Bloggers have the power to bring inspiration and creativity in our lives, and that is why we follow them, avidly read their content and enjoy their beautiful imagery. That is why we at Sidebuy consider ourselves so fortunate to work with these talented people who inspire us every day. One of our favourite collaborations was with Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove who worked with us on our campaign for Cymax. She found time to talk to us about her experience blogging in spite of her being very busy putting the finishing touches on her first book due to appear in fall.
Kirsten, you are a blogging veteran, as you started Simply Grove in 2008. What prompted you to start a home decor blog?
I have loved design since I was a child. I started designing for builders and new home buyers. After my children were born, I slowed down with design but then got really bored. That is when Simply Grove was created. I loved writing about design. From there it evolved into a full time gig. I feel very blessed and fortunate.
I’ve been featured in publications and sites such as Martha Stewart, Lucky Magazine, Real Living Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, The Nest Magazine, Gray Magazine, Elle Decor.com, Wedding Chicks, HGTV.com, Decor8, Apartment Therapy, Design* Sponge. I was also named one of Better Homes and Gardens top 10 best decorating blogs as well as Babble’s Top 50 Design Mom Bloggers of 2011 and I’ve been a speaker at Alt Summit 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 as well as other conferences around the states.
It was a pleasure working with you on our campaign for Cymax. How did you find the collaboration with Cymax and Sidebuy?
It was a pleasure to work with Sidebuy on this project. It was a very fluent process and we communicated so well. Creating the content that was needed was a breeze because of that. And Cymax is great brand so it was easy to promote them. It was so much fun.
Post for Cymax on Simply Grove
What are some of other brands you collaborated with?
I’ve collaborated with companies such as Benjamin Moore, GMC, Nissan, eBay, Sherwin Williams, Pottery Barn, Pergo, Room and Board, Rove Concept and Lowes.
When it comes to working with brands, what are your expectations?
I have to be true to who I am as a designer and choose brands that make sense for Simply Grove. When working with brands, I expect thorough information about the products that I will be promoting. It’s also great to receive a clear idea of a cohesive direction, whether that be in product shots or general information. With that, I enjoy thinking outside of the box, and mixing and matching styles and designs.
What advice would you give to bloggers who want to start working with brands?
Be flexible and open for new ideas from the brands. Also, be very clear with your standards. The more vague you are, the more confusing the process will be.
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us and we are looking forward to many more collaborations. Good luck with your book, and we can’t wait to see it in fall. We are sure it will be fabulous.
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