Monday Mess . Simply Grove

I’m super excited to feature Kirsten from Simply Grove  for today’s Monday Mess.  Kirsten was my first real life blogger friend.  Those words still kind of sound strange …real life blogger friends (but the truth is I have many now).  The story is, we were roomies in NYC a few years back when a bunch of design bloggers filled the audience at the Nate Berkus show (that is a a whole other story).  Kirsten and I stayed up way late chatting and laughing like old friends.  And found out we have a lot more in common than just design blogging. We’ve been able to hang out at ALT the past two years and I’m always grateful for anytime I get to spend with Kirsten.  She is as lovely as they come.

If you aren’t a regular over at Simply Grove, take a peek.  Kirsten has great taste with a vintage modern aesthetic.  Her style is constantly an inspiration to me and her site and work is always a go to when I’m working on a project and need some inspiration.  Besides blogging, Kirsten is an Interior Stylist, freelance writer and mom 2 to super cool kids.

My entryway, which is a smaller space, becomes the gathering area for my entire families “stuff”.  Specifically, we have a brown danish chair that gets piled upon everyday.  Whether it’s backpacks, sweatshirts or school papers, it’s always chaotic.  Because we like to entertain, I’m always picking up this area.  Usually I will clean this area in the morning after the kids have gone to school or before a get-together.  I also added canvas boxes to the entryway for easy storage for shoes.  It helps, a lot!

I have to admit that I am a clean freak!  I love to clean.  It’s very therapeutic for me….weird I know.  The only space that I’ve let go of having too much control is the laundry room.  No one will ever see a picture of the laundry room.  No one!!  I also have one junk drawer but to be honest, my husband hates it and cleans it all of the time.  So…I guess we are both OCD?  Oh man.

Something I have to remind myself constantly is enjoy more, worry less.  If I’m not thinking this then I’m running around cleaning up after everyone and not enjoying precious family moments.  Life is just too short and kids grow up too fast.

Want to More About Kirsten’s Mess : 

Wallpaper → Tempaper
Chair → Vintage
Rug → Urban Outfitters
P.S. You can check out Kirsten’s home in the latest issue of Anthology Magazine.
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Now, I’m curious, reader, how do you keep the entry way mess at bay in your home?  I have hooks, baskets and bins and things still tend to pile up on the bench and the floor.


  • Featured {Monday Mess}... | Simply Grove
    Commented on September 17th, 2012 at 12:30pm

    […] sharing my messy entryway over on La La Lovely today.  Trina’s super fun column, Monday Mess, is totally relatable to everyone.  Who […]

  • Sarah Y.
    Commented on September 17th, 2012 at 10:58pm

    Hi there! Just wondering where Kirsten got those brown shoes that are under the chair? They are SO cute!

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