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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: There’s obviously a strong DIY movement afoot, else you would not have put out this beautiful tome. What do you think spurred this on?

Grace: I think the DIY movement was inspired by a few things- people’s reaction to a failing economy and a desire to really connect more with the things at home. For years, design was really about “shiny, new, plastic” and that’s hard to connect with personally. So I think people saw a chance to really take back control of how they decorated their home and make it reflect who they are and what they love.

Inhabitat: Why do you think recycled, salvaged and reclaimed materials used in DIY projects are such a hit right now?

Grace: I think any materials that are eco-friendly have been popular for a while now- primarily because we’ve all realized that we have to pay more attention to how design (even at a small personal level) effects the world around us. But I think these materials have the added bonus of looking more worn-in and weathered- which is something people crave when they’re focusing on creating a look that feels real and not like it came out of a magazine.

Inhabitat: Is the DIY movement more about about keeping costs down, creating unique pieces, both or something else?

Grace: It’s definitely about both. People need to find a way to decorate their homes on a budget, but they also are reacting to a lack of relatable handmade design in bigger box stores, so DIY design is a great way to do both.

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

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

  4. Rebecca Paul 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 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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