I think in some ways I’ve been more excited about this month than any other on the calendar. Not because I’m particularly fond of March’s weather, but because we decided early on this year that March would have a theme that is near and dear to our hearts: Family & Pets. Our team is incredibly tight-knit and if there’s one thing we all love as much as design, it’s animals. Cats, dogs and other furry friends are discussed on a semi-obsessive basis around our office, so much so that we’re still seriously considering using our office space as a shelter home for in-need pets. So when we talked about dedicating this month to family, we knew our animal family would be a part of that.
One of the major reason I’m so happy to focus on homes, interviews and projects that have to do with family is because I come from a very small one. Growing up without any siblings, I got the chance to spend more time with my parents than I think a lot of children do. And while I sometimes miss not having a sister or brother to call and check in with, I am incredibly grateful to have the sort of relationship with my parents that continues to be close to this day.
I see myself as a direct 50/50 split between both of my parents (although my chin is 100% Dad). My father is a bright and dedicated small business owner and photographer and my mom is a nurturing and creative woman who has always created a home that felt welcoming and safe. Together the two of them created a world for me that made me feel as if anything was possible- if you were willing to work for it. And I’ve tried to do just that. The “can do” spirit I hold dear in myself is most definitely a product of their love and support.
In addition to my family at home, I feel just as honored to have built a family here at Design*Sponge. Max, Amy and the rest of our team are like the sisters and brothers I didn’t have growing up. We laugh, we disagree, we have fun, we help each other out and we genuinely care about each others happiness and well-being. That’s the sort of bond I don’t take lightly and I’m exited to celebrate here on D*S this month. We all have a different sense of what family means to us, and I hope you’ll share some of those ideas with us here in March. From DIY projects that highlight family names to interviews with crafters who focus on family collages and portraiture, we’re hoping to fill your screens with ways to commemorate and appreciate the people- and pets- that make up your world.
Thank you for being a part of our Design*Sponge family, as well. This site and team wouldn’t be the same without the amazing people who share with us here every day. Your comments, tweets, funny photos and sincere emails make us feel as if we’re not writing and sharing into a void- but into a real and passionate community of people that we truly know and love. And even if we disagree, laugh, cry or send a virtual hug to one another, I know we’re in some ways still a real online family. One that I am, from the bottom of my heart, truly grateful to have. Love, Grace
*The image above contains some of my most cherished family members, my parents, my grandparents, my grandmother, Amy & Max and my 10-year companion- my cat, Turk.