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.

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.

Designs by K and S | Raw Concrete

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

AhA !nteriors | Statuario Maximus

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.

Racing Green Construction | Pure White

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

House of Funk | Blizzard

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.

JRP Design & Remodel | Pebble

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. 

Van Parys Architecture + Design | Calacatta Nuvo

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

Modern Laundry Rooms

Josephine Design LLCBlizzard

Laundry rooms are often overlooked and forgotten. But having a well-designed laundry room will, believe it or not, help you get your laundry done faster. If you have a quality space you’ll actually want to spend time in that space. So, well-designed laundry room = clean clothes, right? That’s the idea! A great way to design your laundry room is keeping it modern. This is because the aesthetic is so clean, and for a room that serves a cleaning purpose, modern lines are the only way to go.

I’m loving all the white in this space. From the cabinets down to the appliances, I would feel instantly clean walking into this space and I would want to keep it that way.

Freedom KitchensFrosty Carrina
I'm really enjoying the contrast in this space. Similar to white, a deep wood can instantly clean up a design. Also, contrast brings interest and interest brings beauty!

A laundry room is perfect to pair with a mud room. Section off your space with cubbies for mudroom necessities, and everything thing else you can dedicate to laundry storage.

Your laundry room doesn’t have to be just stark. Throw in some color to spice things up! Also having an island for more storage will go a long way. Use it for storing laundry baskets, folding, and even the water bowl for the pup.

For more home inspiration: How to Style Your Shelves Like an Expert | Inspired by Large Kitchen Islands

Inspired by Large Kitchen Islands

Benning Design Associates- Pure White

I am very excited about the wave of large kitchen islands. It is very common that the kitchen becomes the gathering place of our home, and for good reason. This is a space where memories are created, bread is broken, and food is made. The kitchen is often where the family comes together, which is why kitchen islands are becoming larger and more prominent. In this post I will be sharing my tips for making this trend work in your home.

Freedom Kitchens on The Block- White Attica

A large island can stick out like a sore thumb if not careful with the design. So, make sure your island ties in with the rest of your kitchen. Use the same counter material throughout the kitchen and don’t forget to use the same cabinet material or something that compliments.

CCI Renovation- Frosty Carrina

Organization is important with a large island because a large surface is a breeding ground for junk. With a large island you will have the extra space for cabinets and drawers, so use that space wisely.

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design- Jet Black

Add a range or a sink to your island. This can allow for more prep areas around your kitchen. And when family and guests want to help in the kitchen, you are not running into each other.

New Mood Design- Quartz Reflections

Your island can also can double as your table. This option is a great space saver and perfect for a home that may not have a designated dining area. Even if your kitchen has a dining area, the island can be available for more relaxed settings.

How would you design a large kitchen island?

For more kitchen designs: Decorate A Contemporary Kitchen With Light Wood Cabinetry | 4 Tips for the Perfect Kitchen

4 Tips for the Perfect Kitchen Lighting

Designer: Lynne Hirsh Design | Color: Noble Grey

Picking the right lighting to hang over the kitchen island can be super fun! With these four tips, you’ll have even more fun and will definitely pick out the right lights for your space and kitchen island.

  1. When picking a smaller light fixture, install three so your island is evenly lit. I love these lights - the dark pulls your eye to other black features in this mostly white kitchen.

Designer: Hendricks Churchill | Color: Pebble

2. Go for two when picking a large light fixture like these. Again, like the black fixtures, these grey lights pull your eye to all of the grey sand beautiful chromes in this space. I especially love the journey from the lights down to the color matching countertop down to the stools. Complementary and matching colors are everything - make sure you have the same colors in multiple places so nothing looks out of place.

Designer: Dixon Projects | Color: London Grey

3. Go for an elaborate chandelier. This light fixture works so well in this space with all the ceiling details and the simplicity of everything else. If you go for something elaborate stick to just one fixture, otherwise the space can be overwhelmed.

Designer: B+G Design | Color: Pure White

4. If your kitchen island is also your dining area, feel free to pick something you might have above a dining room table. This space is very clean and simple making this statement light fixture all this space needs to pop! And again, this light fixture guides my eye to similar colors like the lines in the marble and complements it so well.

For more lighting fixture inspiration: 10 Contemporary Sconces for the Bathroom | 10 Gorgeous Pendant Lamps to Hang Above an Island

Black and White Bathrooms

Three Birds Renovations- Caesarstone Statuario Maximus countertop

I believe I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again- your bathroom is a sanctuary in your home. It’s a place to get away, rest, and rewind. For me that means having a clean space rich in the classic contrast of black and white. Really, you can never go wrong with a black and white bathroom (or possibly any room for that matter). To me, there is something so calming about black and white, I think it’s the no fuss that comes along with the theme. So today I will be sharing four tips to accomplish the black and white bathroom look.

1. You can never go wrong with lots of white and a bold pop of black! The white marble gives an amazing oo-la-la factor in this bathroom. I love the look of the marble floors and walls mixed with the tile design. The cherry on top of this bathroom is the bold black tub. It makes an immediate impression and pulls your gaze to the greys in the marble and tile grout.

Jodie Rosen Design- Caesarstone Frosty Carrina countertop

2. Try a bold black accent wall paired with a black and white floor tile. The black wall pairs well with the black in the tile and adds a nice contrast next to the white walls around it. It is important that if you have a black accent wall that it ties in with some other element in the room and that it is tied in with the flooring of the space.

J. Marx Atelier- Caesarstone Statuario Nuvo countertops

3. I always endorse a bold wallpaper in a bathroom, especially in a powder room. Choosing a wallpaper with a white base and design in back is the perfect way to get the black and white look.

Du Bois Design- Caesarstone Raven countertop

4. An easy-peasy and always gorgeous option is a black floor and white wall. Bonus tip: Contrast your black floors with a white tub and your white walls with a black framed mirror and/or lighting fixtures.

For more bathroom inspiration: How To Design A Kid-Friendly Bathroom | Bathrooms With Round Vanity Mirrors

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