Looking Back at 2011

As we head into the new year it’s always a good idea to reflect on the one that’s just passed. And it’s been quite a year, personally and professionally for many of us here at The Design Tree!  We want to thank you oh so much for your readership and support!  It means a whole heck of a lot and you make us brim with gratitude!

Tea Towel Calendar by Avril Loretti

This year we were so very fortunate to add new voices to the blog.  Welcome and thanks to Tracey and Renee who join Nathalie, Mandy, and I as your core of writers.  We certainly hope we bring you a little smile with our perspectives on the interplay of design and daily life.

Today we thought we’d replay some of our top hits from this year, in case you missed them:

Image by Eric Cator

Mandy’s amazing tutorial on how-to create this stunning wreath. It’s ethereal and lovely.

Renee is sure to keep you warm and fashionable this winter with her post on scarves, including the amazing video demonstrating 25 ways to wear them!

Who doesn’t love pumpkin?  This recipe for chocolate pumpkin loaf is deliciously simple my toddler helped me bake!

Image via Hotel Fox

Tracey whisks you all over the world and into some spectacular art hotels in this post. These hotel rooms would make for some pretty memorable vacations.

If you’ve got some time this long weekend and just feel like curling up with a great film, Nathalie’s Food and Film combos are a feast for every sense.

Image via Greentea Design

And who didn’t swoon all over Greentea’s Lead Designer Greg Laciak’s beautiful backgarden brunch using Greentea’s lovely furniture, accessories, and antiques.  Wow!

Of course we are a design blog and we’d be remiss if we didn’t include some of our popular interior design posts:

Image via Slumber Designs

Want to add some impact to your bedroom? These DIY Headboard Ideas should help!

Image via Murals Your Way

Looking for Stunning Wallpapers?  We’ve got you covered, whether you want to go all out with a mural or are looking for something a little less permanent as a Renter.

Image via Design Sponge

Thinking of remodelling the bath?  These Mind-Blowing Bathroom Before and Afters will serve as inspiration for what’s possible.

Image via Lise El Sayed

This Fun Rug round-up adds a little warmth and character to any room.

And if  you’re interested in sustainable architecture and renewable resources, this two part series on the Solar Decathalon in DC will certainly be of interest.  (Part 1 and Part 2)

Happy New Year Everyone!  Here’s hoping 2012 is full of hope, blessings and good health! See you next year!

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