Dining Rooms can be tough to freshen up. It’s not like you want to throw around a bunch of money changing out dining chairs every season. Instead focus on the smaller details of the space. Below are a few tips and tricks-
1. Add greenery and flowers to your dining table for a splash of color and natural elements.
2. Use vintage chairs as head chairs to create an eclectic, on point look.
Apparently I share a lot on my Instagram that I forget to share here on the blog. Geeez Kirsten, get your act together! I sometimes consider my Instagram a mini blog that all of you can somehow channel from there to here. If you DO follow me on Instagram, you may have already heard my biggest news of the year. And what is that you ask? Well……I’m thrilled to share with all of you that my first book for Sterling Publishing is due out Fall 2016! It will be a collection of chic and resourceful ways to style your home with styling specifics for each room and some new tips and tricks. Styling is my one true love. It’s what I’m passionate about when it comes to design. So to create a book that is focused on the subject of styling makes me so giddy! I want to create a book that is not only beautiful enough for you to place on your coffee table, but also practical enough to give you the tips that you need to style your own home.
If you want to see the process of the book, I will hashtag #simplygrovebook for you to follow along.
I’ve talked about moving into an office space a lot on my Instagram, but I realized that I haven’t talked about it much on the blog. I have worked out of my house for 8 years now, which has been great up to this point. Nothing like working in your PJ’s, drinking coffee while watching Good Morning America. But times have changed for me and it’s a season where I need to take myself and Simply Grove a little more seriously. So I’ve found a cute little office in a historical building here in Downtown Boise. It’s perfect for me and my assistant to work our little tails out of. And I can now have clients meet me at my office as opposed to meeting me at coffee shops and restaurants.
We are still in the reno stage of the office and hope to move in next week. One thing that I will be working on figuring out for the office is storage. I’m such a clean freak and I don’t want a lot of clutter showing. I love the look of vintage filing cabinets and neatly designed wooden shelves. I also love beautiful pieces of furniture that double as storage for offices. It’s all about hiding the junk and showing the pretty stuff!
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Tis the last week of school and I’m already checked outtttttttt. I feel like I’m ready to call it a summer and just head to Cabo! So in honor of all you moms and dads out there who work hard and tirelessly, I’m giving away the latest vacuum from Electrolux – the Ergorapido® Lithium Ion Brushroll Clean™ Xtra. Guys, this will make the day to day task of floors a SYNCH for you! When I first received mine, I felt like a kid at a candy store. It’s just so easy and so efficient.
All you need to do is a leave a comment below to enter! I will announce the winner Saturday morning. Happy WINNING!
Disclosure: I was provided the vacuum in exchange for this review. All opinions are MY OWN.
This family friendly living room, seen on Cakies, has both laid back and super stylish details. The pops of pail colors mixed with the natural elements make for a fun and creative space, perfect for kids to lounge and adults to entertain. Here are a few tips to create your own family friendly living room-
+Choose child friendly fabrics that include fun patterns and soft colors.
+Mix and match colored pots and ceramics.
+Pair something old (like a vintage mirror) with something new (like a ultra modern chair).
+Display playful art.
+Floral patterns always have a home in these spaces.
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I have a wall in my living room that I’ve slowly been adding art to. My latest purchase is an epic John Wayne piece that I found at a local antique shop. My family watched old westerns during my childhood so I feel like John was always apart of my life…as he should be!:) Another new piece on my wall is by Jaime Derringer. I love mixing modern art with vintage art. It keeps things interesting and unique.
And if you’re on the market for new pillows these three on my sofa do no wrong. I am a huge fan of pink right now and this Linen Cushion pillow from by molle is perfection. For a pillow that can be paired with just about anything, this Sumatra pillow from Christy Linens is a great option. And then for a punch of pattern, the moonlight pillow from bunglo can work good with many different looks. And please note that the the awesome geometric blanket is from Happy Habitat. It’s a staple piece!
What kid doesn’t dream of sleeping under the stars. That’s why the trend of indoor tents is not only aesthetically cool but super fun for kids. So if you live in Europe, you’re really lucky! You get dibs on this kids tent bed from Cuckooland. My kids saw this image on my computer and now pray that we get one sent to our front door….they are still praying..:)
One thing I love about the changing seasons is changing my wardrobe. This interior lover also loves fashion. I love creating timeless looks with new pieces –pieces that can travel well and transition easily to each destination. J.Jill launched their new summer line and it’s full of pieces that can replace some of your oldies. It’s a great excuse to clean out your closet! Personally, I am on assignment to remove all of my cold weather garments to make rom for breezy, summer looks. When I can see my options in plain sight, it’s easier for me to visually create ensembles.
This simple black linen dress is a great option to travel with. It packs light and can be paired with so much, like this glass seed bead necklace. And speaking of necklaces, I am all about displaying my jewelry like art pieces. It’s another great solution for the changing of seasons. When you can see your summer accessories, you are more apt to wear them. Consider wall hooks for necklaces and vintage plates for rings.
Here are a few extra tips for cleaning out your closet for the summer months:
+If you haven’t worn it in 6-9 months, you probably won’t wear it ever! So get rid of it.
+Try on pieces that you are uncertain about. Snap a photo of yourself and let the picture tell you if it’s yay or nay.
+Do your homework. Find out what this season’s trends are. First, decide if those trends work for your lifestyle/body type. If they work and you already have them hanging in your closet, bravo!
I’m pretty sure that summer is my favorite season to dress for!
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Hi friends! Happy Memorial Weekend. And tis the season of the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale. I took some time to choose my favorite home decor items from this sale and guys, there are some good finds!! I would seriously get two of everything if I could! So click on each item of your choice and HAPPY SHOPPING.
Because my home is a smaller “bungalow”, the eating area has been a challenge. It’s a super small space that is more narrow than short. We had our white round table in this area but it definitely wasn’t working. Our guests had to slide in through a few chairs just to get to their chair. We made it work but it wasn’t ideal. When I found this table, I knew right away that it would be the perfect fit and look for this space. AND I knew it would compliment our new Bryght dining chairs. The Marcus Dining Table is sleek, practical and wipes down like a dream.
GUESS WHAT?? You can win Kure Collection item of your choice!! See giveaway BELOW—-
This post is sponsored by Metrie. All opinions are my own.
I have had a lot of conversations lately about renovating and remodeling. It seems that spring has brought in the “let’s work on our house” bug. Believe you me, I always have the bug so it’s not new news to me. But it does seem that the warmer months bring in a desire of “out with the old, in with the new”. One company that can help in any size of renovations is Metrie. Since 1926 Metrie™ has transformed spaces with exquisitely crafted architectural trim. When you walk into a room and see beautiful trim, crown mouldings, and interior doors – those finishing touches that make a room beautiful and stylish – that’s what they make. It’s like adding the perfect shoes to your outfit. Without them, the clothing can look a little blah.
Metrie’s five unique Then & Now Finishing Collections offer coordinated products organized by style – ‘Fashion Forward,’ ‘French Curves,’ ‘Pretty Simple,’ ‘True Craft’ and ‘Very Square.’ They make it SO easy to create your own look. All you need to do is choose from one of the five Collections that matches your style, select the elements you want and add personal touches like stains, paints or finishes.
Each Collection contains a series of coordinating moulding profiles called ‘Scenes.’ The Scenes range in wood species, size and design to allow flexibility in creating a unique space within a particular Collection. You can choose different price levels within each Collection to fit whatever budget you need.
See! So easy!
BTW- Metrie has an innovative website with design planning tools including a Style Quiz and a Room Styler. That’s a fun detail for any homeowner!
Kitchens really are the heart of the home. Guests tend to gather in the kitchen more than any other room of the home. I always love hanging out in cozy kitchens. What makes a cozy kitchen? Lighting is a big factor. But another way to cozy up your kitchen is to add vintage details. Vintage art, lighting, appliances, furniture and ceramics can all create a warm, friendly environment. Mix old with new just to make sure that your space doesn’t become outdated. And mix color and patterns with neutral details. Happy Vintage!
Sofas can make or break a space. I’ve been in some awesome homes, and when the sofa isn’t on point, it throws the rest of the space off. One sofa style that is a great transitional option is chesterfield sofas. They are a classic choice for modern or traditional spaces. Below are a few other looks that had us at hello!
I’ve had the awesome opportunity of being apart of Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week for the last few years. (See last year’s post here.) This year I tackled my bathroom. Because I am in a rental, I can’t do a whole lot of renovations BUT paint can always be done! I chose Extra White on the bottom and this gorgeous blue, Seaworthy on the top quarter of the walls and ceiling. My bathroom went from total drab to clean and fresh. And it’s all because of PAINT! Below is a glimpse of the horribleness that was before…..
Boring beige…. Thank God for paint!
I like when bathrooms are bright and simple. I didn’t want to clutter this little bathroom but wanted to make it seem light and open. The blue added some much needed personality while the white kept it modern. Thank you Sherwin-Williams for consistently making spaces look like a million bucks! Check out more National Painting Week projects here.
This blog post was written as part of a collaboration with Sherwin-Williams. I received compensation and all words and opinions are my own.