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