2014 has been a roller coaster of a year, but one that has taught me so many lessons and has helped me refocus and redefine what is most important to me in life and work. There were moments when I had to just hold on and trust that we’d make it to a smooth patch and moments when we rushed forward with such excitement, energy and passion that I felt thankful for still being on such a fun and wild ride. I started the year feeling worried about the future of blogs and how best to run our team, but I’m ending 2014 feeling stronger, more energized and with the most understanding and clarity I’ve ever had about why we’re here, what we do and what we believe in at Design*Sponge.
The world around us is changing more quickly than ever. The Internet changes, readers change and the way (and even where) we write is constantly evolving. But the one thing that doesn’t change is the importance of home. Having a place where you feel warm, safe, comfortable and restored is both one of the greatest luxuries and necessities in life. Our mission here at DS is to help people find the tools, inspiration and confidence they need to build a home that speaks to who they are, but we wanted to end this year by remembering that not everyone has the luxury of having a home. In the United States alone, over 600,000 people are currently without homes and this holiday our team is making a donation to several charities that work to help people have a more permanent roof over their heads. If you’re able to donate your time or money to a group that helps people get into a safe home, we hope you’ll please consider joining us in our effort to help.
Our team is taking a break for the holiday and will return on Monday, January 5th with content that we feel is some of the best, most exciting and meaningful we’ve worked on to date. All this year (and especially since we launched our re-design), we’ve been listening to your thoughts, comments and suggestions about what you’d like to see more — and less — of here at Design*Sponge. We’ve taken those notes to heart and combined them with what means the most to us to come up with some great new columns for 2015 that focus on building a beautiful home by doing more with the things you already have around you.
We’re expanding our DIY and Before & After sections and launching new columns that focus on affordable ways to embrace design at home without spending or buying too much, and by keeping quality (not quantity) at heart. We will, of course, always continue to share our favorite inspiring and innovative ideas, with a focus on products and designs that are worth investing both your time and money in. These additions and changes won’t feel like a night-and-day change, but we hope they’ll be a subtle shift that embraces our community’s shared desire to spend less time shopping and trend-obsessing and more time truly being inspired and finding ways to create beauty at home using our own two hands. We also want to spend more time supporting artists, shops and companies we trust and believe in. We can’t wait to start 2015, but until then, from all of us at DS, we wish the very best for all of you for both a happy holiday season and a wonderful, wonderful New Year. xo, grace