Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney

Design*Sponge at Home

"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 popula...

Details Design*Sponge at Home

TitleDesign*Sponge at Home
Release DateSep 6th, 2011
GenreNonfiction, Design

Reviews Design*Sponge at Home

  • Jennifer
    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 li...
  • Patty
    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 a...
  • Manik Sukoco
    While the old adage goes, "Don't judge a book by its cover!", Design Sponge at Home is gorgeous both inside and out! Insights into interesting interiors of everyday people with great design eyes. Mixture vintage, antique and modern, just shows objects with excellent lines never go out of style. Regardless of style, this book has something for every design enthusiast. While most of the spaces profiled in the book are on the small side, the styles ...
  • Lisa
    I love every single thing about this book. And website.
  • 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 photogra...
  • Kathy
    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.
  • Linda
    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.
  • Sara
    Some good stuff, but a lot that I recognize as having seen on Design Sponge already at various points in time. Fun to flip through, but even flipping through got tiresome after a while (this is a BIG book).Made me wonder how much of a "well-decorated house" is camera angle and lighting, plus a cleaning and staging crew scouring through immediately prior to the camera angles and lighting.
  • Virginia
    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.
  • Laura
    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.
  • Kayla Hollatz
    What a fun look into some eccentric homes! While not all of the spaces were my style, it was interesting to see how much each space reflected the people who lived there. Loved the stories too. May need to look at this again for flower inspiration at a later date!
  • Tiah
    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!
  • Sarah Ryburn
    1970-01-01 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.
  • JDAZDesigns
    Great pictures. But let's face it: If you've seen the blog, you've seen the book!
  • Alison
    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.
  • Carol
    This book is amazing! is my new favorite website. Such good ideas!!!
  • D. Thrush
    I don’t follow the Design*Sponge blog and got this book on sale. I didn’t even know what the term Design*Sponge meant. Apparently, it means to soak up design like a sponge. I’m always looking for decorating tips and inexpensive ways to improve my house. Sometimes I go on HGTV watching jags. I especially like before and after photos. Books like this can inspire and share great ideas. This book had several sections: Sneak Peeks of designer’...
  • Ligaya
    I could NOT slog through all the text in this book so, with happy resignation, allowed myself to flip through the pages and read whatever I thought would be helpful - it went better that way. That said, much of the text (I read) seemed self-serving or insignificant. (I suggest you do what I did.) The photos were the important part, after all. Good resource for inspiration. Some vignettes seemed totally staged and unusable for real life (p 87 tabl...
  • Mizloo
    Beautiful pictures. Good do-able DiY projects. How the beautiful people live, but with some down to earth suggestions. Did I mention the photography? It melds so completely with the text. A very good book for a young person beginning to develop or fine-tune their taste. I'm not that person.
  • Beka
    Lots of lovely pictures and inspiring DIY projects.
  • Emgee
    Beautiful and very inspiring living spaces, but really doesn't present anything new. I suggest Justina Blakeney's 'The New Bohemians' for interiors that really pop and excite.
  • Bree
    Notes:170 pgs home ideas and photos200 pgs DIY ideas
  • Jeanna
    An inspiring interior design book, with an entire section dedicated to DIY projects. It even had instructions for basic flower arrangements, a much overlooked but useful skill in design.
  • liberal sprinkles
    this review is adapted from a longer review at my blog, liberal sprinklesDesign*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 ac...
  • Stephanie
    Houses on parade. On one hand, useful for inspiration but also - a little boring and self-indulgent
  • Jodi
    Lost of sneak peak pics, craft/DIY projects and shopping references. A fun look book!
  • Ashley
    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...
  • 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 ...
  • Ami
    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...
  • Michelle
    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 th...