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15 Years: Farewell and Thank You

Our 2019 Design*Sponge team: Sofia Tuovinen, Garret Fleming, Kristina Gill, Caitlin Kelch, Grace Bonney, Kelli Kehler, Lauren Day and Erin Austen Abbo...
30-08-2019 18:56

Where to Find Us Next + Some Reading Suggestions For the Fut

One of the biggest requests I’ve gotten since announcing our closing was: can you suggest some places to read now that you’re leaving"...
30-08-2019 18:56

Creating A Forever Home in Kent, England

We moved into our condo in December of last year, and I immediately knew the space was perfect for us. It wasn?t until this past July, however, that I...
29-08-2019 18:53

An 1880s-Era Church Turned Vacation Home in Ontario

Back in early 2018, art teacher Colin and his partner Matt, a banker, were nesting. They had finished renovating their Toronto loft and were thrilled ...
29-08-2019 18:53

The D*S Team Reflects: Looking Back On Lessons Learned

It feels like a lifetime ago when I was sitting in the newsroom at my previous job on my lunch break, scrolling through Design*Sponge, relishing in th...
29-08-2019 18:53

Our Hopes For The Future of Design

Pattern above by Deanne Cheuk (download here) This is the final week of Design*Sponge. I’ve been scared to write that sentence all summer, but t...
27-08-2019 18:54

Keia McSwain + The Black Interior Designers Conference 2019

When I feel stuck, uninspired or just isolated in my work, I look to see if there are any conferences coming up. I was at a conference in 2014 when I ...
27-08-2019 18:54

How to Handle (And Learn From) Being Called Out

When I started Design*Sponge, I had no idea just how many times I would royally stick my foot in my mouth. From poor internet behavior (I left my shar...
26-08-2019 18:54

Heartache Chocolate Cake + Giveaway

I started thinking about what my last recipe post would be in January when Grace told the team that Design*Sponge would be closing this summer. I wasn...
23-08-2019 18:53

A Designer?s Beautiful and Adaptive Home in the Southwest

I feel so much gratitude for this site — for the ways Design*Sponge has helped shape other pockets of the internet and for the ways writing othe...
23-08-2019 18:53

You Are More Than The Best (and Worst) Thing You?ve Ever Don

I’ve been struggling a lot over the past few years to reckon with how big of a role my work life plays in my self confidence and identity. I don...
22-08-2019 18:57

Before & After: A Kitchen Adds Function and Beauty

A few years ago, I found this amazing woodworker on Instagram and immediately fell in love with her work. I asked my husband for a piece she had creat...
21-08-2019 18:53

How to Know When It?s Time to Go (and How it Feels to Say Go

Artwork by Nick Misani When I posted on Instagram about these final essay spots in our calendar, so many of you wanted to know how I knew it was time ...
21-08-2019 18:53

A Vision (Board) For The Future

When I first learned about vision/inspiration boards years ago, I was a major skeptic. I didn’t see how cutting images out of a magazine could a...
20-08-2019 18:53

An Eclectic Home Brimming with Custom & Creative Touches in

Heather Swallow and Atom Willard are no strangers to exploratory DIY projects — whether they’re reviving vintage pieces (and giving them a...
19-08-2019 18:54

Dear 23-Year-Old Grace: Let?s Write Letters To Our Younger S

Last week I mentioned that I only had a few spots left in our Design*Sponge calendar before we closed up shop. I asked what YOU wanted to hear about ?...
19-08-2019 18:54

DIY Glam PVC Pipe Walls

It wouldn’t be a proper final month of Design*Sponge (I’m not crying, you’re crying!) if we didn’t leave you with one more kno...
16-08-2019 18:53

Easy-to-Make Sweet Coconut Quick Bread

So many times on Instagram I’m drawn as much by the images themselves as the enthusiastic writing of someone who genuinely seems to enjoy explai...
16-08-2019 18:53

5 Pieces of Unsolicited Advice I?m Glad I Ignored

Photo by HomePolish One of my earliest Design*Sponge memories involves a bit of unsolicited advice I received from a fellow design blogger. He pulled ...
15-08-2019 18:54

In Philadelphia, An Industrial Loft Full of Wallpaper & Whim

After 15 years of featuring incredible homes on Design*Sponge, it can feel like every cool home we see has been featured here or elsewhere. But when t...
14-08-2019 18:53

Travel with Us: Our Hopes for Future Design*Sponge Travelers

When I started Design*Sponge back in 2004, I had no idea that city guides would become such a big part of what we published. DS City Guides (we have o...
13-08-2019 18:53

Accessible Design in 2019 & Beyond

At our farewell celebration at Philadelphia’s Terrain last week, amidst steady laugher and clinking glasses, I met one of our readers who told m...
12-08-2019 18:55

How My Mom?s Aesthetic Inspired My Love of Design

As a child, I was fascinated with my mom’s desk. It was a refractory table that was part of our living room. I was usually the first one awake a...
09-08-2019 18:55

Passing the Baton: One Final Podcast Episode about Closing D

This year has been full of big professional decisions. The first was deciding it was the right time to close Design*Sponge ? and then figuring out how...
08-08-2019 18:55

That One Piece: The Perfect Blue Globe

When I was in college — in the mid-90s — I discovered the art of thrifting. I was working in a vintage store at the time in Tampa, FL call...
07-08-2019 18:54

Before & After: Grace?s New Entryway

Apparently I have been working out all of my “Design*Sponge is closing” anxiety in the form of home decorating projects. We’ve lived...
06-08-2019 18:55

In Toronto, a Couple?s Careful Planning Pays Off

Stroll around Toronto?s expansive Riverdale community and you?ll uncover fantastic schools, a collection of eclectic neighbors and rows of charming ho...
05-08-2019 18:57

6 Ways *YOU* Can Make a Difference in Design

As of today, this is our final month of posting here at Design*Sponge. After almost 15 years, it’s time to head on to a new chapter ? but not wi...
02-08-2019 18:53

Grace?s Kitchen Dining Room Update

If there is one part of our home that we use the most, it’s our kitchen dining area. It’s right next to the open kitchen (where Julia is a...
01-08-2019 18:53

Before & After: A Renter?s DIY-Filled Entryway in England

Blogger Medina Grillo, author of the upcoming book Home Sweet Rented Home, is no stranger to getting her hands dirty. In fact, she’s been showin...
31-07-2019 18:53

A Food Editor?s Edgy Apartment Overlooking New York City

When it comes to anything related to the culinary arts, Nicole Taylor is unquestionably your go-to expert. She has worked as a freelance food writer f...
30-07-2019 18:56

In East Sussex, A Family?s Old Victorian Breathes New Life

“Once you?ve experienced an old property ? despite its numerous problems like damp, failing walls ? it?s hard to imagine yourself living anywher...
29-07-2019 18:54

Before & After: An English Home?s Multicolored Makeover

Oftentimes entrepreneur Laura Wellington is kept busy by the varying commercial and residential design assignments she receives from her clients. Rece...
26-07-2019 18:56

Before & After: A Kitchen In Seattle Gets A Clean & Modern O

From previous renter to current homeowner, today’s Before & After seemed like the perfect time to check in with Seattle-based blogger, Joann...
25-07-2019 18:54

In Austin, A Hotel Reminiscent of A Wes Anderson Film Set

It all started with one simple light fixture. Sometimes that’s how it goes in the design process — and that’s all it takes for the v...
24-07-2019 18:53

Grace at Creative Mornings: ?People Matter, Real Life Matter

Earlier this year I had the honor of speaking at Creative Mornings New York. Tina knew it was our final year at Design*Sponge and asked me to come spe...
23-07-2019 18:53

Before & After: A Bedroom Turns into A Modern Traditional Ge

Last year, Alisa Bovino, who works full-time in pharmaceutical marketing and manages her blog and e-design business on the side, decided to participat...
22-07-2019 18:54

Roast Chicken with Sumac and Red Onions + Giveaway!

One of the fantastic things about editing this column over the years has been seeing the different ways people prepare the same ingredient. We have fe...
19-07-2019 18:54

Lauren?s Spare Room Makeover: The Reveal!

Author?s Note: We?re excited to bring you this post with Behr, who kindly sponsored this project! All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for sup...
19-07-2019 18:54

Before & After: Enlisting Expertise to Transform An 1800s Ro

Merging old and new is never an easy task. First of all, it’s hard to know what condition spaces are really in when buying a fixer-upper. Second...
19-07-2019 18:54

What Bird Watching Taught Me About Life + Work

Eastern Phoebe Painting by Shauna Finn Art at Etsy Over the past few months, I’ve been trying to slow down, be present, and really take in all o...
18-07-2019 18:54

Where Are They Now: D*S Editor Anne Ditmeyer

I’m so excited that we’re getting an update from Anne Ditmeyer today! Anne has become such a star and we are all so envious of her beautif...
17-07-2019 18:53

That One Piece: A Pair of Velvet Club Chairs that I Lost Too

When I was 12 years old, inflatable anything was a big trend, lava lamps were making a comeback, and ideally, every room needed to have a disco ball. ...
16-07-2019 18:53

In Brooklyn, A Couple Enhances Period Charm with A Personal

After renting an apartment in New York for several years, Matthew DeRosier and his partner Casey Gorrell analyzed their budget and realized that the c...
15-07-2019 18:53

Before & After: From Eyesore to Eye-Catching in Scotland

Last year we walked you through the newly-renovated Edinburgh flat of blogger Liz Engelsen. The overhaul was extensive and did wonders for her living ...
12-07-2019 18:53

Design*Sponge Farewell Party August 2nd in Philadelphia (Com

I always knew I wanted the end of Design*Sponge to feel like a celebration, and thanks to our long-time friends at Terrain, it will be. To celebrate o...
12-07-2019 18:53

In Atlanta, Watchman?s Brings the Coast to the City

Growing up in the South, it was never lost on me that we were surrounded by some of the best seafood in the country. With the South being a region whe...
11-07-2019 18:53

Studio Tour: Valerie Madison Fine Jewelry in Seattle, WA

For the past five years, jewelry designer Valerie Madison has been busy building her business Valerie Madison Fine Jewelry (@valeriemadisonjewelry). W...
10-07-2019 18:53

Where Are They Now: D*S Editor Stephanie Todaro

I can’t believe our final month of posts (ever!) at Design*Sponge is just around the corner. And as we start to code our final posts, it’s...
09-07-2019 18:55

A Radical Pre-War Rental in Flatbush

Upon walking into the lobby of this 1930s apartment building in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood, one?s greeted by ornate ceiling details and a ...
08-07-2019 18:53

Masala-Spice Palmiers + Giveaway!

Maggie Battista’s cookbook, A New Way to Food: 100 Recipes to Encourage a Healthy Relationship with Food, Nourish Your Beautiful Body, and Celeb...
05-07-2019 18:59

Lauren?s Spare Room Makeover: New Color from Top to Bottom

Author?s Note: We?re excited to bring you this post with Behr, who kindly sponsored this project! All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for sup...
04-07-2019 18:53

In Virginia, A Military Family Settles into A Ranch-Style Ho

Owner of MochaGirl Marketplace Tracey Hairston, her husband Reggie, and their son moved into this home in Chesapeake, VA after Reggie was given a new ...
03-07-2019 18:53

Susan Maddux x All We Ever Wanted

It’s been a while since I went to a new art show, but after seeing these photos from ROW DTLA, I’m reminded of how much I need to get out ...
02-07-2019 18:53

A Maximalist Home In South Carolina Layered With Color & Col

A few years after I moved into my house, a heard a knock at the door and saw an older man standing outside. Curious, I opened the door and he introduc...
01-07-2019 18:53

Lauren?s Spare Room Makeover: Finding the Perfect Palette

Author?s Note: We?re excited to bring you this post with Behr, who kindly sponsored this project! All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for sup...
28-06-2019 18:54

In Marblehead, MA, A Growing Family Honors the Past & Adds T

For a 1927 home only ever owned by one family, you could say that the hands of Jen Dulac and her family would be the best to embrace it when it was ti...
28-06-2019 18:54

The Most Popular Recipe of All Time: Katie Quinn Davies? Gui

Well, it’s here: the final spot on our final countdown of the most popular Design*Sponge posts of all time. I find myself typing more and more s...
28-06-2019 18:54

Most Popular Life + Business Post of All Time: Simple Tips F

Working with Adam J. Kurtz (aka Adam JK) has been one of the highlights of my 15 years here at Design*Sponge. He has the uncanny ability to take terri...
27-06-2019 18:55

In Praise of Carpet

Hardwood floors were at the top of my list when looking for a house. They aren?t hard to find in Des Moines, so it wasn?t a big ask. When we toured ou...
27-06-2019 18:55

In Portland, an Early-1900s Victorian Fit for Four

I wasn’t surprised in the least when I found out that Darcy and Josh White’s Victorian farmhouse in Portland, OR was our #9 home tour of a...
26-06-2019 18:53

Most Popular Before & After of All Time: An RV to Call Home

The #1 spot on our Top 20 Before & Afters of all-time list belongs to a space that is representative of one of the biggest trends we saw over thes...
26-06-2019 18:53

Where Are They Now: Amy Azzarito

As we get closer to our final month of posting, I’m excited to be sharing more updates from Design*Sponge alumni. Today we’re getting a vi...
25-06-2019 18:53

The Most Popular DIY Project of All Time: Tiny Doors!

Throughout our 15 years at Design*Sponge, I’ve seen our projects (and their reception) run the gamut. From super-practical up-cycling ideas that...
25-06-2019 18:53

The Most Popular Home Tour of All Time: A Brooklyn Home for

The day is finally here. I am writing about the most popular and beloved home tour we have ever run here at Design*Sponge. And to be honest, I was ent...
24-06-2019 18:53

Celebrating Global Design: France

As we finish up our trek around the world in our Celebrating Global Design series, today we’re visiting France. While the air of romance and old...
24-06-2019 18:53

Small Business Focus: Thuma Designed THE Bed

Reed Kamler and the team at Thuma, makers of a platform bed frame dubbed The Bed, believe that simplicity is the truest form of sophistication. Thuma ...
22-06-2019 18:53

Top 20 Recipes of All Time: #2 Lena Corwin?s Pumpkin Cranber

I’m not going to lie ? working on these final two weeks of “Best of Design*Sponge” posts has left me in tears on more than one occas...
21-06-2019 18:54

Evolving Style: Streamlining A Farmhouse + Giveaway!

In today’s edition of Evolving Style we are heading back to the Vermont home of Jessica and Dustin Glasscoe, a farmhouse we first peeked at eigh...
21-06-2019 18:54

Lauren?s Spare Room Makeover: Her Favorite Painted Rooms for

Author?s Note: We?re excited to bring you this post created with our partner, Behr, who kindly provided the paint for this project! Thank you for supp...
21-06-2019 18:54

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