Grace Bonney was raised in Virginia Beach and graduated from First Colonial High School and The College of William and Mary. She currently lives in the Hudson Valley with her wife, Julia, and their three pets.
Grace said, “I’m so proud to return to my hometown of Virginia Beach to celebrate the wonderfully diverse, creative and talented members of the LGBTQ community and all they’ve contributed- and continue to contribute- to our area.”
She founded the web Design*Sponge in 2004. Since then, it has attracted a devoted group of over 2 million viewers and is a daily staple for the creative community. Design*Sponge was declared a “Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials” by the New York Times and the “Top Home Influencer of 2017” by Forbes Magazine.
Grace has been a featured guest on Good Morning America, The Nate Berkus Show, The Martha Stewart Show, NBC’s The Chew and American Public Radio, She has been a keynote speaker for a wide variety of organizations ranging from design schools and trade organizations to design guilds and national corporations such as Target, Ann Taylor, and BlogHer.
As PrideFest 2017 Grand Marshal, Grace will lead a dialogue, panel conversation, and book signing at the Chrysler Museum of Art on Thursday, June 15 focused on women, entrepreneurship, and design. She will lead Hampton Roads Pride’s annual Pride Boat Parade with an escort from the United States Coast Guard and introduce PrideFest headliners Village People at PrideFest on June 17 at Town Point Park.