Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney

DesignSpongeSlider Design*Sponge at Home Design*Spongebrings all the style and inspiration of the famous interior design website designsponge.com to the printed page. It includes “Sneak Peeks,” where creative minds are interviewed about their homes, “DIY Projects,” “DIY Basics,” modern flower arrangement tips, and their well-known “Before & After” series of reader’s solutions to their own decorating issues. The latter is real people who voluntarily submitted their own efforts on their own time and budget, which alone makes for invaluable advice. Not only is this a handy collection of both projects and ideas, but the chic cover makes a great addition to any coffee table. Design Sponge at Home is an interior design book that helps you to improve your interior design, while doing so just by looking great on your shelves; who could ask for more?

To give you a taste, here’s an excerpt from one of their DIY Projects:

BLEACH PATTERN TEA TOWELS

Adapted from DESIGN*SPONGE AT HOME by Grace Bonney (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2011
Designers: Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith
Cost: $20
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.

project

Materials:

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

Instructions:

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.
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.
Let the towels dry, and give them a final wash before use.

You can pick up your own copy of DESIGN*SPONGE AT HOME by Grace Bonney (Artisan Books) at Amazon.

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