Love this bathroom…

I’m super into large, bold floral patterns right now. So when I saw Emily Schuman’s powder room, designed by Amber Lewis, I quickly fell in love! Besides this wallpaper being the bomb, the combo of the paper and gold lighting is epic. See more here and here.

Comfortable Modern Sofas…

Image: Bungalow 5. Poster: Froh & Frau

Something that comes with the price of creating a modern space is using a stiff, well designed but not very comfortable sofa. I’ve had clients who have voiced their concern with modern design and it always includes the choice of sofa. These images show that just because you have a modern space, does not mean that you have to replace style for comfort. Here are some of my thoughts-

*If you purchase a straight lined sofa, style with large, fluffy pillows and soft textiles.

*Stores like BoConcept and Room & Board  carry a variety of comfortable sofas. Even Ikea’s Karlstad holds it’s own in comfort.

*Place soft details around the sofa, like a plush rug and comfy ottoman. Those simple pieces will create instant comfort.

*Throw blankets are a must.

Image: Bodie and Fou

Image: VT Wonen

Image: Penelope Home

Image: Planet Deco

My kids bedroom…

Image taken by Allison Corona.

The image above captures a brief moment when my kids bedroom was clean and tidy. This moment is few and far between. Because my kids share a room, it has become a playroom, workroom, sleeping room and entertaining room for their friends. My husband and I have been talking lately about moving my daughter downstairs and giving my son his own room. Well, his own room until we adopt again, which we are hoping will happen this year. Our house is a decent size but lacks in bedroom space. Because both of my kids are getting older, they are  getting more bossy and easily annoyed with each other at night. I know they love each other dearly, but that’s clearly not the point when you are 7 and 8. Whatever happens, we will make it work and give our kids the space they need. Heck, they could bunk with us!! I kid I kid.

2 Noteworthy Blogs…

Sometimes I purposely stay offline to make sure that I stay somewhat authentic and original to who I am as a designer. But at the same time, i think it’s super important as a blogger and designer to know what’s happening in the giant world of design. This weekend I spent sometime browsing the internet. On my quest, I found two “new to me” blogs that I wanted to give a quick shout out to. Yellow Brick Home and Grey and Scout are both stocked full of inspiration, DIY’s and great design tips. Check them out and make sure to give them some social media love!

PS: Both Yellow Brick Home and I are up for BHG’s Best Decorating Blog. Go here to vote vote vote.

My house tour…

Yesterday I mentioned that my home is being featured right now on Style Me Pretty Living. I wanted to post some of my favorite pictures here on SG, which were captured by the awesome Allison Corona.

See the entire tour and list of sources here.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend! See you next week!

You can also find me here-
Vaulted ceilings in modern spaces.
Copper lighting ideas.

AND, if you have a second, I would LOVE YOUR VOTE! xxoo


SMP Living House Tour…

I’m pretty excited to be showing my house over on SMP Living today. It’s been awhile since I have showed this many corners in my home and Allison Corona did a fantastic job capturing my space. Even in the midst of our darkest inversion yet! See the entire tour here. Also I will post more images here on SG tomorrow!

BHG Finalist…

Hiya! I’m a little late posting about this but never the less wanted to share with you that I’ve been nominated as one of the top 5 Best Decorating blogs hand picked by Better Homes and Gardens Editors. I feel totally honored to have even been considered for this! The other 4 nominees are talented talented talented. This being BHG’s first ever BHG Blogger Awards, I would be so honored to win this category. If you have a moment, I would LOVE for you to head on over and click on my name.  You can vote once an hour (mom!) and voting runs through March 5th. Gracias, I love you and good night.

House Tour {Kayla}…

Last year, Simply Grove was blessed enough to have one of the best individuals on our team. Kayla Smasne is not only as smart as they come and beyond responsible but is a dedicated design enthusiast who will go places with her amazing aesthetic. Kayla lives in a smaller apartment with great natural light. A few months back we started brainstorming a redesign for her living room and dining room. She started by painting the entire space Extra White from Sherwin Williams. This instantly opened the space up and gave her the perfect backdrop for color and pattern. From there she added gold polka dots from Urban Walls in the dining room. Who needs wallpaper when you can create the same look with temporary decals! Colonial Mills created a custom rug for this project to place in the dining room. We were able to choose the colors and patterns. It was such a fun process and it turned out exactly how Kayla wanted!

Kayla did a great job mixing old and new. The dining room table was actually a table that I inherited from the Brass Razoo days. Kayla paired it with modern dining chairs. She also mixed an Ikea sofa with a vintage mid century coffee table. And who doesn’t love a glittery Bourgie lamp?!? Her home just proves that you can create a space on a budget and fill it with old and new to still get a modernized look.

See all sources at the end of this post.

Images taken by Kirsten Grove (that’s me;)

Dining Room-
Black Dining Chairs (similar)- Amazon
White Dining Chairs- Ikea
Pendant Light (similar)- Amazon
Dining Room Rug- Colonial Mills
Polka Dot Decals- Urban Walls
Dining Table Tray- Deny Designs
Extra White Paint- Sherwin Williams

Living Room-
Sofa- Ikea
Triangle Pillow- Nine Space
Hexagon Mirrors- Ikea
Living Room Rug- Target
Gold Sidetable- Target
Bourgie Lamp- DWR

Greenery- Flowers at Will

Get The Look {Ebay}…

You’ve seen me do “get the look” posts here on Simply Grove. If you haven’t, it’s where I choose a room and show you how to create the same look choosing specific products. Today I’m putting a spin on it and showing you how to create similar looks using only items found on eBay. I’ve picked 5 of my favorite spaces designed by some of my blogger/designer friends from around the web. I hope you find inspiration and ideas for your own home. eBay really is a one stop shop, with everything needed to create a happy, pretty home. ENJOY!

Image: A Merry Mishap

Cutting Board, White FaucetDanish CeramicKinfolk Magazine, Marble Tray, Jute RugHand Soap

Image: Oh Joy

Gold Bar Cart, RugWall FileIce BucketDesk Chair, DeskPolka Dot Decals.

Image: Oh Happy Day

Floor TilesGlass JarsYellow StoolsKitchen Island, White Small Stool, Small Bonsai Tree

Image: Smitten Studio

Flamingo ArtModern BuffetKilim RugFiddle Leaf Fig TreeMid Century Chair, Coffee Table

Image: AB Chao

Cowhide RugTableWhite DishwareChandelier, Chairs, Roman Shades,

This blog post was written as part of a collaboration with eBay. Items were chosen by me.

Snug Studio Calendar…

I have been eying this Snug Studio Calendar for awhile now. I finally gave in and purchased it for my office. Happy {pink} Valentines to me! (Image via my Instagram, which you should follow because I have some GOOD giveaways next week just on Insta.)

I hope you have a day full of love and joy!

Also find me here-

How to decorate using primary colors.
Bright accents in modern spaces.
Shop some pretty red and pink for your home.

My love story…

Happy V Day!! Ruche asked me to share my love story on their blog, so of course I had to talk about my 3 loves, my kids and hubby. Go here to read more.

Speaking of love, you should watch this video talking on the definition of love. Also, share a photo of how you live beautifully using #livebeautifully and you’ll be entered to win $50 to shop at ruche. AND if you enter the code BLOGLOVE20 at checkout and receive 20% off your order. Expires2/15 at 11:59 p.m so use it quick!

Pink Inspiration…

Image: Apartment Therapy

In honor of Valentines, I thought I would post a little pink love. I’m actually really liking pink, even when it’s not Valentines. It’s easy to incorporate through pillows, art, rugs and other small accessories. You will also see a few pink options, including pale pink and hot pink.

Image: Style Files

Image: Jelanie Shop

Image: Flickr

Image: A Beautiful Mess


Styling Entryways…

Image: Smitten Studio

I have always believed that entryways are an important detail in any home. It sets the mood for your entire space. We have a small entryway but I still decorated it and put my own personal stamp on it.

Here are some accessories/pieces that everyone should consider using-
Bench- Allows guests and owners to sit and remove shoes easily.
Sideboard- Great for added storage.
Mirror- Enlarges a space and allows visitors to have access for seeing themselves.
Hooks or Coat trees- Obvious reasons.
A tray- Great for storing keys.
Rug- Adds texture and warmth to cold feet.
Art- Looks cool.

Find more entryway inspiration below.

Image: Houzz

Image: Coco Lapine Design

Image: My Paradissi

Image: Asteria

Image: Carolina Iriarte

Chunky Throws…

These chunky throws from Milo and Mitzy  are the perfect solution for these cold winter days. They are available in light grey, dark grey, natural faun, natural ivory and charcoal. I think you need one! Shop them here.

Images taken by photographer Sarah Horn at So Vintage store in Hawkes Bay.


Inspiring Home…

A few days ago I visited one of my besties. You may remember Elise Vaughn from Brass Razoo. She is the mastermind behind the shop that she so happily ran a few years back in Nampa Idaho. She also is an incredible designer who has an a amazing future in front of her. Anyways, her home is always so inspiring so I snapped a few pics on my phone. Don’t you agree that someone needs to publish her home?!?