Come hang out at home with in­te­rior de­sign junkie Kirsten Grove and her fam.


When in­te­rior stylist Kirsten Grove met a cer­tain ’50s-era mid­cen­tury ranch in north­west Boise, ID, it was a love con­nec­tion. In her heart, Kirsten knew from the get-go that she and her hus­band Shane, a min­is­ter, could trans­form it into a com­fort­able space where they and their kids, Ethan, 13, and Eden, 12, would feel com­pletely at home.

Most of the house was still in its orig­i­nal con­di­tion when the Grove four­some took up res­i­dence in May 2016. The al­ley-style kitchen and mas­ter bath re­quired ma­jor ren­o­va­tions, but the rest of the re­boot was pri­mar­ily cos­metic, in­clud­ing lots of paint and some new floor­ing. In terms of the over­all de­sign, which is al­ways evolv­ing, Kirsten freely ad­mits she’s her own tough­est client. “I change my mind con­stantly!”


Kirsten started blog­ging about home de­sign and aesthetics at Sim­ply Grove about 11 years ago. But her creative em­pire has been 30+ years in the mak­ing—be­gin­ning when, at age 9, she was given free rein to dec­o­rate her bed­room and went with a ma­jor mashup of rain­bows, polka dots and stripes. Lit­tle did she know she would even­tu­ally of­fer home de­sign con­sul­ta­tions; col­lab­o­rate with ma­jor brands, in­clud­ing West Elm, Macy’s, Sher­win-wil­liams, Over­stock and Lowe’s; write a book, Sim­ply Styling; and open an e-shop, Sim­ply­ For more of her unique home in­spo, visit sim­ply­


Kirsten quickly ze­roed in on an un­used area off the kitchen as an ideal spot for a comfy, kid-friendly nook. The Her­man Miller ta­ble and Ber­toia chairs were bought at a fa­vorite lo­cal spot, Boise Vin­tage. As she had en­vi­sioned, when Eden and Ethan get home from school, they al­most al­ways grav­i­tate here for a snack and then tackle home­work.


“Our din­ing room is a col­lec­tion of some of my fa­vorite pieces,” says Kirsten. The Room & Board ta­ble, paired with Over­stock chairs, com­fort­ably seats fam­ily plus friends. Crav­ing tex­ture, she brought in a Moroc­can shag rug. As for that fix­ture, it’s fan­tas­tic—but noth­ing beats sun­shine stream­ing in through a sky­light that’s al­ways been there.


Kirsten’s recipe for this hard­work­ing room: equal parts func­tion and style. Paint­ing the cab­i­nets a dark blue-gray cre­ated a strik­ing con­trast against the white walls. For added magic (Kirsten’s words), they in­stalled two beau­ti­ful brass sconces from School­house Elec­tric.


For the Grove crew, the pa­tio is hang­out cen­tral all sum­mer long. “We live out here, and it’s just the best for eat­ing and loung­ing around,” says Kirsten. This was the first ex­te­rior space they painted af­ter mov­ing in. The to-die-for out­door kitchen is orig­i­nal to the house.


Eden’s room was hardly a joint ef­fort. “My daugh­ter couldn’t care less about de­sign,” says Kirsten with a laugh. “She lets me do what­ever I want in there.” As a way to bring in some soft color, Kirsten chose flo­ral wall­pa­per from Wall­sneedlove. Eden does share her mom’s pas­sion for art­work, so she hap­pily helped cu­rate the eclec­tic dis­play on the wall be­hind her bed, which is from the Novo­gratz col­lec­tion on wal­

“Buy­ing a mid­cen­tury ranch felt a lit­tle nerve-rack­ing,” says Kirsten. “We didn’t want to mess it up, but at the same time, we wanted to make it our home. Some mid­cen­tury mod­erns feel stuffy, not up-to-date. I didn’t want that.”


Be­fore it was trans­formed, the mas­ter bed­room had yel­low walls and a peach ceil­ing. Plenty of white paint took care of that prob­lem. Kirsten is all about the mod­ern wood fur­ni­ture from Rove Con­cepts. Linen sheets and plush pil­lows give the bed an ul­tra-comfy “set­tle-in” vibe. She scored the eye-catch­ing fringed tapestry at a lo­cal garage sale.

KIRSTEN S IDAHO “I moved with my mom to Boise from Seat­tle right out of high school,” says Kirsten. “At first, I wasn’t quite sure what I thought. But the longer I live here, the more I love it. The foodand-cof­fee thing is le­git. The art and the­ater scene is grow­ing at a rapid rate. It feels like peo­ple are mov­ing here from all over. I think it’s be­cause the qual­ity of life is fan­tas­tic.”

“Every time I In­sta­gram these chairs, peo­ple go crazy,” says Kirsten. With over 100,000 pic­tures, her hash­tag #sim­plysty­ley­ourspace is an awe­some source of eye candy.

Talk about a garage sale score—kirsten came upon this stun­ning vin­tage side­board for just $25.

Kirsten wanted to keep this nook “sim­ple and clean.”

Prop­erly waxed, black soap­stone coun­ters re­sem­ble mar­ble. Kirsten pro­nounces the look “less kitcheny.”

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