d*s book tour: the south

by Amy Azzarito

One of the most frequent questions we get while traveling is “Are you tired?” Initially, we tried to put on a brave front, but these days — 27 cities into a 30-city book tour —there’s no energy for faking it. And while we’re certainly tired of airports, hotels and food-on-the-run, we absolutely love these events. We’ve always said that if we could just get everyone who reads the site together, we know we’d all be friends. There’s really nothing more energizing than getting off a plane and meeting a new group of friends. Thank you all for coming out and supporting us. If you’re in the area, we’d love to meet you in Richmond tonight or Norfolk tomorrow. (If you want to see where we’ve been, here are recaps from the East Coast, West Coast & Midwest + Texas. Somehow, Grace is still managing to keep up with a tour diary. Here’s a bit of what we did in Asheville, Durham and Savannah!) We’re trying to post as many event photos as we can on Facebook, so be sure to tag yourself! — Amy Azzarito

Image above: Crafting and party at Anthropologie in Durham, NC. Backdrop by Michelle Smith. Images by This Paper Ship.

Image above: Our photo backdrop in Durham by Michelle Smith. Image by This Paper Ship. See all the photos on Facebook!

ASHEVILLE, 10/25/11

Images above: At Malaprops in Asheville. All images by The Beautiful Mess. More photos on Facebook!

Image above: Backdrop by Robin Plemmons. Images by The Beautiful Mess.

See more from the D*S tour in the South!

CHARLESTON, 10/26/11

Images above: At Dwelling in Charleston. Backdrop by Tara Guerard of Soiree Events. Images by Corbin Lee Gurkin. More photos on Facebook!

Image above:
Charleston backdrop by Tara Guerard of Soiree Events. Image by Corbin Lee Gurkin.

SAVANNAH, 10/27/11

Image above: In Savannah, Grace gave a talk at one of our favorite schools: SCAD! Images by Wayne C. Moore. More on Facebook!


Image above: At Books-A-Million in Birmingham! Chalkboard backdrop created by illustrator Rachel West. All images by White Rabbit Studios.

Image above: At the event, Grace demonstrated how to make cupcake stands from vintage finds — a project from
Design*Sponge at Home. Images by White Rabbit Studios.

Image above: Chalkboard backdrop created by Rachel West. All images by White Rabbit Studios. See more here!

ATHENS, 11/2/11

Image above: At Athens Cine, entertained by The Corduroy Road, backdrop by Ginny Branch & Erica Loesing. Images by W. Scott Chester Photography. More photos on Facebook!

Image above: Our beautiful ombre fade backdrop was made
by Ginny Branch & Erica Loesing. Image by W. Scott Chester Photography.

ATLANTA, 11/3/11

Image above: Our beautiful Smilebooth backdrop at West Elm Atlanta was created by Joy Thigpen and Amy Osaba. The D*S logo was created from real flowers — so pretty! (See more photos here: Facebook Album 1 and Album 2)

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  • I SO wanted to get tickets to your Nashville signing, but alas I was too late. Oh well, I have enjoyed your book so much and look forward to many diy project via Design Sponge at Home!

  • “Somebody” (i.e. me) suffered from “brain fail” and didn’t get tickets to the crafting event, but I did manage to score tickets to the signing in Norfolk . So, Amy, I will be seeing you and Grace tomorrow night at Prince Books… which, oddly enough, I have never been to even though I have worked in Norfolk for three years. I hope they also have copies of Wildwood, as well. Yesterday’s post about it has peaked my interest! :-)

  • Grace, thanks for coming to Birmingham! And thanks for all the advice on putting my pegboard on my door…it’s been a storage lifesaver in my kitchen!

  • We so enjoyed being a part of the Asheville workshop and book signing! Congrats to you, Grace, on all the places you’ve been able to go and the even great places your book is going! Thanks for having us!

  • Thanks for stopping in Richmond! Sorry you were greeted with torrential rain :( It was so nice to meet a fellow Virginian, Grace :)