The home and interiors blog Design*Sponge is the biggest - and best - of its kind on the web, attracting an average 250,000 views each day. Its creator is the New York-based writer Grace Bonney, whose tips, ideas and musings on all things decor related mean she has established a kind a of cult status among her devoted readers.
This month Bonney publishes a new accompanying book, Design*Sponge at Home, and it's inevitably causing quite a bit of excitement. And, as decor books go, it's really quite something. Packed with step-by-step tutorials on projects from furniture restoration to wallpapering and upholstery, plus creative tips and ideas on making even the most compact living space something special, it also contains dozens of photo features on real-life homes.
Our favourite features, however, are the inspiring before and after room makeovers submitted by Design*Sponge readers, demonstrating that even on a small budget and with limited time, amateur enthusiasts can achieve impressive results.
Design*Sponge At Home (Dh116, Artisan) is available to order through Magrudy's stores nationwide.