Pam and Kate need a serious break. So now through the end of the year, we are not looking at the blog. You can still comment — but all comments will go into moderation. We will be back online with stories and free up comments on Monday, January 4. Meanwhile, some highlights from 2015 — including several of our epic (borderline mania) series’ — for you to auld lang syne on:
Our #1 product find for the year: Beauti-Vue retro woven wood shades that can be made from New Old Stock.
>Kate built a DIY Betsy McCall dollhouse. And now, we also have “The Adventures of Mini Kate, Mini Jim and Little Leo” to entertain us.
Kate mocked up 99 ways to decorate a pink bathroom — these same decor ideas apply to any color bathroom.We distilled our tips into a handy infographic, A Foolproof Guide to Choosing Bathroom Colors — Five Steps to Success.
>We added seven new amazing time capsule houses to our archive (which is now over 100!)Readers love the 1940s, so we explored the basics to create a 1940s kitchen — so far, we have four archetypes.We love discovering designers who are at risk of being forgotten. We heart Louisa Kostich Cowan. Our #1 new story of the year was this New Old Stock Youngstown Kitchen, found boxed up after 67 years. Danny Gallardo — aka Tiki Diablo — got his tiki designs into Home Depot! Woot! Now, we need ’em east of the Mississippi! Pam and her pots are now immortalized at the Carnegie Museum of Art. (Report on the Nov. 19 opening coming soon, bad Pam.)