Editor's Letter

D*S Editor’s Letter: May 2013

by Grace Bonney

Choosing just one theme to discuss for this month’s editor’s letter was too difficult. So rather than just updating you on the topics we’ll be devoting our editorial content to this month (May is all about COLOR and BIKES– we can’t wait!), I wanted to take a moment and write something a little more personal. Because as excited as I am about this month’s content, something about realizing that it’s already May has hit me like a ton of bricks. I can’t believe the year is going by so quickly and I want to take a moment to stop, look around myself and appreciate what is here, without getting caught up in what’s coming next.

I’m writing this letter from my couch on Tuesday night. Turk is on one side of me and my new dog, Hope, is to my right (on the floor, they’re not that close yet). Just a few short days ago I was living a pretty routine schedule that consisted of mainly 90% work and 10% everything else. But then Hope came into my life and everything changed. Now I’ve met and smiled at just about every dog owner within a 4 block radius of my house. I’ve seen what sunrise looks like at 6am from the water. I’ve witnessed the wonders of water therapy and how happy it makes dogs and I’ve got a new excuse to get outside and be healthier and more social. If you’d told me this would be my life just a month ago, I would have laughed and said, “Yeah, right.” But here I am, life turned upside down, waking up at 4am every night to walk a puppy and loving every minute of it.

What I love most of all about this incredible turn of events is how it’s made me appreciate right now. It is almost easier to live in the future than the present these days. Blogs, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter all seem to suggest an incredible world just around the corner or in a new place we’ve yet to save up and visit. But it took a little wriggly rescue dog from Puerto Rico for me to stop, slow down and enjoy the things around me. Not just the obvious things like fresh air and the love of animals, but the things in every part of my life.

This month we’re starting every morning with an incredible fact about the history of a color. It was an idea of Amy’s that came to her randomly and when she presented her initial selections and the facts that came with them, I was blown away. Then she handed the information to Max who turned each color fact into the most beautiful info graphic-style image that I couldn’t have made in a million years. Sometimes it’s easy to take for granted just how amazing the people around you are if you get too caught up in what’s due next and what you just “have” to do to get ahead. But yesterday (and every day) I felt so proud and so appreciative to be surrounded by people who love what they do, are incredibly talented and are kind enough to share those skills and their energy with me. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring or what tasks will fall onto your plates, but I know that today, I wouldn’t want to be working anywhere else, with anyone else. I can’t wait to show you all the hard work we’ve done as a team for this month’s theme. From beautiful color-filled homes and DIY projects to interviews with paint-namers and color specialists, we’ve got some great inspiration coming up that I hope will help make your month a bit more colorful. If nothing else, I hope some of these posts will perhaps inspire you to stop, think and enjoy the moment. New puppies are one great way to seize the day, but creative inspiration is another great one. Here’s hoping your May is full of colorful ideas and maybe even a puppy or two. xo, grace

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  • Your letter has me super excited for May! I can’t wait to see what sorts of things you have in store for us on D*S… as well as what the month of May will bring for me in my own life. Thanks for being amazing!

  • Very cute pics. Love the color idea!

    May is a big month for FripperyVintage too, we are so excited to join with Design Sponge as an advertiser. Looking forward to an interesting and exciting month. Thanks to everyone on the Design Sponge team that helped.

  • I love color, so excited to see what you and your team have in store for this month! I’m sure it will be very inspiring. Congratulations on your new puppy <3

  • This post brings tears to my eyes. Because YOU GET IT, the beauty of having a dog, what that living creature does to your day to your psyche to your emotional well-being. All I can say is, Dog Bless You. <3

  • Love this letter, Grace. I felt the same way after we got our boxer, Boston. We’ve met so many new friends on our adventures; Enjoy every moment!

  • Hope is one lucky dog Grace – and you are a lucky person! Luck that you made. Thank you for color in the month of May, for celebrating mothers, and for putting Hope in your life! All best to you all.

  • Yay! Congratulations, rescue dogs are the BEST. We found ours a year ago and we are so thankful. So happy you found each other.

  • As the mom of a rescue and an active doggie foster mom, I am just thrilled that Hope has entered your life and wriggled into your heart, Grace. I can just feel the love that you feel for this sweet pup oozing out of every word when you write about her. It’s great that cat and dog are taking their time adjusting to one another. It will make for the best and most comfortable long-term relationship for them. Thank you for sharing this with all your readers and reminding them that there are so many rescue dogs out there who need loving forever homes.

  • So nice post! dogs are the best! I really can not imagine my life without Olivia, my three year old lovely dog! and May seems to be a great month here at Design Sponge. By the way, was great to see you in Living, the argentine deco magazine :) regards from Buenos Aires!

  • What a great post – we were asked to help with medical bills for a rescued Great Dane 8 years ago and today our company sponsors and produces the only black tie fundraiser in our area that raises money for local no- kill animal shelters. Once we became aware of the need to spread the word we jumped right in and did I mention we have 6 dogs and a cat? Life is never more present than when you’re with a rescued dog , they love like no other.

  • Grace your letter this month brought tears to my eyes. I thank you for your honesty and sharing. I rescued a dog 2 years ago, my first. I am a working creative professional and just couldn’t take the responsibility of a pet… Now I don’t know how I could EVER not have a dog in my life. I see the sunrise everyday, gladly with my Louisa. She has brought so much joy of the moment and gets me out of the house! Out of the studio! Thank you for putting to words what many of us are feeling and your continued thirst for sharing the joy and beauty around us!

  • Your new puppy is so sweet! Enjoy these days of puppyhood:) I remember the 4am mornings, and I’m really thankful that my rescue dog lets me sleep in now (at least a couple hours — I mean, he IS a Jack Russell). But no matter what my dog does, I’m thankful for the love he brings to my home, and for helping me to get outside more. I’m so happy that you’ve found a perfect pup.

  • Congrats on the new puppy Grace! I too, am a new puppy owner – and so I know what you’re talking about! Up and out for a walk earlier than ever! Here’s to health, and happy pups!

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