Colorful Tea Towel…

Last week I instagrammed about this fantastic tea towel from Wind & Willow Home. Honestly, I could frame it. It’s SO beautiful! Right now Wind & Willow Home has a Indiegogo crowdfunding to raise money to launch this soft goods line. I am ALL about promoting small business growth, handmade and American made. If you have a moment, head over and learn more about this awesome business!

 

Bathroom Makeover…

Can I start by saying that when I first saw a glimpse of Capree Kimball’s bathroom redo on instagram, I about passed out! I love EVERYTHING about it! She did a fantastic job mixing patterns and materials effortlessly. And because I love who Capree is as a person, I am so SO happy that she now gets to live in this gem. See more over on Curbly.

Master & Master…

We love Master & Master. It’s stackable and stylish pieces for the office, bedroom and any other room in need of shelving and tables. I personally would love to outfit my entire office in Master & Master. Shop here.

DIY & From My Heart…

This DIY, seen on Design Sponge, is a clever way to design a bench. Hair pin legs are always a great go to for benches and tables. And the brushstroke upholstery is awesome! See the entire DIY here.

I hope that you are all having a great week thus far! I have to be honest in telling you that I am feeling a little overwhelmed in this moment of my life. If Simply Grove feels super sporadic, my apologies. I don’t ever intend to dismiss this blog but there are seasons where my creativity and time management needs a little attention and support. I am passionate about interior design and I will always be passionate about interior design. I’m really seeking out what my next steps in this crazy, blogging/entrepreneurial life are going to be. I never want to reinvent the wheel and just do things because other people are doing the same things and finding success. I want to do things that match up with my passions. Thank you for reading this blog and thank you for supporting Simply Grove. There are a millions of awesome blogs out there that are football fields more advanced than me. So the fact that you still visit Simply Grove means the world to me.

I would LOVE to hear from you! If there are any posts that you need more of, haven’t seen enough of, or are tired of, let me know! Either comment below or email me at simplygrove22@gmail.com. I really do value ALL of of your feedback. And I only want to blog what is important not just to me but to the readers.

Much love to you all! xxoo

Inspiration {Color}…

 

I love color so naturally this home is a winner in my book! Seen on My Scandinavian Home (via here), this home shows that you can add color in your furniture, accessories and even books. Think outside of the art and wall color boxes when deciding on moments of color. Plus, it’s always fun to think unconventional!

 

 

Styling…

This week I did some styling for the Owyhee in Boise. The thoughtfully re-designed and restored Owyhee has been converted to feature 36 modern rental apartments as well as a bunch of other awesomeness! Anyways, I got to have a hand with styling one of the new apartments. I’ll post more images in the weeks to come.

See you next week!!

I’m also over here and here.

3 Things To Love {GREEN}…

Image: Coco Lapine Design

When you ask me what my favorite color is, I will instantly tell you that it is green. Now, it’s not your normal, average green. It’s modern shades of green like mint, moss, fern and tea green. There are some amazing shades of green that we haven’t even tapped into yet when it comes to interior design. These three different shades of green, seen in this post, are exactly what I am about!

If I could bottle up a green and keep it forever, it would be the exact shade of the sofa and chair seen above. Heaven!

Image: Design Milk

These dining chairs are exactly what this kitchen/dining space needed. Finding the right dining chairs can be tricky. I always say to go basic on the table and have fun with the chairs.

Image: Desire To Inspire

This tub is another fabulous shade of green. And having a colorful tub is the funnest idea ever!

 

Pendant Light DIY…

Ok, this may be my favorite DIY that Elise has tackled thus far! It’s stylish, easy to achieve and goes with a variety of aesthetics. Be inspired and take notes!

What you need:

Clamp light
Gold spray paint
Electrical plug replacements
Wire cutters
Wooden beads

Disassemble the clamp light.

Spray paint the light cage gold.

Cut the electrical cord towards the end close to the plug.

Thread the wooden beads down the electrical cord. Follow the instructions that come with the replacement plugs to put your electrical cord back together and PRESTO!

Cheers, Elise (Check Elise’s kids clothing line here.)

DIY designer, styling and photography: Elise Vaughn.

 

New Brass Pendant…

I hope you all had a fantastic week and an even better weekend! Next week is a brand new week full of endless possibilities and new beginnings!

BTW, do you love my new Schoolhouse Electric brass sconce? I can’t get enough of them!

I am also over here, here and here.

Cinco De Mayo DIY {part 2}…

Here is part 2 of the Cinco De Mayo inspired DIY that we posted yesterday, created by SG’s DIY contributor Elise Vaughn. This muted green is a fun, neutral option for your space. Visit the original post for the HOW TO’S here.

 

 

Cinco De Mayo DIY…

You are going to LOVE this DIY, coming straight from our DIY contributor Elise Vaughn. It’s Cinco De Mayo inspired and a perfect addition to your walls.

This fun project was inspired by the Mexican Star weave.  Most of us have done this weave with four Popsicle sticks at a camp during our childhood.  With this version I added a couple more sticks and made it a bit larger. You can make yours as large or as small as you want- the length of your sticks will determine the diameter of your woven star.

Materials:

Branches or wooden dowel
Yarn
Scissors

Lay the sticks over each other so that they all cross in the middle and are spread evenly apart.

Attach your sticks together laying the yarn over the middle of the sticks with a long tail.  Begin wrapping the sticks with the yarn in figure eights around each of the sticks and securing them in the back by tiring a knot with the tail of the yarn.  -the sticks will still move around and will become more secure as your weave circle grows larger.

Next select your first color and tie the end around one of the sticks. Then start wrapping the yarn around each dowel- the pattern changes when you start from under or over the stick.   You may want to practice a few times around until you decide on the pattern that you want to establish. When you are ready to introduce a new color simply tie the ends of the strings together and continue wrapping.  Try mixing different types of yarns with different textures and thicknesses to add variety and texture into the weave.

Once you have obtained the desired size of your weave you can either leave the extra length of sticks or simply saw them off. And presto:)

Check back tomorrow for more weave art inspiration!

Cheers, Elise (Check Elise’s kids clothing line here.)

DIY designer: Elise Vaughn, Styling: Kirsten Grove, Photography: Kirsten Grove and Elise Vaughn.

 

Boise Event…

A few weeks ago I helped host a local meet & greet with Beth and Carolina from Pulp Design at Boise’s Echelon. They were both here for Chair Affair, which is a fantastic local event showcasing furniture designers. I love my city and I love the people in my city. We have a plethora of hidden talent here. It’s exciting to watch unfold.

(Left to Right: Elise Vaughn, Beth DotoloCarolina V Gentry, Danielle Oakey, Kirsten Brockner. Not pictured, Kristin Montgomery.)

Photos by Allison Corona. And 2 images from my Instagram.

 

 

My cup of coffee…

I am a coffee addict! More specifically, I am a Nespresso addict. My cousin first introduced me to Nespresso a few years back. I instantly fell in love! It’s not a trend for me. Nespresso has become part of my daily life. This past February, Nespresso unveiled their latest machine, the  VertuoLine system, which brews both an American style large-cup coffee topped as well as an espresso all at the touch of a button. Amazing, right? I’ve tried it and let me tell you, it’s THE BEST! And to take it a step further, Nespresso has recipes available for all of us to take our coffee experience to the next level. Find them here.

Decorist…

Interior design and interior decorating have come a long long way! I remember when I started taking on E clients. It felt so fun and innovative. Have you heard of Decorist? Through a free, interactive design profile quiz, Decorist determines your individual style and provides daily, hand-picked home décor and furniture finds from a variety of sources. Whether your style is traditional, modern, or eclectic, Decorist offers three affordable designer services, delivered directly to your inbox, making interior design accessible and fun for everyone. That’s pretty awesome, right?

I recently had the chance to interview Gretchen Hansen, co-founder and CEO of Decorist. See our interview below.

What inspired you to start this website?

I have always loved designing my home.  At times, though, I have just wanted a little help pulling something together, adding finishing touches or getting fresh ideas.  I wanted “bite sized” help and couldn’t get any–it was full service or nothing.

How did you come up with the different categories on the site?

Getting to know our customers!  We spent a lot of time with our early customers learning their preferences and styles, and learning how to talk about them.

Did you feel that there is a need for more accessible design?

Absolutely.  Most women in the United States can’t afford an interior designer-we want to change that.  We have amazing designers ready to give “bite sized” advice–either by finding a perfect piece of furniture without the time, guesswork and stress of making a big decision,  helping you refresh your room with small changes or transform your room with bigger changes.

What is your own personal design aesthetic?

Like most women, I have a mixed aesthetic–mine is eclectic, classic, vintage.  I love antiques, but also love great vintage pieces from the 50s-70s.    I like casual, not fussy, comfortable furnishings with style and history.

Favorite decor magazine?

Domino back in the day.  They made design accessible.  Elle Decor is always a fun ride. Dwell is always engaging.

Favorite color palette?

I’m really into pink right now, all shades.

Favorite interior designer?

Can I mix Kelly Wearstler with Emily Henderson?

Favorite design blog?

Ms. Lilien.  Just fabulous, I feel stylish just looking at it.

Check out Decorist here.

Decorating With Color…

Image: Sfgirlbybay. Photos by martin sølyst for bolig magazine.

Maybe it’s because spring is here but I am craving color right now! I love the look of a clean space with a splash of bright, beautiful color. I’m normally not a purple or pink fan but done right, I’m in love!

What are your thoughts on color? How much is too much>

Image: Apartment Therapy. Designer: Sarah Stacey.

Image: Home Life. Photography Armelle Habibs and Styling Julia Green.

Image: Livet Hemma

Image: My Paradissi. Design by Mim Design, photo by Derek Swalwell.

Image: Pinterest