Meet Simply Grove....
On why she inspires us, how her encouragement gave us the confidence to say "yes" and just her overall coolness.
Where to begin with our lovely stylist, Kirsten Grove. We should first tell you that she is the perfect blend of lovely and cool and it certainly doesn’t take long to see what a loving spirit she has. Sometimes it’s still hard to believe that we were lucky enough to not only learn from her, partner with her, but to call her “friend”. She has been instrumental in pushing this project to the surface and encouraging us on certain aspects. We have certainly had our fair share of overwhelming and insecure moments and she has given us so much confidence in our collaborations.
Kirsten is an Interior Stylist and author of Simply Styling. Her blog and website, SimplyGrove.com, is her creative outlet for all things "aesthetically beautiful". She first started Simply Grove almost 10 years ago as a "means to connect with people and show design and decor from all over the world". Her blog, and more recently her shop, is a place for like-minded creatives with a love of interiors and an appetite for inspiration. Her social media presence is proof enough that people have come to find her for inspiration, just check out her 77+ thousand Instagram followers.
In her book she refers to herself as “self-taught”. She started working for builders in her early 20’s, mostly sourcing fixtures, flooring, lighting, and paint samples. However, Kirsten dreamt of this life since she was 9 years old. Her first project, her bedroom. She remembers choosing rainbow theme with matching bedding and wallpaper. She explains that this was the time she was given free reign to design and decorate her own bedroom. This was her first real start in exploring color palettes and textures. She tells us, “I also created zones in my room. A reading zone, sleeping zone, and of course a playing zone”. In 2007 she began blogging about design and it became a portfolio for her, this is where her “career” in design really began. Her portfolio now includes working with clients all over the world, a long way from her 9 year old bedroom.
Her book will inspire you to look at your space differently. She is a big advocate of not needing an endless bank account to change a space. She loves re-using items she already has to make a space fresh and new. One of the best parts of working with her was watching her live at work, effortlessly and flawlessly moving our pieces around to transform each look….sometimes with one switch of a pillow or tilt of a book. This was one of the many reasons why we wanted so badly to work with Kirsten on this. Sometimes working with a designer can be intimidating or overwhelming as they are so talented and we can feel like outsiders amongst them. Kirsten made us feel equal, like we were giving her as much as she was giving us. Her tips on styling were but attainable.
She likes shopping small because she believes that artistry would be a lost cause if we stopped buying from small businesses/ "It’s important to support the little guy because at the end of the day, he or she is creating the trends and magic that we all love about design”, says Kirsten. She expresses to us that spending money on quality work is way more important than spending money on many smaller items that may only last us a shorter period of time. It was important that Kirsten had this outlook because that is why we created Native + nest.
We asked Kirsten what convinced her to collaborate with our project. She said, "People get really overwhelmed when it comes to styling their homes. Creating a concept that allows someone to purchase an entire themed collection for their home is brilliant! Giving them the tools to create that look is equally as brilliant. Supporting the small businesses in the venture really does create a buz for the artisan and the buyer". She really saw our vision and we loved how excited she was to be a part of this. As most first timers do, we had many hesitations at the beginning and she was a big reason why we had the confidence to move forward and even make certain decisions based on her influence.
There is so much about Kirsten that we admire and look up to, even beyond her skills as a stylist. It isn’t a requirement, but we LOVE working with other Mamas and this woman right here is an amazing mother of two. Even her kiddos ooze authenticity and coolness and don’t get us started on “late nights with Shane” (which only her followers would know, so go get it on it)!
So, what inspires all this awesomeness that we speak of? During our girls trip to Portland to shoot this collection, we would discuss design and trends and inspiration. Kirsten is inspired by many designers around the world. She currently is a “huge fan” of what Australia is doing in design right now, “it feels fresh and new”, she says. “It’s the perfect balance of styles and designs from around the world”. She loves to travel and finds herself constantly inspired by other cultures and how other communities live life. “It can be the most simple thing, like a small coffee shop in Italy, or a thrift store in Nevada. It’s all inspiring”.
In case you made it this far and still don’t have a grasp on how badass Kirsten is, we would like to brag about her a little bit. She has been featured in MANY publications and on various sites. To name a few, LA Times, Architectural Digest, My Domaine, Marthastewart.com, Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV.com, and ElleDecor.com. Her blog as been recognized many times and she has been invited to speak at several conferences. She has collaborated with a few major companies; Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Pottery Barn, Lowes, West Elm, Target and Nissan. And YOU get to benefit from all of this experience as she guides you in styling you pieces.
All that said, thank you so much for following along on this journey with us. This is such a passion project for us and we love sharing these stories. Keep following along for more and remember to #buyradstufffromradpeople
Mer + Haley