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.

How To Design A Kid-Friendly Bathroom

Photo by Laura U- Caesarstone Concrete countertop

Time to have some fun in your child’s bathroom! Don’t be mistaken, yes your master bathroom is important, but so is every bathroom in your house, including your children’s bathroom! I have some fun tips to share with you on how to make a kids bathroom of your and your child’s dreams.

1. With a pop of color in your tile you can keep this space clean but also fun for your kids. Best of all, your kids can grow up in this space as it’s not especially ‘kiddie.’
Photo by Larisa McShane- Caesarstone Pure White countertop

2. This girl’s bathroom is great space to share! The curves in the cabinetry give this space a sophisticated, fun, and soft feeling. Try adding shapes such as these waves into your children’s bathroom and you’re young child as well as yourself will feel comfortable using this space.

Photo by Robert Kerr architecture design- Caesarstone Pure White countertop

3. I cannot say enough good things about adding wallpaper with a fun print into your children’s bathroom! This wallpaper makes this space completely and utterly their own and wallpaper can always be changed out as they grow into young adults!

4. Just like your tile, your cabinetry is also a great way to add a pop of color! And the colors in this rug!! A fun young rug is sometimes all you need to make this a kid- worthy space. I know that I would more than happy to grow up with this bathroom well into my teens and early twenties.

For more bathroom inspiration: Before and After: Jessica Marx Bathroom Reveal | How To Create A Refreshing Bathroom Design 

How To Create A Refreshing Bathroom Design

Jodie Rosen Design - Pure White 

Bathrooms are an extremely important space in our home. It’s a sanctuary for many of us! I know I love a good hot shower to get lost in and wash away all of the day’s troubles or vice versa, get charged up to tackle the day ahead. However, I find that this can only be accomplished in a well-designed space. A well-designed bathroom can install ease into your day to recharge and relax. There are a few key aspects to include in your bathroom to get you in the best mindset for your day to come or to help you wind down. Here are my favorite tips!

1. Your tile choice is important! A fun shape and color can quickly transform your space and make it all your own. I love light and clean colors in my space. I’m all about the calm feelings in the bathroom!

Harvey Norman Renovations - Raven

2. Go for the walk-in shower and opt out the bath if you don’t have the space. However, if you have the space, include both! But separate them because the shower/bath combo needs to stay a thing of the past. I also love the doorless walk-in shower here. Just make sure your floor is properly tilted to direct the water to the drain and not elsewhere.

Emma-Rose Design - Oyster

3. Add a fun pop to your space with your lighting fixtures. I love the look of these drop lights! A fun light fixture will give your space the pizzazz it needs! More importantly, you’ll want as much good lighting you can get if this is the space you use to get ready (makeup, hair, etc). Even better if you have some natural light spilling in from a window!

Jordan Iverson Signature Homes, Kuda Photography - Concrete

4. Find the perfect faucets, sinks, and shower heads for your space! Try to find something that replicates the shapes in your space. If you have lots of straight lines look for sleek, clean-lined styles. Vice versa if you have soft lines and curves. Also to keep your space cohesive, find faucets and showerheads that are or at least look like they’re from the same family.

For more bathroom design inspiration: 3 Bathroom Accessory Combos To Uplift Your BathroomHow To Decorate A Bathroom Bookcase

4 Designer Laundry Rooms to Inspire

Designer: James Treble | Countertop color: Frosty Carrina

How many hours a day do we spend doing laundry? For me, it’s a lot! My two children and husband produce a bulk amount of dirty clothes...daily. I’m also a huge clean freak and I hate having dirty laundry lying around my home. The one thing that helps ease the pain is doing laundry in a stylish space. Anyone can be inspired by their surroundings. There are a few key details when designing a stylish, laundry room. Here are my favorites!

  1. The right materials can help create a clean, low maintenance laundry room. Two finishing materials to consider for the floor is ceramic tile and slate. Both are durable and long lasting. If it feels too cold, add a throw rug for coziness.

Designer: Studio Dearborn | Photography: Jeff McNamara | Countertop: Pure White

2. Wood cabinets create a warm look and can be paired with tile any color of the rainbow. To elevate your cabinets, use streamline, industrial hardware. Consider painting the walls white to allow the wood to stand out.

Design: MGA.I, Jackman Builders, and Apollo | Photography: Peter Matthew Photography | Countertop: Fresh Concrete

3. Counter space is important for a functional laundry room. Don’t fill up the counters with clutter. Keep them clear and clean for style and practical usage.

Design: Baroni Building & Walton Design Solutions | Photography: Angle Eye Photography

4. Use color in your laundry room. Right now blues and greens are trending. Choose a warm tone for your cabinets and pair with neutral counters. Also, using a pendant light can bring immediate style into your space.

For more laundry room inspiration: Inspired by Modern Living Spaces | Stylish Small Storage

Kitchen Trends for 2017

Image: Simply Grove

Kitchen trends have come and gone quickly these past few decades. There’s been a lot of high moments in kitchen design and a lot of really low moments. Anyone remember pink formica? Or how about sour green refrigerators? We’ve experimented with colors and textures for many many years. 2017 feels different though- classic moments are sticking around and new colors and materials are mixing well with items from the past. It’s all about bringing natural light in and keeping things clean. Below are a few trends that will compliment any kitchen beautifully!

1. Sconces- We are seeing more sconces flanking kitchen windows or surrounding ovens. They bring in a pop of sophistication and character. You can choose a more modern sconce or a traditional sconce. Both will bring in personality.

Image: The Future Kept

2. Tile- Subway tiles are not a thing of the past. They are staying around and being spotlighted in new shapes and colors. If you want a fresh take on white tiles, try using a dark gray or black grout.

Image: Simply Grove

3. Coffee Stations- It’s all about coffee right now. Who doesn't drink coffee? If you don’t drink coffee, you most likely drink tea. This is making a huge trend for coffee stations. I took a unit from Ikea, painted it the colors of my kitchen cabinets and use it as a place to display my coffee maker, coffee cups and other tools needed.

Image: Coco Lapine Design

4. Shades of Gray- Gray seems to be a huge trend for kitchen cabinets. We are seeing both light gray and dark gray. Gray’s mix very well with all types of metals, marbles and a variety of colors. It also mixes well with different wood tones. Gray is definitely the new white!

For more kitchen inspiration: Unique Kitchenware to Display on Open Shelves | 3 Modern Kitchen Countertops With Waterfall Edges

Bathroom Mirrors

Designer: Wattle Valley Kitchens | Counter: Clamshell

We all know that bathroom mirrors are a serious necessity. How else would we see our beautiful selves in the morning? Or how would we know if we have a giant piece of kale in our teeth? A bathroom would be in major trouble without a mirror present. Now the question is, how do you choose the perfect mirror for your bathroom? Well, it really does come down to preference. A mirror is a mirror and it provides one thing, your reflection- except maybe a mirrored medicine cabinet. But besides that, all mirrors provide the same role.

Designer: Studio Tupelo | Photo: Whit Preston | Counter: Pebble

For a dramatic look, venetian mirrors are a gorgeous option. They provide character and class and you can get them in any size or shape. True venetian mirrors are not cheap, but you can find budget friendly options on eBay and other online sites.

Image: Sarah Sherman Samuel

Rectangular mirrors are perfect for a larger view of yourself. Flea markets and antique shops are great for finding the perfect frame! A big trend right now is mixing woods and metals. Choose a wooden mirror to break up too much metals.

Image: Simply Grove Instagram

Round mirrors are all the rage right now. They give a wider view and look fantastic paired with squared lines. Frameless and framed round mirrors are perfection!

For more bathroom decorating ideas: 10 Contemporary Sconces for the Bathroom | 4 Steps to a Successful Bathroom Remodel

New Trend: Blue Kitchens

Designer: Freedom Kitchens | Counter: Raw Concrete

Kitchen design has evolved tremendously throughout the years. Everything from maple and pine wood cabinets to speckled granite. I love designing and styling kitchens because it’s the heart of every home. With everything that we have experienced with kitchens, we have come to the conclusion that you can reflect your personality by the way you design. We are loving the blue trend this year and blue can be displayed in various ways.

Two toned cabinets. There is a misconception when it comes to the color of your cabinets. Don’t feel like you have to choose one main color for the entire kitchen. Feel free to explore with colors for the bottom cabinets and leave the tops a neutral color.

Counter: Statuario Maximus

We see marble and wood paired in the kitchens above and that’s just proof that rules are meant to be broken. There is no formula to follow in colored kitchens. Allow yourself to explore a little and don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

Designer: Sealy Design Inc | Counter: Organic White

Hardware makes a world of a difference. Copper hardware paired with blue just makes sense. But really, any awesome hardware will give personality to your kitchen.

Designer: Sublime Group | Counter: Raven

For more kitchen color ideas: Designer Spotlight Alison Kandler | 5 Ways to Add Color to Your Kitchen

New Trend: Concrete Countertops

Designer: Freedom Kitchens | Caesarstone: Sleek Concrete

We all know that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s also the hub of culinary creativity. More and more homeowners are moving away from the manufactured look of laminates and choosing materials that are inimitable and timeless. People are wanting materials that are solid and forgiving. Countertops made from concrete are the latest trend in kitchen designs. And homeowners are discovering that this aesthetic can be achieved through quartz and still express individuality, design preference, and even cooking style.

Designer: Smarter Bathrooms + Kitchens | Caesarstone: Raw Concrete

A major pro with concrete counters is the design aspect. Concrete looks modern and bold but doesn’t interfere with the design of the kitchen. Another positive is that you can choose a color mix to match a specific kitchen design element, such as a tile, a swatch of fabric or a favorite piece of china.

Designer: K2 Projects & Big House Little House | Caesarstone: Sleek Concrete

Concrete countertops are gaining popularity even in bathrooms. Quartz Concrete countertops feature the warmth of stone with a durability that makes quartz so popular. Typical concrete counters can easily crack and are a constant source of worry - but quartz eliminates this worry!

Designer: Riverstone Custom Homes | Caesarstone: Raw Concrete

Concrete countertops, whether complimenting an industrial design or acting as a neutral palate for the overall kitchen design, are a great choice for their flexibility, durability, and draw-dropping visual appeal.

For more concrete inspiration: How to Have an Efficient Kitchen With No Uppers | 7 Impeccable Minimalistic Kitchen Designs

How to Have an Efficient Kitchen with No Uppers

Designer: Joe Filshie | Caesarstone: Sleek Concrete

Kitchens have come a very long way since the 80’s and 90’s. We are seeing beautiful yet efficient kitchens that feel more like works of art and less like your typical kitchen. There’s less oak and more marble and streamline appliances. Kitchens have become brighter and fresher by design. One trend that is taking over is not having upper cabinets. Yes, absolutely no upper cabinets. In fact, I just renovated my own kitchen and took all of the “uppers” far, far away. It immediately made the space feel bigger and lighter. Some people question this choice because of the lack of storage. Well, I have some tips and tricks to add storage to gorgeous, upper- cabinet- free kitchens!

  1. If you are working with an island, make sure to create storage within the island. You can store platters, cookie trays and so much more in the island. You could even store smaller appliances here. Point is, make use of your island other than just counter space.Photographer: Eric Roth | Caesarstone: Concrete

  2. Most of the time, people have too much stuff in their kitchens. During my renovation, I went through each cabinet and gave away items I hadn’t used in years. I forgot about half my dishes because they were lost in the cabinets! Have a day of cleaning your cabinets just to see what you still have around. You will be surprised with how little you actually do use.

    Designer: Bathroom & Kitchens by Urban | Caesarstone: Raw Concrete

  3. For your lowers, be smart with the cabinetry. Use custom storage details inside to make your dishes, baking tools, and cooking supplies organized. Having no uppers makes for a clean space that helps you notice the gorgeous appliances and hardware in the room. Whether you are a minimalist or maximalist, you can make it work for you. Without uppers,  you can appreciate the materials and textures within the room.

    Designer: J+G Design | Photographer: Patrick Cline

  4. Floating shelves are super trendy right now. They also allow you to display and store plates and glasses. Not to mention it makes it easy for your guests to find what they need! 

    Designer: One Girl Interiors | Caesarstone: Sleek Concrete

    Don’t be afraid of this look. You will absolutely love what it does to your kitchen space! Share with us your experience with no uppers and how you've been able to maximize your space by commenting below!

For more kitchen renovation ideas: Tips for Organizing a Styled Kitchen | Industrial Lighting in the Kitchen

How to Style Your Living Room

When I get home from a long day of working, my first thought is how much I want to just lounge on my couch and watch an old Friends episode. My living space is very multi-functional. It’s the space where I entertain and also where I watch movies and eat buckets and buckets of popcorn. Living rooms can be both stylish and practical because of what it functions as. It’s also the one room that can either be too perfect or too relaxed. Here are a few tips to create a living room that you can be both proud of and that you can lounge your Saturday away in.

  1. Use throw pillows and throw blankets as a way to add color and pattern in your living room. This is a great tip especially if you have a neutral sofa or neutral furniture in general. I am constantly changing my mind when it comes to patterns and color, so investing in throw pillows is a good idea for me.

2. Add some style by creating an art gallery. Even if you have young kids, you can still create a gorgeous gallery and not worry about it getting destroyed. You can either create an eclectic wall using a variety of frames, or you can keep it uniform and choose the same color/wood frame for all of your art.

3. Plants are always a good idea. They add color and texture to your space. If you have a lightly decorated room that is more minimal, add plants for a dose of character and style.

4. Rugs change everything! They can make any room feel cozy and finished. They also can add color and pattern just like throw pillows. You can create a nice color scheme by pulling colors from the rug and using that same color in the pillows and accessories.

All images styled and taken by Kirsten Grove.

For more living room tips: How to Choose the Perfect Sofa | Bringing Pink Into Your Home

How to Style Your Bathroom

Bathrooms have come a long way from colorful Formica and fluffy toilet seat covers (you know that you had one of those in the 80’s). Today we see more soothing, spa-like bathrooms. Neutral tones that create a very simplistic look. The term “less is more” has really become true for the bathroom. The last few bathrooms that I have personally designed, we used a mix of whites, greys, and natural wood tones. This scheme makes room to add color in the linens and plants. I’ve got some more bathroom tips for you to take your bathroom from average to awesome.

1. White tile never gets old. It really really doesn’t! You can pair it with a patterned floor tile for more interest, or you can keep the room simple and use wood tones and greenery to create a bright, clean space.

2. Style with natural elements. Plants look stunning in a bathroom. Plus they help with adding oxygen! Also, natural wooden brushes and other wooden accessories add to that natural spa look that we all love!

3. Art is welcome. If you want to take your bathroom from OK to fabulous, add a few pieces of art. It creates a very mature feel, without taking away from the cleanliness of a bathroom. If you want to keep your bathroom feeling neutral, choose neutral art pieces.

4. Style with beautiful bottles. I have bought so many bottles simply for the branding. I view them as a bathroom necessity. They add beautiful design to any counter or window ledge. And if you hate the product itself, simply fill the bottle with something that you love.

Design and Photography by Kirsten Grove

For more bathroom ideas: 10 Farmhouse Style Bathrooms | Light and Airy Powder Rooms