Ten Genius Decorating Ideas
We pored over nearly 400 jam-packed pages of advice in Design*Sponge at Home ($35; Artisan) to share some of our favorite tips with you.
Can’t get enough of Grace Bonney’s great Design*Sponge blog? Then check out her book, Design*Sponge at Home. It’s packed with nearly 400 pages of inspirational photos, decorating tips and tricks, and easy-to-follow craft instructions. (Plus, the adorable cover is sure to perk up any coffee table.) For a little preview, check out some of our favorite DIY takeaways from this influential tome.
In With the Old
Swap out new doorknobs for old ones boasting chic designs—like this beauty, salvaged from a Minnesota school.
Clever Desk Decor
Short on office space? Think outside the bulletin-board frame by simply taping photos, drawings, and other treasures directly onto the wall above a desk.
The Odd Couple
A mismatched pair of file drawers double up to make a hardworking, yet handsome bedside table.
Use cheeky wallpaper—like this black-and-white faux bookshelf design, paired with a wall of actual tomes—to transform a small space.
Teach Wallpaper New Tricks
Wallpaper’s not just for, well, walls. Check out this stately room, where patterned paper makes a gorgeous statement on the ceiling.
Put Your Name on It
In this playful bedroom, a pair of old chair arms serve as “parentheses” around wooden letters that spell out the homeowners’ last name.
Upholster the back and seat of an old chair in two different, yet complementary fabrics. Here, a playful stripe sits pretty with vintage needlepoint.