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Design*Sponge at Home

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by Grace Bonney

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The long-awaited home décor bible by the beloved design blogger

“Thank you,” wrote a reader to Design*Sponge creator Grace Bonney, “for teaching me that houses don’t have to be frumpy and formal. They don’t have to be matchy-matchy or rigidly modern.” They can just be comfy and unique and


The long-awaited home décor bible by the beloved design blogger

“Thank you,” wrote a reader to Design*Sponge creator Grace Bonney, “for teaching me that houses don’t have to be frumpy and formal. They don’t have to be matchy-matchy or rigidly modern.” They can just be comfy and unique and reflect who you are, no matter how small your budget or space.

That reader is one of the 75,000 unique daily visitors to Design*Sponge, who make it the most popular design site on the web. The site receives 250,000 pageviews every day and has 150,000 RSS subscribers and 280,000 followers on Twitter. Design*Sponge fans have been yearning for the ultimate design manual from their guru, Grace, and she has finally delivered with this definitive guide, which includes:

• Home tours of 70 real-life interiors featuring artists and designers

• Fifty DIY projects, with detailed instructions for personalizing your space

• Step-by-step tutorials on everything from stripping and painting furniture to hanging wallpaper and doing your own upholstery

• Fifty Before & After makeovers submitted by readers of Design*Sponge—real people with limited time and realistic budgets

• Essential tips on modern flower arranging, with 20 arrangements

With over 700 color photos and illustrations and projects that are customizable, relatable, and affordable, this is the democratizing design book everyone has been waiting for—and all for only $35.00!

Editorial Reviews

Design*Sponge didn't need its trademark asterisk to stand out. Grace Bonney's blog ranks as the most popular design site on the web, drawing over 75,000 unique visitors and 250,000 page views every day. This large-format hardcover is the book that its 280,000 followers on Twitter have been anxiously awaiting. Design*Sponge at Home has it all: Fifty do-it-yourself projects to personalize your space; home tours of 70 interiors featuring artists and designers; step-by-step tutorials on home improvement skills; fifty before-and-after makeover submitted by readers; essential tips on flower arranging; and, not least, 700 photographs to point the way. A fantasy feast.

From the Publisher
Design Sponge at Home is about to become your next obsession. It’s a 400-page, gold foil-covered bible of hip homes, easy chic projects, and smart decorating ideas. Bonus: a handy resource guide in the back tells you where to score everything from antiques to bath tile.”
Coastal Living
“If you’re not already a fan of designsponge.com, Grace Bonney’s style-saturated website, you’ll fall in love with her book.”
Better Homes & Gardens
“Bonney’s book is a ‘how-to’ guide for great design. Not only is it beautiful to look at, there are tons of design ideas on every page.”
—Austin American-Statesman
“Part beauty, part inspiration, part resource, Bonney’s book . . . serves as both a wonderful coffee table tome to page through and a resource to guide you through a variety of home decor projects.”
—Portland Oregonian
“Chic cleverness, in book form. . . . Accessible decor inspiration.”
—Dallas Morning News
“A one-stop book for inspiration and practical guidance.”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer
Library Journal
Bonney started the popular Design*Sponge website in 2004. Here she has collected projects and interiors submitted by her readers, illustrated with close to 550 color photographs. The "Sneak Peek" section showcases interiors created by 70 individuals. Fifty DIY projects feature clear instructions and materials lists as well as realistic difficulty and time-required labels. Although no instructions are given for the 50 "Before+After" projects, the variety of transformed furniture and decorative accessories will surely inspire readers. Also included is a vast list of resources for secondhand finds and inexpensive designer goods. A highly recommended compendium of ideas to inspire amateur decorators.

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Meet the Author

Grace Bonney is the founder of Design*Sponge, a daily website dedicated to the creative community. Design*Sponge was founded in 2004 and currently reaches nearly 2 million readers per day. A native of Virginia Beach, Bonney has worked as a contributing editor at publications such as House & Garden, Domino, and Craft magazine. She is passionate about supporting all members of the creative community; she runs an annual scholarship for up-and-coming designers, writes a free business column for creatives, and is the host of a weekly radio show, After the Jump, which reaches over 500,000 listeners per episode. Her first book, Design*Sponge at Home, is a national bestseller and has over 100,000 copies in print. After 12 years in Brooklyn, Bonney now lives in New York’s Hudson River Valley with her wife and their three pets.

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Design*Sponge at Home 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
arbres More than 1 year ago
If you like the Design*Sponge blog, then you will like this book. For anyone else not familiar with the blog (I wasn't until after I bought the book), it has lots of helpful, approachable, and yet inspirational DIY tips, ideas, and projects. In particular I like the upholstery instructions, sewing tips, and the many DIY projects such as the padded headboard. The only section I found slightly odd was the flower-arranging chapter. While it is useful for beginner flower-arrangers (and makes sense in that the blog features a weekly blooms column, I learned), I think I would've preferred more DIY information or more decor/styling content. The flower-arranging chapter probably would've been better served in its own book published separately. (Also, Barnes and Noble's edition has extra online content that I really enjoyed.)
KChannel More than 1 year ago
In this day and age you need to decide which books are great for the ereaders and which need the hard copy... This one should be a hard copy. It would have looked lovely on my coffee table and a great read for anyone to pick and browse to get some great decorating ideas.
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RickX More than 1 year ago
Great book, I recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book but I can't buy it...