Interior Stylist Kirsten Grove Is Very Thankful for Her Patio, and It’s Easy to See Why

A clutter-free patio with a black and white color scheme helps Grove unwind after a long day.

Interior stylist Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove likes to joke that she’s a one-trick pony. She’s a self-taught interior design enthusiast who has been doing it for 13 years and, quite frankly, interior design is all she wants to do.

“I was born loving design and I will die loving design and I can’t cook but I can decorate a room,” the Boise, Idaho resident said.
 
Not only does Grove have a beautiful Instagram account and a stunning portfolio, but she also writes a fun blog about interior design and owns a design business, We Three Design, with two of her closest friends.
 
“We can do all aspects of design, from commercial to residential,” she said.
 
When asked about the room in her home for which she’s the most grateful, the design maven was emphatic: her patio.
 
Grove shared that she loves to hang out there with her husband of 19 years, their 14-year-old son, their 13-year-old daughter and their two dogs, a 3-year-old labradoodle and a 1-year-old sheepadoodle. They purchased their home, a 1957 mid-century sprawl, three years ago.
 
“I’m thankful for the entire house,” she said. “It really is my dream home. But I am most thankful for my patio.”
 
It’s easy to see why Grove loves her patio. For one, it’s covered, which means it can be enjoyed year-round. A wood and metal coffee table is surrounded by various types of chairs, including a couch with squishy cushions, beckoning the visitor to sit down and relax. Succulent plants dot the space. Everything, from the walls to the furniture to the tiled floor, has a black and white color scheme. This is on purpose, as she favors a simpler design.
 
“When I first saw the house that’s actually what I was drawn to, was this really nice, large outdoor entertaining space,” she said, adding that the patio “is my favorite room in the world.”
 
The patio contains an entire living room set from Novogratz, which makes it very comfy. Grove also has a little George Nelson vintage roundtable and chairs she picked up from a Design Within Reach sale.
 
One of the most eye-catching aspects of the patio is the floor, which is covered in Vivace 9” x 9” Decorative Tile in Caviar Roads from Bedrosians Tile & Stone.
 
The inspiration for the floor came from the four trips to Italy that Grove has taken in the last three years. She mentioned that she’s come home from her Italy trips “obsessed” with the country’s ceramics and tiles, as well as the country’s historical architecture.
 
“The tile that we laid is a pattern and the pattern itself takes up a lot of the volume of the space,” she said. For this reason, Grove keeps the room simple. The tile provides a good “pop of life,” so Grove said that she didn’t want to go overboard.
 
“By nature, aesthetically, for my own home, I am a little bit more of a minimalist,” she said, adding that “I don’t have a lot of clutter. I don’t collect a lot of stuff, so I wanted to keep the patio a little bit more simple as well.”
 
Idaho may rightfully strike up images of freezing winters, but Grove said the winters are milder than one might think, so the patio remains a cozy space.
 
“In the summertime, we have dinner out there,” she said. “When our friends come over we just sit out there. In the mornings, we have breakfast. At night we lounge with wine or coffee or whatever. It just kind of becomes the peaceful space of the house. We have really hot summers and this year we just added a ceiling fan out there which is a game-changer. It just becomes that space where you can have those wonderful, long conversations at night. My husband and I will meet out there at night and just kind of go over what happened during the day.”
 
Grove is big on gratitude, and while she loves to look around for all kinds of inspiration, including on social media, she’s also a big believer in being grateful for what you have and avoiding a “Keeping up with the Joneses” mentality.
 
“When designing a space, I think it’s really important to surround yourself with the things that mean a lot to you and that take you back to a place of happiness and joy and peace,” she emphasized. She encourages homeowners to “take a step back and remember why you bought your house, why you love your house. Think back on why you redecorated this or that room or why you were you proud of it that one time.”
 
Wisely, Grove concluded: ”It’s just very easy for us to forget those moments related to why we did choose what we chose.”