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.
A piece that I am LOVING in my living space is this concrete cube from Furniture Maison. It’s clean design that is of the best quality. I am using mine as a side table. Magazines and accessories fill the top and bottom perfectly. You could also place two side by side for a smaller coffee table option.
I am always looking for the best online furniture stores, and Furniture Maison is one of those stores. The have a great variety of mid-century modern furniture and urban danish design.
Shop Furniture Maison here.
If there is one thing that I suggest investing in for your living space, it’s a good sofa. Nothing beats a comfortable yet stylish sofa. It changes the look of your living room almost immediately. I’ve had quite the variety of sofas these past few years and I think I’ve landed on my absolute favorite! Let me introduce you to the Edvin sofa from Modani. This sofa is apart of their Mid-Century Modern collection, which has great options for any design enthusiasts.
Modani was founded in 2007 by 3 Parisians– Nathan Cohen, Steven Athea, and Yonel Fellous. They wanted to create designer furniture that would incorporate modern European style and affordable prices for maximum accessibility. Modani has made a goal to create lines of furniture that would be ultra modern, yet affordable to everyone. They also have a vast variety of styles that anyone can appreciate.
Below are a few of my favorite Modani pieces.
Chair, Bed, Sofa, Chair, Table
Shop Modani here.
AND come back tomorrow for more details about my living room!
Image: Amber Interiors
Now that the new year is officially in full swing, we can be sure that spring will be right on winter’s heels. And with spring comes spring cleaning! I, for one, love the process of purging and organizing. It almost feels cathartic in a way. And what better place to start with than our bathrooms? I’m sure I’m not the only one with ten different eye shadows and wayward bobby pins lurking in the corners of my cabinets. Honestly, it happens to the best of us. But, fear not. Below I’ve outlined some tips and styling ideas to keep your bathroom looking shipshape the whole year through.
Image: Blood & Champagne
As the saying goes, “keep it simple”. Resist the urge to clutter your countertop with beauty products and other toiletries. A nice hand soap, a great smelling candle, a little plant life…that’s really all you need. Ok, and maybe a toothbrush if you have absolutely nowhere else to put it. Everything else can be neatly stashed away and out of sight until you’re ready to use it.
If you have a medicine cabinet, organize that thing! Use containers to store items upright, like glasses, toothpaste, and makeup brushes. It’s such a space saver. Also, this is the perfect time to go through all of your cosmetics. If you haven’t used it the last year, toss it! Chances are it’s already expired anyway.
Image: Sacramento Street
Stools are such a wonderful little styling tool. They’re great for displaying items like hand towels, candles, plants, or even extra bars of soap if you have friends staying with you. Trust me, your guests will thank you.
Image: Flack Studio
If you’re tight on space, ladder shelving is an ingenious solution that also provides loads of visual interest. Use them next to bathtubs and showers to hang towels and store additional toiletries.
Image: The Design Chaser
And, finally, if you’re lacking counter space and cabinet storage, consider installing some open shelving on the walls. Not only do they look beautiful, they also provide much needed room for stashing linens, storing supplies, and displaying items like that perfect little bowl for housing your jewelry. Done and done!
Mindy Bucklew/Simply Grove Contributor
I have this corner in my living room with a large window and two side windows. It’s been easy to address the two side windows, but I’ve always found it tricky to cover the large window. I love drapes but I also love simplistic roller shades, or modern solar roller shades, that allow the window to not disappear. In this case, I wanted to keep this corner simple and full of natural light. Blindsgalore specializes in custom window covers, blinds and shades. When looking through their options, I quickly decided on their solar shade, which maintains your view while cutting back on solar heat. These are PERFECT for rooms that receive constant direct sunlight. You can choose the ideal openness level for your view. I chose 5% openness, which isn’t totally private at night. So if you are looking for 100% privacy, choose 0%-3% openness.
Maneuvering the shade up and down couldn’t be easier! I also love that when it is down, I don’t feel closed off to the outside. You still gorgeous natural light.
Shop Blindsgalore here.
This post was sponsored by Blindsgalore. All opinions are my own.
Kitchens have been our hot topic for 2016. Many of our clients have been approaching us with kitchen renovations and we must say, it’s definitely one of our favorite spaces to spruce up. When deVOL sent us these images, it quickly stopped us in our tracks. You’ll understand why once you see these stunning photos.
First off, lets give a standing ovation for this flawless cabinet and wall color. The hue is Flint. It’s actually found in the bathroom range. This is just proof that rules are meant to be broken. We are loving that the paint just spills over onto the walls. The matching honed marble worktops and backsplash is an unorthodox way of installing.
An innovation that has really stuck and is one of our favorites for kitchens are open wall cabinets. They allow your dishes and glassware to be neatly displayed and easily accessible as opposed to closed cabinets.
We can’t deny our love for farmhouse sinks, especially when placed in front of a window that allows natural light to shine through. A feature that caught our eye is the beautiful pitch pine highway blind that can conveniently be pulled up when opting for privacy.
One task that can get frustrating is finding a way to be design mindful at the same time as being practical. There are many items that we posses that simply cannot be out in the open but are also essential for our every day use. That is why I absolutely LOVE this huge larder combination. You’d never guess that hidden behind are the clients fridge, freezer, pantry cupboard and microwave. Inside you will find a honed marble shelf and a spacious spice rack.
I love the simplicity of the tray slot cabinet for cabinet and serving boards. Just a sliver of an insert can go a long way. Grabbing the boards will be an effortless task when hosting or prepping for dinner.
And before we close this chapter, we want want to admire this mobile kitchen island. It is placed on casters which makes it easy to move around and the rustic oak worktops ties everything together for the flawless finish of this kitchen.
See more at deVOL.
A trend that I just CAN’T stop loving is a bold color on the wall. It’s dramatic, it’s stylish and it’s timeless. Everyone wants to make big changes in their home without breaking the bank. This dark wall phenomena is the solution! My assistant and SG contributor, Janna Smith, wanted to do something new in her dining room. So we partnered with Pratt and Lambert to create a striking dining room. We used their beautiful paint color, Deep Charcoal 25-18. It took this once white space and it created a fantastic back drop for furniture and lighting. Pratt and Lambert has been around for over 165 years, which shows with the level of quality in the paint. They have a fantastic variety of colors, in every color range imaginable.
Before, the walls were an off white, while the built in was a light grey. There wasn’t much contrast in the space. Now with the walls being dark, this space holds it’s own personality in the home. One thing that I love most about Deep Charcoal 25-18 is the deep intensity that it gives off. With accent walls being all the rage right now, it’s the best feeling to find a color that is an instant win in any space! I would love to see this color in a bathroom.
With the built in being the same dark tone, all of the accessories pop brilliantly. Below are a few colors, accessories and materials to consider adding when working the dark walls.
2. Gold or Brass
5. White Ceramic
6. Woven Materials
Photography: Hailey Wilson
This post was sponsored by Pratt and Lambert. All opinions are my own.
Charcoal Gray Paint- Pratt and Lambert
Chandelier- Schoolhouse Electric
Ceiling Medallion- Home Depot
Stockholm Poster- Olle Eksell
Dining Table- Similar
White Chairs- LexMod
Wood Chairs- Similar
Marble Candle Holder- Royal Design
Plants- 36th Street Garden Center
Gold Mirror- H&M Home
Image: Camille Styles
Hats have made their way back into our lives. Over the years, I’ve accumulated a considerable amount of hats and they’ve become essential to in my fashion AND in design. They’re the perfect filler, in your bedroom, hallway, entry way etc. For a while I struggled with finding the best way to display them. Showing them off in your space can sometimes be cheesy. So I decided to do some research and find beautiful ways to showcase my collection.
Image: Apartment Therapy
Don’t hesitate to incorporate hats as part of your design. AND having your hats out in the open makes it easy to grab one on your way out.
Image: Coco Lapine Design
Even your dining room can enjoy a little hat collection. If you’re looking for a cleaner look choose 2 or 3 of the same colored hats and hang them near one another.
Image: A Pair & A Spare
This DIY, seen on A Pair & A Spare, is really fun and simple. And as the end result you get a beautiful display for your collection.
Janna Smith/ Simply Grove Contributor
When I first saw these tables, I immediately fell in love! Let me introduce you to Feist Forest. Feist Forest is based in an old tin tabernacle in Devon, UK. Together, albeit in different locations, Vicki, Ben and Mike make wooden work tables to bring independent minds, skills and positive ideas together. There is no factory-made, but handcrafted, one at a time, in the UK.
Shop their entire collection and read more about their wonderful story here.
I want to give some major thank you’s today. First off, Domino included Simply Grove as one of the best blogs of 2016…….they must have been on a sugar high…:) Regardless, THANK YOU! You can read the post here.
I was also featured in the January issue of Inside Out Magazine, which has been on my top favorite magazine lists for FOREVER. I was so thrilled to see the issue!! Find the article here.
And thank you to Style At Home for including Simply Grove with 10 other AWESOME design instagrammers to follow in 2016. See the entire list here.
I do not take Simply Grove lightly and consider it a privilege to do what I love and what I am passionate about. Cheers to a full year of all of us following our dreams!!