have to become really creative. I’m not a stranger to renting. We rented our last home and I found some major corners to cut when it comes to decorating. One easy trick is hardware. Always change out the hardware because you can change it back in a flash.
Hickory Hardware and Porch.com asked me to create an out of the box way to use hardware. So to make things easy and creative for all of you renters, switch out your hardware! I chose this hardware in matte black. It’s amazing how it will change the look of your cabinets immediately. Another tip is to use hardware to display mugs, cups and other kitchen accessories.
Because my kitchen is so small, I’ve had to be creative with how to display items. Coffee is (of course) very important to me so I created a coffee bar. Right above the bar, I hung a wall piece that I inherited from my uncle. The hooks are small on it and they don’t hold mugs very well so I attached some Hickory Hardware hooks right on the existing hooks to hang my beloved mugs.
One day I’ll give you an entire tour of my kitchen. I’ll even share with you my counter top secret!
Check out other creative ways to use hardware here.
The average person does not desire nor dream of decorating and styling their own spaces. In fact most people could care less. Though they want to live in something beautiful, they are not interested in doing it themselves. Well, lucky for all of you who would rather clean a toilet than decorate a room, Remodo recently introduced Boxed Rooms. Boxed rooms is all the bedroom essentials to make decorating your bedroom as simple and fun as possible. Each box contains bedding, throw pillows, blanket, picture frame, storage bins, coasters, and more. The first collection contains six color schemes in twin and queen. TwinXL and King is shortly to follow. I personally love the Refine Queen Boxed Room. The black and white is so classic!
Shop the entire collection here.
I Instagrammed my studio this week and got some inquiries about my desk. I’ve had this desk for a few years now and I’m just not getting tired of it. My father in law built the sawhorse legs and my husband built the top. We used Surface Skin from Blik to cover the desk top. Though it doesn’t offer storage. it offers all of the tabletop space that I need! Go here for a somewhat easy sawhorse desk DIY. If you’re not in the place to build one, Ikea has these leg options and tabletop options. Below are more sawhorse desks to feast your eyes on.
Lighting is one of my favorite details in a room. It changes the mood immediately and can make or break a room. Currently my favorite lamp in my home is the Lovell Porcelain Task Lamp from Barn Light Electric. It marries mid-century style with American made, quality craftsmanship. You can choose 20 custom options including shade finishes, stem finishes and cord styles. I have this lamp in my living space. I’m sure it will be moved around the house these upcoming months, because that’s what happens to my stuff…
Shop this lamp and more here.
This Toronto house tour, seen on Style Me Pretty Living, was actually posted last year but I’ve come to appreciate the pops of color and soothing bedroom. I’m also loving the nursery. It’s calm and cool. The home itself is 107 years old. Amazing! See more here.
You are probably noticing right now that Simply Grove has received a brand new look. I am thrilled with this makeover! Thanks to the talented Cori Magee, Simply Grove has received a fresh take on life. She really understood my needs and what I wanted visually. I would recommend her all day long. Also, a huge thanks to Kristin B. for developing the blog! I’m SUPER excited to have a home page, kirstengrove.com. There you will find my portfolio, a future shop (more on that later) and other features. We are still working out a few details and adding some more features but in the meantime, I hope that you enjoy the new look!
Hi friends! Head over to Pottery Barns Blog to view more of my living space refresh. It was fun taking over their Instagram this past weekend! If you came to visit me from PB, thank you and it’s nice to meet you!
I recently collaborated with Pottery Barn for a living space refresher. I used some of their products to get my living room ready for spring. I love how the neutral tones of this space create a simplistic look. It’s amazing what some plants, rich textures and art can do to a space!
ALSO, I’m taking over Pottery Barns Instagram today and tomorrow to talk more about this collaboration so go and follow their Instagram as well as mine to see the happenings!
Items used in this space- Cable Knit Pillow, Knit Throw, Mirrored Taper Box, Jute Rug, Wire Baskets, The Best Is Yet To Come Print.
Daily my email is full of amazing items from all over the world. I don’t have enough time in my week to promote everything, but once in awhile I need to give some very notable shout outs. Here are some of my favorite new products for 2015.
Throws and Pillows from DittoHouse:
This bold collection is perfect for both adult and child spaces. I’m loving the polar bear throw. Add the colorful pillows to your space for a fun pop of personality! This collection offers a selection of cozy, machine-washable pillows and blankets in playful patterns and bold color stories. The yarns in the products are made from recycled cotton; cotton that would’ve ended up in a landfill that has been expertly re-fiberized and spun into new yarns.
Rugs from Oliver Yaphe:
I will take all of these, please! This handmade modern rug collection is seriously my new favorite source for rugs! I’m smitten over the color palettes and patterns. You will find recycled kilims, hand-woven rugs from Turkey and India, hand-knotted rugs in silk with wool, hand-knotted rug in engraved wool and much much more.
Furniture and accessories for babies and children from Dodo Les Bobos.
Dodo Les Bobos, a charming store in NYC, specializes in contemporary design furniture and accessories for babies and children, has a new Winter look book and will be launching an e-commerce site next month. The owner of Dodo Les Bobos, Sasso Sidi Said, is also an interior decorator who provides consultation services.
Hand-painted Moroccan tiles from Fireclay Tile.
New for 2015, Fireclay has simplified tile shopping by offering free design assistance to their customers (online) with the ability to contact in-house consultants by chat or phone. The perks include a free google sketch-up rendering and up to 5 free samplings. Amazing!
Hand picked vintage items from Frankie + Albert.
This six month subscription service gets you hand picked vintage items that are delivered directly to your door! The Frankie + Albert team curated thousands of objects from flea markets and antique shops across the US choosing the best of the best. The site is now open for a six-month pop-up shop that allows people to fill out a short questionnaire about their design preferences and then have hand-picked vintage items arrive at their doorstep monthly. If you receive something you don’t like, you can log on and join the online swap meet to trade with other subscribers.
Imaginative Wallpaper from Sian Zeng.
This new wallpaper collection captures the ethereal beauty of the changing seasons in bold, dramatic designs that will immerse your home with the wonder of each season. Beautifully detailed, wide width wallpapers bring the seasons to life with an artistic mural like feel. I dig it!
Hi friends! Hope your Wednesday is going great. I’m a bit late posting today. It’s been one of those weeks. You know those weeks that leave you a little discontent and a little sad? But not enough to slap you off your feet? Just attempting to get you down? Yeah…these weeks are for the birds. But I’ve learned in my 33 years (almost 34, YIKES) to always trust and walk with my head up high. Things get better over time when we find the courage to soar….right??? Ok, just preaching to myself.
This house tour is NOT for the birds. In fact, it’s a beauty with simple yet elegant details. Susanna Vento is a brilliant stylist. Her work is beautiful and charming.
Images and Styling: Susanna Vento
How many times have you wanted to frame an Instagram that you posted? I have snapped many pictures of my kids for Instagram that I wanted to frame right then and there. Well, now we all can! Instantly Framed is a new app that physically frames your photos from Instagram, Facebook, and your iPhone/iPad in three easy steps: Print. Frame. Ship. They make it easy for you to preserve your treasured photographs right from your phone, ready to display straight from the box. You will receive an archival print on photo luster paper placed behind an acid-free mat in our 12×12” American-made, sustainably farmed walnut wood frame, and includes free 3-day shipping anywhere in the continental US. And it really does come in 3 DAYS!
Use code CISIMPLYGROVE10 to receive $10 off each order. Offer expires April 5th. That’s awesome!
See more here.
If you have some down time today, HÄUSER, the premium lifestyle magazine for exclusive modern architecture and contemporary design, is now be available in the United States for iPad. Published bi-monthly, Issue 2/2015 is FREE for a very limited time, so you should go ahead and get it! It’s packed full of modern trends such as personal robots/smart houses, eco friendly and functional simplistic living. You’ll find amazing living spaces, kitchens, bathrooms and much much more. Download it here.
There’s so much greatness that goes in to modern spaces. One trend that I have noticed over and over again in modern homes is glass countertops. Glass is easy to maintain, it is not porous, hygienic, and stain resistant material which makes using it as your countertop a perfect decision.