2010 Most Influential (Part Three)


Colour seemed to be everywhere this year and we were inspired by the Let's Colour Project by French paint company, Dulux Valentine. Vibrant hues of colour filled cities around the world inspiring us all to bring more colour back into our lives. More inspiration was found via the street artists and graffiti writers of the world (by the spectacular global street art site Eckosystem- below). Click here to see more.

Beautiful Terrariums

Terrariums just got better and even more beautiful this year, like these white sand terrariums by Litill.
(Notice the air plants, succulents and cacti).

The Backyard Summer House

With the popularity of the "staycation", we found a fair amount of backyard summer houses gracing the pages of magazines and their websites this year. Loved this one from designer Jean Oddes who brilliantly installed two black painted garden sheds (to face each other) via marieclairemaison.com. Click here to see more. Photo credit: Vincent Leroux/Temps Machine.

Gingham, Checks and Plaids

Napkins from Fog Linen (Photo credit: Scout Magazine)

We loved seeing the gingham, checks and plaids and especially in the Fog Linen brand of napkins (these from Old Faithful here in Vancouver).

Retro Lighting

Lighting from Old Faithful (Photo credit: Scout Magazine)

Retro lighting was at the forefront this year as lighting choices, and we especially loved the industrial-themed ones like these (top) from Old Faithful and from Wo & Wé out of France.

Chalkboard Walls

Chalkboard walls still hung around in 2010, and were updated by painting entire rooms, and adding fun semi-permanent drawings, like these frames from Anthropologie or decals by Shanna Murray as styled by Victoria of Sfgirlbybay (Photos from Rue Magazine andAnthropologie).

Bright Ideas

Fluorescent colours of pink and purple sprinkled our lives this summer bringing cheer and happiness to rooms, jewelry and even banners! Click here to see more.

The Art of the Display

It's amazing the creative ways people continue to display art. We've always tried to write about those we see that inspire us in our "The Art of the Display" posts, and this one featured in the July '10 issue of Livingetc from the home of Suzanne Dutton was more to add to the list using vintage postcards and japanese washi tapes. Click here to read the post.


Decoupage showed itself a little more this year, we loved the how-to's from Style at Home and ReadyMade magazines along with personal projects such as Cori Kindred's bike makeover.
(From top: ReadyMade, bike makeover, Style at Home)

Stay tuned for Part 4. Click here for all parts so far.
Read our previous years' most influential:

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

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