Author Archives: Kirsten Grove

About Kirsten Grove

Kirsten Grove has always had a passion for interior design. Simply Grove is Kirsten's creative outlet for all things aesthetically beautiful. Started in 2008 as a way to show off eye catching design and decor from all over the world, Simply Grove has become a hang-out for like-minded creatives with a love of interiors and an appetite for design eye-candy. You will also find Kirsten featured in publications and sites like Better Homes and Gardens, Lucky Magazine, RealLiving Magazine, Elle Decor.com, HGTV.com and Design Sponge to just name a few. She was also named one of Babble’s Top 50 Design Mom Bloggers of 2011 and has been a speaker at Alt Summit 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The Galley Style Kitchen

Throughout my childhood, I lived in a plethora of kitchen styles. Some were open concept, one was the classic u-shape and some were galley style. Out of all of those designs, I favored the galley style! It felt the most practical while still stylish. I love being surrounded by everything I need, without feeling cramped or claustrophobic.



Fast forward to today and my current kitchen is galley style. When we bought our 1957 ranch, the kitchen was already shaped like this. So we kept the bones and just refreshed it a bit. The width is wide enough to have a few people in the kitchen at a time, which is perfect for the modern space. In fact, if you are designing a galley kitchen, make sure the width is wide enough to house a crowd.


Design: Daniella on Design | Image: Costas Picadas | Pure White

One benefit of having a galley kitchen is that you can easily shift from your stove top to another part of the kitchen without walking a mile away. Everything is at arms length. Visually, it also creates a beautiful tunnel-like look. You can really play with your kitchen design!


Design: KCS Design

Keeping your cabinets light and bright is a good idea in a galley kitchen. Especially if there is not a lot of natural lighting. I love the white cabinets and light backsplash in this kitchen. It’s a beautiful look!


Design: Grace Blu | Calacatta Nuvo

It’s fun to play around with lighting in a galley kitchen. If you’re working with a narrow island, display pendants above to give that space personality. Also, recessed lighting is really important for keeping the kitchen bright! And sconces are also welcomed in these spaces.

 

For more kitchen design: A Kitchen Set Straight | Exploring New York Kitchens


 

Funky Fixtures: A Lesson in Kitchen Lighting

Kitchens come in all shapes, sizes and colors. They come in a wide variety of personalities and finishes. This is what makes designing a kitchen so fun! One detail that can bring the space together is lighting. Choosing the right lighting is everything. And one spot to highlight for great lighting is the island. This can become an anchor point for your kitchen. Some prefer a few bigger pendants, others prefer multiple smaller pendants. I’ve highlighted a few of my favorites in this post.


Design: Noelle Interiors | Image: Jason Cook | 2030 Haze

Two large pedants is always a good idea! I love this look for so many reasons. It anchors the room and the large scale brings a good amount of visual weight. Choose two that have a similar finish with the hardware. Or choose something entirely different for a unique, modern look all your own.


Design: Westward Foundry | 4600 Organic White

If you want to go really playful, add a track with a number of lights! This is such a fun look and creates a very industrial feel.


Design: Cook Design House | 5131 Calacatta Nuvo

I normally love to design things around the number three. Three small to medium sized pendants is another winning decision. This works fantastic when displaying lights above a really large island. And again, choose a finish that will knock your socks off and make a statement!


Design: June Eight Studio | 5131 Calacatta Nuvo

Speaking of finishes, some of my favorite options are brass, matte black, copper, chrome and powder coated white or black. These copper pendants look fantastic up against this black and white kitchen. It’s all about mixing and matching in the name of taste!

 

For more lighting design: Unique Entryway Lighting | LED Lighting in the Kitchen

The Key To Black Kitchen Cabinets

When we think about black kitchens, our tendency is to think of them as dark and masculine. There’s nothing wrong with either of those things, but sometimes we don’t want a space to look too moody. Especially the kitchen! When I design kitchens, I want them to feel light and airy. There’s nothing more uninspiring than cooking in a dull, dark kitchen. Today’s post is all about creating a bright kitchen and still using black cabinets.


Design: Pavilion Company | 5000 London Grey

The biggest tip that I have is to use black cabinets on just the lower cabinets. Keep all eye level bright and light by painting the upper cabinets a light color. Or don’t even use uppers and keep the lowers black. You will get a beautiful monochromatic look and keep things clean and fresh.


Design: Sarah Gibson | 5000 London Grey

Black cabinets can sometimes feel really heavy. One way to lighten the mood is by adding brass/gold hardware to the cabinets. This will create a stylish look and keep things from getting too masculine.


Design: Pavilion Company | 5000 London Grey

Pairing black with wood tones is a beautiful thing. Black can enhance wood tones when done right. Use wood floating shelves or a wood island to create this classic look.


Design: Sarah Gibson | 5000 London Grey

If you want to elevate your black kitchen even more, use a black stone sink. This look is stunning! And it’s not a trendy approach and won’t go out of date too quickly.

The key is to play around with black and pair it with the right finishes and colors. Have some fun and create the kitchen of your dreams!

For more kitchen design inspiration: Open Shelving Kitchen Tips | Moody Kitchens

How To Bring The Inside Outdoors

The weather is getting warmer and it’s about that time to start thinking about outdoor living. There’s nothing better than outdoor living and entertaining! Especially when you have the right set up. Around April/May is when I start taking all of our outdoor furniture out of storage and cleaning it up. I’ve learned how to set up a functional outdoor living space correctly over the last few years. Here’s a few tips and tricks that will make you prepared for just about anything!



All Images: Hailey Wilson

  1. Eating and dining outside can be a treat! Find furniture that is washable and easy to maintain. Especially when you have little kiddos eating with you. Also, don’t be afraid of mixing furniture styles and designs. I love mixing modern with traditional, or mid century with bohemian.




  1. Make sure that you have a cozy seating area for your guests to lounge. I love styling my patio like I would my living room, complete with a coffee table, sofas and side chairs. We spend so much time outside that it makes sense for us to live part time outside!




  1. Stringed patio lights will never go out of style! They create a fun, festive look that completes your outdoor space! And it adds the perfect sparkle at night.




  1. Plants are an obvious but important detail! Add plants throughout your outdoor living space for pops of color and texture. I normally fill my entire patio with plants.


Happy decorating!

 

For more outdoor living: Neutral Outdoor Throw Pillows | Outdoor Living Trends




 

The Beauty of the Open Kitchen

Open kitchens are certainly not a thing of the past. In fact, they are more trendy today than ever before. It’s a trend that isn’t going out of style. There’s something so satisfying about an open kitchen. It serves many roles, including a great place to entertain. It allows cooks and guests to hang out freely without feeling cramped or claustrophobic. Below are a few tips on creating the perfect open kitchen for you and your needs.



Image: Cup of Jo

  1. Place the sink in the middle island for even more room to expand. This can actually give you double the counter space, and lets you do the dishes or use the sink while still interacting with family and guests.


 



Image: Two Peas And Their Pod

  1. Counter height bars are always a good idea. Why? Because they don’t block off the space. They can actually make a kitchen look bigger and more open. And because there are so many cool counter height stools available, you can really create something amazing.




Image: Deco XXI

  1. A communal table can look fantastic along a wall of cabinets. It become your dining space AND your kitchen island. This is a great option for small yet open spaces.




Image: Doctor Kish

  1. An open kitchen means no walls in site. Create your dream kitchen by keeping everything completely open! Just say no to walls. Seriously. You can keep it look cohesive by using the right pieces of furniture, and by using the right placement of lighting. An open kitchen allows for you to have fun with room layout and use of materials. It’s a win win!


 

For more kitchen design tips: Eat-In Kitchens: Lounging with Banquettes | Decorate A Contemporary Kitchen with Light Wood Cabinetry 


 

How To Use Green Accents In The Kitchen

There are some obvious color choices when it comes to the kitchen. Black, white and grey can be safe yet beautiful choices. These three neutral colors allow for other bolder colors to be layered on. Another big kitchen color trend is blue. Deep blue and light blue have both been highlighted in the kitchen space. One color that is slowly making an entrance into the kitchen is green. There are subtle ways to introduce green to your kitchen. Here’s a few options for you!



Image: Style Me Pretty

  1. Let’s start with the easiest way to infuse green in your kitchen. Plants! That’s right, folks. As easy as that, you can add deep tones of green to your kitchen space. Display greenery on your island, on your shelves and near your kitchen sink. You’ll love the look!




Image: Dwell

  1. Accent walls are still a good idea for adding color. Try painting a wall in your kitchen a deep green. It’s another simple idea that is also budget friendly.




Image: Design Sponge

  1. If you have a kitchen island, play around with it by painting it green. Deep greens look  classic and warm, while lighter greens are modern and fresh. Right now, I am all about the deep, moody green!




Image: The Wall Street Journal

  1. If you really want to go bold, paint your cabinets green. I love the look of the upper cabinets painted one color and the lower cabinets painted another color. It can break things up and look really fun and fresh.


What do you think of using green accents in your kitchen? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

Mastering the White Kitchen

Feature Image Design: Absolute Kitchen and Bath | 1141 Pure White

Trends come and go, but certain designs stay classic through thick and thin. A classic look that never feels outdated is the white kitchen. It’s timeless! It can translate into Traditional, Modern and Transitional design, to name a few. It’s a look that feels fresh and clean but can sometimes become blah. I have a few tricks of the trade to keep your white kitchen from looking boring or sterile.

  1. Choose the right flooring. If you pick something with warm and rich tones, all of a sudden your kitchen feels warm and rich. If you’re wanting a more Scandinavian look, choose a light floor. And if you need some pattern in your life, patterned tiles look beautiful against white cabinets.




Image: Decoholic

  1. Your backsplash makes all the difference. I’m still a sucker for subway tiles with black grout. Especially when it comes to white kitchens! It just looks so stylish. When you use white grout, the look becomes a little more traditional, which is beautiful too!




Image: Home To Love

  1. MARBLE! Nothing looks more luxurious against white cabinets than marble. The combo is a match made in heaven. Use it on your counters and/or backsplash. You can also use it in your decor by displaying marble cutting boards and marble bowls.




Image: Home Beautiful

  1. Choose lighting that makes a statement. Because a white kitchen is naturally neutral, adding statement lighting can be a beautiful thing. For a relaxed but gorgeous look, anything rattan against white cabinets looks great. Choosing larger sizes over your island is a must. Make your white kitchen the envy of everyone in town!


 

For more kitchen talk: Inspired by Large Kitchen Islands | 4 Tips for the Perfect Kitchen Lighting

4 Ways to Add Painted Ceilings

Photography by beeldpunt.com

I am totally crushing on this new trend of painted ceilings! Painting your ceiling the non-traditional white can be the absolute perfect pinch of spice your home has been looking for. It’s creative, fun, and most importantly, easy. I have always said and will continue to say, paint is the easiest and cheapest way to transform your home. I have 4 examples of painted ceilings to share with you today and my thoughts!

You may be surprised that anyone would want to paint their ceiling black in fear of making the space feel too small or dark. However, painting your ceiling black not only gives your room a chic feel, it also can help take an overwhelming amount of space and make it feel much cozier. This trend does extremely well in monochrome styled homes.


Photography by Abby Jiu via theglitterguide.com

Hallways are absolutely perfect for this trend! Do you have a hallway in your home that no matter what you do to it, it remains a bit…. um, boring? Paint that ceiling a fun color and boom, you finally have a hallway worth standing in!


Space by Coddington Design

Another great spot for a colorful ceiling is your children’s playroom. Why not make the playroom even more playful with a fun pop of color on the ceiling? This room may be a bit busy for my taste as I always believe less is more. However, what is great about this space is that they used their orange ceiling color as the central accent and carried it throughout the room.


Space by Coddington Design

Finally, if you have beams on your ceiling, painting a color in between will instantly give your ceiling a fun design. If white beams are a bit busy for you and aren’t your thing, don’t be afraid to cover those bad boys up with the same color. Covering the beams with the same color will give your ceiling more dimension without the added design.

For more bright ideas: House Tour | Coddington Design | 9 Ways to Bring the Tropics Indoors With Wallpaper

Vintage Inspired Bathrooms

Four Point Design Build, Riley Jamison Photography | Organic White

Today we are drawing our focus to the bathroom. There are so many directions and themes you can go with when designing and adding decor to your bathroom but today we are zeroing in on vintage-inspired bathrooms. I have four images here for you and for each on a tip to draw from its example. Enjoy!


Chad James | London Grey

This modern bathroom is perfectly melded with vintage accents. The first three vintage-inspired items my eye is drawn to in this space is the wallpaper, the light fixture, and the faucet. These three things are a perfect tip in itself. Choose just a few items of your design to go the vintage route with to get that perfect blend of vintage and modern.


Area Design, LLC | Blizzard

Here we have a far more modern bathroom with just a pinch of vintage. The clean crisp lines in this bathroom give it its modern feel, the color brings in an extra fun element, and the shape of the mirror brings in that vintage touch. The tip I have for you here is this- mirrors are a perfect and an extremely easy item to go vintage with. It can even be fun to source your own mirror from a high-end thrift shop.


Jessica Lynn Williams | Pure White

I’ll keep it sweet and simple with this example. Gold and marble, boom. If you add marble and a dash of gold you are instantly on your way to a vintage-inspired bathroom.


Patricia Conner DesignsKnight Custom Homes, Zoon Media | Raven

There is a lot of texture and patterns going on in this bathroom so I would like to zero-in on one. The walls. I love this worn cement-like look on the walls. That worn look is what I attach to our overall theme of vintage-inspired bathrooms. “Worn” anything such as tile, art and metal fixtures are all great things to add to get a vintage feel.

See more bathroom inspo: Designer Spotlight | Spazio LA | KBTribeChat | Spa Bathrooms

Moody Kitchens

Architecture AF | London Grey

More often than not your kitchen ends up being the gathering place in your home, so, it’s important to set the mood with its colors, design, and overall feel. I have four images to inspire you and just a couple of tips you can pull from these examples

I’m loving the clean look of this kitchen. It has three main colors, which is a perfect start to a color palette. This kitchen has so much room to grow because it’s starting with a super clean and sophisticated design. A tip that you can take from this kitchen is to start basic and clean. From there you can style and make your own.


De La Cruz Interior Architecture + Design | Kitchen of the Year| Raw Concrete

The first thing I am struck by in this kitchen is the contrast. This bright but also moody kitchen gets its dramatic feel from all of the blacks and whites. This kitchen proves that when it doubt black and white is always a good option.


Nicholas Moriarty Interiors | London Grey

My favorite thing about this kitchen is the branch-like lighting over the island. Lighting can instantly set the mood in any situation and space. Having this dramatic lighting over the island takes what would’ve been just a modern kitchen and created a dramatic look.


Susan Yeley Interiors | Raw Concrete

This kitchen feels comfy and homey to me. The reason is the incorporation of the natural element of wood as well as the cookbooks. This kitchen is lived in, practical and not just for show, which I enjoy. A tip you can take away from this kitchen is to add in natural elements and colors like this dark sea-like blue as the backsplash. Also, don’t be afraid to show off those cookbooks that make your kitchen more “you.”

For more ways to design your kitchen: Kitchen Cabinetry Inspiration | Kitchen Faucets That Are So Hot Right Now