A style-savvy blogger demystifies DIY decor. Design*Sponge, the charmingly quirky home decorating site launched in 2004 by Grace Bonney, attracts more than one million page views each month—and among its many step-by-step tutorials are projects simple enough for anyone to master. Now the blog's singular style inspiration can also be found in Design*Sponge at Home, a compendium of all-new homemaking hints—which Bonney has in droves ("To make a small space seem larger, getting things off the floor is key"; "Leftover fabric makes a great placemat!"). The book is also full of creative furnishing ideas—like this sweet, functional, and endlessly customizable storage bench (completed version pictured above).
Rolling Storage Bench Cost: Around $40
Time: One hour plus
What you need:
Wooden box (similar styles can be found at flea markets and thrift stores)
Four rolling casters
Measuring tape or ruler
Fabric (three inches larger on all sides than plywood)