happy holidays + happy new year!

ac and i are settling in down south to celebrate the holidays so i’m it’s about time to close up shop here at d*s for the holiday break. each year i give our hard-working editors a week-long break between christmas and new year’s eve, so we’ll be taking a winter blogging break between today and january. we’ll return on january 4th with regular posting and a brand new d*s desktop calendar for january from artist julia rothman!

there’s so much excitement going on for 2010 (a layout redesign for d*s, the d*s book, new columns, biz ladies tours, and more!) that i can’t wait to hit the ground running. until then, i wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your support this year. you guys are the reason we get to do what we love each day, and all of us here at d*s are truly thankful for your readership. thank you and happy holidays. best wishes for a wonderful new year- we’ll see you on monday, january 4th!

*ps: this beautiful holiday fireplace before and after comes from danielle thompson. click here to check out more on her makeover.

*if you’re looking for more d*s over the break, don’t forget to check out some of the great content our editors have produced in the archives below:


  1. Happy Holidays from New Mexico! Look forward to more d*s next year.
    All the best!

  2. WHAT AN AWESOME WREATH! You should do a DIY for that in 2010!

  3. Candida Drew-Prior says:

    Happy Christmas Grace from C in Hong Kong! Have a wonderful week off and I’ll be looking forward to more from d*s in the new year.

  4. Kelsey says:

    Love this before and after the white mantel is so dreamy and gorgeous! happy holidays!

  5. Asma says:

    Cant wait for 2010 – happy holidays d*s!

  6. Katrina Lynn says:

    Cute fireplace, but I actually like the original better! Oh well! :)
    Thanks for keeping me entertained during 2009! Looking forward to 2010!

  7. kay* says:

    merry christmas and happy holidays to you and your entire team! design*sponge provides so much inspiration – can’t wait to see what comes next!

  8. Happy Holiday, Grace! Hope you have a relaxing time off!

  9. jane says:

    Merry Christmas from Indiana, Grace, and thanks for a lovely 2009. All of you dear design girls on the “internets,” I just love you so…
    All the best in the New Year,


  10. kiki says:

    what a bold makeover! i love it! takes guts to paint brick; turned out great :) amazing how such brilliant colors can also carry a serene vibe.

  11. happy holidays, grace. see you on the other side.

  12. giao says:

    have the happiest of holidays and see you next year! xo.

  13. the happiest of Holidays grace! you and your team are always SUCH an inspiration!

  14. Hilary says:

    Love that painting~
    Happy Holiday and Best of Luck in 2010!

  15. Estelle says:

    What a gorgeous colour scheme. Thank you and Merry Xmas x!

  16. Amy Cox says:

    Love the wreath – might have to attempt a tissue paper version – thanks for design sponge for 2009 – all the best for 2010. Keep on inspiring us!

  17. Wendi says:

    I’m new to your site and I love it. Can’t wait to see the book and redesign!

  18. Laurapoet says:

    Such fun colors! Katrina Lynn said that she liked the first fireplace better. In some ways I agree with her. The trinkets on the mantle go better with the new fireplace, but I really liked the green garland on the first one. Still, good job on all counts! And I want that wreath!

  19. I’m a hugehugehuge fan of danielle thompson’s stuff! I just framed one of her gorgoeus photos as a present for christmas! :)

  20. Thansk for the warm holiday wishes! its just truly amazing how much great content this site has!

  21. Sarah says:

    Love, love, love the wreath – please share the secret! I desperately want to make one!

  22. p says:

    I actually like the before better. Not a fan of painted brick… It will look dated some day.

  23. Louise says:

    What a beautiful post! Happy holidays and thank you for a wonderful year – full of inspiration…

  24. nikkieve says:

    Happy holidays!
    Next year will be bigger and better!
    keep creative x

  25. jess b says:

    beauuutiful! where in the deep south you headed? we down here in mississippi-land.

  26. Lisa says:

    I’ve been reading d*s since fall 2004 — can’t wait to see what comes next!

    Vancouver, Canada

  27. SH says:

    I LOVE the stockings. Where can I find them?

  28. Kiti says:

    me gusta muchisimo, es alegre y diferente. Enhorabuena

  29. Enjoy the break and bring on the New Year!

  30. 31everything says:

    Lovely! I really like the photo frames hung over the brick – gorgeous.

  31. come back we miss you guys! i’ve checked your website everything. idk i keep forgeting your on holiday! xoxo mic

  32. Amazing says:

    Love the wreath. The colours are great.

  33. Great mantle and wreath. Happy holidays.

  34. thank you for always shareing such beautiful creative images. I always smile when I come to this blog of happiness

  35. Absolutely stunning! I am such a big fan of your amazing blog, so innovative and inspiring, looking forward to more great features in 2010. Happy new year to you all :)

  36. Daphne says:

    I’m excited about your new plans for 2010. Your website is one of my favourites. Enjoy your holiday.

  37. hrhkat says:

    ugh I cant wait till jan 4….every one of my favorite blogs have been unupdated (is that a new word? It needs to be used from now on) and im going into withdrawls…

    I can only take so much huffingtonpost…everytime I go on its one scary headline after another, I need design sponge…..I need it now!!!

  38. Your posts are always so beautiful. Thank you for the eye candy.

  39. Even though I know ya’ll won’t be back til the 4th I come back everyday for my DS fix and hoping for a suprise new post! Hope you had a Happy Holidays!

  40. maggie may says:

    hi there! i have a dark brick fireplace like the one in the first picture that i have decorated and like, but i’d like to know how to hang pictures on the brick.

    anyone know? :)

  41. Myo Han Htun says:

    Nice and simple decoration. I like it so much. Anyway, Happy New Year to you . :)

  42. Jennifer Richard says:

    I would love to know how to make that wreath!!!!! Any idea if that will be posted soon?

  43. sara Wilson says:

    Beautiful~ I really love the white-brick fireplace

  44. Eva says:

    Happy New Year! I enjoy reading d*s A LOT. Love the pics from Danielle.

  45. Frannie says:

    Charming wreath.


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