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Design*Sponge 10th Anniversary


10 years ago today, I was working on the ground floor of my boss’ home office in Brooklyn about to hit “publish” on a blog that I had no idea anyone else would ever read.

Delicious Non-Alcoholic Drinks


Earlier this year I decided to stop drinking. I was never much of a drinker in the first place, but after seeing an allergist I realized that all the things I felt when I drank even the tiniest bit of something alcoholic were signs of an alcohol intolerance.

Fire Up The Grill: Our Favorite Grilling Recipes


If you live in a city and don’t have access to a backyard like a lot of us, you probably share my love of being able to cook (or just eat) near an actual grill.

15 Inspiring Kitchen Transformations


I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing quite as satisfying as witnessing a real, good kitchen renovation.

23 Brilliant Ideas & Projects For Your Home Office


I don’t know about you, but even though my school days are long over, the onset of September still gets the butterflies in my stomach going and I suddenly feel the urge to buy pencils, notebooks and fresh new planners.

Radio Hits: Your 10 Favorite Episodes of After the Jump


Every year the radio station from which my radio show, After the Jump, is broadcast takes a two-week break to gear up for fall programming.

10 Inexpensive DIYs for Summer Break


I get really frustrated when I find a great DIY project that I want to try, but discover that it comes with an incredibly high price point.

What’s in Your Toolbox: Our Favorites


Peeking into the these toolboxes is a bit like looking in the host’s medicine cabinet where you’re at a dinner party.

10 Beautiful Flower Projects


If there’s one thing I love about summer, it’s the incredible wealth of beautiful fresh flowers. From roadside wildflowers to huge sunflowers, this is the season when nature seems to offer up so much inspiration and color.

Your Favorite Biz Ladies Posts


When people ask me what I enjoy most about my job, the first thing that comes to mind is the community that’s sprung up around our Biz Ladies series.

15 Clever Ideas For Your Home


If living in teeny-weeny living spaces over the past decade of my life has taught me anything, it’s that ingenuity and cleverness—at least when it comes to the home—can go a long way.

The 24-Hour Vacation


One of the site changes I’m happiest about this year is expanding our travel section to include smaller city guides that focus on one ideal day in a town.

Our Favorite Classic Kitchens


The first question you might have after reading the title of this post is: “What is a classic kitchen?

Around the World With Textiles


Last week, I gave a talk titled “The History Behind Design Trends” here in New York City, and when I finished talking about the history of black, of white rooms and of indigo, I was asked to comment on other trends in design.

Best of Book Storage at Home


If there is one subject that is near and dear to my heart, it’s book storage. Even though I try to watch what I bring into my house, I make an exception for books.

Weekend Summer Inspiration + Best of Web


Above photo by @two13vintage. You guys—September is a week away. If that sentence doesn’t make your blood run cold and your soul want to hide in a corner, I don’t know what will.

In the Kitchen With: Elaine McCardel’s Sicilian Trifle


The trifle is a traditional English layered dessert generally made of alcohol soaked sponge cake, layered with custard, gelatin, whipped cream and fruit (not necessarily in that order), and served in a glass dish.   As a child, I remember being fascinated by desserts layered in glasses such as trifles, sundaes and what we refer to as parfaits in the US.  I even like to think of tiramisù as a trifle, even though I am sure very many people would disagree!

Provincetown’s Salt House Inn


Once cottages for 19th century salt mine workers, the Salt House Inn opened as a refuge for those escaping from their own version of the salt mines in the city to the beach town of Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Knit Wit: A New Magazine About A Timeless Craft


The art of textile making is one of the world’s oldest, a pursuit that has followed practically every civilization since the dawn of mankind.

The Consumption Conundrum: Connecting With Makers and Making Mindful Purchases


Over the past few weeks, we’ve been contemplating our spending habits and, more specifically, what it means to splurge.


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