With a profession in creating beautifully thought-out interiors, Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove has an aesthetic that will inspire your Pinterest boards for years to come. This talented woman has a unique story, as the adoptive mother of two amazing kids Eden and Ethan, Grove and her family have discovered their combined interest in all things design, shopping, and food. Read along to hear more about what she enjoys most during a design project and her journey as an adoptive parent.
Describe your typical Sunday. Where are you, what are you wearing, and who are you with?
I normally get all dolled up for Sunday mornings and head to church. After, we love to go to brunch with family and friends. Once we've gorged ourselves, we head home and chill out. Usually the kids watch T.V. and I read. There's a dog park in walking distance from our home, so in the evening meeting friends there is a fun way to end the day!
Having crafted interiors in some of the most beautiful homes on the west coast, what was the most exciting project for you creatively?
The most enjoyable projects are with those clients who let you take the reigns and create magic in their homes. It shows that they trust you and that you understand their style. I have a dream client who, literally, lets me choose anything that I want. It really is an honor. Luckily they have a few homes.
You have such a unique family story. Can you share a little bit about what inspired that journey?
I was always interested in adoption. My husband and I started the process, not realizing that in less than two years we would have two kids, 13 months apart, with two totally different stories. Our son came to us through an adoption agency and our daughter came through a family acquaintance. Both birth moms are absolute heroes. I can't imagine my life without Ethan and Eden Jo. They complete me and both have undeniably different personalities, which makes life so much fun!
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On a typical Sunday with her family: “I normally get all dolled up for Sunday mornings and head to church. After, we love to go to brunch with family and friends. Once we've gorged ourselves, we head home and chill out. Usually the kids watch T.V. and I read.” Pictured: Grove in the Crista Skirt and Eden wearing the Beatra ShortsPhotography By Karen Krum