My 20 favorite stories of 2012

pam kueber I spotlighted stories from 2012 with the most pageviews. I spotlighted the 20 most popular reader projects. Now, I cruised through everything we published in 2012 to see what other gems I could mine. Of course, there were too many. I got it down to about 20. So here are my *favorites* (of the stories not already showcased) from the past year. Above: My big personal project o’12 was My Big Fat Office Remodel — multiple stories, and I coulda written more, cuz it was Epic.

bonnie jo campbellI was super honored to feature author Bonnie Jo Campbell’s “swamp house” kitchen update. I adored her new book.

martin holladaySticking with da people photos, I named Martin Holladay and his Musings of an Energy Nerd column my blogger of the year.

erica wilson owlI remain obsessed with Erica Wilson. I did numerous stories — this story shows some of her needlework in her personal collection.

rose bushI love the sentimental stories that illustrate how we are all… just caretakers… of our houses, really. Like Dawn’s story about Miss Jean’s rosebush.

vintage oven I was super happy how Kathy discovered The Old Appliance Club via the blog — and was able to successfully repair her vintage oven.

modular shelvingWay back time machine vintage designs still available today — like Knape & Vogt modular shelving

vintage style walllpaper… and 47 designs of Inez Croom wallpaper…

luna chairs… and Luna chairs.

luggage dresserWe spotted wonderful oddities (“woddities”) galore. My favorite must be — Lug-A-Ture: Is this a dresser or four suitcases? Both!

poppy red paintLive is a big canvas, so throw on a lot of paint. How about vintage “poppy red”? We opine.

broyhill premier chapter oneThe Flower Power bug bit me. Hard. Broyhill Premier Chapter One furniture, I want to marry you. 20+ photos.

linoleum rugI scan therefore I am. I need to scan more in 2013. I have oodles of vintage marketing materials waiting to see the light. Above: 31 vintage Armstrong linoleum and linoleum-style rugs.

time capsule kitchenOkay, so I showed this in another of the year-end round ups. But it really was an amazing time capsule house.

cleaning the tubDiscovering a cleaner that could get after the bottom of my Kohler tub without scratching the finish — oh happy day.

st charles kitchensWe play breaking news reporters on occasion. Viking discontinued St. Charles cabinets… then New York-based company picked up the brand. I need to follow up on this one and find out what’s going on next…

stainless steel sinkThe “talky” stories are fun. In particular, I enjoyed this discussion about what makes for a truly “timeless” kitchens and bathrooms.

royal barry willsAll of the history stories make me pretty happy. I added to my personal collection of Royal Barry Wills history.

kate retro renovationSuper duper happiness: Hiring Kate, my first full-time employee. We are planning on rocking the ’13, buckle up!

love the house you're in collageMost of all, happy folks making happy houses makes me happy. We rounded up the 13 Love the House You’re In collages created by Mel Kolstad.

Thanks for a fantastic 2012, everyone!!!! xoxoxo pam


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  1. Diane in CO says

    Pam thank YOU! What an astonishing array of stories and pictures you present. And now Kate too! Happy New Year – I raise my cup of herbal tea to you both. (tomorrow maybe something bubbly…)

  2. says

    I am still sooooo in love with Pam’s office space. Pam your space is still sizzling Hot! I Love it! Happy New Year Pam, to you and your precious family!


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