By: Ashleigh VanHouten
Kirsten Grove is an Interior Stylist, successful contributor for Better Homes and Gardens, Gray Magazine, and Apartment Therapy (to name a few) and an e-decorating specialist whose aesthetic and design sense leaves us equal parts excited and jealous. She has an innate sense of style that you can just tell she was born with, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn a thing or two. In our interview, we find out who she looks up to in the design community, what trends she thinks have got to go, and what pieces she would love to have in her own home.
AMMC: Please tell us a bit about your background and how you came to be an Interior Stylist and very successful design blogger and writer.
KG: I’ve been obsessed with design since I was nine, always rearranging my bedroom and looking for more furniture to move. My friends always came to me for advice. I had an eye to make a boring space into something awesome, which led me to blogging. I started my blog in the winter of 2007 as a way to show friends and family what I was loving in design at the moment. A friend was the one that had suggested that I start a blog. I was hesitant at first just because I didn’t know much about blogging. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I quickly fell head over heals for blogging and then fell equally in love with the community that blogging allowed me to be apart of.
AMMC: What inspires your style and your work? What do you do to find inspiration?
KG: I have constantly admired Nate Berkus’s determination and commitment to design. He surrounds himself with people that support him and his eye for design. Even his latest spring collection: his accessories are on point! I also am in love with anything that Sarah Widman does. She has a pure eye for design.
AMMC: Are there any new spaces or products you’ve seen recently that really stand out? Why do they resonate with you?
KG: I’ve been absolutely obsessed with the green modern hue for this next season. I recently moved into a new bungalow and needed to brighten up our eating area. I couldn’t have found more perfect color and style.
AMMC: What design trends are you seeing for this year?
KG: One design trend for this year that I am drooling over are hand block printed textiles. This could really be on anything; pillows, blankets, vases, etc. This is a perfect way to spice up any space with clean minimal textures. Designer Jaymee Srp‘s pillows are the perfect rendition of this.
AMMC: Are there any previously big design trends that you think are slowing down, or that you wish would go away?
KG: The chevron print. It just needs to go. It’s long overdue. There’s really not much to say about it! It’s just time to throw in the towel.
AMMC: What is one element of interior design that you think can truly change the feel of a space? (Color, texture, architectural elements, etc).
KG: I would have to say pastel colors. I know it may seem rather risk-ay to add color into your living space but doing it can add so much spunk to a room. There’s just something about pastel colors that are so soothing to the soul. This can honestly be anything. If you’re nervous to try it out, start small, with a vase or pillow, then move your way up to a chunky blanket on the bed or a floor lamp. Take it slow and you’ll see how much more you’ll fall in love with pops of color around your home.
AMMC: Is there a dream piece or designer that you would love to incorporate into your own personal space?
KG: Mutto’s light grey Oslo sofa. I love Mutto because it’s not just about design, they don’t fall short of the comfort side of things. I would be one happy camper if I could get my hands on this dreamy sofa.
AMMC: In a world overwhelmed with digital information and images, how do you ensure that you communicate fresh, original and exciting material to your readers?
KG: Honestly, as cheesy as this may sound. I have to be myself. When I blog I never try to sound like I am writing, I want my readers to feel as though they’re having a conversation with me.