Images styled and photographed by Kirsten Grove.
If you were to look in my downstairs linen closet, you would choke at the site of all of my throw pillows. In fact I am constantly giving pillows to friends and clients. It’s an addiction. So when companies like Barn & Willow email me about their newest pillows, I can’t resist. Their pillow collection is fantastic! But they don’t just stop at pillows. Barn & Willow specialize in draperies as well as carry throw pillows and throw blankets.
Barn & Willow offer a custom design and quote feature, as well as a free swatch program. Also, they launched a unique program called Try Before You Buy that allows customers to hang full sized curtains in their homes as they are going through the decision making process of ordering drapes. Customers can order as many sample panels as they wish at $10 each to keep for up to 7 days. Returning it is super easy. You simply drop it in the mail with the pre-paid shipping label that they provide. Once customers place their drapery order, the $10 cost of trying out the sample panels is refunded. Amazing!
Images styled and photographed by Kirsten Grove.
For this space, I chose the Lumbar Pillow in Oyster, Black/Grey Dot Pillow and Shale Pillow.
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You can call me a renting expert. Over the span of my 34 years of existence, I have rented several times. I’ve learned quickly that if you want to make your rental feel like your own personal space, you need to get creative. You also need to think temporary. What are temporary details that are easy to change back when you move out? Some obvious switchable details would be lighting, hardware, window treatments and paint. But one not so obvious idea is temporarily changing your countertops. I have temporarily changed my fireplace tile, but it was my friend Jennifer Hagler from A Merry Mishap who first thought of this for kitchen counters. What is it, you ask? Adhesive Film in grey marble. Who doesn’t love marble? We all swoon over marble kitchens, like the one above. Well, you can create the same look and vibe by simply attaching adhesive film to your counters, like my kitchen below.
Image: Simply Grove Instagram
We installed our adhesive counters a year and a half ago and they are still going strong! As long as you don’t cut produce directly on the film (I always use my wooden cutting boards), the paper will last a good amount of time. As you can see we used it for our counters and backsplash. The existing materials were in the tan/brown family, so it wouldn’t have worked to just use it on the counters. I wish I had kept the before pictures. It really is a dramatic change! So, if you hate your counters but it’s not in your budget to replace them, DO THIS! PS: You could totally do this in your bathroom too! AND Amazon carries other options, like black, white and black marble.
Shop the adhesive film here.
Image: Amber Interiors
I’m a big believer that the bedroom is the sanctuary of the home. It should feel relaxing and inviting…the kind of space you want to curl up in and stay for awhile. And just as important as picking out the right pillows or choosing the perfect sheets, styling your bedside table is a very necessary piece of the design puzzle. In a way, it’s the ideal finishing touch, like putting a cherry on top of a sundae. Without it the room just feels a little empty and incomplete. In fact, this is the opportune time to show off your favorite plants, beautiful ceramics, or a well-designed lamp. If you’re looking for more styling inspiration, check out a few of my favorite ideas below…
Image: Gardener & Marks
If you’re squeezed for space or dealing with tight corners, opt for something minimal like a stool. It keeps the room visually open and offers just enough space to add a cute little succulent and a small stack of books. This is also the perfect opportunity to choose either wall mounted lighting above your table or a unique hanging pendant.
Image: Desire to Inspire
Floating bedside shelves are always a good idea in my book. They’re modern, unobtrusive, and they provide additional storage. Not to mention the fact that they’re sturdy enough to support a great art print next to the bed. Brass wall sconces are the perfect compliment.
Image: Desire to Inspire
Be sure to match your proportions! If you choose a slender bedside table, don’t overload with a clunky lamp and too many objects. Keep things sleek and simple. I love that the lamp in this scenario almost appears to be an extension of the table itself. Great design yields great results.
If sophistication is what you’re after, a monochromatic color scheme is the way to go. In this case, varying shades of white from the wall sconce, flowers, and marble tabletop really pop against a charcoal gray wall.
Image: Design Sponge
Don’t pass up the chance to bring the outside in. I’m happy the whole tree stump trend is going strong and I really hope it sticks around. The result is rustic, organic, and just plain lovely. Topping it with a little greenery is the best choice…naturally (no pun intended).
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If you were to ask me what my favorite color is, I couldn’t answer you. Why? Because it changes all of the time. I am constantly inspired by new colors. Color can also drastically effect the mood in a space. Bright colors can bring energy while neutral, muted colors can bring calmness. Right now I am digging 4 colors for the home.
The first is this muted, jeweled green. It’s a nice change from the bright kelly green.
Image: Inside Out
I love the blue family! This blue leans towards the grey side of things but is still vibrant enough to make a statement.
Image: Miss Moss
Powder pink wins. It’s a soft color that you can either make use in a big way, like cabinets, or in small ways, like a throw pillow.
Image: My Domaine
I have never been a fan of purple, until this last year. Adding it in a rug or blanket is not expected and cool!
It’s amazing how quickly art can change the look of a space. Art is like shoes. It can make an outfit look one way, or another way. That’s probably why I switch out my art constantly. Photos.com brings fine photography into your home without spending too much. And they do all of the framing, matting ect. For my entryway, I chose Flower Still Life by Odilon Redon. I love the colors and the vintage vibe. I chose to get this piece printed on canvas, but they have several other options, including birchwood and aluminum. Below are a few of my favorite prints from photos.com.
Image: Coco Lapine Design
I’ve never really been adventurous when it comes to color, in either my wardrobe or my home. Truth be told, I’m definitely more of a neutral gal, sticking with the tried and true palette of white, black, navy and gray. I know, I know…kinda boring. But, as my design aesthetic has evolved (a bit), I’ve certainly come to realize the impact of color and pattern. Especially in a living room. Whether it’s a vibrant chair or a striking rug, these little additions possess the ability to really elevate a room to the next level. And the key here is little additions — adding small pops of color or texture here and there so that it doesn’t consume the entire space. Even the neutral lover in me can handle that! Here are a few more examples of living rooms that are on point…
Image: A House in the Hills
When I think about adding pattern, wall hangings are one of the first things that come to mind. They come in a variety of colors, and they’re super soft and textural. I also love the fact that they’re typically handmade. This giant version, paired next to a great leather chair and plant, makes for a super cozy corner.
Image: My Domaine
How amazing is this rug with those printed chairs and that kitchen bar?? Honestly…black, navy, pink, and orange. I may be a color convert.
Image: A Cup of Jo
This living room has it all. Rich, dark walls, a cowhide rug, and a great print hanging over the couch. Add in a cute little dog and you’re golden. A space like this proves that color doesn’t have to be bright and punchy, it can also be moody and subdued.
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It goes without saying, but pillows are one of the quickest and easiest ways to inject both color and pattern into any space. They also come in a range of affordable prices, which is a major plus if you’re shopping on a budget. Personally, I’m a fan of down pillows versus fiberfill ones, which tend to lose their shape over time.
Image: SF Girl By Bay
The thought of showcasing a mini library in a living room makes me really happy. Book bindings incorporate instant color, and all those varying heights and shapes create a unique pattern of their very own. Add in the fact that you can quickly grab your favorite read and settle in on the couch for the afternoon….I’m sold.
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A few weekends ago my family and I took a trip to Tamarack Resort, which is about 90 minutes outside of Boise. A few words come to mind when describing Tamarack. Breathtaking, relaxing yet adventurous and accessible. We went for a quick three day getaway and came home feeling refreshed. We spent three days eating great food, being surrounded by some of the most gorgeous mountains and hitting the slopes a few times. Let me start by saying that I haven’t skied in YEARS! The last time that I was on the slopes was in Junior High. I was a little nervous (or a lot) to try it again. Right when I was paired with my instructor, I knew that I was going to be OK…haha. She was amazing! My kids, who have never skied nor snowboarded, did fantastic. Tamarack made us feel at home and treated us like kings and queens.
My favorite part of the trip was touring a few custom homes in Tamarack. I couldn’t believe the size and the beauty of these homes! My most favorite home was a modern masterpiece. This 10,300 square foot, four story mountain home was designed by minimalistic contemporary architect Dale Jones Evens of DJE Architecture in Australia. There wasn’t anything about this home that I didn’t love! I snapped all of these pictures on my iPhone, as I was walking around with my jaw on the ground, so they’re not the best quality. But man oh man…the details and the design of this space go unignored. The kitchen was designed, built off site and installed by Studio Becker of San Fransisco. I’m sure you recognized a few of the lighting choices. The Random Light by Bertjan Pot hangs several times in the living room and dining room. The beauty of this light is that you can see right through it, so the views of the mountains are not interrupted. Also, the mix of raw wood and stone creates a laid back vibe in this minimalist space.
Take my word for it and visit Tamarack Resort…pronto!
Have you ever felt helpless when it comes to your laundry room? Maybe no inspiration or feeling like you have no idea how to design a laundry room? Mandi from Vintage Revivals created a functional yet cool laundry space that is perfect for those late night laundry parties (that I seem to have ALL OF THE TIME). You can see the entire space renovation here. Also check out this laundry room that I did with Pergo last year.
Images: My Domaine
Did you see The Intern, starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway?? Oscar-nominated and award-winning filmmaker Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give) released this film, The Intern in September of last year, and of course the interiors were on point! The film is centered on a Brooklyn-based fashion site founder so naturally the set is stylish and fresh. The room that caught my attention right away is the kitchen. Holy pretty!! It’s the perfect brownstone beauty with modern elements throughout. Shop the look below.
A topic that is very important to me is adoption. Both of my children were adopted at birth. Both of my children are little miracles who have changed my world. I had the privilege of talking about our story and adoption in the latest issue of Rue Magazine. Read the entire article here.
This Kitchen renovation, designed by Amber Interiors, is pretty crazy fantastic! Amber took a small kitchen and made it feel bright, open, airy and so so stylish. See more here.
Continuing with the bed theme, I need to tell you that I am head over heals for Boll & Branch. Boll & Branch created a brand of fine linens and throws that are made ethically, from only organic materials and sold at great price points. Because I am drawn to neutral tones, I immediately fell in love with their white and grey choices, starting with the cable knit throw. Can I just tell you that this throw is heaven in a blanket?!? So soft, beautifully made and the perfect size all describe this blanket. You can tell with all of these products that quality was not forgotten. Shop my choices at the end of this post.
Duvet, Sheets, Pillowcases, Shams, Cable Knit Blanket.
One chore that has been engraved in my head from my mom is that I need to make my bed every morning. To her dismay, I never listened. Now that I am married and have my own place, styling my bed has become an important task. Even during those mornings when I have just minutes to get ready, I love pulling my covers over and leaving my bed looking effortlessly made.
To achieve this look isn’t exactly complex, but does require a few tips and tricks. There are different sways to style your bed but I must say that my favorite is the simple and uncomplicated thrown together look.
Below are a few key factors when choosing elements for the bed:
2. A large quilt.
3. Throw pillows.
4. Duvet and comforter.
5. Throw blanket
This can be your formula and main components. One suggestion is, your sheets and duvet cover do not always have to match perfectly . Try to mix and match what you have in your linen closet. For example if you have stripes and patterned sheets combine those together for a clean look with a white duvet.
Image: Home Polish
When searching for a quilt I like to choose one that has a distinct pattern. I slide it under my duvet for extra warmth during the winter. I allow it to peak out from the corners and edges. When the temperature changes during the summer, slide your duvet off and have your quilt be the main cover.
Image: Inside Out
Another easy, no brainer tip is to find your favorite throw pillows and disperse them across your bed. The trick for this is the more the merrier. I’m that person that sleeps with a million pillows at a time so I love the bed scattered with them. It’s amazing how big of a difference a few throw pillows can make. You can continue to collect pillows which then gives you a nice variety for when the seasons change.
Image: My Scandinavian Home
The same concept goes for throw blankets. I have a hefty collection that has accumulated throughout the years and I love every single one of them. I am continually swapping them out around the house.
Have fun creating a beautiful, understated bed!
This house tour takes the cake for relaxed, stylish and minimal. I can’t get enough of the ceilings!! It’s also a great example of how a modern home can still feel warm and cozy. The living space does not have a shortage of textures. See the rest of the tour here.
Get the look for your own home below.
We are always looking for a simple and functional desk. When we came across this minimal designed little work space we couldn’t help but give it more attention.
This Brooklyn desk, from Oeuf, is a beautifully designed with the highest quality of Baltic birch plywood. The functionality is what really got us. I’m sure you’ve all experienced many moments in your lives when you are so proud of buying something for your children and within months they grow out of it. That’s the beauty of this desk. It’s surface has 3 different height settings, so it can adjust as your kids grow and continue to be their ‘go to’ spot for arts n craft, reading, and entertaining. And of course our favorite part about this desk are the slim, rounded legs that can give off the a modern design.
Shop Oeuf here.