2012 Year in Review: Best of Design Milk

And here we have it, the best of all things Design Milk, the most popular, the designs you just couldn’t get enough of that show you like a little bit of everything, from interiors to architecture to home furnishings to art – you like it all. So, feast your eyes on the top 10 favorites of the year because you won’t be disappointed…

10. The Candy Room by Red Design Group
A whimsical space with black & white, cartoon-like illustrations on the walls and furniture that allow the colorful candy to stand in the spotlight. The perfect platform for everyone’s candy cravings.

9. 12 Spectacular Modern Bathroom Ideas
Let’s face it, sometimes the bathroom is the last to get some design love. With so many bland and boring options flooding the market, it’s no wonder that’s what the majority of homes have installed. We decided to mix it up and show you 12 companies that take bathroom design to a whole new, and sometimes colorful, level.

8. World’s Thinnest House: Keret House by Jakub Szczesny
A house that fits between two buildings in a space of four feet? Yes, it’s possible to fit a house in a tiny alley that spans only four feet wide and still manages to come complete with all the comforts of (one narrow) home.

7. Reminders by Erin Hanson
Erin Hanson was looking for a project to cure herself of her own laziness so she began a photo series of gentle reminders in some fun, multicolored letters that are displayed in everyday scenarios.

6. LEGO PMD by Rosan Bosch and Rune Fjord
This might just be the dream office of every inner child with bin after bin of LEGO bricks, display stands to show off your latest LEGO designs, and a slide that takes you from one floor to another.

5. Lamps by Giles Godwin-Brown
A giant, oversized, two-dimensional wooden outline of a desk lamp that actually works as a real lamp.

4. I Want to Ride My Bicycle: 12 Awesome Bikes We Like
Nothing like a bicycle to take you back to childhood, to tool around town on, or even to use as your daily transportation, so we compiled 12 of our favorites into one spot of bicycle heaven for you to enjoy.

3. Micro Cabin in Finland
A DIY project with a tight budget and using mostly recycled materials, this tiny cabin was designed for use after serving in the military and the owner/designer managed to stick to Finland’s strict codes for small houses and cabins. A brilliant use of 146-square-feet of space, don’t you think?

2. 20+ Beautiful Modern Staircases
Because stairs are sometimes an afterthought and oftentimes somewhat generic looking, we pointed out 20+ outstandingly designed staircases that most definitely weren’t a last minute decision in the design process.

Drumroll please… And the very most favorite and popular post from 2012 was…

1. 12 Seats for Maximum Relaxation
Proving that we all like to relax and we take our rest most seriously, we rounded up 12 seating options to help you get your relaxation on.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.