Earlier this year we partnered with Mrs. Meyers Clean Day to create a series of fun DIY videos that ran on Youtube and even on Hulu in between shows. It was one of the most enjoyable, open-minded and creative work experiences I’ve had so far (I got to work side-by-side with one of my favorite people, Paul Lowe), so I was excited when they invited both Paul and me back to teach free DIY classes at the Renegade Craft Fair in New York, too. We all worked together so well and enjoyed the collaborative process so much that it led to a much bigger partnership that I’m happy to announce today: The creation of a new section of Design*Sponge called Home Ec!
For some, Home Ec conjures up memories of learning to bake, balance a checkbook or do laundry for the first time. For others, it may not conjure up any memories because, sadly, Home Ec has been cut from the budget of most public schools. But both Max and I love what we see as the real message of Home Ec — learning to build and care for a home that matters to you. Whether that home is a studio apartment in downtown Chicago, a farmhouse in Iowa, a townhouse in Atlanta or a shared dorm space in college, creating a space that welcomes and nurtures the people inside is our number one mission here. So we decided to work together with Mrs. Meyers to create an entirely new section of our site that would be devoted to weekly updates that are equal parts practical and inspiring. In addition to learning clever DIY ways to clean things around your home, we’ll also be sharing creative and inventive ways to personalize your home, entertain your friends and family and decorate your space so that it works for you. These lessons will start out as a simple, 101-level refresher and progress over the next year to advanced-level projects that help you finish and craft a home that looks and functions exactly the way you want it to.
We have a slew of ideas for posts already, but we want to hear what YOU want to see in Home Ec. Do you want more practical advice from experts on cleaning and laundry? Do you want to hear how a seasoned pro budgets out their family meals? Or do you want to find inexpensive ways to decorate, upgrade existing furniture, or repair things you already love and have at home? Whatever YOU want to see, please let us know in the comment section below. Your requests will be an important and valuable part of the content (posts, how-tos, videos and more) that we produce and we want to make sure we get to the heart of what you’d like to learn about building and maintaining a home you love. So let us know below and stay tuned next week for our first installment! xo, grace