If you’d tapped me on my shoulder during my lunch break 10 years ago and told me that the little blog I started as a hobby would one day be my full time job and support all of my biggest creative dreams, I would have laughed and gone back to sneaking peppermint patties from my top desk drawer. But somehow, that wild idea has become my reality. Even as I write this I can feel the tingling in my fingers that comes from being truly excited about something. And not just excited but grateful– oh so grateful. This site has been my home, my family, my source of inspiration and excitement, my greatest challenge, my dearest friend and the place where I constantly return to connect with the people and things I love so much.
This August marks the 10th year of Design*Sponge and in some ways, it still feels like the first. I’m still writing about chairs and vases I love, still living in Brooklyn and still getting just excited to crack open a new can of paint as I was in my first apartment back on Franklin street. But for me, D*S is like my absolute favorite pair of sneakers. They’re perfectly worn in, trusted, timeless and they’ve seen a lot. Over the past 10 years we’ve raised over $40,000 for design students, written a 400 page book, started a national series for creative business advice, taught classes and consulted with small business owners, started a holiday bazaar on the west coast, hosted a radio show, worked with some of my design idols, spoken with amazing design students and designers and, the thing about which I’m most proud, we’ve been able to work with and support the finest team of writers, makers and artists I’ve ever known. I never could have dreamed of this job, but now it’s the only job I could ever dream of having. And to say thank you to the community, new and old friends alike, I want to extend our 10 years of gratitude back to you in a series of gifts and giveaways that are intended to celebrate the readers, artists and organizations we love so much.
Over the next 10 months, you’ll be receiving beautiful (free!) gifts like downloadable artwork, screensavers and organizing tools from some of the most talented artists around. We’ll also be hosting a series of carefully curated (non-sponsored) giveaways design to celebrate a few chosen brands we have trusted and believed in over the past decade. They’ll be giving away the products we personally use and swear by in our own homes, in addition to some fantastic insider decorating advice.
Most importantly, in addition to the giveaways we’ll be doing for all of you, we’ll also be giving back to a different charity every month. We’ll tell you a bit about each one, why we love and support them and will be raising money (as well as donating our own) to support their cause and others like them. This is one big year of celebrating the community that we love in every way we possibly can. I hope you’ll enjoy some of the big surprises and gifts we have coming this year and to kick things off, I’m resurrecting 2010’s popular desktop wallpaper series. But this year we’ll also be providing a cell phone wallpaper version as well. This month’s design was created by the incredibly talented Helen Dealtry. Thank you so much to Helen for creating this for us and for sharing it with the community. Click HERE to download this month’s designs.
Thank you to all of you for reading. I hope we’re here for another 10 years sharing their things that inspire us, but for now, I, along with the rest of our team, am living in the moment and really taking a moment to sit back and enjoy the community that we’re so honored to write about here on D*S every day. Thank you to the artists and makers who inspire us and to the readers and bloggers who share their lives, ideas and challenges online. I couldn’t have imagined a community like this 10 years ago, but I’m so glad I can now. With much love and gratitude, Grace.