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The Simply Grove Home

Ever wonder how some of your favorite bloggers live? Let’s visit design blogger Kirsten Grove from Simply Grove today and see how this blog star has decorated her home. I love her color scheme since it’s mostly neutral so it allows her to add color in as she wishes. She can have a red dining room one week and a cobalt blue one the next – this versatile decor is just great I think. I want her LOVE poster shown here in the dining room, anyone know where to find these? Kirsten can you reveal your source!? :) I’ve asked this stylish lady to answer a few questions for us and to show a bit of her home located just outside of Boise, Idaho since she recently redecorated it.

Simply Grove Interiors

Simply Grove Interiors

In addition to blogging, what do you do for a living? I’m a mommy, youth minister and Interior Decorator.

What inspires your decor? Nature, destinations and my children.

What are some of your favorite magazines for ideas and inspiration? Living Etc, Belle, Inside Out, House and Garden, Elle Decor and Elle Decoration UK to name a few. :)

Simply Grove Interiors

Simply Grove Interiors

What do you love about your city? My most favorite thing about Boise is that we have 4 distinct seasons. Our summer right now is gorgeous!

What are you most proud of about your life and why? My 2 children Ethan and Eden. We adopted both of them at birth. I wake up every morning feeling beyond blessed that they are in my life.

Do you ever feel stuck in a creative rut and if so, how do you get out of it? Absolutely! I was just in one:) All it takes for me is to go to my local Barnes & Noble and pick up a few European magazines and I quickly get a burst of inspiration.

Simply Grove Interiors

Simply Grove Interiors

What are your favorite colors and why? Hmmm, yellow is my all time favorite color. It feels so fresh and clean. I also love white and gray. And on occasions I am in the mood for a little robin egg blue.

What music can we expect to hear playing in your home? Mat Kearney, The Waiting Kind and Adelle.

Can you define your aesthetic? Vintage modern glam.

What are some things in your home that you cherish? I purchased 2 antique floral trays at a barn sale that I could stare at all day. I also found silouettes of first President George Washington and first lady Martha Washington at an antique shop that were cross stitched. I’m not quite sure how old they are but I would love to find out. I love how they look in my dining room.

Simply Grove Interiors

Simply Grove Interiors

Pretend it’s Saturday, you have some extra money in your pocket, no work to do, the sun is shining and a friend asks you to spend the day together. What will you do? Wake up early, grab a iced grande Chai, head down to our local street market, purchase fresh vegetables and a bouquet of Peonies, head to a few antique shops and look for unique pieces, eat some sushi and then end the afternoon at Barnes & Noble… Mmmmm.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and what kind of house would you live in? I recently visited Sydney and loved it. Having a second home there would be a blast! I would have to run with there architecture and get something modern. I also dream of having a ranch outside Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I would run with a Swedish rustic look.

What three things should every home have? Piano, fresh flowers and a high thread count sheet set.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful space with us Kirsten and for debuting it on decor8 — I’m honored!

By the way, I love the touch of olive in her bedroom. I think olive just may be an “it” accent color this Fall, what do you think? I’m starting to see it popping up and since it’s a neutral you can pair it with gray and black for a strong rocker girl decor or you can soften it with pale blues and greens for a calming by-the-sea vibe.

(images: kirsten grove)

Posted in Home Tours on June 04, 2009

Meet German Artist Carolin Samson

I’ve been working on this interview for a few days after seeing German artist Carolin Samson comment on my blog recently. I clicked over from her comment and viola! I discovered her blog and Flickr photos. Upon noticing her flea market addiction, I knew I had to write to her to learn more about her life and work. Here’s what I found out after chatting with her.

Artist Carolin Samson

Carolin lives in Regensburg (Bavaria) with her husband Lutz and studied art, German literature, textile design, philosophy and public relations (bio here). A few years ago she relocated from Hamburg to Regensburg where she works in public relations and as a blogger for a finance company. In Hamburg, Carolin taught art and had a gallery there called Kunst Leben.

Artist Carolin Samson

In Bavaria she offers art classes on her day off and is working on some fun new creative projects with other artists in her local community which include a food/art event and a pop-up store showcasing the work of up-and-coming young artists. She also has a blog called Day Date that I just discovered last week, it’s great! Would you like a glimpse of her home? In addition to pretty photos I’ve also asked Carolin a few questions about her decorating and inspirations as well as life in Germany.

Artist Carolin Samson

Hi Carolin! The first question I have for you is this: what inspires your decorating choices? I collect knick knacks for years at flea markets, during my travels or in nice design/decoration stores. I love these often kitschy objects and love to have them around me every day, so that it’s important to me that the knick knacks are kept in special places. All the other things I love are placed around them.

How many rooms is your apartment? Four – 1 room for me, 1 room for my husband, 1 living room and 1 bedroom, and we have also a bathroom and a kitchen.

What do you love about Germany? I love the creative places you can find in almost every city. If you want, you can realize here all your dreams. Germany offers you a lot of opportunities.

Artist Carolin Samson

What do you like to do for fun in your city? We have a lot of places here in Regensburg to visit like the historical part of the town with the bars and cafés. And an art scene were you can find many exhibitions and new galleries.

Do you travel much, if so where do you go for vacation? I traveled the world with my parents when I was young. I also studied in Paris and Venice. Then I lived one year in Mexico teaching art. Now my husband and I travel often, at least until we have kids ;-)) . Last year we went to Malaysia, Finland, France, Africa, Los Angeles… and in six weeks we will go to New York and then to the Maledives. I love to travel. It’s the most inspiring way to live.

Where do you shop for most of your interiors items? At flea markets.

Artist Carolin Samson

Artist Carolin Samson

Artist Carolin Samson

Artist Carolin Samson

What trends do you notice in German decorating right now? The German creative scene loves the mix of classic design like Bauhaus, new design and stuff from the flea market. Habitat and IKEA is very important for the basics, especially for the students. But you can find more and more independent design shops with lovely things from all over the world (for example – ok-ok versand).

What are some of your favorite magazines? Oh! I’m addicted on magazines. I read almost everything about decoration, lifestyle and fashion. My favorites are at the moment: Blonde and cut. But I read also every issue of Vogue, Elle, Elle decoration, Casa Deco, Elle bistro, Decoration and Häuser.

It was nice to meet you Carolin and thank you so much for sharing bit of your apartment today! :)

(images: carolin samson)

Posted in Home Tours on May 27, 2009

A Delightful Swedish Home

Oh Sweden, what you do to me! Doesn’t it seem to be one of the most stylish countries on the planet? I’ve only been to Stockholm so I’m not sure about the rest of the country but I was so impressed by the design there that I’m thinking it’s hardwired into their DNA to have exceptional taste. Like when you are born in Sweden you automatically will love the color gray, desire a base of white with pops of color in your home, and be slim, gorgeous and friendly. You’ll also know how to perfectly cozy-up a space in a way that seems almost effortless. See?

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Cookie Mag House Tour

This home, a seven room house just north of Stockholm, belongs to a graphic designer and busy mom that I interviewed for Cookie magazine online (posted here). Helena Schaeder Söderberg and her family (husband, two toddlers and two cats) have a home that is absolutely charm-filled – she’s a total domestic goddess. I love all of the wallpaper accents and the JOY that I feel when I look at these images, don’t you? It’s so welcoming and positive. View more photos here.

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I interviewed Helena so I hope you’ll take the time to read it because her answers are great — especially her decorating tips. I also found out how she made those charming birds shown above in her daughter’s bedroom – she used a free pattern from the Spool sewing blog called “bird pattern” (see left column of this blog under Free Patterns). You can view more of her softies here but warning, you may feel a wee bit intimidated by her sewing awesomeness…

(images:Helena Schaeder Söderberg)

Posted in Home Tours, kids on May 15, 2009

Nicoletter Paper Goods {+ a pretty apartment!}

I was talking to Nicola (Nico) recently from Nicoletter, a German graphic designer who has a shop on Etsy, DaWanda and who you can find blogging here (bilingual for both German and English speaking readers) and thought I’d share a glimpse of her apartment and products.

Nicoletter Home in Germany

Nicoletter Home in Germany

Nicoletter Home in Germany

Items from the Nicoletter shop.

Nicoletter Home in Germany

Pretty things from a recent trip to Denmark.

Nicoletter Home in Germany

Nicoletter Home in Germany

Nicoletter Home in Germany

Nicoletter Home in Germany

Nicoletter Home in Germany

Nicoletter Home in Germany

Nicoletter Home in Germany

Nicoletter Home in Germany

Nico lives in the Frankfurt Rhine Main region in Germany, which is a lovely scenic part of the country that attracts many tourists. Her apartment is fresh and lovely, I especially like her attention to details and how she is able to make her place feel cozy without being cluttered. Her styling is also gorgeous, she really knows how to pull together a tabletop display! I love peeking in on all of the little nooks, don’t you?

Bonus! If you love retro items for the home, Nico has a German eBay shop that is amazing (she only ships within Germany though). I’m running over to check it out right now. It’s called Bazaarella and the ceramics, like this vintage floral container, are darling!

(images: nicoletter)

Posted in Home Tours on May 11, 2009

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