Design*Sponge Turns 14 + Summer Vacation

by Kelli Kehler

This month Design*Sponge turns 14 years old — 14!!! I started reading D*S over a decade ago, and quickly became a devoted fan. This online space is where I escaped from work when I needed to recharge and find inspiration; I’d spend my lunch breaks in the newsroom at my desk, scrolling through and virtually touring beautiful homes. Almost five years ago, to my fangirl disbelief and excitement, I joined the Design*Sponge team, and the magic of this job has truly not lost its luster for me.

As a then-fan and now Executive Editor of this site, I am grateful Grace sat down at her computer 14 years ago, seeking a creative outlet. I am grateful that she started this blog that once was a place for her to keep track of trends and styles she loved, only to morph into a site that covers incredible homes, motivating Before & After transformations, real and thoughtful discussion, recipes, DIY projects, and more. Most of all, we are always in pursuit of what home means to all people, and find endless wonder and appreciation for each different iteration.

We are always working to improve and grow and learn, and we want to both thank you all for coming back here year after year, and also thank you for lending your ear, sharing your thoughts and feelings, and growing right alongside us. Design*Sponge wouldn’t be here without all of you readers.

As is our customary end-of-summer ritual, our team is taking the week off to recharge and spend time with our families and loved ones. We’ll be back on September 4 with amazing new content and a new podcast from Grace shortly after, but until then, we hope you have a wonderful week — and thank you again for your devoted readership. —Kelli

Suggested For You


  • I totally used the wallpaper you have on the homepage for YEARS — happy birthday DS!

  • All my love! Enjoy the break and I’m so grateful Grace sat down 14 years ago, too! Thankful for you as well! The whole team is stellar and I’ve been reading for 8 or so years! I don’t think I can add any more exclamation points!!

  • I’m a new reader to D*S, but in the last few months I’ve been reading, it’s inspired me to be more creative, make and do things. It’s made me fall back in love with art, crafts and design. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog and given me ambition to start my own business. It’s really empowering to read about strong, independent and inspiring women.

    I can’t thank you enough! Have a well deserved break and I’m really looking forward to the new content!

  • Best wishes to you in the well-deserved time off! I’m a comparatively new reader and have fallen in love with your thoughtful, gentle, positive approach to the tricky business of making a living through art on the internet. Rest up and feel refreshed, and in the meantime there’s a wonderful backlog to read. Enjoy!