Friday, February 11, 2011

Take Five Friday.

Kirsten, of Simply Grove
Kirsten is an interior decorator who began her blog with hopes of inspiring creativity in others. She writes columns for several online publications, and re-purposes furniture and accessories for a boutique in her home town.

Which design rules were made to be broken?

Some people are afraid of mixing patterns and textures. I say DO IT! (In good taste of course.) There is nothing more cozy and beautiful than a couch full of soft pillows with a collection of different patterns, all with a common theme - either color or style of patterns. Or a wall with beautiful wallpaper with curtain panels that are a different theme and pattern. Think outside of the box. It's the funnest way to decorate!
(kirsten's office)

What is your favorite piece of furniture in your own home, and why?

I found an acrylic folding chair at Marshall's a few months ago for $49. I hope to find 3 more to place around our table in our kitchen. I love the clean and simple feel. Elegant but very modern.
(kirsten's kitchen)

What has been your most successful DIY project?
When I walk into our all white room, I feel so proud of the work that was put into it. It previously was painted in a chocolate brown with normal tan carpet. We painted the walls and ceilings bright white (which took 4 coats), ripped the carpet out and laid down pine wood. We then painted the floors a bright white as well. I could literally spend HOURS in that room!

Least successful?
My husband says wallpaper because he hated every moment of it! I think it looks beautiful. (Thanks babe.)
(kirsten's bathroom)

Share some advice on building a successful design blog.
Be true to yourself! If you love modern spaces, specialize in modern spaces. If your eye tends to love more traditional design, educate yourself on what makes a beautiful traditional space. If you love DIY's, post about your personal DIY's. Whatever it is, do it well and do it with your whole heart. Readers recognize half hearts and they will only stay around for a bit. Readers also love consistency.
(kirsten's master bedroom)

Thank you Kirsten for sharing your home and your advice with us today. One of the things I love most about Kirsten's style is the consistency in color and design throughout her home. Make sure to check out her blog for more of her home, work, and inspiration.


Emma at The Marion House Book said...

I love Kisten's comments about blogging - so true - stay true to yourself and what you love!

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