Friday, January 2, 2015

The Well-Appointed Catwalk's Top 5 Posts of 2014

If looking back at 2014 has taught me anything about my readers, it's that you're an eclectic bunch. From my very own wedding style and decor DIYs to Indian architecture and flags with a culinary twist, it's seems your love of design is just as varied as my own. So, without further ado, here are the five most popular posts of 2014.

1. Organic Architecture by Robert Harvey Oshatz

Whoever said a house should have four walls? Certainly not Robert Harvey Oshatz. A recent cameo on Portlandia (and a subsequent piece on Houzz) introduced Oshatz's curvaceous Fennel Residence to the public, but it turns out the rest of his work is just as wildly wonderful.

2. Top Five Decorating DIYs

Attempting to redecorate on a budget has led me deep into the world of DIYs, and what a world it is! From simple IKEA hacks to full-on upholstery projects, here are the five that have left me utterly inspired as I continue on with this delusion that I'm crafty.

3. National Flags of Native Foods by Whybin\TBWA

Since the Sochi Winter Olympics have us all flaunting our national pride, I figured it's the perfect time to look back on this clever campaign by Australian ad agency Whybin\TBWA. As a promotion for the 2009 Sydney International Food Festival, the agency designed 18 flags made of foods native to each country.

4. Mr. & Mrs. Catwalk Get Hitched

Wedding invitations
It's rare that I ever get personal here, but some of you have asked for wedding photos, and six months later, I guess it's finally time to share a few. Being the design fiend that I am, I had a blast (okay, went a little nuts) with all the minute details. So, in the vein of Style Me Pretty, here they are: invites flowers, favors and, of course, the dress.

5. Ettore Sottsass' Colorful Indian Influence

These colorful photographs from the French edition of Architectural Digest have been popping up everywhere of late, and my impatience for an end to the winter blahs makes them perfect for sharing. Reaching back to the depths of my memory for the French I so seldom use, I deciphered that the author wrote this article after encountering an inordinate number of building in southern India that reminded him of Ettore Sottsass' architecture.

If there's anything you'd like to see more of (or less of) in the year to come, just let me know. Here's to a 2015 filled with unique design in all its forms!


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