Kirsten and Shane are parents of two small children (Ethan, 3 and Eden, 2), they each have their own job (Shane is a youth minister), and they've started a non-profit adoption organization (Saving Grace Kids) - whew! With all that on their plates, we'd expect the house to be all about function over form, but that's not the case. Kirsten has created a space with bursts of glamour, while at the same time maintaining an easy, comfortable atmosphere. The Urban Outfitters rugs and Ebay finds ensure nothing is too fussy for a house with two kids, but you never get the feeling that style has been compromised as a result. And if you'd like more inspiration, check out Kirsten's website, Simply Grove.
Our style: Comfortable vintage glamour.
The inspiration for my home: European design and great designed furniture.
Favorite element: Super high ceilings in our main sitting room.
Biggest challenge in designing my home: Budget:)
What friends say about my home: "Its different every time I come over!"
Biggest embarrassment in my home: My carpet in the living room. Its stained. Any day now we are gonna rip it all out!
Proudest DIY: My turquoise chair and papered wall in bedroom.
Biggest indulgence with respect to my home: My Grandfathers Upright Grande Piano. It has a lot of sentimental value.
Best advice given or received: Stick with great designed furniture. My designer pieces will always stay with me from house to house.
Dream source for stuff: Consignment and well stocked thrift shops. And a great DWR wouldn't hurt.
Most of my furniture is from consignment, thrift stores and Ebay.
Its amazing what you can find at chain stores if you hunt well
Lighting is my favorite element of a room and its my favorite accessory to shop for. My lighting is from everywhere! Old and new.
We stayed with Gray tones throughout all of the rooms. We used Olympic paint for all but my son's room.
We have a dark Walnut hardwood in our kitchen, eating area and entry. Our next big project is to continue the hardwood in all of the rooms downstairs.
Rugs and Carpets
Most of our rugs are from Urban Outfitters and chain stores.
I love my White curtains. They feel light and airy. And you are never tied down to a specific color pallet.
Our bed is from Urban Outfitters and Shane built my son's bed.
(Thanks, Kirsten and Shane!)