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Checkin’ In: Design Sponge Grace Bonney

Design Sponge‘s Grace Bonney needs little introduction in the crafty world. Her impeccable sense of style and nifty DIYs are inspirational and infectious. Grace contributed three marvelous installations of her DIY Design column to the pages of CRAFT. In Volume 08, she showed us how to take a plain Ikea chest and put a beautiful spin on it, transforming it into a George Nelson-inspired piece.
In Volume 09 (my favorite), she shared a project by Catherine Weis, on how to transform a scuffed floor into a work of art using custom stencils and paint.
And in Volume 10, Grace gave us a great suggestion, inspired by Gosia Korsakowski, on how to take a charming vintage frame and reincarnate it into a lovely and functional chalkboard.
We checked in with Grace recently and asked what she’s been up to. This is what she shared:
“These days my most imminent plans involve a 10-day honeymoon to Paws Up in Montana. Inside of blogs and comments, I hope to spend my time rappelling and horseback riding instead. My head is so full of design right now that I need a nature-time-out in a big way.
My head is full of design mainly because it’s design season here in NY! I’m working on filming videos of all the shows (starting with Bklyn Designs [watch below]), so right now I’m brushing up on smooth zooming and not having a shaky hand every time I lift the camera.”

“I’m also picking things back up to get the 2009 D*S Scholarship back on track (it’s tough to find funding in times like these) and bring the Biz Ladies series [meeting shown below] back to new cities (ditto on the funding).”
grace bonney biz-ladies.jpg
“I was so lost in our wedding planning for the past 8 months that I’m really excited to use the next few months to refocus on the site and launch some new columns (including some content that’s based on styling and photography).”
Thanks, Grace! Congrats on your wedding, and we’ll be on the lookout for what fabulousness you have in the works!
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4 thoughts on “Checkin’ In: Design Sponge Grace Bonney

  1. alisha says:

    I’m looking for a stencil of the porch decorations. Is there one available?

  2. Goli Mohammadi says:

    Hi Alisha,
    The idea is to create your own stencil, so we don’t have one for this design available.

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I'm a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

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