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Design*Sponge at Home Hardcover – September 6, 2011
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A Project from Design*Sponge at Home
Bleach Pattern Tea TowelsAdapted from DESIGN SPONGE AT HOME by Grace Bonney (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2011.
Designers: Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith
Time: 1 hour (plus drying time)
Difficulty: 1 star (out of 5)
Resist-dyeing, like batik or tie-dye, is a lot of fun, but can be a mess—especially for those of us completing projects at home. Design*Sponge editors Derek and Lauren discovered that bleaching a pattern onto pre-dyed fabric using a gel bleach pen is a much easier, cleaner way to achieve a similar effect on a limited budget. So the next time you pick up a bleach pen to work on your bathroom tiles, consider trying your hand at faux batik dyeing using inexpensive, colorful fabric.
• 4 tea towels or cloth napkins
• Plastic drop cloth or aluminum foil
• Clorox Bleach Pen (2 pens should be enough for 4 towels)
• Rubber gloves
1. Protect your work surface with a plastic drop cloth or sheets of aluminum foil. Wear work clothes in case the pen brushes against you, and open your windows for ventilation. Lay the towels down on the work surface and draw patterns on the fabric with the bleach pen. We like the look of free-hand, slightly wavy lines, but you can also draw your desired pattern onto the fabric beforehand using tailor’s chalk and trace over it with the bleach pen. Let the finished towels sit for 30 minutes.
2. Wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands from the bleach, rinse the towels in cold water. It is very important to rinse off all the bleach in order to avoid smearing.
3. Let the towels dry, and give them a final wash before use.
“If you’re not already a fan of designsponge.com, Grace Bonney’s style-saturated website, you’ll fall in love with her book.”
—Better Homes & Gardens
“Bonney’s book is a ‘how-to’ guide for great design. Not only is it beautiful to look at, there are tons of design ideas on every page.”
“Part beauty, part inspiration, part resource, Bonney’s book . . . serves as both a wonderful coffee table tome to page through and a resource to guide you through a variety of home decor projects.”
“Chic cleverness, in book form. . . . Accessible decor inspiration.”
—Dallas Morning News
“A one-stop book for inspiration and practical guidance.”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer
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Top Customer Reviews
Credit where credit's due: the production is beautiful. The cover is striking, you'll definitely want to leave it out on your Noguchi coffee table. It's a thick, heavy volume, with full color throughout. The photos on some pages are a little small, but they're printed clearly and arranged well. Text is laid out well and easy to read - not always the case with interior decorating books. The first part of the book shows homes, the middle has projects and tutorials, and the last part has Before & Afters. There's also a useful list of resources and a glossary in the back. The design and organization of this book are impeccable.
The featured homes show off an eclectic style that will be familiar to you if you read the design blogs. You'll see every trend that was hot in 2011: chevron, vintage globes, lots of teal and grey, reclaimed wood floors, DIY woodblock prints, chandeliers, white-on-white, etc. What's great is that these are real lived-in homes displayed by people just like you and me.
That's also the problem. You start off feeling a pleasant kinship: "Hey, I too collect mercury glass and blanc de chine. This book is awesome." Flip through a bit more and you'll pause your Eames rocker, "Wait a minute, isn't that the same Polaroid camera I just bought at a yardsale? And wow, I have that same Hayden Harnett satchel.Read more ›
And now finally, a lot of that good stuff is in print! Design*Sponge at Home is nearly 400 pages of creative, fun and do-able ideas. I loved seeing the different styles and tastes of people reflected in their homes; and the photos, tips and suggestions are so inspiring and helpful - my creative juices are overflowing!
The book brings to print some of the blog's best-loved features (while some of the content is taken from the blog, a lot is now published for the first time):
** 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 bring on a serious case of home-envy but with the decorating and renovating tips, it's possible to try replicating all that gorgeousness.
** DIY projects. I like the fact that the cost, time needed and level of difficulty are indicated. The 50 projects featured 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 although for some items, it'd help to already know things like how to use a sewing machine or a glue gun. But there are plenty of easy projects for complete beginners.Read more ›
Design Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney is 400 pages of inspiration! Bonney has already inspired her readers with her blog and now she created a book to do so.
The book begins with a "Sneak Peek" into other homes of creative people who decorate to reflect their personality. These homes are not "Architectural Digest"--but real, sometimes funky, always creative and often DIY homes.
The next section focuses on do it yourself projects: 25 from the blogs' archives and 25 new ones from readers and contributors. DIY has become fashionable over the past 10 years, and Bonney, an admitted novice, has fully embraced this lifestyle. The projects range in difficulty from very simple to those crafted by artists. All are inspiring and meant to get the reader's creativity flowing. Each project is well illustrated and described well so that just about anyone could do the projects themselves. One of my favorite projects are the simple concrete spheres for the garden--easy and cheap to make.
The next section offers lessons on flower arranging...my personal favorite way to liven up any space in the home.
Finally, the book shows before and after homes...
The essential idea of this book is to show the reader how to create a home that reflects their personality and makes them happy.
I highly recommend Design Sponge and would like to recommend another book that I often give my clients: HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT: BEAUTIFY, DETOXIFY & ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE, YOUR HOME AND YOUR PLANET for more tips on how to create the home of your dreams.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I fell in love with this book from the moment I saw it in my friend's houses and decided I wanted to have it in my apartment too. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sveta
The best design book cover for pictures and inspiration! If you want a how to book the best one by far is by Domino definitely check it out if your getting this book as well just... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lindsey
As a newbie to interior decoration, I'd never heard of Design*Sponge. This is a decent introduction to the aesthetic featured in that blog and basic advice on how transformative... Read morePublished 9 months ago by E. Aldworth