Monthly Archives: September 2011

Design*Sponge at Home

I’ve been doing some sewing for the Colette Fall Palette Challenge, but I think I’ll unveil everything in one go when I’m finished.

In the meantime, I’ve been pawing through this beautiful book:

Grace Bonney created the Design*Sponge blog in 2004 and has recently released this gorgeous collection of sneak peaks (into designers’ homes), basic DIY tutorials, DIY design projects, and a before/after inspiration section. I normally don’t like looking at pictures of other people’s houses in magazines, but I find that D*S chooses the perfect photos and highlight just the right parts of the house, focusing on one dresser or on one wall. I’m excited to try some of the DIY projects to spruce up my own home (which I have been mildly unenthusiastic over, lately). I’m getting so many great ideas from this book!


Colette Patterns Fall Palette Challenge 2011.

I’ve decided to do the Colette Patterns Fall Palette Challenge 2011!

Colette Patterns Fall Palette Challenge

I tend to wear a lot of black clothing, as I discovered this summer when I was trying to find a black shirt and realized I had several black shirts in a pile by the bed. I only own one brown pair of capris and one brown t-shirt which I never wear. I think this season I’ll try to incorporate more brown into my wardrobe, as well as some blues and yellows balanced by grey. I’m usually not crazy about the brown/grey combination, but some ladies seem to be able to pull it off. I’m going to try it. Here’s my inspiration mood board; you can find the original board and sources on my Pinterest challenge board.

I’ll be sewing a mini-wardrobe from a bunch of Colette Patterns that I have at home, as well as a few new ones that I’ll be ordering from their fall collection.

I’d also like to throw some red and coral in there with the grey, but that won’t be part of the challenge. I’ve got enough on my plate!