‘Design Sponge at Home’: Blog is now a book


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Design Sponge blogger Grace Bonney, above, has taken a break from the Internet for a moment to publish “Design Sponge at Home,” a hardback compilation of the site’s best decorating ideas.

PHOTO GALLERY: ‘Design Sponge at Home’


The book, released last week, is the latest in a refreshing string of new design books focusing on affordable, eclectic interiors. The homes featured here are aspirational but realistic, as iconic furnishings share space with inexpensive finds from thrift stores, flea markets, EBay and Etsy.

‘Design Sponge at Home’ ($35, Artisan Books) is divided into five categories: sneak peeks, DIY projects, DIY basics, flower workshop and before-and-after. Fans of Design Sponge will be delighted to hear that the book is a good representation of the blog’s coverage of home tours, crafts and do-it-yourself makeovers.

Although the book is 400 pages, it’s not overwhelming. The projects are easy to follow, and Bonney says many can be done in an afternoon -- an inexpensive bird feeder made of bamboo dinner plates, or a succulent wall composed of bricks.

The DIY basics and before-and-afters don’t offer a lot of instruction, but it’s a good place to get ideas. Think of ‘Design Sponge at Home’ as the ideal coffee table book for the Pinterest addict in your life: a virtual scrapbook of ideas to inspire. With its tips, resources, how-tos and 600 photos, this book will get dog-eared quickly.

As part of her book tour, Bonney will appear from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 28 at a craft workshop at Anthropologie, 211 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. Reservations required.



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