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Friday March 21st, 2014

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Handmade Gatherings by Ashley English

It always makes me happy when people who have been a part of the Design*Sponge family have wonderful new projects to celebrate. Ashley English shared endless ideas for DIYs and recipes here and she’s been busy writing fantastic books about chickens, home dairy, pies, beekeeping and canning & preserving ever since. Her latest book is…

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Friday February 21st, 2014

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8 Oversized Posters I Love

For the past few years I’ve been all about editing down my collection of prints and posters to focus primarily on larger pieces. Nothing fancy or expensive, just something large enough that it can command a larger wall-space without feeling as cluttered as a gallery wall can. So far that means we only have a…

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Thursday October 17th, 2013

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15 Great Cookbooks for Fall

Spending my time with someone who works in cookbook writing and testing has made me look at books in a whole new way. My own experience with books made me appreciate the hard work that goes into the organization, but to see first-hand how much testing and skill goes into each recipe makes me have…

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Friday August 9th, 2013

Wednesday July 31st, 2013

Friday July 19th, 2013

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Knots

The heatwave currently sweeping across New York has made it impossible to do anything except for sit in front of the air conditioner and work. And by work I mean try to find ways to get myself into a pool. When I’m trying to avoid too much physical activity, I like to occupy my time…

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Friday October 5th, 2012

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inspiration library: scottish country

I love to read. In middle school, I obsessively entered all the reading competitions in my school, winning such prizes as a ski map of Mammoth Mountain and a copy of Where the Red Fern Grows. As a teenager, I still loved to read but became more than a little self-conscious about the number of…

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Thursday October 4th, 2012

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blog, inc. book trailer!

I always get excited when friends have a new project coming out, and today I am so thrilled for Joy Deangdeelert Cho and Meg Mateo Ilasco because Blog, Inc. (Chronicle Books, 2012) is out, and the new trailer is online! Joy put so much time and hard work into creating what will surely become a…

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Wednesday September 19th, 2012

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phantograms from nature by barry rothstein

If anyone had walked into our office last week, they would have witnessed quite a sight. Max, Amy and I took turns wearing the geekiest 3D glasses while we stood over Barry Rothstein’s Phantograms from Nature book, oohing and aahing like crazy. I stumbled upon Rothstein’s book at Beautiful Dreamers in Brooklyn and ended up…

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Monday July 23rd, 2012

Wednesday July 18th, 2012

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you are so loved

Every now and then, you need a little pick me up that is all about sheer joy and happiness. For some people, romantic comedies serve that purpose; for others, a giant piece of cake does the trick (now I want both). Next month, Chronicle is releasing a book that is the printed version of a giant…

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Tuesday July 10th, 2012

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matchbook stories: issue one

I’m fully in love with all of the creative ways artists and writers are embracing print these days. From hand-printed zines to well-crafted quarterlies, it’s really wonderful to have so many options to hold and admire in your hands. Matchbook Stories is a new project that presents a literary magazine in matchbook form. Each issue…

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Tuesday May 8th, 2012

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Idyll by amber albrecht

Drawn & Quarterly is putting out some of the most beautiful books these days. One of their newest is Idyll by Montreal artist Amber Albrecht. Idyll gathers some of Amber’s best drawings and silkscreens from the past few years and tucks them between a beautifully embossed cover. Idyll contains 96 pages of pure artwork (there’s no…

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Wednesday March 28th, 2012

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Living in a Nutshell

Image above: Classical columns on the front door drawn in chalkboard paint Living in a Nutshell (just released yesterday!) showed up in the office last week. We’re pretty picky about books here and can be particularly hard on craft books, but I literally found myself saying “wow” on nearly page. The book is packed with…

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Wednesday March 21st, 2012

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shimashimajima

Oh, stripes. How can I stay away? This adorable stripe-themed copy of Shimashimajima at Tortoise in LA seems like a perfect start to the day. Colorful, upbeat and beautifully designed, it’s a great way to kick off summer weather. Click here to pick up a copy online at Tortoise for $35. xo, grace

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Tuesday January 31st, 2012

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handmade books by serena olivieri

The first time I visited SCAD in Savannah I got to visit a class making books by hand. I’d never stopped to think about how much goes into handmade books and those students’ efforts were a real eye-opener. These beautiful handmade books, agendas and diaries are by artist Serena Olivieri. She just started designing and…

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Tuesday January 24th, 2012

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book sets from juniper books

One of my big goals this year is to spend less time in virtual life and more time in real life. Part of that commitment means watching fewer screens and cracking open more books. I finally started reading seriously again during the book tour, so I’m starting to build a little collection of favorites. As…

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Friday December 16th, 2011

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the hungry girls’ cookbook + pure green magazine

I can barely contain my excitement about all the amazing small-scale print publications debuting these days! As much as I love working online (and I do), I also love seeing people stretch themselves and put their all into making truly beautiful magazines and books. Two of my new favorites are The Hungry Girls’ Cookbooks and…

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