Design*Sponge Big Book of Ideas for the Home: A Guide to Inspiring Homes - and All the Tools You Need to Create Your Own (Hardback)
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Short Description for Design*Sponge Big Book of Ideas for the Home The debut book by one of the web's most beloved and popular design bloggers, Grace Bonney of DESIGN*SPONGE. The book includes a tour of 75 real-life interiors, big and small. There are clear instructions for 100 DIY projects for all around the house. Tutorials include how to hang wallpaper, stripping and painting furniture, flower arranging, and
- Published: 06 September 2011
- Format: Hardback 400 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781579654313 ISBN 10: 1579654312
- Sales rank: 1,239
Reviews for Design*Sponge Big Book of Ideas for the Home
- Top review
This book makes a lovely, stylish gift for anyone who loves decorating, style and DIY. Looks far more impressive then the price tag suggests!! by Victoria Gibson
Great Addition to the Library!
Design*Sponge at Home is an awesome book and a great addition to any library! It has some great inspiration photos and galleries as well as a DIY section to make cheap, yet classy decor for your home.
There is also a handy glossary of flea market locations and handy websites for different items around the home.
What i loved most about the book is its variety. All homes that were included in this book were different so their were plenty of ideas!! by Koby Campbell
eye candy, great ideas and resource
this review is adapted from a longer one at the liberal sprinkles blog
Design*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 accents to rooms and furnishings or taking on a major renovation project.
The book brings to print some of the Design*Sponge blog's best-loved features:
** Sneak Peeks takes us on tours of 65 apartments and houses of varying designs and styles across the US and as far away as South Africa, Singapore and Australia. The photos are enough to give you a serious case of home-envy but you can try replicating all that gorgeousness with the decorating and renovating and tips. There are also resource guides in the book.
:: 50 DIY projects. The cost, time needed and level of difficulty are indicated. They include practical things like tea towels and display jars, as well as decorative accents like window films and pressed botanical specimens. There's a chapter on DIY basics but for some items, you'll need to already know how to get going, for instance how to use a sewing machine or a glue gun. But there are plenty of easy projects for complete beginners. Among the simplest are a cake stand, which basically involves glueing an plate to a candlestick, and map-covered boxes.
:: Before and After: this is a regular blog column where furniture and rooms get a bit of love and a makeover. Again, the cost, time required and difficulty level are listed. There are lots of projects almost anyone can tackle with a bit of paint, some glue and a hammer. And at least 10 cost less than $50 to complete.
This is one of the things I love best about the blog and the book - it makes home decor and renovation so accessible and affordable. You don't need to be rich to beautify and transform your home. You don't have to be a serial DIYer or spend buckets of money to turn your home into a beautiful place that reflects your personality and style. You can do much of the work yourself if you like, and there's plenty enough in the book to get you going.
Additionally, there is a chapter devoted to flower arrangments with guidelines on the basic you need to know and instructions to create 20 arrangements.
5+ stars. Well worth the money. by liberal sprinkles