Tuesday, January 8, 2013

BOOK WE LOVE: Design*Sponge at Home

Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney (Artisan Books).

Start clearing off space on your coffee table now. I have a new found love of interior design books, and can often be found perusing through stacks of them in bookstores. I have found the winner. This book is by the creator of the hit design blog, Design*Sponge, which also happens to be one of my all-time favorite blogs.

Divided into five categories including sneak peeks, DIY projects, DIY basics, flower workshops, and before & after, Design*Sponge at Home captures the essence of the blog: creative, sophisticated, and beautifully artistic. The first section includes photos of gorgeous homes from all over the world, with tips sprinkled throughout, such as how to renovate on a budget, highlight a favorite collection of books and objects, and use reclaimed wood in your house. Bonney even gives us a look into her own Park Slope apartment, and how she makes the best of some of its quirks, including a ten-degree slant throughout the rooms, and its lack of natural light.

In the chapter on DIY projects, you'll learn how to make recycled cake stands, map-covered boxes, citronella candles, and so much more. Bonney will teach you sewing and floral design basics, how to paint furniture, and the necessary skills to create your dream home on a budget. The before and after chapter will change the way you view your space. Each renovation project shows the exact cost, time, and level of difficulty. Unlike many other before and after sections that I've seen in interior design books, which make it seem like every individual has endless funds for renovations, Design*Sponge focuses on keeping budgets low.

Design*Sponge at Home will have a permanent home on my coffee table, and I will continue to read the blog almost daily. The book is beautifully thought-out with gorgeous photography, and provides its reader with hours of inspiration, entertainment, and ideas.

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