Christmas At My House

I wanted to give you a glimpse of Christmas at my house. It’s super simple this year. Our living space is smaller so we opted for a small tree and kept the big tree downstairs in the studio. Last year I got the cutest triangle stockings at The Land Of Nod. The kids love how deep they are….for all of those goodies. I love how they look!

A few years ago I made a batch of white clay ornaments. I found them hidden in a random box and decided to use them on the small tree. I love how modern they are. And the joy banner is from K-mart….almost 10 years ago!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!




The Perfect Holiday Table

This year I will be hosting a small group at our house for Christmas. I love hosting (not necessarily cooking though) and I love using organic elements to create a great tablescape. Last year my good friend Caitlin created this tablescape and I’ve been in love with it ever since! It’s simple yet so so elegant. The colors that she used are neutral yet stunning.

Below is a video that Real Living Magazine and Super A-Mart collaborated on for the holidays. It’s a perfect example that you don’t have to do too much to create the perfect table.

Super A-mart is a place for you to go and seek inspiration for your renovations and home needs. You’ll love it!

3 VERY Different Things To Love

This country yet modern kitchen is all sorts of greatness! The colors and textures are so old yet so new. See more here.

I love how my friend and Pinterest superstar, Alex Evjen, decorated a holiday table using Coca-Cola homewares collection. It’s super clean and fresh!

Kyle Schuneman is launching his third upholstery collection here for Apt2B.  Mid-century modern inspired, the colors and contrast on these four new frames create a cool, unique and stylish collection. Customizable contrast piping, tufting, wood bases and available in 21 color combinations to fit your style. I’m in love! Shop here.


My Christmas Mantel

This Christmas I have embraced “less is more”. Of course there are some colorful Christmas decor traditions that we will always have. But for my mantel, I wanted something clean and fresh. I wanted a modern Christmas mantel. Target helped me attain that look. Here are some tips for a fresh Christmas mantel. (Check out my fall mantel here.)

+Use real garland as opposed to fake. It looks so much better.

+Mix old with new. I used a hand form and piece of art that I’ve had for awhile and paired them with new products from Target.

+Layer layer layer. Place larger, taller items in the back and layer smaller items in front.

+Arrange things in odd numbers. Instead of placing 2 items together, use 3 or 5 to create a perfectly layered look.

+You don’t need lights in the garland for it to be festive. Instead, place them at the base of the fireplace for a little twinkle.

Items used from Target- Antique Mirror Tray, Small Mason Jar, Pillar Candlestick, Votive Candleholder.

This post was created in partnership with Target. All opinions are my own.



Lists and such

20 days until Christmas. OMG! 20 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! How did this happen??? The older we get, the faster time flies by. It’s quite a phenomena. I feel like I have 273 things to accomplish on my to do list and I don’t even know where to begin! I carry my tablet around with me and pull it out at every store, coffee shop, restaurant…anywhere that I have a second to gather my thoughts and reorganize myself. My favorite list app on my tablet is Evernote. It’s easy to use and keeps me together, most of the time. And speaking of lists, a big item on my list of accomplishments is GETTING A BRAND NEW SIMPLY GROVE WEBSITE! I can’t wait to freshen SG up! Cori is hooking me up. It’s going to be awesome sauce!

What are some of your favorite apps to keep things together?

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The Citizenry

There’s a new site in town that I’m head over heals for. And just in time for CHRISTMAS! The Citizenry is a socially conscious online home décor company that combines smart, modern design with authentic international style. The Citizenry allows consumers to create a home with meaningful pieces that celebrate the rich history of human craftsmanship across the globe. I appreciate that all items are ethically sourced and handcrafted in small batches using age-old techniques,

Each season, The Citizenry collaborates with artisans from a different part of the world to create a curated collection of stylish home goods. In August 2014, the brand launched with collections from Peru and Argentina, which included luxurious alpaca textiles and handcrafted leather chairs.

Shop The Citizenry here.

Au Prints

Au Prints are having a lovely Christmas sale right now. I think I’ll take one of each! And these pictures?? Amazing.

Cyber Week With Target

I look forward to Cyber Week all.year.long. It’s when I get all of my Christmas shopping done. Even my kids join in on the cyber fun. We constantly compare prices and try and find the best deals. Target has some of my favorite deals right now.

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For that chef or baker in your life, the KitchenAid Professional Mixer is half off! The silver/grey is spot on for a clean, modern kitchen.

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If you’re on the market for a new TV, look no further. This Samsung 40″ is the best deal of them all.

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For the cleaner  in your life, this Dyson Cordless Vacuum is the perfect gift.

I’ll Take A Cup Please

If you are my friend, you know that I’m a Nespresso lover. Or maybe an addict. Or maybe a fan girl that could drink one on the hour. I am constantly shouting Nespresso praises to friends, family, acquaintances…anyone who will listen. Thanks to my new Nespresso Vertuoline, my coffee got that much better. And just in time for the holidays! One detail about Nespresso that I love is that I can offer fantastic coffee, lattes and cappuccinos  to my guests at any moment of a party. I think it’s a perfect holiday addition for any coffee loving home.

Why is the Nespresso Vertuoline so cool, you ask? Because this machine is first of its kind. It offers freshly brewed coffee and authentic espresso with crema at the touch of a button. And to take it a step further, the Aeroccino+ is a milk frother which creates light, creamy hot or cold milk froth at the touch of a button.

The Nespresso Vertuoline would not only be the perfect addition to your home but it would also make a fantastic gift for a coffee lover in your life.

Shop the Nespresso Vertuoline here.

Today’s post is sponsored by Nespresso, but my love for their VertuoLine is all my own.

Images taken by Kirsten Grove.



Style Your Thanksgiving Table

West Elm created this video to show us all how to trick out our Thanksgiving tables. It’s perfect for us last minute planners!

Christmas In My Studio

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here! My Simply Grove studio in my home (which I will share more pictures later) needed a little Christmas cheer for the holidays, so I collaborated with Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot and created a fun, stylish, relaxed Christmas corner. Our upstairs living room is a tight space so a bigger 7.5 ft tree made more sense for downstairs. I wanted to create a family friendly tree that was still stylish enough for when clients came over. And with my entire space downstairs being white, I can introduce whatever color I want.

Birds, mini churches and poinsettiasmake for a festive tree. Because all of the Martha Stewart Living ornaments are shatter resistant, I’m not worried about them falling and breaking on the concrete.


These “Pre-Lit 30” Snowy Fir Wreaths look great plugged in or simply hung on the wall.

All of Martha’s ornaments look handmade. The details are unbelievable.

I’m in love with this room now, thanks to Martha.

Christmas Sources- Tree, Wreathes, Bird Ornament, Church Ornament, Poinsettia Ornament.

I have partnered with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. for this holiday program. All opinions are my own.


Blanket, Pillow, Poster.

Hi friends! I wanted to introduce you to ZazzleZazzle is a marketplace where you can custom design nearly anything. It’s perfect for showing off your personal style. They have products ranging from pillows to lamps. My personal favorites are the pillow and throw blanket choices. If you follow this link, you can create anything to your liking. It proves that we can all be a designer.

Visit Zazzle here.

Happy Thanksgiving…

Image: Kiss The Groom

It’s almost Thanksgiving! To continue with my tablescape them this week,, I wanted to share some of my favorite decor ideas to inspire you for your own Thanksgiving. Whether you are doing casual or traditional, decorating for thanksgiving can be fun and festive. Things that can add awesomeness to your home? Natural elements (wreathes, flowers, plants, pumpkins), vintage china, gold, linens and lots of cheese!:)

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Thanksgiving Kids Table Tips

Yesterday I shared a few tips for last minute Thanksgiving entertaining. Today I am super excited to share some tips on how to create a fun, festive, stylish, kid-friendly table. It’s really quite easy and cheap! Kids love color and they love activities. Put both on the table and you have won their hearts. Together with Target, I created a fun table that any kid would love to sit at.


I used the same flowers from the adult table and layered them on top of a Thanksgiving themed paper tablecloth. On top of the tablecloth is chalkboard paper and activity placemats. Everything is markable and writable. Kids never stop so keep the fun coming with games and puzzles. I also used turkey name cards that the kids are able to make. (Everything should still be at your local Target. I’ve also listed items available online down below this post.)

Kids love straws so I displayed a jar of paper straws. And of course a small pumpkins completes the look.

When it comes to the kid table, do not be afraid to use all paper products. Because my kids and their cousins are a bit older, I used some dinnerware and silverware. But when they were younger, I did all paper. It’s easy to use and completely recyclable.

Have fun and be creative. Kids except nothing less!!

Products available online- Straws, Chalkboard Paper, Owl Salt and Pepper, Small Mason Jar.

This post was created in partnership with Target. All opinions are my own.

Cozy Bedrooms

It’s been freezing temperatures here in my hood. It’s so cold that all I want to do is stay in my bed and not face the cold cold world. These bedrooms are looking mighty cozy comfy to me. The bedding is what immediately caught my attention. The look of basic, organic linens are everything. These 3 rooms are casual yet beautiful. I would take all 3!

Images: Coco Lapine Design, Lobster and Swan, 79 Ideas.