Kitchens are always on my mind. Mostly because they are my absolute favorite room to style and design. There’s so much that you can do in a kitchen. From kitchen organization to styling to creating stylish zones that help with your everyday use of the kitchen. One topic that comes up often with clients is how much is too much on the counter? I think it depends on who you are and how you live your life. I’m a minimalist so I tend to keep a little less on my counter. Here are a few things that I can’t live without on my counter-
1. Toaster Over. We use this for a lot of things. And it’s white so it blends in.
2. Wooden Cutting Boars. You can stack them against your backsplash so they don’t take up counter space.
3. Plants. Because they’re so pretty.
4. Wooden Utensils. They’re stylish and practical.
5. Juicer. I juice every.day.
6. A tray of cooking oils and spices. They are also used everyday.
Images: Grey and Scout, Stadshem, Coco Lapine Design.
What are your most used items in the kitchen?
This Toronto house tour, seen on Style Me Pretty Living, was actually posted last year but I’ve come to appreciate the pops of color and soothing bedroom. I’m also loving the nursery. It’s calm and cool. The home itself is 107 years old. Amazing! See more here.
This house tour is deeply rooted in scandinavian design. The simple neutral tones and textures throughout this home create a relaxing yet stylish space. And I love all of the simple art and pattern choices!
See the entire house tour here.
Kitchens are evolving as we speak. There are so many creative, stylish details that you can incorporate in kitchens. My personal favorite look is two toned cabinets. Wood on bottom and white on top. Or black on bottom and wood on top. And open shelving is still as awesome as it was last year. Below are a few more ideas to take your kitchen from great to amazing.
*Incorporate art and cool lighting in your kitchen. Use pops of color in the art. And don’t be afraid of mixing finishes in lighting and hardware… like silver and gold.
Image: Coco Lapine Design
*Actual pieces of furniture can serve as great storage options in your kitchen. Use armoires, bookshelves or dressers.
Image: Shoot Factory
*You cannot go wrong with marble. Like never!
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!!!
Image: That Kind Of Woman
Happy hump day. I’ll be back with some good content. I promise.
When Anthropologie invited Jamie Rosenthal, the visionary founder of LA shopping mecca, Lost & Found, to collaborate with them, magic happened. This is the first time Anthropologie has given a partner the opportunity to fully curate a collection and it really really worked! Drawing from her extensive experience as a retailer, stylist and a documentary film maker, Jamie has created an internationally-sourced collection of treasures from Egypt, Tunisia, India, West Africa and Asia. All driven by a social vision and responsibility to make this work accessible and supporting these rare crafts. Amazing!
The 30 piece collection will debut in both Lost & Found locations (Hollywood and the soon-to-open Santa Monica) as well as online at both Lost & Found and Anthropologie. And also in five national Anthropologie locations including New York, San Francisco, Austin, Miami and Portland. Happy Shopping!
Image via The Design Chaser
Have you ever wondered what to decorate your kitchen with? I feel like my clients are always looking for the perfect canister, wooden spoon or coffee mug. Kitchen accessories can definitely modernize your kitchen. Adding color can also modernize it and give it personality. Some of my favorite kitchens seen online have a punch of color in the ceramics. Howkapow recently came out with a variety of colorful canisters and other accessories that will look legit in your space. You can mix and match them with other neutral pieces. I’m especially loving the mint canister. It has me heart! Shop all of these pieces here.
I am so thrilled to be featuring Cori Magee’s apartment on Simply Grove. Cori Magee is an amazing graphic designer who has an eye for everything cool and stylish. Her scandinavian design inspired space feels so comfortable yet so put together. Cori’s space is also relatable and doesn’t feel stuffy nor too proper. I asked Cori a few questions. Enjoy below.
What inspires you when decorating your space?
I find so much design inspiration on-line, both digital-magazines and design blogs. I also enjoy a handful of printed mags, like Dwell, Living Etc., El Mueble, Elle Decoration UK and Habitania) Also, museums, restaurants, the sidewalk….inspiration is everywhere.
How would you describe your interior aesthetic?
Not an easy question to answer. I pull my ideas from so many places and then I decide what works for me and the way I live. Ultimately I think I enjoy a modern aesthetic mixed with old and new, warm wood finishes mixed with a black and white palette… Modern Merger? Can that be a thing? Sort of like personal labels, I think interiors should just be what they want to be, typically it won’t just be one singular style, but a combination. And no matter which styles are combined, it should always represent your personality.
What are your favorite home decor shops/websites?
Visit Cori’s awesome blog here. Thank you, Cori!!
Photography by Alyssa Ratowski.
Recently I’ve had a few clients and friends ask specific questions about marble and specifically, marble countertops. Some are concerned with it’s durability and strength. I personally could use marble for the bathroom, the kitchen, the laundry room…almost any room! It’s such a beautiful material that can be paired with so many styles. Here is a great article on marble that should explain it all!
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.
There is truly so much you can do with a kitchen. You can mix and match a plethora of different materials and surfaces to create timeless looks. This specific kitchen has a mix of all of my favorite materials including marble and wood. It’s such a simple yet stylish kitchen. And you can tell that it is not a large space, at all. See the entire home tour here.
Images: Living Corriere Derra Sela
Who doesn’t love a well designed kitchen?! This kitchen makes me want to shout with excitement. Between the counters and gold details, I’m in love. Read more about this space here.
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 Faucet, Danish Ceramic, Kinfolk Magazine, Marble Tray, Jute Rug, Hand Soap
Image: Oh Joy
Gold Bar Cart, Rug, Wall File, Ice Bucket, Desk Chair, Desk, Polka Dot Decals.
Image: Oh Happy Day
Floor Tiles, Glass Jars, Yellow Stools, Kitchen Island, White Small Stool, Small Bonsai Tree
Image: Smitten Studio
Flamingo Art, Modern Buffet, Kilim Rug, Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, Mid Century Chair, Coffee Table
Image: AB Chao
Cowhide Rug, Table, White Dishware, Chandelier, Chairs, Roman Shades,
This blog post was written as part of a collaboration with eBay. Items were chosen by me.
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?!?