Whatup, whatup, pals -- welcome to 2010! Karly and I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year, filled with a heaping helping of awesomeness. Peeping around the blogosphere I see that many of you have been busy elves, posting your wee little hearts out. Must be because Apartment Therapy ran their biggo blog contest during the holidays, and everyone enjoys watching their stats raise the roof thanks to AT's traffic driving link love.
Guess who went on vacation during all the brouhaha? Oops. Because, had we been here instead of traveling and eating and boozing, we most certainly would have been big pimping, and you would have voted for us, right? Right. To those of you who did take the initiative to vote for DC without us gently prodding demanding that you do so -- much love and many thanks. Now we be friends 4EVA.
Door Sixteen. Because Anna is always mixing it up, posting fresh roundups coupled with witty insights. And, she works crazy hard renovating her New York Victorian home to spectacular result, which is obviously a labor of love. Somehow she also manages to be simultaneously timely and timeless -- no small feat. Plus she has cute bangs and two lovable pooches. What more could you ask for in a blog?
AT highlighted a motherload of greatness, so while I'm at it I'd like to give a shoutout to a few of my favorite homies. I can't possibly list all of them, but these high vote getters shine brightly because they all feature their own homes and design work. Everyone loves to read roundups and trend reports, but nothing beats a sweet reveal.
The chick from The Brick House slays me. Apparently she lives near Palm Springs, which is squarely in superthrift central. You have no idea how jealous I am of her finds -- Austin is the most picked over thrift scene in the universe. Pffft. Also, she's a photographer. And she's a teacher. And she likes black paint. Hmmm. Reminds me of someone else I know...
It's always martini time at Whorange. You gotta love the eye popping retro appeal, her feel good posts, and most importantly, her magnificent hair. Tula is the girl you want to go out on the town with, because you know she'll take you to all the best art openings, and she'll totally notice your fabulous shoes.
Who has impeccable taste and a penchant for moving... a lot? Whether in Paris, Seattle, or Atlanta, Ally of From the Right Bank makes each home uniquely her own. Plus she's about the sweetest blogger out there. Tune in to see what she does with her newest project out in the deep south, but you better hurry before she's off and moving cross country. Again.
Trendsetter AB Chao of hashai ignited a virtual firestorm when she painted her bedroom Farrow and Ball's Downpipe. After winning fan favorite in All the Best's bedroom design contest, she's landed a client of her very own. Now that's she's gone pro, we're all waiting with baited breath to see who she's designing for...
Last but not least, Raina of If the Lampshade Fits is our homegirl. The ex designer and shop owner is currently renovating her very own Barbie dream home, and if her daughter's new digs are any indication, it's going to be killer. My only question is, when can I move in?
That's it for today's shoutouts. There are so many amazing blogs out there that I read daily, and next year I plan to take a break from my vacation and vote for them all. In the meantime, I think maybe I should start posting more pics of my house, which I'm pretty sure is a great idea, but I'm also concerned about the amount of cleaning necessary to show my home to the world. I'm not trying out to be on Hoarders or anything, but the tot's toys have multiplied like tribbles, and Fisher Price is taking over our house.
Guess I better get to work on taking it back.