Because you can't move forward without looking back, here now is The Year That Was, wherein Curbed briefly and by no means exhaustively recaps important things that happened in the realms of real estate, interior design and decor, architecture, and shelter media. Month by month, here it goes: sayonara, 2011!
· Madonna's downtrodden childhood home hits the market for $49K.
· Target announces a collaboration with zigzag Italian label Missoni.
· The Home Alone house in Illinois is listed for sale.
· Paula Deen announces the making of a brand-new home-accessories line.
· Mark Zuckerberg buys a $7M party pad with a croquet lawn.
· Revealed: architectural plans for the house where Osama bin Laden was hiding.
· Guy films a 330-square-foot apartment transforming into 24 different rooms.
· Anna Kournikova lists her Miami estate; it doesn't have a tennis court.
· Guy paints his version of the Sistine Chapel in every room of his house.
· Elle Decor opens its first-ever NYC showhouse.
· Someone who lives next door to a mosque erects a "Bomb Making: Next Driveway" sign on their lawn.
· Katy Perry and Russell brand list a place in L.A.
· AIA asks architects to design a house for Architect Barbie.
· Guy puts up a replica of The David on his lawn, his neighbors get pissed.
· The Rapture comes and goes, but its real estate opportunities remain forever.
· Digital design magazine Entra makes its debut.
· Woman turns abandoned building into a life-size bucket list.
· Elizabeth Taylor's Bel-Air estate hits the market for $8.6M.
· It also gets eternalized in the pages of Architectural Digest.
· Michael Vick's house of dog-fighting may be turned into an animal-rights org's HQ.
· Charlie Sheen lists his longtime lair in Beverly Hills.
· Ellen and Portia also list their Beverly Hills estate.