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.
The book, released Sept. 13, is the latest in a refreshing string that focuses 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. (Johnny Miller)
“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. (Artisan Books)
In Jacqueline and George Schmidt’s Brooklyn apartment, a simple desk is composed of sawhorses. (Philip Ficks)
Jill Robertson and Jason Schulte showcase some of their favorite books by hanging them in shadow boxes on the wall of their San Francisco home. (Jason Schulte)
The Cape Town, South Africa, bedroom of illustrator Heather Moore features pillows in vintage floral fabrics. (Heather Moore)
At Halligan Norris and Adam Smith’s home in Philadelphia, simple shelves follow the line of the stairs and provide a spot for books and globes. (Jess Roberts)
Two paver stones covered in decorative paper serve as bookends. (Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith)
Succulents planted in the holes of bricks create a striking green wall. (Belathee)
Painted bamboo dinner plates make for a fun “birdie snack shack.” (Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith)
Before: Design Sponge reader Nicole Haladyna set out to update this old dresser. (Nicole Haladyna)
After: Haladyna painted the exterior gray paint and the interior bold orange. (Nicole Haladyna)
Before: When Lori Dunbar removed the carpet in her sunroom, this is what she found. (Lori Dunbar)
After: Dunbar transformed the floor with yellow paint and a stencil of her own design. (Lori Dunbar)
Before: Design Sponge editor Amy Merrick’s dark office in her Brooklyn apartment. (Johnny Miller)
After: A reproduction of a wallpaper pattern by English architect and designer C.F.A. Voysey from Trustworth Studios transforms the space. (Johnny Miller)
Before: A simple suitcase is about to be revamped. (Keeley Durocher)
After: Artist Keeley Durocher attached four table legs to the bottom of the suitcase and spray-painted it a glossy black. (Keeley Durocher)
Before: Chroma Lab set out to update a 1940s dresser. (Alicia Cornwell)
After: Seven shades of blue paint make some design waves. (Alicia Cornwell)
Single stems of ranunculus in vintage bottles make a striking and inexpensive floral arrangement.