As the year comes to an end most people are taking a moment to reflect on the moments that have made an impact on their lives this year. We have decided to do the same! After taking a journey into our archives we found some of the design trends, products and people that gave us inspiration. Here’s a recap of our favorite posts from 2013!


1. Too Hot To Handle: Turnstyle Designs

 When it comes to design most people don’t worry about picking the perfect doorknob, not realizing that hardware can elevate the overall style of the room. Turnstyle Designs makes great “jewelry”, for the  home having a beautiful  collection of leather products and other interesting designs that make use of pewter, timber, and  their own unique composites.


2. Spotlight: Rohl Shaws Original Fireclay Farmhouse Sinks

Farmhouse style sinks–also known as apron-front sinks–are highly functional, versatile and a great option for anyone who loves to spend time in the kitchen. Our favorite is the  Shaws Original Collection from Rohl. It’s well made, well-designed and looks great in any kitchen.


3. Design Trends: Paper Chase

Let’s face it, we all hated wallpaper until about a year or two ago when everyone started making them in modern graphic prints, shimmery metallics, and textured designs. Today, we can’t live wihtout it! Here’s a look at our favorite small spaces where wallpaper makes a big impact.


4. A Trip to Emerald City: Pantone’s Color for 2013

We have to take one last look at this year’s most loved color as we ring in the new year with Radiant Orchid. Emerald green–rich,luxurious and energetic–is a beautiful hue that has universal appeal. Everyone will be on the hunt for Pantone’s new purple hue, but I’m sure Emerald will be sticking around for a bit longer.


5. Pantone Color Trend 2013: Extracts Palette

In addition to naming Emerald Green the color of the year, Pantone forecasted color trends that would be popular in interiors. One of our favorites was the culinary inspired Extracts Palette, which combines spicy orange tones with a refreshing shade of green.



6. What’s Hot in the Kitchen: Trends to Watch For In 2013

Every year designers predict what some of the hottest trends will be, and this year they nailed it. Brass made a comeback, kitchen lighting was over the top, and we couldn’t tell the difference between kitchens and living rooms. We love these kitchen trends and we are hoping that they are just as hot in 2014! What do you think the next big kitchen trend will be?


7. Luxe and Lavish: Great Gatsby Inspired Interiors

Everywhere we turned there was something inspired by the roaring twenties. After the release of The Great Gatsby we fell in love with the glamorous style and Art Deco accents that inspired the luxurious interiors of the era. Read more about Art Deco and get inspired by homes with flapper flair.


8. Design Trends: Sweet Honeycomb Tile Patterns

One of this year’s biggest and sweetest trends are honeycomb inspired patterns. Many designers used tile designs that make use of creative and modern variations of this classic. See more of our favorite places and spaces that are buzzing with inspiration.


9. It’s Electric: Neon Accents

Neon brights in the bathroom are fun, funky, and unexpected! Just a touch of a neon hue mixed with some neutrals can make for an interesting design that’s not completely over the top. Check out some of our favorite neon-loving interiors for inspiration.


10. Exotic Beauty: Contemporary Tile from Island Stone

This year Island Stone introduced us to a whole new world of tile! Their collections use innovative materials, wondrous textures, and elements straight from nature to put a modern twist on classic designs.


11. Small Bathroom Secrets: How to Pick the Right Vanity

As new yorkers we understand what it means to live in spaces that are beyond tiny so we decided to share some tips and tricks on how to pick a vanity that won’t cramp your bathroom or your style. If you’re planning a bathroom renovation you should check this out!


12. Do you see ghosts?

The Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck—the world’s most popular chair—has become an icon in contemporary design. Who knew a piece of plastic could be so popular! We fell in love with the versatility and minimal beauty of this chair and just had to share some inspiring photos. Read more about the The Ghost Chair’s history, design and how to make it work in your home.


 13. Straight From Brooklyn: Kitchen and Bath Roundup

We’re from Brooklyn and proud of it! Naturally we shared some of our favorite kitchen and bath interiors, from our neighborohood. Brooklyn is the new artists colony so it’s no surprise that the brownstones, lofts and apartments are filled with unique interiors inspired by a range of styles.