Last week, I began what will be a series of posts on my favourite home decorating books. As mentioned, the books that make up my list of favourites are not only coffee-table worthy but also educational and inspiring. This week’s book is Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney.
Bonney is well known name in the design world as the founder of one of the most popular design/decorating blogs, Design*Sponge. I was already an avid reader of her blog and had waited months for the book’s release date in 2011. When my pre-ordered copy arrived, I sat down with a glass of wine and marveled at the pages. I was certainly not let down. It is a five star encyclopedia of home design inspiration. For the next decade (at least) I know I will take this book off the shelf again and again to re-read and reference.
Design*Sponge at Home is divided into five sections filled with new and archived-blog content. The first section is a collection of the best “sneak peeks” (snap shots of 65 amazingly decorated homes and apartments). Bonney travelled through the USA and as far as South Africa, Australia and Europe to collect the photos. The variety of different styles that show through the photos are immensely inspiring. Each home is enough to give you a horrible case of envy but Bonney was thoughtful enough to include commentary, tips and helpful hints to help you try and replicate what you see.
The following three sections are DIY related and …fantastic! The first is a set of 50 projects ranging in price, time, and difficulty level (which are all stated). The projects are both practical and decorative, including drapery panels, tea towels, bird feeders and wall art. The second chapter includes some DIY basics for getting started on any project you might want to tackle. Bonney walks you through things like painting furniture, hanging wallpaper and how to rewire a lamp. The instructions are detailed yet clear and include diagrams for visual learners, like me. Additionally, there is a section dedicated to making your own flower arrangements. Bonney instructs on creating 20 gorgeous floral centerpieces with guidelines and basic tips.
The final section in Design*Sponge is “before and after” – a reoccurring column on the blog. The before and afters in the book include makeovers of furniture, accessories and entire spaces. The section is not only photos – Bonney has also included a small blurb about each project and how it was done. Again, the price-tag, difficulty and required time are given. Most of the projects are easy enough for even beginners!
I love this book because it makes home decorating and renovation accessible and affordable for everyone. It inspires the reader to create spaces that are personal, functional and fabulous. There’s plenty in the book to get creativity flowing and make you want to get started on that project you’ve been meaning to try.
Are you inspired?
In my next post, 1000 Ideas for Home Design and Decoration by Mariana R. Eguaras Etchetto