This week the holidays finally started to feel real because Julia and I went to our local Christmas tree farm to bring home a tree. Julia builds her own DIY menorah every year, so this month our house is filled with so much light and decoration. I’m always so inspired by the warmth this season brings, and I’ve been so happy to focus less on shopping and decorating (although I do love tree lights) and more on giving back.
This year we did our local toy drive and are volunteering at food and family shelters in our area, but we’re also following a suggestion left by writer (and D*S contributor) Ashley C. Ford that I wanted to share here. Ashley suggested people call up their local school system to find out about overdue lunch accounts for students in need. So many of these children aren’t able to pay off their bills and won’t be able to join their classmates for meals — or get the food they need (and may not be able to get at home). All you need to do is get the totals and chip in as much as you can afford, or coordinate with others (or local businesses) to help pay off the totals. It’s a nice way to get involved with your local schools and a great way to make sure that the next generation of makers, artists, dreamers and doers has the fuel they need to grow and learn.
Speaking of inspiration, I wanted to launch a short #Hashtag challenge for this month: #DSHoliday. Upload a picture (to Twitter or Instagram) of what YOUR holiday season looks like (traditions, decorations, giving back, etc.) and tag it #DSHoliday. I’ll pick one winner and mail them a signed copy of In the Company of Women AND a signed copy of Julia’s cookbook, Small Victories. Until then, best wishes for a healthy and happy weekend. xo, grace
- I had so much fun talking with Tamu at All the Pretty Birds about In the Company of Women and my work life in general…
- I’m really loving Lindsay Helzer’s flowers right now.
- These DIY honeycomb ornaments are so fun.
- What do you think of Pantone’s new color of the year? Man Repeller has their take and I might be on their side…
- I’m diving into Trevor Noah’s new book this weekend. First person stories are what I’m craving these days as a path to greater understanding.
- This Joshua Tree makeover at Remodelista includes a seriously dreamy backyard situation.
- If you’re local to NYC and looking to support small businesses this holiday season, make sure you stop by the Studio Museum’s first Harlem Holiday Market Dec. 9-11 and 16-18. Shop from a handful of local makers — including our friends at Royal Jelly Harlem!
Best of Design*Sponge This Week:
- Q&A: Some Good Clean Fun with Nick Offerman, What’s In Your Toolbox: Xenia Taler
- Food: In the Kitchen With: Italian Doughnut Holes
- Gift Guides: 30 Gifts for the Entrepreneur In Your Life, 22 Gifts That Promote Self-Care, 9 Dog-Themed Home Goods
- Interiors: A Home for Mom, Dad & Baby Dotted with Blues & Pinks, A Sewing Revivalist’s Quiet Home in Portland, OR, A Love-Filled Home & Studio in Dorset, Ontario, Studio Tour: Oliver Jeffers, A Jewelry Designer’s Home Studio Makes Use of Each Bit of Space
- DIYs: Holiday DIY: Hanging Danish Bells, Holiday DIY: Ombre Ribbon Tree
- More: Inspiration Boards: The Why + How