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The Open House Project

by Grace Bonney


I thought it would be great to kick off 2013 with a project that’s been inspiring me for weeks now. Lucy at The Design Files runs one of the best design blogs around, hands down. I’ve been following her writing and the way she’s developed her site with absolute devotion, and I’m consistently impressed with not only the ideas she pursues, but also her commitment to quality and setting the bar higher each time. This winter (well, summer for her in Australia), she hosted an incredible pop-up shop in a Melbourne home. With the help of friends and her Design Files team, Open House went off without a hitch, and it looks fantastic. From top to bottom, the styling and design were expertly curated, and the event inspired me to try even harder to consistently improve the quality of our own in-person events.

Director Jess Leski filmed the process from start to finish (they had to box and clear the home first — yipes!), and if this doesn’t make you want to clear out your own space and bring in some fresh color for the new year, I don’t know what will. After the holiday break, I’m ready to dive back into color and pattern and new design with a vengeance, so if you feel the same way, please hit “play” above and enjoy the hard work and beauty that Lucy and her team brought to life in Melbourne. xo, grace


Photos above and below by Brooke Holm



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