Best Of The Urban Orchard 2012

Just a quick recap of some of the more popular posts on The Urban Orchard from the last year.

10. From December 2011, here is the sourcing post for my unlacquered brass faucet in our kitchen.  It was one of the least expensive parts of the kitchen because it started out lacquered.  It was too large to try to strip myself so I had it professionally done.   If you don’t have a specialty plumbing store in your area, I have read that automotive body shops will do it for a fee.  Here’s a video from Martha about how to remove lacquer from brass fixtures.

Unlacquered Brass Faucet

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9. Furniture projects for design clients also kept me busy in 2012 but this table was one of the most popular.  It was an important part of the client’s design plan and had dual functions.

Bachelor Dining Table Before and After:


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8. The design for the bachelor’s apartment was a really fun project  and the before and afters are in this post from the spring:

Bachelor Pad Living Room Before and After:

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7. Another furniture project that went well was this little bench transformation-

Little Bench Before and After:

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6.  Another part of the bachelor pad project was this dining table/desk area.

Bachelor Pad Dining Table/Desk:


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5.  The onset of fall had me craving dark rich colors and these are my favorites.

Rich Color For Fall


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4. This year had me thinking a lot about design principles and what exactly makes a room great.

The Importance of Contrast in Design:

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3. Another post about design its impact on us led to some discussion.

The Future of Design:

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2. We did some updates to our master bedroom this fall and it led to big changes.

Master Bedroom Updates:


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1.  The number one post this year had to be the before and afters of our kitchen remodel.

Kitchen Before and After:


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Thanks so much to all of my readers and all the best to you and yours in the coming year! Happy New Year!


  1. Happy New Year Lane!

    Your 2012 posts were amazing…creative and inspirational.
    I am looking forward to your 2013 posts!

    Best wishes to you and your family!

    • Thanks so much Tery! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate readers like you who are so supportive and have become like good friends. All the best to you and yours.


  2. I have truly enjoyed reading your blog in recent months since I discovered it. I can only imagine how much work and effort goes into writing a blog, and since I’m not a blogger, I appreciate the beauty of your photos and design talent. Thanks!

    • Thanks so much Paula! I appreciate the kindness and support of readers like you so much. All the best to you and your family this year.


    • Thanks again Laura. I love what you are doing with Hip Chick Designs and just got my email newsletter for upcoming events–it looks great! We will definitely connect soon.

      All the best to you and your family,


    • Hi Aimee–Thanks so much. I have several items of brass around the house I want to try it out on too. Let me know if you do it and how it goes!

      All the best,


  3. Your unlacquered brass faucet, your kitchen, that photo of the desk you painted, they all get me every time. So glad I’ve gotten to know you this year, Lane.

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