Define Your Style

Have you ever wondered what your decor style really is? Is it minimalist modern? Is it clean contemporary? Or maybe glam bohemian? Whenever I first interview a potential client, we first establish what their design aesthetic is. My first test is to have them pick 5-7 images off of Pinterest that they are immediately attracted to. From this images I can usually grasp their style. But if you want an easier way to do it, here you go!

I’m partnering with Dutch Boy to help you define your style!  They’ve made it easy by making it a Pinterest focused contest with a giveaway.

This is what you win:

Five First Place Style Prizes of one $300 Dutch Boy Paints prize pack each which will include Dutch Boy Paints, Purdy® Paint Tools and a $200 cash gift card. The total ARV of each Style Prize is $300.

One grand prize of one $1,000 Dutch Boy Paints home prize pack which will include a two hour in-home personal consultation with a Dutch Boy Personal Color Consultant for one room in your home valued at ($300), four gallons of Dutch Boy paint, Purdy Paint Tools and a $500 cash gift card. During the two hour in-home visit, the Dutch Boy Personal Color Consultant will create a custom color palette that fits your decorating style for a single room in your home. Consultation must take place between Monday, January 5, 2015 and Saturday, December 19, 2015. Winner will need to provide three potential dates for the in-home consultant to choose from. The total ARV of Grand Prize is: $1,000.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Visit Dutch Boy here.

2. Choose one of the six styles you like the most from the Dutch Boy Paints selection to pin on Pinterest, or choose to pin your own style image on Pinterest

3. Complete the entry form in its entirety and click “Submit & Pin” to submit your entry and pin the image on Pinterest

4. Follow @DutchBoyPaints on Pinterest here.

Guess what my style is? It changes from time to time BUT there have been consistent threads. MINIMALIST BOHEMIAN describes me. Though I find myself going more and more minimalist the older I get, bohemian will always be peeking around the corner. It’s rather fun to see what you style you are. And it makes decorating and shopping way more fun!!

This is a paid partnership with Dutch Boy Paints. Opinions are all my own.

Bedroom Tips

I was browsing Derek Swalwell’s photography portfolio and fell in love with some of the bedrooms that he has shot. They vary from warm to stylish to just really really relaxing and cool. Bedrooms can be easily overlooked, but my belief is that bedrooms should be a priority since you spend a whole lot of time in that space. Here are some simple tips to help take a bedroom from boring to beautiful.

1. Paint your bedroom a dark, moody color. Even if it’s just an accent wall, that will immediately create ambiance and drama.

2. On the opposite side, paint your bedroom bright white. And then layer patterns, textures and color around the room.

3. Invest in great linens. What makes your favorite hotel, your favorite hotel is most likely the bedding. Create that same feel by updating your sheets and comforter. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more. You won’t regret it.

4. Create your own abstract art. If you are wanting a large piece of art but can’t afford to invest in one, make your own. Use colors and shapes that you are normally drawn to.

5. Add gold and a hide, and you are set. Gold makes any space look fancier and cooler. And a hide will bring warmth.

6. Pastels are still cool. And they look oh so lovely in the bedroom. Make sure to pair them with neutrals.


Image: Wit & Delight

CONGRATS to Kristin Montgomery for winning this giveaway!

Recently I have become quite the art lover. It’s a fact that art can instantly make or break a space. Let me introduce you to Crated. Crated’s mission is to be the online community that powers the local art scene yet offers a global reach. They connect artists and art lovers, both locally and globally, to share, collect and purchase inspiring art.  LUCKY FOR YOU………….

Crated is giving one Simply Grove reader $1,000 worth of art from Crated! AMAZINGNESS. And you will get $10 just for entering! Enter here. Giveaway ends Monday, October 6th at midnight. GOOD LUCK!

I’d live here

It’s been a busy week over here. So posts are extremely light. But I just had to include this home. It’s bright and cheery. And it also shows that small spaces can be extremely liveable! See more here.

One shelf in the kitchen

Image: Svenska

I may not cook a lot, but I do love me a good kitchen! There is something to say about a well designed kitchen. Since they are the heart of the home, they should be a proud moment for the resident. There are a few cosmetic changes that you can make to your kitchen that won’t break the bank. The first being open shelving. Open shelving allows you to display all of your favorite kitchen accessories including ceramics, plants, bottles, dishes and glassware. In this post, I have collected my favorite kitchens that display only one shelf. It demonstrates how to approach this idea in your own space.

Image: Fantastic Frank

Image: Nordic Days

Image: Lovely Life

What are your thoughts about open shelving?

Create the best small kitchen

My latest eHow article is all about creating an efficient small kitchen. Which is a perfect subject for me right now because my new kitchen is teeny tiny. There are a few tricks of the trade that will allow you to utilize every inch of your kitchen. Check out the entire article here.

Also if you are interested in reading my other eHow posts, here are the links-

Creating a stylish yet functional office space.

Trend Alert!

Accents of plants

Images: Stadshem

Maybe it’s because I recently moved and I have been craving a specific aesthetic… but interiors like this have me giving standing ovations. The natural light, white walls and green accents are exactly what is on trend right now. These are spaces that make working, eating and living so much easier and carefree. Another plus is brass accents. Brass brings old world charm while green and white keep things fresh and young.

A moment with J. Jill

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It’s an obvious observation to judge that I like interior design. I mean, it’s all I ever talk about here on Simply Grove. And if I had to choose to spend money on decor or clothing, I most likely would choose decor. BUT that’s not saying that I don’t love fashion because I really really do love fashion. I’m not an expert and I wish that I had a stylist who could dress me everyday. But I do love following fashion. Design and fashion really do work together and should go hand in hand. So saying that, I interrupt Simply Grove to bring you a rare fashion post.


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I am a bohemian minimalist when it comes to my clothing. I love black, white and gray. I love texture and patterns. I also love the juxtaposition of dressy meets casual. That’s usually my day to day approach to fashion. When I was approached to collaborate with J. Jill, I immediately was drawn to the tailored pieces that I could mix with my normal street look. The Ponte knit houndstooth crop top is an everyday go to piece that I can pair with my favorite black jean or boyfriends jean or I could pair it with a high waisted skirt. It’s casual yet fits like a glove.


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Fall is approaching quickly and pieces like this will be used over and over again! Shop the ponte knit shirt here.

This post was created in partnership with J.Jill and Martha Stewart Living. All ideas are my own.



Moving Day

It’s amazing how much stuff you DON’T get done during moving week. So cheers to have a giant list of to do’s but officially moving TODAY! Can’t wait for you all to see my little brick bungalow. See you soon, friends! xxoo


Image: Design Files

“We shall never forget, we shall keep this day, we shall keep the events and the tears in our minds, our memory and our hearts and take them with us as we carry on”  September, 11, 2001

Decorating a small space and WINNER

Image: Decor 8

Because the house that we are moving into is a downsize for us, I am all about studying the art of decorating small spaces. For some it can be overwhelming and for others it can be refreshing. For us, it’s refreshing. I’ve already given away bags and bags and boxes of STUFF. Stuff that I didn’t even know that I owned. It’s amazing what you can accumulate over time. Like who needs 4 sets of measuring cups?? No one!

Here are a few tips and tricks when decorating a small space.

1. Want to know a quick tip on what to keep and what to give away?  If you haven’t used it in 6 months, you will most likely NEVER use it. Unless of course it’s a holiday item or a recreational item. But if it’s supposed to be an everyday or every week item and you haven’t even touched it in 6 months, give it to someone who will appreciate it. One mans trash is truly another mans treasure…right???

Image: The Style Files

2. Wall space becomes very important in small spaces. You can’t waist an inch of wall space. Think outside of the box and use wall space for your advantage. For instance, the bathroom above probably needed more storage space for towels. A fantastic ladder became a towel rack and extra towel storage in one. Floating shelves and wall shelves are also an answer to prayer for small spaces. Just remember, don’t over decorate or over use shelves. It will add chaos to the room.

3. Lighting is everything! Lighting can make or break a room. Especially a small room! Use lighting to create a nice backdrop. When you enter an art gallery, you always walk into a strikingly beautiful space. Yes, the art attributes to that beauty, but the lighting is what defines the art and brings life to the art. Use that same rule in your home. The style of light can also make a tremendous impact to your room. Don’t limit yourself to a boring bulb just because you are focusing on a smaller room. Savoy House lighting can make it easy for you to pick some brilliant lights, add a subtle ceiling fan, a modern looking flush mount light, or even a chandelier. Additionally, it’s easy to shop by price, weight, finish, and a number of other factors. Look around and see what best fits your personal taste and aesthetic preferences.

It’s FUN to decorate a small space!! Think outside of the box and keep things light and bright.

BTW- the winner of the Rugs Direct giveaway is Christine Hughes! Congrats Christine!!!


Last week on Instagram I announced that we are moving! We are moving into this 1947 brick bungalow. It’s in a neighborhood that I’ve wanted to move to for quite some time so I’m super pumped! And of course I’m also super pumped about starting the decorating process in a new space. A white canvas is exactly what I need right now. If you want to follow along on the day to day progression, make sure to follow me on Instagram. #Grovebungalow will be taking over for a bit!

Farmhouse Pendants and Apps

My recent eHow post is all about large farmhouse pendants in the dining room.  It’s a trend that I am all about right now! In fact, I really want this one from Schoolhouse Electric for my dining room. Read my entire eHow post here.

You can also find me here, talking about using fashion as art!

AND I’m pretty pumped to announce that Simply Grove has it’s own app! Go here to download it on your iPhone or iPad. Andriod is coming soon.

Here are some fun links to check out over the weekend-

Have you seen the bookbook?

This kitchen makeover is amazing.

Perfect fall look.

Loving this white home.

Happy Friday! I will meet you back here next week to announce the winner of the rug giveaway, show you an amazing DIY and even introduce some fashion on SG! xxoo

Kitchen Rugs and My Craigslist SALE

My recent post over at eHow is all about how to add a rug to your kitchen, which I am fully for! It adds instant style and color to your kitchen space. Head over here to read more.

Also, if you in Boise, I have some stuff on Craigslist that you should buy!! Like this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this and THIS.

Eden’s Bedroom & GIVEAWAY


Hi friends! I have been meaning to post Eden’s bedroom for quite some time now. Summer seemed to have gotten the best of me. There are so many cute details to go over. Let me start by telling you that Eden wanted an ice cream colored theme, including mint and sherbet peach. Lucky for me Oh Joy had just released her first Target party line. It had the perfect colors so I went ahead and used the wall decals and banner.

One accessory that you may immediately recognize is the kids shelf DIY, created by Elise Vaughn. It holds Eden’s monster finger puppet coolection:)

One of my favorite items in the room is the ombre toy tote from HomeGoods. It holds all of Eden’s stuffed animals, including this one from Land Of Nod.

We used a lot of colorful accessories that we had in her previous room. A few books, washi tape, her own handmade ceramics and other knick knacks.

That blanket and pillow? Some of the best things in this room! Both are by Happy Habitat. I can’t get enough of HH.

Also, another favorite detail in this room are the bed sheets. Crane & Canopy delivers high-quality designer bedding without the middle man markup.  They design original products and connect customers with world’s most premium factories, saving customers up to 70% off bedding, duvet covers and sheets.  All of Crane & Canopy’s bedding, duvet covers and sheets use soft and breathable, extra-long staple cotton, woven in 300+ thread count, hand-picked by the team for comfort and quality. A portion of all proceeds go towards Crane & Canopy’s cause initiative, “A Safe Night’s Sleep,” which benefits women and children affected by domestic violence. Eden’s embroidered cotton sheet set is made from the finest quality extra-long staple cotton and woven in a cotton sateen in a 400 thread count. Linen heaven!!!

These cute Sprinkles bags from Dynomighty are exactly what Eden loves in life….sprinkles!!

Now lets talk about that rug!! You can never go wrong with black and white. This striped rug from Rugs Direct is exactly what Eden’s room needed. And lucky for YOU, you can win a $300 credit to Rugs Direct! Enter below for a chance to win a $300 gift certificate from Rugs Direct. One winner will be chosen at random by Thursday September 4th. Must be a resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Hope you win!

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Sheets- Crane and Canopy

Blanket and Pillow- Happy Habitat

Quilt- Handmade by Eden’s Aunt

Rug- Rugs Direct

Toy Tote and Bedside Table- HomeGoods

Stuffed Animals, Cloud Banner, Paper Flowers- Land Of Nod

Turquoise Light- Target

Wall Decals, Happy Day Banner- Oh Joy for Target

Sprinkle Bags- DynoMighty