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I love Grace Bonney and Design Sponge

I love Grace Bonney and Design Sponge Posted on October 27, 201632 Comments

I love Grace Bonney’s Design Sponge. It started out as a simple blog in 2004 and is now a hub for all things beautiful including before and after projects, crafts, food and drink, travel, life and business and so much more. Known as “Martha Stewart for millennials’ Design Sponge reaches out to one million readers a day.

Design Sponge is where I stray to when I know I should be working on next week’s blog posts.  It’s where I go to when I want to nose around other people’s homes knowing I won’t get the door slammed in my face.

For me it’s total interior design lust, envy, greed and jealously because I know I can never attain this level of design perfection. I live a life of organised chaos plus I’m a bit lazy and bit of a sloth. But all the same I love Design Sponge.

What I love about Design Sponge

I Love that Design Sponge champions female entrepreneurs

Design Sponge has always been a real force for the female entrepreneur, a champion for women in business. I love the diversity of women and their businesses, reading their stories of how they started, how they get inspired and what keeps them going.

I love the before and afters of real life projects

I’m constantly living in the before stage. But if I need a bit of inspiration to fuel my dreaming I come here. I love rifling through the real-life projects of homes of different styles: apartments, ranches, mid-century modern houses, cozy bungalows, garden retreats. Our kitchen could do with an update, we have a loft extension planned – all projects for when I get back to the UK.

I love browsing the super cute & cool DIY projects

These DIY projects aren’t about knocking down walls, sanding down doors or tiling the bathroom. This DIY is small-scale, easily attainable craft projects such making heart-shaped tea lights, simple ideas for the home office and these cat magnets are a hoot and very cute!

I love salivating over the food & drink

It’s good food, food I want to eat. There’s chicken pot pie, there’s fried chicken (yes! my kids would love this), there’s espresso gelato, and the most amazing lamb meatballs in a warm yoghurt sauce. You guessed it, I love my food and I’m a real sucker for a food website where I can ogle stunning food photography and dream up glorious suppers for friends.

I love that it’s a treasure trove of all things beautiful

Whether I’m reading about the influence of ancient Indian crafts in modern design or the ”Day In The Life Of’ columns (I just love those).  In another life I too am a jewellery designer like Pamela Love or Kathleen Whitaker, maybe my blog will reach the heady heights of Oh Joy. Regardless, Design Sponge drives my day dreams.

So who is Grace Bonney?

Grace Bonney is the creator of Design Sponge, starting out in 2004, at the beginning of the blogging phenomenon. Previous to this she was a contributing editor and freelance writer for a titles such as: DominoHouse & Garden, New York HomeFood & WineIn StyleNew York Magazine. 

Read her recent interview with Elle Magazine on building a really, truly inclusive company.

Grace has recently published her second book: In the Company of Women
Stories of what women entrepreneurs can do, offering insights into their success, how they overcame obstacles and barriers and staying true to you values.

It’s on my Christmas list!

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32 thoughts on “I love Grace Bonney and Design Sponge

  1. Wow what a wonderful website, I’ve just taken a quick nose at it and already I love the images. This could become another guilty pleasure. I’ll go back to take a snoop at it later on today. Thanks for sharing this with us at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

  2. Oooh, right up my street. I am just about to get to another temporary before stage, before a more permanent before stage (we’re renting whilst we sell and buy a new place), so this looks like a perfect place for me to spend some time when I’m supposed to be packing! Haha. Will definitely be checking out Elle for Grace’s interview and more on the book. Thank you x

    Kat x
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    1. It’s such a lovely site. I can spend hours lost amongst the home tours, interior designs, reading up on inspirational business women – I love it!

    1. Yay! I’ve found another Design Sponge fan. I think Grace Bonney is amazing to have created and curate such a fabulous site.

    1. Aww thank you – enjoy, I love looking into people’s homes and seeing what they are up to, and the food is pretty good too!

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