2010 Most Influential (Part Five)

Print is Not Dead!

From Anthology Magazine; Photo Credit:
Yay for Anthology! A big congrats to Anh-Minh Le and Meg Mateo Ilasco for bringing us decor-crazed readers, something we can touch and carry and covet.

Outdoor Movie Night

We loved this outdoor movie party that Ashley Ann hosted this fall at their Oklahoma property. This is on my list of things to do one day!

Photo's of Horses

Photo's of horses and even better, photo's of horses with mountains. Horses in the Evening by A Day That is Dessert.

The Handbound Book

There's just something about a handbound book or journal. It's an amazing gift to give or receive. roughdrAftbooks , Julie Boyles and Erinzam makes some beautiful ones. (Above: roughdrAftbooks and Erinzam).

Cute Kitchens

Seriously, how could we not add this to the list. Read the post here. (Photo credit: Victoria Pearson).

Pom Poms

The pom poms were a-happening this summer! I guest blogged in October at Whip Up and wrote about them. Click here to read!

Hydrangea Pendant Light

I'm still in love with this hydrangea pendant light ever since I saw it in Sweet Paul this past Thanksgiving. The hydrangea pendant lamp by Sarah Foot is made from hundreds of hand-stamped ash veneer circles.

Neat Card Phone App

Cartolina Cards dazzled us this fall with their fun and creative Cartograms. The app is all about sending brief yet beautiful messages using one of their customizable cards. And they're so pretty!

Arts and Crafts

In the world of arts and crafts we were inspired heaps, and although we couldn't by any means include everything we covered this year, here's a little cute glimpse of what we saw. (Above) Little Lamb, Sweetpeatoadtots, Going Batty Treat Bucket, Smidgebox and linen pouffe by Spool and Sparrow.

Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland impressed us with his art-filled mid-century (second home) located here in the lower mainland when it was featured in The New York Times. Coupland an artist before he became a writer, installed many works of art throughout this original midcentury home, including his own creations. Photo credits: Martin Tessler for The New York Times. See more of our post about it here.


Ceramics. If I could, I would have a house full. And these little porcelain lace cups from by New York potter, Hideminy are a sweet example.

Off-the-Grid House

This Off-grid itHouse is powered by solar panels for energy and hot water, and is located in a remote valley in the California high desert. How could it not be influential? See more of it here.

Traveling Retail Trailers

We love the idea of traveling around the country in a retro trailer and selling handmade goods. If we could, we'd jump at the chance! And that's just what the folks of Wanderlust started doing this year. Even the folks at the Ace Hotel hit the road with curator, Jou-Yie Chou and Jay Carroll of One Trip Pass and photographer Nate Bressler. They hit the road with an airstream for an adventure down the West Coast highway, collecting a mix of art, craft, vintage and experience. We're in!

Pretty Organized

I think we all got pretty inspired by this awesome way to store things. Photographer, Candice Stringham came up with this clever set up for her office earlier this year. Click here to read more.

Studio Tour

The ladies at Inoui Design swooned us with their office makeover featuring their yardstick stairs
project in Victoria's Fernwood Village neighbourhood here on the west coast. A clean modern office with some great detailing using found objects, DIY installations and bright pops of colour. Visit the beautiful reno here if you missed it.



Being modular home fans, we loved the high-end T-House by BC-based company Preform. The 900sqft prefab showcased this year at IDSwest. Click here for more info.

Christian Woo
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Christian Woo, a Vancouver based woodworker who designs custom furniture launched his
Covert series furniture ranging from sleek, low profile end tables to filing cabinets and sideboards.

Crib Sheets by Camilla Engman

We couldn't resist adding this adorable crib sheet by Camilla Engman for Aussie-based company, Three Drawer Down to the list!

Tastes Orangey

Bodega Bay (California) artist, Clare Elsaesser of Tastes Orangey creates prints from original paintings by printing on matte paper, which is then sewn with thread onto a piece of textured watercolor paper, giving the print a very substantial feel.

Yokoo' Bedroom

Featured on Etsy Home Decor

Loved this room by Atlanta, Georgia's Yokoo; a fun mix of southwestern native american and nautical. (Via Etsy's "Get the Look: Home Decor Edition ).

Recycled Wood

We saw a lot of beautiful recycled wood projects this year including a beautiful collection of furniture made of brightly colored discarded scrap wood strips by Brazilian Designer Brunno Jahara, a reclaimed wood and pipe shelving unit by Canadian duo, Hindsvik and the amazing chair by Union Wood Company via Old Faithful.

Comma Workshop

If you haven't had a chance yet to see Comma Workshop's quillts yet, they are truly inspiring and modern. As Kelly Deck stated in the Globe and Mail, "Using just cloth and thread, Comma strips the craft to its rudiments". She stitches prose across the surface, using poems such as "Three Blind Mice" or "Striped Dogs Howl". Visit Comma Workshop here or here.

Knitted Letterpress

Two of our favourite things: knitting and letterpress. Brooklyn-based letterpress Paper Sheep created this fun and adorable stationery.

Nicole Lavelle

Nicole Lavelle inspired and influenced us.

Beautiful Packaging

Beautiful wrapping inspiration from Sweet Paul Magazine and d. sharp.

DIY Books

We love DIY books, and this one is amazing. Check it out here .

Write a Bike

Write a Bike by Juri Zaech, a Swiss Art Director, currently living and working in Paris, France is working on a way to produce a prototype of one of these bikes. Lets cross our fingers! More here.

The Calendar

Beautiful calendars galore! Click here.

The Selby is in Your Place

Pictures from the CB2 / Selby “The Selby is in Your Place” contest shoot. The winner, was Eileen Peters (from Venice Beach, CA) with a space that's eclectic, modern, down to earth and unpredictable. (I want her sunglasses collection). Click here and here to see heaps more or read our post about it here!

Field Trips

We love field trips, they always turn up fun and new surprises. This picture is from the ECUAD Student Art Sale. So much to take in - we love student work. See more - it won't disappoint!

Disc String Lights

Looking back it was a pretty incredible year and I fear I've missed so many that still deserve notice and attention. I welcome you to take a look back yourselves, there were 1,231 posts (see left sidebar at bottom - under "Go Back In Time" heading). Thanks to all of you who create, inspire and make us grow and to all of you who come to be inspired. Looking forward to 2011! xo jan + earl

Click here for Parts One through Four.

Read our previous years' most influential:

2009 Most Influential
2008 Most Influential
2007 Most Influential
2006 (Best of '06))
2005 (Best of '05)

Jan Halvarson


Fiona Cartolina said...

Thank you for including us - I'm so flattered.
I was reminded as I trolled through this post how much I covet a vintage retail trailer. I have been very busy designing our Cartolina market booth for 2011 - but it would be so much more fun in an old fashioned caravan. Thank you for replanting that obsession in my head ;-)

Amanda said...

Wow! What a post! So many wonderful inspirations here! I need to get to work!

Unknown said...

I am truly honored and flattered to be mentioned in your blog. Thank you, thank you so much!!!

e said...

wow what a huge surprise to be in this awesome post. I loved looking back through all five sections of this.. It was a great year for inspiration and hand made objects. Thanks again
e @ roughdraftbooks

Coco Cake Land said...

so much beauty and inspiration... it almost overwhelms...

happy new year jan!! all the best in 2011!

Alina said...

So much beauty indeed! I especially loved the pendant light. it's gorgeous and it's unbelievable how much work the author invested in it.

molly said...

the top picture about Anthology, do you know who the painting is by?

Jan Halvarson said...

Molly - no, but i'll see if i can find out.

abchao said...

Hi! I am the owner of the painting in question, and it is by my lovely friend Meredith Pardue. She has a website at meredithpardue.com.

Jan Halvarson said...

Thanks abchao - i haven't received my magazines yet. So cool you found this!

Carolyn said...

The hand bound book looks fantastic, for myself and also as a gift.