design*sponge at home giveaway!


Tomorrow we officially kick off the Design*Sponge Book Tour with our first home-town event at the NYPL. Before I head out to gather up last-minute craft supplies, I wanted to take a quick moment to thank everyone who’s picked up a copy of Design*Sponge at Home so far. I haven’t had a spare second to track down a copy a store yet, so living vicariously through all your sweet Tweets, Facebook pictures and emails has meant the world to me. Thank you. [Photo above by Amy Merrick]

Since I’m feeling like I could float today, and I happen to have a small stack of books sitting in my hallway, I thought I’d do a little mini book giveaway today! We’re gearing up for a MAJOR contest next week (it’s going to be amazing!!!) so I wanted to do something small this week as a little thank you and to celebrate all the sweet pictures I’ve been dorkily saving from everyone’s Tweets and Facebook updates.


I’m going to be giving away 4 copies of Design*Sponge at Home to readers who send in pictures of themselves with the book or pictures of where they plan on reading/housing their books. I’ve heard from so many people who already got the book and want to give away another as a gift, so I’m going to choose 2 winners who don’t have the book yet and 2 who do.

So, what will you win? You’ll get a signed, personalized copy of Design*Sponge at Home, some of the ribbons flowers featured in Flower Workshop chapter opener and a copy of the D*S Summer Newspaper. If you already have a book and win a new copy I’m happy to personalize it as a gift for someone else.

Here are the details to enter:

Deadline: Monday, September 12th, 2011 at 3pm EST
What to send: A picture (low res) of either: You and your copy of Design*Sponge at Home OR the place in your home where you hope to read or house the book.
What we’re looking for: The most creative photos will win, so feel free to bust out your Wacom tablet, funny outfits, props or just have some fun with Photoshop. We’re looking for funny ways to celebrate the book and reading in general.
How to enter: Please leave a comment here describing your picture (be sure to fill in your name and email when you comment) and provide a DIRECT link to the image on Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Twitpic or any other photo sharing program. Please be sure the image is public and that the link works when you are signed out of your account.

*The winner will be announced shortly after the deadline next week! Best of luck to everyone! xo, grace


I love how Katie Evans’ shoes match the book cover.

  1. Molly says:

    I read the first few pages and then got so fired up to DO something around my house that I spent the rest of the weekend working on the house instead of reading the book! I SWEAR I will get back to the book very, very soon! It’s gorgeous. Congratulations.
    http://yfrog.com/h2b4bcfj
    http://yfrog.com/h7f31zmlj

  2. Jamie Tubbs says:

    Patiently awaiting the Chicago book tour details! It will be the week of my birthday and I want to celebrate by doing a craft with Grace Bonney please! :)

    Love, Jamie in Logan Square

  3. Shar Tan says:

    I will definitely put it in my newly renovated office. I can put it on the shelf on display to add to my ever-growing collection of books or place it by the coffee table near the couch so I can read and get inspired during my downtime or give visitors a wonderful read while waiting. Either way, I know it will make a lovely addition to my new room!

    http://twitpic.com/6jxch1
    http://twitpic.com/6jxcu6
    http://twitpic.com/6jxd94

  4. li says:

    Oh dear! Is the time up?

    1. Grace Bonney says:

      nope, the post above says 3pm EST in bold :)

      g

  5. Design Sponge inspired me to get the crew out of the house and tackle my 8 month olds room. Everyone in my house deserves to sleep in a beautiful room D.W.L (designed with love) Thank you design sponge! http://www.flickr.com/photos/hipsterhenry/sets/72157627529990235/

  6. Kat Randall says:

    I was so excited to get my book in the mail on Friday (my corgi Lilu was not as thrilled, she realized this book would be taking away some scratching time from her) I would love to get one to give to my best friend and blogging partner in crime! thanks Grace, Love the book! http://twitpic.com/6jy5pr

  7. li says:

    Thank you! Its just that we don’t use EST where we live and figuring out this time is so confusing! Thank you again.

  8. Teri Larsen says:

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! My favorite place to read it would be in my newly-refurbished desk and desk chair. The colors are fresh and fun, and make “work” so much more fun…I’m always inspired in my new office:

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150204547794594.327713.93151304593&saved#!/photo.php?fbid=10150310686964594&set=a.10150204547794594.327713.93151304593&type=1&theater

    I love reworking old furniture into something new and fun – and I’m always inspired by Design*Sponge! :)

  9. Megan Clinch says:

    Well, this book can not be left about where little fingers can rip pages whilst whispering, “uh-oh…” So I read for a few precious minutes in the following places:
    -at the sewing table, after baby bedtime, staple gun in hand
    -at the breakfast table, nursing a babe, with toddler restrained by high chair
    -on the back steps, thanks to a makeshift baby gate
    -behind closed doors, however briefly they stay closed
    -on road trips, with baby toes safely buckled in the backseat

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/birdinthebeehive/6141055974/in/photostream

  10. Stephanie C. says:

    Hi Grace! I feel terrible that I haven’t gotten this book yet, I’ve been so excited to read it and get some inspiration for my tiny apartment. I would read it at the same place where I read this blog- my boyfriend and dachshund were kind enough to cooperate for a picture: http://flic.kr/p/amEqSw

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  11. Eve says:

    ROFL over Alfredo Ortiz’ entry. I really hope you win one, Alfredo!

  12. Kelley says:

    i’d love to have a copy of design*sponge at home on my drafting table – the sunlight pours thru the east facing windows in the morning and i find myself most inspired and at peace while sitting at this table, reading, writing and drawing on weekend mornings. i can’t imagine a better way to spend a few fall mornings than grabbing a cup of coffee and settling in with d*s@home!

    https://twitter.com/#!/kelleyebarr/status/113300276483604480/photo/1

  13. Monica says:

    my pic: http://twitpic.com/6jzf4o
    at our home that we are currently remodeling ourselves. couldn’t have gotten this book at a better time as it is stuffed with inspiration and projects for our new-to-us home. my only regret is not having near enough time to read it all since I am knee deep in sawdust, paint, adhesives, and flooring materials.

  14. Eve says:

    It’s not too late yet, is it? I’ll give it a go! I love D*S online and judging by this cut and paste picture (the oldfashioned way, with paper), my desk and this book are made for each other.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/67481415@N06/6141253270/in/photostream

  15. blue says:

    Kelley, your drafting table is so pretty!

  16. Thu says:

    wow! i’ve been loving all these entries!

    i have a copy of design*sponge at home on the ipad and it has been so inspiring! i would definitely love to gift someone a physical copy of this wonderful book!
    my picture is of my bed/workspace currently in a big mess!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/thuynh/6141179884/

  17. blue says:

    This giveaway is just what I need!

    I did pre-order a copy of Design*Sponge at Home, but unfortunately, parts of the lovely hardcover had somehow been torn off before it was mailed. Amazon sent me a replacement copy, but that was torn also (yes, I am duly surprised that a hardcover can be ripped so), and the bookstore in my area has sadly gone out of business, so that’s that.

    I was also very much looking forward to attending the New York signings, but they were/are during my first day at a new job and a class I help teach so this is my one chance to receive a signed (and untorn :) copy.

    The construction of the shelf where I am housing the book is chock-full of its own happy coincidences (elaborated upon at the site). All in all, it feels like Design*Sponge at Home is fated to live here! :)

    I apologize if this is a double post; I saw that my later reply comment showed up immediately but my entry post seems to be hiding somewhere.

  18. sydni says:

    I HATE FLYING!! Totally irrational I know but I still do nonetheless.

    I will be right here in seat #08D, 35,000+ feet above the earth, in a ridiculously small regional jet (ugh!) hopefully with my face BURIED in ‘Design*Sponge at Home’ because it will be ENTIRELY too early at 5:30am to start drinking! I will be visiting my daughter & meeting my new (& 1st!) granddaughter & would love to share it with her as she creates her new home with her new family!

    Congrats on the new book & cheers to continued success!

    http://instagr.am/p/M6PwG/

  19. Jordan Isadore says:

    The imaginary copy of D*S at Home is good, however the real one would be so much more enjoyable!

    http://jupiter-pie.blogspot.com/2011/09/designsponge-hopeful.html

  20. My photo submission is not so clever, but I am hoping to gain points through lovely appeal. I enjoy reading in my room each evening. When I finish a book, it goes into my barrister bookcase and continues to add color and style to my room.

  21. Jessica says:

    I tried my best to skim through all the comments to find this answer before asking, but if I ordered the book from Barnes and Noble a long while back is it on it’s way yet? I’m anxiously waiting to see a copy, & so curious if my fireplace made it in!

  22. Mandy says:

    That hole in our red section? Yeah that kinda mysteriously appeared after I saw this giveaway…
    http://twitter.com/#!/showsomemoxie/status/113324200357408768/photo/1

  23. Shari Llewelyn says:

    4 minutes to go, Just thought I could sneak this one in of my kids reading our fake ‘Design Sponge at Home book. Oh to have the real thing.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/69286601@N00/6141419406/in/photostream/lightbox/

  24. Kelley says:

    thanks, blue :) it was a labor of love refinishing that table, and my first major undertaking. followed the steps on a D*S DIY post for refreshing old wood…worked like a charm! i highly recommend that post if you come across any old wood!

  25. Blue says:

    Kelley, do you mean this one?
    http://www.designsponge.com/2010/10/before-and-afater-basics-refreshing-wood.html

    We had wooden drafting tables at school, but they were not nice looking at all! Seeing yours though, I’m wondering if those desks didn’t have some hidden potential! Where did you find such a lovely one? All the ones I’ve seen are laminate.

    Thanks for the tip! :) I think your efforts were definitely worth it.

  26. Blue says:

    I just typed my picture’s url into the url part of the comment form, not realizing it wouldn’t show in my post like some of the other entries, so my entry’s link is in my name. I noticed some other people’s entries are like that too. Do ours still get counted? Sorry, I just want to make sure!

    Thank you :)

  27. Katie says:

    I live in Port-au-Prince, Haiti as a high school teacher, yet I still read DS religiously! This is the bookshelf in my Haiti apartment where I’ll keep your book (after devouring it, of course). Love, Katie

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Oi9M_5W8NVM/Tm0p5NGiyzI/AAAAAAAACtQ/AoN4N6AdLks/s1600/bookshelf.jpg

  28. ris says:

    It’s 2 am now, here, where I live. I’ve been trying to upload my pic for the past seven hours. But because the internet connection is really slow its impossible. :( All the same, good luck to the others!

  29. ethannnn says:

    I will read the book on the following couch, while drinking coffee and perhaps eating something yummy. It’s a vintage couch, with a wooden frame and a flowery design. It’s very comfortable and very pleasing to look at.

  30. Katie Logan says:

    Scout and I are a little late, but we just had to let you know how much we love your new book. We have been reading it every night together! Way to go!

  31. Kelley says:

    blue – yes, that’s the one. mine was an extremely lucky craigslist find, and it looked horrific before the 6+ hrs of sanding i did. i probably could have kept going, but i kind of liked the rough/worn in look of it, and now love it 100%. i figure i can always sand more later if i so desire.

  32. Marsha says:

    I’m a proud aunt, as I should be! Loved your book sweetie and can’t wait to visit you on west coast!

  33. Stacey Bord says:

    Reading design*sponge while sitting in a cardboard box in my living room.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/staceybord/6154577422/in/photostream

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