INTERVIEW: How Grace Bonney Explores Green Interiors & DIY In Design*Sponge at Home

by , 08/18/13

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Inhabitat: We are huge fans of your Before and After stories with furniture. When looking for pieces to refinish, what are things to look out for so you know you’re buying a good quality piece that can be remade?

Grace: We actually did a whole section on this in the book so we could educate people about furniture a bit more. But my top tips would be to look for quality joinery (dovetail joints over metal hinges) and any sort of stamps or labels that indicate a brand or year it was produced. And of course, hardwood (as opposed to veneer) is always higher quality.

Inhabitat: We talk a lot about daylighting in the architecture and interior projects we cover. What are some easy ways to make a house or a room feel brighter without tearing out holes and adding more windows?

Grace: Mirrors are always a great fix, but I really like to bring in glass or clear materials as much as possible to brighten up a space. I’m a fan of lucite or glass coffee tables because they lighten the visual bulk in the room. I also think that bringing in more natural materials (demijohns filled with branches, etc) really makes a space feel more alive and breathable.

Inhabitat: What are some of your favorite trends in the DIY home interiors movement right now?

Grace: I’m excited to see people covering their walls with salvaged wood. For so many years people seemed to see walls only as a flat canvas to hang art on, but now people are seeing it as a place to play with texture and detail.

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  1. Andrew Michler November 3, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Salvaged wood makes for endless wall finishes- I’m taking a truck load of 2×6 end cuts to finish our bathroom. Going to stack them like bricks, and hopefully they will help soak up the extra moisture in the room.

  2. Yuka Yoneda November 3, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Such an insightful interview. As a lover of all things DIY, I thank you!

  3. Diane Pham November 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Great interview. I’m a huge fan of Design Sponge!

  4. Rebecca Paul November 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I love DIY and Design Sponge. I’ve been using the site as a source of inspiration for years now, and I really enjoyed reading Graces’ responses to all of Inhabitat’s questions. Thanks Grace and Inhabitat!

  5. Jill Fehrenbacher November 3, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I’m so excited about the book Grace – congratulations!
    And thanks for taking the time to do the interview.

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