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INTERVIEW: How Grace Bonney Explores Green Interiors & DIY In Design*Sponge at Home
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On August 18, 2013 @ 10:24 am In Books,carousel showcase,Design,DIY,Green Interiors,Innovation,Interviews | 5 Comments
When we need inspiration for great interiors and DIY projects we often head over to Design*Sponge, the brain child of Brooklyn-based Grace Bonney. Her site explores handmade products, charming and beautiful interiors, and showcases awesome "before and after" furniture renovations. When we heard Grace and her team of editors were putting together a print version of their website, we immediately pre-ordered our copy. The book, Design*Sponge at Home, came out in October, and Grace has been traveling the country to promote the tome and host fun craft nights and events, which seem like a lot more fun than the traditional book signing. Inside, you can pore over pages and pages of "sneak peaks" at designers' work from around the world, there's a ton of tips and tricks about furniture renovations, and enough DIY projects to keep you busy through next summer. Grace graciously took a few minutes out of her busy tour schedule and gave us some insight into her thoughts on green interiors, all things handmade, and her favorite designers and shops right now.
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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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
Grace: I love Studio Bon  and Mod Green Pod  – they’re both textile designers who work with green fabrics. And Jessica Helgerson  is an amazing interior designer in Portland, OR that knows how to keep things green without sacrificing style.
Thanks Grace! And good luck with the book tour for Design*Sponge at Home !
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URLs in this post:
 DIY: http://inhabitat.com/diy
 furniture: http://inhabitat.com/furniture/
 dovetail joints: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dovetail_joint
 demijohns: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/demijohns
 salvaged wood: http://inhabitat.com/tag/salvaged-wood
 Studio Bon: http://www.studiobon.net/
 Mod Green Pod: http://modgreenpod.com/
 Jessica Helgerson: http://www.jhinteriordesign.com/
 Build it Green: http://www.bignyc.org/
 Moon River Chattel’s Annex: http://moonriverchattel.com/Moon_River_Chattel/Moon_River_Chattel.html
 book tour for Design*Sponge at Home: http://www.designsponge.com/category/ds-book
 + Design*Sponge: http://www.designsponge.com/
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