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Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney
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Aug 24, 11

bookshelves: design, interior-design, must-read, non-fiction, home-decor, home, diy, best-diy-book, best-decorating-book, best-design-book
Recommended for: designers, artists, home decorators, everybody, crafters, DIYers
Read from January 01 to August 23, 2011 — I own a copy

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 major renovation project.

The book brings to print some of the Design*Sponge blog's best-loved features:

** Sneak Peeks takes us on tours of 65 apartments and houses of varying designs and styles across the US and as far away as South Africa, Singapore and Australia. The photos are enough to give you a serious case of home-envy but you can try replicating all that gorgeousness with the decorating and renovating and tips. There are also resource guides in the book.

:: 50 DIY projects. The cost, time needed and level of difficulty are indicated. They include practical things like tea towels and display jars, as well as decorative accents like window films and pressed botanical specimens. There's a chapter on DIY basics but for some items, you'll need to already know how to get going, for instance how to use a sewing machine or a glue gun. But there are plenty of easy projects for complete beginners. Among the simplest are a cake stand, which basically involves glueing an plate to a candlestick, and map-covered boxes.

:: Before and After: this is a regular blog column where furniture and rooms get a bit of love and a makeover. Again, the cost, time required and difficulty level are listed. There are lots of projects almost anyone can tackle with a bit of paint, some glue and a hammer. And at least 10 cost less than $50 to complete.

This is one of the things I love best about the blog and the book - it makes home decor and renovation so accessible and affordable. You don't need to be rich to beautify and transform your home. You don't have to be a serial DIYer or spend buckets of money to turn your home into a beautiful place that reflects your personality and style. You can do much of the work yourself if you like, and there's plenty enough in the book to get you going.

Additionally, there is a chapter devoted to flower arrangments with guidelines on the basic you need to know and instructions to create 20 arrangements.


5+ stars. Well worth the money.
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