Design*Sponge

Your home for all things Design. Home Tours, DIY Project, City Guides, Shopping Guides, Before & Afters and much more

diy projects

Wednesday November 20th, 2013

Wednesday November 13th, 2013

diy, diy projects by 5

DIY Project: Fine Art Mousepad

My first international trip ever was a month-long backpacking adventure in Europe when I was in grad school. Our last stop on the trip was Amsterdam, an amazing city filled to the brim with museums. Perhaps the best among them is the Rijksmuseum, which houses all things Dutch. I’m certainly no art expert, but it…

Read More »

Wednesday October 30th, 2013

diy, diy projects by 7

DIY Leather Coasters

These leather coasters are inspired by the geometric patterns of Islamic tile design. Three beautiful traditional tessellating patterns have been converted to easily followed paper patterns for you. The coasters are double sided and can be used individually for drinks or in a group as a lovely trivet. A quick and easy project, they make…

Read More »

diy, diy projects by 21

DIY Gold + Acrylic Clipboards

My husband and I recently moved from a 600 square foot condo in DC to a 3-bedroom house in Nashville. In our old place, all of my DIYing happened exclusively in the middle of our living room floor, so while I think I’ll always have a place in my heart for small-space living, I’m certainly…

Read More »

Wednesday October 23rd, 2013

diy, diy projects by 15

DIY Project: Mini Chandelier

I am crazy about pendant lights because they are uber versatile and super easy to customize. Whether you use a pre-wired cord and socket set or assemble one yourself, the process is simple and the possibilities are endless.With the right materials an a little bit of consideration it’s easy to create a bespoke lighting looks…

Read More »

Thursday October 17th, 2013

diy, diy projects, entertaining by 11

The D*S Pumpkin Project: Dan Funderburgh’s Magical Lasercut Jack-o-Lantern

This week, we’ve been sharing some non-traditional takes on one of our favorite parts of Halloween: carved pumpkins! On Monday, we featured blogger Molly Madfis’ glamorous gemstone-patterned jack-o-lanterns. On Tuesday, we shared the embroiderer extraordinaire, Jessica Marquez’s carved pumpkin, a design inspired by a Danish pattern. Today, it is with great pleasure that we present…

Read More »

Wednesday October 16th, 2013

Tuesday October 15th, 2013

diy projects by 12

The D*S Pumpkin Project: Jessica Marquez’s Danish-Inspired Jack-O-Lanterns

This week, as part of the D*S Pumpkin Project, we’re sharing new takes on the traditional jack-o-lantern, courtesy of some of our favorite designers, artists, and bloggers. Yesterday, we shared blogger Molly Madfis’ gemstone-inspired carved pumpkins. Today’s fabulous pumpkin project comes from Jessica Marquez, the artist and embroiderer-extraordinaire behind Miniature Rhino, Stitched Gifts, and last spring’s embroidery DIY…

Read More »

Wednesday October 9th, 2013

diy, diy projects by 27

DIY Project: Painted Floor Runner

My good friend, Sarah, lives in an amazing loft space in Brooklyn. The only downside: shabby-looking old factory floors with about a centuries worth of grime imbedded in them. I decided to lend a hand and upon inspection, painting seemed like the perfect solution. All it takes is one look her home’s collection of mid-century…

Read More »

diy, diy projects by 15

DIY Project: Sashiko Sampler Potholders

These sweet potholders are a great way to experiment with simple stitches and dashing color combinations. Sashiko is a decorative running stitch used in Japan to reinforce fabrics while forming tessellating geometric patterns. Following that tradition we will use the oldest stitch in the book to quilt a vibrant and utilitarian collection of potholders –…

Read More »

Wednesday October 2nd, 2013

diy, diy projects by 7

DIY Project: Fringed Clutch

It’s easy to dress up a standard clutch purse with a cascade of knotted fringe. It may look complicated, but we’ll follow the most basic pattern of this age-old technique. Warp-knotted fringe is practiced on woven textiles all over the world, with beautiful variations springing out of local traditions from South America to the South…

Read More »

Thursday September 26th, 2013

diy, diy projects by 5

DIY Project: Color Blocked Boxes

Inspired by the color blocking and icy blue tones walking the runway this fall, this practical set of organizational boxes for the office is created in sophisticated shades of pale blue, black, and camel. The diagonal bands of color blocking are a chic detail, and deceptively easy to make! -Natalie  

Read More »

Wednesday September 25th, 2013

diy, diy projects by 6

DIY Project: Mid-Century Wall Sculpture

Today’s first DIY comes from Heather Jennings of Poppyhaus. Inspired by the exuberant mid-century style of DwellStudio’s ‘Boom’ wall sculptures, Heather set out to recreate the look using inexpensive household materials. Armed only with bamboo skewers, styrofoam balls and spraypaint, Heather created a fantastic homespun version that cost next-to-nothing and fits her love of mid-century…

Read More »