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Design*Sponge at Home

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  1,004 ratings  ·  100 reviews
"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
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Artisan
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I don't know why I keep checking out books that come out of blogs I follow. I always expect them to be more than print copies of things seen or read on the blogs. This one, like the others I've read, is not. I like the site so much, I almost didn't write this review, but that seemed dishonest somehow.

There are pretty pictures of many homes, like the "sneak peeks" on the Design*Sponge site. They seem less personal in print, however, missing the little comments from the homeowners about what they
I love every single thing about this book. And website.
Apr 22, 2012 Ami rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Basically an expansion, hold-in-your-hands version of the blog. The "Sneak Peeks" were indeed lovely, although sometimes repetitive. Some houses had lots of pictures and some had few and I would turn the page and expect to be in the same house & I'd be in a different house. I like to just soak the style in, and then think about how to replicate it in my own home. Usually, though, I just get masochistically mired down in inadequacy about my not-an-architect-designed-loft-in-Park-Slope, and th ...more
Do you love looking at interior design blogs? If you answered yes then you are going to enjoy this book. It is broken down into 5 sections.
1)Sneak Peeks - This is the largest part of the book which is exactly what it says, a peek into someone's living space. You can go to the blog and see so much more of these spaces which were originally on the blog, but here you will just get a peek of that space. A great many of the spaces are of people who are very successful in interior design or a related
Kayla Cagan
I enjoy the Design*Sponge website and the layout of site much more than the book, which felt a bit chaotic to me. It's not as organized as I would have liked - even a break down regionally would have been interesting to me. I felt like I was just browsing schizophrenically from page to page without any rhyme or reason, which actually didn't feel very fun. I usually enjoy skipping around on the site.

This said, the writing is smart and the photographs are clear. I just wish the actual organization
Beautifully photographed. A little on the etsy/DIY side for my taste but there are also some unique, sleek, and tailored homes. Remarkably, most homes not only incorporated books and libraries as design elements they also focused on and celebrated living with shelves and stacks of books.

I flipped through the DIY section in the back because I am not crafty, but I can see how many people would enjoy these projects.
A lot of great ideas and beautiful photos of amazing rooms. I got this book from the library, I would not purchase it. The ideas and photos are things you will find on the blog, so save your money. However, it was fun to look through. I am very inspired to start visiting the flea market!
I love Grace Bonney's (et al) blog and this book was just more of the best stuff. Loved getting to thumb through bunches and bunches of new Sneak Peeks. Also liked getting to read more about Grace's path to the blog. Delightful. I paged through it in about two lunches.
I loved this book so much more than I thought I would. I already tried out one of the projects (yarn vase) and am looking forward to more. It's a book that teaches and inspires, and I just plain love looking at pretty houses.
Sarah Ryburn resplendent. unadulterated brilliance. five bazillion stars. seriously, i'll be scanning, rereading, referencing, indulging, etc for the next decade. an encyclopedia of home design inspiration.
This book makes me sad about all the things I want to do to my house, but can't afford. I just have to remind myself that these people probably have massive credit card debt.
Great pictures. But let's face it: If you've seen the blog, you've seen the book!
This book is amazing! is my new favorite website. Such good ideas!!!
This book is fantastic. I've been rationing and slowing reading it for many, many months because I didn't want to run out of beautiful pages. Sadly, it is finished, but I am feeling extra inspired now.

The first half of the book has 2-page features (magazine-style) of real homes from all over the world. They range from large, open beach houses to small NYC studio apartments and everything in-between. I loved that it featured real people with real design and space constraints. Sometimes things lo
liberal sprinkles
Aug 24, 2011 liberal sprinkles rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: designers, artists, home decorators, everybody, crafters, DIYers
this review is adapted from
a longer review at my blog, liberal sprinkles

Design*Sponge at Home is full of inspiring and do-able ideas that will get your creative juices flowing. It's interesting to see the different styles and tastes of people reflected in the homes they live in; and the photos, tips and suggestions will inspire and help you get crafty and creating so you can bring your own personality to your own home, whether it is by adding accents to rooms and furnishings or taking on a majo
Rebecca Schweitzer
A fun read from Design * Sponge, one of my favorite blogs. I love that this blog has taken book form because the pictures on the blog are the type you want o set out on your coffee table for friends to view.

The book is packed with inspiration from amazing homes around the world. There are also DIY projects with instructions, basic tips on doing general DIY tasks like making curtains or reupholstering furniture. The section on floral arrangements was my least favorite even though I did get a few
Michelle Johnston
Design Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney what a little beauty this book turned out to be. Written by the humble Grace Bonney who started her blog Design Sponge 7 years ago to connect with other creative home loving people.

This book is not a flashy vogue type read, it is down to earth and full of honest pictures of rooms that you could definately create yourself, with flea market and op shop finds turned into something special. It proves my motto that you don't have to spend a lot of money to creat
Pure eye candy. The blog in book format. The "sneak peek" home tours are my favorite parts of the blog and likewise, in my opinion, the best part of the book. I liked the craft/toolbox essentials lists, there are a few projects I may take on myself, but I have no real interest in the floral arrangement section of the book. Was a bit surprised to see the same design featured in homes that were featured back-to-back in the book. Felt there were many opportunities to feature more and different idea ...more
I didn't come to this book as an avid reader of the Design Sponge blog. I have had a quick look on occasion, but it is not a blog that I check in on regularly. So when I stumbled upon the book in an interiors shop and started having a quick flick through, I didn't really expect that I would want to add it to my interiors book collection!

The book features a well-curated collection of house tours and instructions for a series of achievable DIY projects. I love the diversity of interior design sty
Kate Woods Walker
This is a do-it-yourself and design book that can be read like a novel, cover to cover. Design Sponge website creator Grace Bonney has put together a (what else?) terrifically-designed work of nonfiction that gives you everything you ever wanted in book of this sort.

The opening section introduces us to a lineup of good designers and gives us a peek at their living spaces. Then its on to suggested projects, a basic instruction guide in tools and how to use them, a section on flower arranging, and
I love Bonney's blog, Design Sponge, and I really wanted to love this book. I like the "tours" of different homes, and love the explanations of why the decor works. There are a number of home decorating projects at the end of the book that are relatively easy to master.

I'm more of a project-oriented person, and I would really have loved to see more projects in the book, or at least more projects directly "inspired" by the home tours in the book.

I like this book, and I would recommend it for so
Leah Hortin
This was just ok. It had some useful tidbits but the overall aesthetic of the book doesn't suit my taste. I was also very irritated by the "before and afters" that didn't talk about how they actually accomplished the projects. I guess I'm just more of a Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love kind of gal.
Liz De Coster
Really a 3.5.
This book is a collection of interior design works of different designers and offers pro tips in making your home a better place to live in aesthetically and functionally. It also offers an array of do-it-yourself projects that are easy to follow, different types of floral arrangements for every occasion and before and after shots of furniture and room makeovers.

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For someone who professes to despise DIY projects, I actually enjoyed this book by Grace Bonney, creator of the now-famous blog Design*Sponge. I always love looking at photos of people's pretty homes, regardless of the mood I'm in. The back how-to sections were also interesting and helpful (I particularly enjoyed the extensive section on flower arrangement). Plenty of pretty photos and DIY inspiration here for more crafty types, but I just liked all the pretty pictures.
I suspect I would have read this for the title alone... This book is fun fantastic and amazing. All this time I've been crawling through interior design books that look like they may have user friendly projects, but only show things out of your price range and WAY out of your reach. This book shows things that are totally do-able that you would actually be able to use! What I've been searching for all these months, thank you Design*sponge crew, nice work.
Synopsis: people really into 'stuff' making a lot of fuss about tatty finds and hand-me-downs. My house has plenty...though not so prized/ artfully arranged. Usual shtick that we should be visiting more flea markets etc to search for the elusive 'piece' to fill a particular space in our home (read: life). Most of the DIY projects are for those with more time than sense. Some are vaguely useful but lacking in detail. Wish I hadn't bought it.
I follow Grace's Design*Sponge blog. Her blog has served as a source of personal inspiration for years (those Before & Afters!) and I especially like that she champions making your house reflect who you are and what you love. Her book is a lovely and tangible inspiration for those looking to furnish and decorate their homes on a budget. It also includes "how-to's" and is organized as efficiently as her blog. LOVE. IT.
Apr 11, 2012 Will rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: interior design fans
The value of such books is in their photos, and there's enough here for your eye to wander through to keep you happy. A large number of excellent homes from diverse and quirky people illustrate a number of design principles, and the back of the book even contains some simple projects for you to try at home. Highly recommended for those interested in modern design, esp. in small homes and apartments.
Sunny Purdin
Some of the homes in the beginning of this book are so cluttered, the homes almost didn't look livable. Also, these are all designers and artists, not a lot of "real" people and yet many of the homes had the same aesthetic.

I was going to give it two stars, but the crafts section was pretty fantastic. Not every project was a winner, but it was enough to salvage the book.
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