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Design Sponge

blog_beauty2If you have the slightest inkling toward interior design, then you’ve probably already heard about the Internet sensation that is Grace Bonney. But just in case you’re out of the loop, she is one savvy, creative businesswoman. A few years back, Bonney launched a fun blog to put her visual ideas out there in regards to home design and interior decorating. Little did she know that the blogosphere was going to fall in love with her. What she single-handedly did was take the heavily expensive and sometimes snobby world of interior design and made it accessible for the normal person. With DIY tutorials, Before and After features, a look at color and design inspiration, and hordes of innovative ideas and musings, she has created a tremendously successful website that has earned loyal followers everywhere. But beware—once you start to browse designspongeonline.com, you’ll have to check nearly every hour for inspiring updates. The site is a design-lovers paradise. Visit designspongeonline.com to discover your new, favorite blog.

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