Grace Bonney’s 10 Favourite Homes
The founder of design*sponge, a popular design blog, gives House & Home a sneak peek into the interiors that most inspire her. Get tips and inspiration from this photo gallery of her top kitchen, bedroom, living room and dining area picks. You’ll also find cheap-chic decorating and DIY ideas, such as how to use bold paint, vintage finds, textiles and greenery.
See more of Grace Bonney’s favourite finds in our June 2009 issue.
“This is a fantastic example of what people can do with their own two hands,” says Bonney. And I love those IKEA cabinets, which they painted to match Alyson’s desk.”
“I love everything Jessica designs. Everything,” says Bonney. “I like the way she styles homes with huge branches and bits of greenery — it feels like living in a terrarium.”
“Green and yellow is one of my favorite combinations,” Bonney reveals. “This room is perfect, just perfect.” The owners, Joslyn Taylor and her husband, Bryan, are in the tech industry but love decor, design and woodworking.
“I’m a girly-girl at heart, so I’ll always have a soft spot for pale pink,” admits Bonney. “I love the way the pink in this kitchen brings out the warmth in copper pots and the wooden stool. It almost acts as a neutral — but has so much more character than white or beige.”
“I’m a huge fan of Karen’s artwork, so I was particularly thrilled to get this peek into her bedroom — a place where her trademark colours gather in one spot,” says Bonney. “I also can’t get enough of that wooden lampshade.”
“Their home is my dream home from top to bottom — sophisticated, colourful, chic,” says Bonney, speaking of shopHORNE.com owners Alissa Parker and Ryan Walker. “I love the big splashes of colour in their rugs and artwork.”
“The Philadelphia designing duo, Shauna Alterio and Stephen Loidolthas of Something’s Hiding In Here, has hands-down one of the coolest homes I’ve ever seen,” says Bonney. “I love they way they’ve ‘hacked’ IKEA furniture and made this big warehouse a home.”
“I love the way textile designer Bonnee Sharp of Studio Bon plays with colour and integrates her own patterns into this space,” says Bonney. “I could pack up and move in any day.”
“I respect any guy who has the guts to paint his bedroom (and living room) Pepto-Bismol pink,” Bonney says. “This looks like such a fun place to hang out.”
“I love her vintage bed and the little touches of nature around the house,” says Bonney, of painter Trish Grantham’s bedroom. “She lives in Portland, Oregon, and I find that so many of the artists and residents there make a big effort to incorporate the outdoors into their homes. Trish has done it in a really unique way.”