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book tour: east coast

by Amy Azzarito

If you’re in New York, there’s really no better place to introduce a book than the New York Public Library. There was added significance for Grace and me because I was working at NYPL when we met and collaborated on the series Design by the Book, which lead to me writing this post today!  Just three hectic days after our big Library crafting event, we had the official Design*Sponge at Home launch party at West Elm. Then the next day we took the show on the road, crafting and meeting people in Boston, Philly and D.C. Staying pretty close to home, we felt like we were just getting our feet wet – the real test would be this week’s big West Coast stint! Sometimes I think the book happened just so that we’d have a reason to go on tour. Since we spend most days in front of the computer, there’s really nothing better than connecting in real life, with people we talk with everyday. So far, we’ve found new friends in every city! I hope you come out and join us as move through the U.S.! –Amy A.

Images above: Crafternoon at the New York Public Library, September 10. All images by Brooke Fitts

Image above: Launch party at West Elm, September 13. Julia Rothman illustration in the window of West Elm. Image by Emily Anderson.

See more images from the book tour after jump!

Image above: The visual design team at
West Elm did an amazing job with the store! Image by Emily Anderson.

Image above: Artists and designers whose homes were featured in Design*Sponge at Home, customized West Elm products, which were auctioned off to benefit the New York Public Library. Clockwise from top left: Ashley Meaders, David Stark, Nightwood, and Alyson Fox. Images by Emily Anderson.

Images above, clockwise from top left: Corbett Marshall and Jim Deskevich of Variegated, Ginny Branch, Lauren Smith & Derek Fagerstrom of the Curiosity Shoppe, Erica Domesek of PS – I made This. Images by Emily Anderson.

Images above, clockwise from top left: Amy Merrick, Barb Blair, Jacqueline Schmidt, and Julia Rothman Images by Emily Anderson.

Images above: Launch party at West Elm, September 13. Images Smilebooth. Backdrop created by Poppies & Posies with wallpaper by Flavor Paper (additional photos on facebook – there’s five sets – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Images above: Our first away-from-home event – West Elm in Boston! Crafting project from Design*Sponge at Home. Craft backdrop created by Jen Hill. Images by Casey from Hello Love Photography! (Smilebooth in Boston – Album 1 & 2)

Image above: Craft backdrop created by Jen Hill. Images by Casey from Hello Love Photography!

Image above: Launch party at Anthropologie in DC. The photo back drop was created by Ritzy Bee. Images above by Katie Stoops.

Image above: Cocktail party at one of our favorite stores – Terrain in Philadelphia on September 16.  At the party, Terrain raffled off the tablescape above and one lucky person won the whole shebang! (You can see the whole setup in the Design*Sponge favorites file at Terrain)

Image above: It’s the moment of truth! Will the wax seal stamp work? Images above by Katie Stoops

Images above: Sunday morning crafting at Politics & Prose in Washington DC on September 18. Big thanks to Sarah Baline for organizing this! Images by Maggie Winters. (More photos on Facebook!)

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