2012 Most Influential - Part 2

Continuing with our year end posts on "most influential of 2012" here's Part 2 of things that stood out to us over this past year.

Plank Covered Cabinets
Such a great idea and way to customize a kitchen, interior designer Benedikte Ugland covered some IKEA kitchen cabinets with stained planks, creating a one-of-a-kind swoon-worthy space. Read more here.

Botanicals, Straw Hats and Polaroids
Polaroid came out with a new instant film camera, botanicals delighted us and straw hats protected us. Click here to read more.

Berber Rugs
Found in the souks off Marrakech, the Berber rugs were a much coveted floor covering this year –made from wool and cotton yarns with tassled ends, this soft and cosy rug with it's neutral colors is a perfect addition to any room.  Above: Found Moroccan Berber Rug, West Elm.

Large Format Photographs
We talked about this last year, but the trend is still going strong, and we couldn't be happier. We love large format photographs.  This image from Mjolk.

Everything Retro
All things from the past were on the forefront this year from stationery to the real thing.  We love our vintage!  (Above collage from a post we did in January 2012).

Natural Palettes
Color was everywhere this past year, but natural palettes stood out also - like this space from the home of By Nord's founders, Hanne and Søren Berzan in the January issue of Livingetc.  The creams, beige and natural woods make way for a serene space. See the article here.

Beautiful designer wallpapers were dazzling us all year long, and we couldn't pass up mentioning this beautiful limited edition from Fargerike out of Norway. See more beautiful wallpapers here.

Leather Belt DIYs
A few DIYs using leather belts were popping up on the blogs this year. And this IKEA + H&M one from Brigg we posted about in February has to be one of our faves. See others we noticed here , here, here and here.

Southwest Textiles
We loved the textiles the owners of  Heath Ceramics brought back from Marfa, Texas to their showroom this year by artist couple Jamey Garza and Constance Holt.  After years of custom work, Garza's furniture and Holt's textiles were available to the public. More info here.

Paola Navone
We loved these chairs by Paola Navone that appeared at the Merci Pop-Up Shop this year at Salone 2012.  Photo via Riazzoli.

Charlotte Lancelot
Another stunner at the Salone 2012 this year was Charlotte Lancelot's new line Canevas Collection for Gan

More Terrariums
Terrariums just got more and more beautiful this year with mini worlds appearing like stories in stunning vessels and plants.  This one by DoodleBirdie on Etsy.

The Bay
We really love the way The Bay embraced more Canadian culture this year bringing their iconic stripes full force from blankets to Holga's and featuring a new line of Canadian designer tea towels.  We can't wait to see what's in store for 2013!

The Backyard Shed
We all love them and want one –whether it's for a home office, hobby space or gardening shed, the backyard shed is one of those reachable projects just waiting to happen.  Above phillipkerickson.com. Click here to see more.

Stay tuned for Part 3 - and read Part 1 here.

Jan Halvarson

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