miscellaneousthings i'm loving

welcome, anne!

by Grace Bonney

i am overjoyed to introduce anne ditmeyer to our tiny d*s family. anne is working with me as our new intern and i couldn’t be happier. a graduate of the university of virginia, anne has lived and worked in paris and has a master’s degree in publications design from the university of baltimore. she now lives and works in baltimore (she and felice wrote the d*s baltimore design guide) as a graphic designer and will be helping me out with the sneak peek column, new projects for the site and adding her own posts as we go along. i just wanted to welcome anne and introduce her to everyone in the audience. and what better way than to have her start with her own “things i’m loving“. so check out anne’s favorites below and stay tuned for more from our fantastic new intern. welcome to the team, anne!

[photo above by andrew nagl]

[image above, clockwise from top left: mundane journeys $5 at get lost books, amelia espresso cup and saucer $18, felt wine rack, custom platter by cul de sac design, stitching postcards 3,50 euros at rsvp, norma jean retro kitchen set $650]

[image above: amber glass doorknobs $8-$10 at restoration hardware]

[image above: tables éphémères by martine camillieri (20,90 euro from amazon.fr)

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  • I have known Anne for some time, having first met through a typography course at the Maryland Institute. She is a terrific addition to the Design*Sponge family, as her mature eye, humor, diligence, and worldliness will no doubt strengthen an already terrific source for design ideas and inspiration. Kudos, Anne!

  • i recently purchased mundane journeys and absolutely love it. i can’t wait for the weather to clear up so i can venture to more places. there’s a great store called park life out on clement that carries the book too!

  • Nice to meet you, Anne!

    I can tell you have great taste already- that sweater and the book at the bottom are awesome :-)


  • Hi Anne! Can’t wait to hear more from you. I *love* your sweater and can’t wait to check out Mundane Journeys.

  • Welcome Anne! Andrew did a great job with the photo. I am also a fan of the amelia espresso cup and the felt wine rack. That ambre doorknob is awesome as well. A bientot!

  • Anno Domini! Love the Amber door knobs – Leads me to lust for an amber-headed cane – You put a great green on the 20′ Guides Canoe – Come back to slap on another coat! – Your choice green …

  • Such wonderful news! I’m happy for all of you and your contribution to D*S will be great I’m sure…love your taste and style!

  • Welcom Anne. Hard to imagine d*s could get any more exciting! I’m looking forward to you input and posts. Best of luck.

  • Thanks for all the awesome comments everyone! I’m so excited to be part of D*S, I can hardly contain myself! As for the top, it was a lucky find in an Amsterdam flea market. It was like a treasure hunt digging through piles of clothes and this shirt was love at first sight! Even better was that I talked my way into getting it for free! (with a few other purchases). :) Glad you all approve!


  • Congrats on the internship!!!! Good see another Anne who spells it with an “e” (my middle name is Anne). Love the felt wine rack!

  • Welcome and congratulations Anne! Reading your blog and checking out your Flickr account, I’m so keen to see your contributions to D*S! All the best!

  • Hello Anne (spelt the French way , nice !) , looking forward to reading your contributions to d*s ( I love Martine Camillieri , is her work wellknown in the US??). I don’t know if I am the only one to notice this , but I find that you and Grace look really alike , your face features , dark hair,…like sisters ! ;-)

  • Too funny! I think the real test will be when Grace and I actually meet in person (hopefully soon)!

    As for Martine, I don’t think her work is very well known in the US (yet!). I picked up the book at French Touche (www.frenchtouche.com) when I was in Paris last year, but the only place I could find it online these days was French Amazon. (Thanks for posting the link to her website ANV- looks like she has some fun new projects too!).


  • Give me a break… an unpaid intern with a master’s degree??? Does this not seem odd to ANYONE else?

    I guess long gone are the days of unpaid internships being for young kids in college…and no wonder I’ve had trouble finding a paid job (with only a BFA).

    Isn’t anyone else exhausted by the competitiveness, the overqualification? Some days it feels like there’s just no way to catch up…

    Anne: welcome. I wish you to find paid work too. No one with a master’s should have to be taking unpaid internships (I can only hope your doing it for fun, in which case isn’t some art student missing out on a learning opportunity?).

    *sigh* I digress.

  • Jen, don’t worry, I have a full time job as well. But I don’t think of this as unpaid work at all, but rather an amazing opportunity that pays in other ways. Grace is wonderful at what she does puts so much back into the site, and she doesn’t have a disposable income at the moment, but who knows what will happen down the line. What I’ll be doing for D*S is not that different than what I already do, and the fact that I keep my own blog. This experience builds on everything I’ve done, and lets me put my best skills, knowledge, strengths and passion to use, and I couldn’t be happier. For me it’s a huge step forward!

    My first job out of undergrad teaching English in Paris. The pay was LOW, but hey, I was living in Paris (and also got experience *interning* at a magazine – that “paid” me in experience and opportunities and things I wouldn’t have gotten to do otherwise). Paris is also where I discovered design. Then I moved to Baltimore and took a design internship at a theater (and started grad school–I got academic credits for the internship)- pay was low, but housing was included, and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had, and it’s why I’m where I’m at now. I’ve always been one to jump on opportunities, and each comes with its own perks. You meet people along the way who stick with you. (And you pick up random side work too, like wedding photography or dressing up like costumed characters…not kidding). I don’t know, maybe I’m just an intern for life ;) . . . I work hard at what I do, I don’t live an extravagant lifestyle.

    As for my master’s, I actually got it while working full time (what can I say, I like to have a lot on my plate!!!), but this time with a job with a real salaried position and benefits. The beauty of the UB Publications Design master’s program is that classes are at night. Most students work full time while they get it–which actually taught me a lot because what I learned in school helped me at work, and vice versa.

    Don’t give up hope! There’s something out there for everyone! Hard work does pay off! And each opportunity leads to the next.

    Hope I didn’t bore you with my novel ;)


  • Oh my god…you showed up in my google reader! love this blog and good luck with the new gig.

    Michelle Clark

  • Congratulations Anne – you are our link to the hip and design-y. Thanks to your inspiration, I looked for a craftsy gift to commemorate an important event for a friend, and found an artist in Toronto to support with a purchase: avrilloreti.etsy.com

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