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, 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 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.

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  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.


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  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.

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  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.

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  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!

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  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!

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  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.

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  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!

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  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

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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.

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  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!

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  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.

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  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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

Kitchen Cabinetry Inspiration

Classical Progression | Fresh Concrete

There are so many options when it comes to your cabinetry. To name just a few there is color, style, and layout. Today I’m going to show you four great options to consider when looking into your cabinetry design.

Sleek white cabinets with small modern hardware are one of my favorite options. These will keep your kitchen looking clean, modern, and in style for years to come.

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Mixing your sleek cabinets with another option such as a wood grained cabinet or simply another color is a great way to keep the eye entertained in the kitchen. However, be careful with this option, mixing too many colors or textures will make your kitchen busy quick.

CM Natural Designs | Haze

Add interest to your cabinet area with gallery/window cabinets. These serve as a great place to style your favorite items that fit the style of your kitchen. Another similar option would be open shelving.

RLH Studio | Linen

Go a step further and make those window cabinets actual windows. This will bring more light into your kitchen without having to compromise on space. These cabinets should be used primarily for your show worthy dishes or as display cases.

For more kitchen renovation ideas: Selecting The Perfect Backsplash | Renovation Made Easy With Sweeten

Selecting The Perfect Backsplash

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I always get so excited when designing a kitchen because there are so many fun elements that are packed into a kitchen design. One of those elements is the backsplash- a backsplash can easily add texture and color to any kitchen. Today I’m going to be sharing with you four different backsplash trends that are equally amazing.

I love the trend of using the same counter material as the backsplash. I’m also loving Caesarstone’s Statuario Maximus! The quartz makes for the perfect backsplash/counter combo. This trend can be accomplished with any large slab of stone.

Bungalow 56 Interiors | Symphony Grey

Anything to make a kitchen feel clean is right up my alley. A clean white backsplash is always a great way to go. Just about anything will mesh well when styling a kitchen like this. Try a white glossy glass backsplash like this one or subway tiles.

Centsational Style | Pure White

Try a backsplash that’s one color but has an intricate design to draw the eye. This kitchen’s crowning glory is its backsplash for sure. For the most part, this kitchen is simple, but the backsplash is exactly what this kitchen needed to add some fun. If you’re not looking for something quite so intricate, look for different shaped tiles like hexagons.

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Go bold with a geometric design in black and white. Let's face it, black and white kitchens will never get old, but every once in awhile a black and white kitchen needs that special something to take it up a notch. This kitchen was certainly taken to another level with the addition of this backsplash.

For more backsplash ideas: Backsplash: Taking it to the Top | Striking Alternatives to Tile Backsplash

How To Design Your Dream Closet

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Just like dogs are a man’s best friend, I think closets might be a fashionista’s best friend. If this describes you, then your closet design is important! However, whether you love a good closet or not, I think we can all agree that a closet needs to meet our needs. To help you achieve that dream closet, I’m going to share four things to consider when designing your dream closet.

1. Consider adding an island if your space is large enough. An island works great for three reasons in particular: extra storage with drawers, incorporating a bench can be easily done, and you get a surface on which you can style, set your drinks, and lay out your outfit options.

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2. Consider who will be using the space. This closet pictured above is perfect for a male or female (or both!) as it borders the line between elegant and masculine. However, if the colors or materials were different it could easily lean more one way than the other.

Jennifer Ferrandi Design | Caesarstone

3. Consider adding a nook for yourself or possibly a vanity to get right in front of. Make this space your own. Closets can be fun and if you want this to be a “getaway space,” a personal nook is a perfect way to achieve that. 

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4. Don’t skimp on lighting! You want to see your clothes how they really are and that’s incredibly difficult without the right light. Also, consider adding a chandelier for an upgrade in sophistication and fun.

For more design ideas: Farmhouse vs Modern Designs | Tips For Living With Dogs

Farmhouse vs Modern Designs

Specht Architects- Misty Carrera

Farmhouse and Modern are two aesthetics that are equally fun to live in and to design. However, they are very different from each other, which is why I am going to be showing you a few of differences between the two. To accomplish this, I will be comparing a modern kitchen to a farmhouse kitchen.

Ohashi Design Studio- Pure White

Clark & Co Homes- Statuario Nuvo

Both of these kitchens are gorgeous! The first thing that my eye goes to in each of these photos are the cabinets. Cabinet style is a dead giveaway for an aesthetic. Modern cabinets are more often than not going to be sleek with little to no wood design. As you can see in the modern kitchen, the cabinets are completely smooth. However, in the Farmhouse kitchen the cabinets are gallery- style with a crisscross wood design. Speaking of this crisscross design, notice that the cabinets are not the only thing to feature this detail. You can also see this detail in the end of the island! This design is very common in the Farmhouse aesthetic.

Robert Kerr Architecture Design- Pure White
Jennifer Ferrandi Design- Ocean Foam

My eye instantly goes to the difference in walls for these two kitchens. White wood paneling is featured in this farmhouse kitchen whereas the modern kitchen’s walls are clean. Again, the difference in wooden details is a big giveaway.

If you haven’t noticed yet, the biggest and most evident difference between these two aesthetics is the degree of “sleekness.” You will find more clean aka smooth surfaces in a strictly modern home than you will in a farmhouse styled home. Also something to note, these two aesthetics are perfect for mixing and matching! My favorite way to mix these aesthetics is by starting with a Modern foundation and adding dashes of Farmhouse. For example adding opening shelving like the ones you see in the second image of this post is a great way to mix that farmhouse feel into your modern space.

For more insights on home design: The Power of a Cohesive Color Palette | Tips For Living With Dogs