Grace Bonney in Boston

On Wednesday night, I had made a last-minute trip to attend the Design*Sponge at Home book signing event held at West Elm in Boston.  (My book wasn’t due to arrive until the day after the event, but actually showed up on my doorstep early.)

My main reason for attending was to thank Grace Bonney, in person, for her guidance and blogging advice.  Last year, when my girls started pre-school, it freed up my time and got me thinking about starting to work again.  I had taken a 3-year hiatus from the projects I had started with Cecilia Walker Design, and began re-evaluating my strategy for the future.  Re-entry from my “triplet-bubble” into a tough economy, introduced new world ideas – mainly, social media.

I discovered a plethora of design blogs that I did not know existed.  And then I discovered Design*Sponge’s Biz Ladies series.  Biz Ladies is an amazing resource.  Grace Bonney is insightful and ethical, and offers helpful and sound advice (along with contributing industry professionals) to those who are contemplating starting your own business or are already established businesses in need of marketing, legal and advertising help (just to name a few topics).

Before Everything in 3s was conceived, I had so many questions with regards to copyright/crediting.  I read books and researched these topics – but I wanted real-life examples and answers and found them through the Biz LadiesOnline Etiquette and Ethics” posts followed up with emails that Grace so graciously returned and answered.

And so, I dove in, and am still making my way through the social media whirlwind.

While I stood in line at West Elm, I admired the group who had gathered to meet Grace.  Bloggers were easy to spot with their DSL cameras (mind you, mine is at the camera shop getting fixed);  store owners, designers and all sorts of creative types chatted while waiting.

As my turn approached, I realized that the woman facilitating the front of the line was not a West Elm employee, but rather Amy Azzarito — the managing editor of Design*Sponge!  I recognized her thanks to a photo in one of Grace’s Brimfield posts, and asked her to sign my book as well, as I enjoy reading her “Sneak Peek” and “Past and Present” columns.  There’s a Sneak Peek of Amy’s home in the book also.

Design*Sponge at Home is a design bible filled with interiors from artists’ and designers’ homes, Do-It-Yourself tutorials, and Before and After makeovers. 

{A couple of my favorite Sneak Peeks in the book.}



After flipping through the DIY section, I found myself inspired to tackle a few projects.  Post-college I made my own curtains, and my friends’ too.  But haven’t touched a sewing machine in a long time.  I grew up with an interior designer mother who paints, sews, crochets and would wallpaper our homes.  Learning how to hang wallpaper has been on my bucket list.  I believe if my mom can do it, I can too — and Grace’s tutorial gave me a glimmer of hope.


This project, to construct Concrete Garden Spheres, looks really easy:


I missed the Craft Event held prior to the public book signing, but you can check out some of the results over on Katy Elliott’s blog and Domestikated Life.

Blogging has enabled me to meet many people virtually, but it’s nice to shake someone’s hand and greet them face-to-face, and in this case, to thank and congratulate Grace and Amy.

 all photos by Ei3s

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