Well another year is over and what a year it was! 2015 saw the 2nd Amara Interior Blog Awards take place at Ham Yard hotel introducing us to even more fabulous bloggers and their finely crafted blogs. We kept a close eye on the interior blogging world in 2015 to make sure we never missed an exciting or informative post, so to mark the start of the New Year we thought we would gather our favourite fifty blog posts from the year just gone…
Dezeen documents Sculpt IT’s construction of the world’s largest pivoting window. Pivoting out towards the Antwerp home’s garden, it creates a new connection with the garden beyond.
Homeli takes a look at a grotto-like sauna made of smooth hewn cave-inspired timber panels. Designed by PARTISANS Design Studio for one of their Canadian clients, the sweeping curves of the sauna is a bold contrast to the stark landscape outside.
4. On the Market: 1960s Pascal Hausermann-Designed Space Age Bubble Houses in Raon-l’Etape, North Eastern France
The space age bubble houses designed in the 1960s by Pascal Hausermann went on the market for the first time in decades this year. WowHaus shared a glimpse inside these fascinating buildings located in Northeastern France.
Est Magazine featured this outstanding Californian home in 2015 designed by Jensen Architects. Connecting both the home and the owners to the natural ridgeline overlooking Mount Tamalpais & the San Francisco Bay where the house is nestled, it is an effortless fusion of nature & design.
Designed for Life takes you on a tour around a lush tropical Australian home in this post from last year. Planchonella House in North Queensland embraces its heritage rainforest surrounds and has been designed by architect and builder Jesse Bennett.
Amy Mia Goldsmith from Smooth Decorator guest blogs in this post on La Maison Jolie to brings us a guide on how to give your living room a budget friendly makeover. From going natural to lighting ideas, this handy tips article has it all.
The 22 relaxing spaces in Design Library’s Weekend Dreaming Mother’s Day post is a collection of the most peaceful interior & exterior spaces imaginable to calm the mind and soothe the soul.
In this post from September 2015 Lucy Gleeson from Lucy Loves Ya interviews lifestyle designer Kim Parker to find out all about her collaboration with Clark & Clark to create a new range of colourful wallpapers. Launching at Decorex later in the month, the article was a fabulous sneak peek at the designs.
Geraldine from Little Big Bell showed us how to infuse the home with eco lux with this post on decorating with indoor plants. Full of inspirational images and how to tips, it’s a must read for those that love a hint of foliage in their homes.
Candy Pop’s restyle post was inspired by Living etc’s House Tours with ao.com. On her return from the tours blogger Natasha decided to reinvent her Oxford home and this post documents the fabulous changes.
Makelight’s first weekend workshop was situated in a beautifully locationed house in Sussex. A weekend full of masterclasses and practical photography sessions, the group of students were able to capture the house at its best.
Dulux announced in September 2015 their top colour for the coming year which is the warming Cherished Gold hue. With charming ochre tones, its golden touch was seen throughout many inspirational blog posts and we particularly loved this one by Homegirl London.
Mad About the House’s 10 Beautiful Rooms post set our mind’s racing for our next room redesigns. From inky hues, to industrial chic, the rooms included are all excellent testaments to fine design.
The year 2015 saw the introduction of the ‘She Shed’, woman’s answer to the Man Cave. National Design Academy’s post showcases the best examples of these fun yet functional spaces, making us want to create our own in the garden.
In this post RJV Designs offers their top tips on designing your own kitchen. With nine essential points to consider for the project ahead, it has everything you need to think about before you get started.
17. Blackstock Road
Fiona Reid’s very first post on her new blog Copperline was an access all areas look at this Blackstock Road apartment in London. Effortlessly cool and contemporary, the apartment is filled with unique touches not to be overlooked.
Published in March 2015 Love Chic Living’s interior trends guide set the tone for the rest of the year. With every trend from warm metallics to tropical prints huge in the months after, this article was spot on.
This ultimate bachelor pad, Seasons in Colour’s case study explores this sophisticated Lisbon apartment which exhibits a neutral colourscheme with bold flashes of orange. A fusion of living and workspaces, it is the epitome of masculine luxury design.
Small bathrooms can be a curse but the Ana Mum Diary shows you how to make it work in this how to post. Adding mirrors to create the illusion of space and choosing colours wisely feature in the post that anyone with a tiny bathroom needs to read.
Reclaimed wood design is taken to an entirely new level in New Hotel, Athens. Designed by Fernando and Humberto Campana, the hotel showcases the design duo’s eccentric style of the reuse and re-appropriation of found objects.
Katy Orme of Apartment Apothecary documented her kitchen makeover last year and also included her favourite kitchen ideas along the way such as this post on open shelving inspiration.
Interior blog posts are not just about design inspiration, some of the best are how to guides which really delve into the nitty gritty of decorating. This post on Archie and the Rug demonstrates how to paint a room to a professional standard perfectly.
Kimberly creator of Swoon Worthy’s own home offers readers fabulous inspiration at every turn and in 2015 she took part in Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge. Tasked with transforming her 2nd bedroom into an eclectic boho glam office, this post from May was the final part of the 6 week series and features the big reveal.
Ever the DIY genius, Terri of The Lovely Drawer took part in the Voyage Wallpaper Challenge to create unique home accessories using the brand’s beautiful wallpaper designs. Using the Jadu Grenadine design from the Iridescence Collection, she made these super stylish shelves.
In a world of contemporary interiors, traditional designs are a breath of fresh air. In this post, Belgian Pearls rounds up the most inspiring images of traditional dining rooms on the web from rustic to regal.
In this post Eclectic Trends explores a more natural colour palette in the form of the earthy colour trend. Predicting that this trend will be huge in 2016/17, the post explores specific colour hues, keywords and applications to make the colour work for your home.
A fresh look at the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon, Global Inspirations Design offers shades of grey for your interior. The greyspiration post shows that no matter the room, this versatile colour can work anywhere.
Gucki’s favourite part of the 2015 Salone de Mobile show in Milan was Salone Satellite which was dedicated to up and coming designers in the interiors world. In this post she explores her top discoveries whilst there.
My Scandinavian Home takes a sneak peek at photographer, stylist and blogger Sofia Jansson and her husband musician Kristo Jansson’s beautiful home in this post. A perfect example of chic Scandinavian living, it is full of calming inspiration.
Proving even more that the tropical trend was one of the biggest of the year, here Apartment Number 4 shows us how to style chic interiors that pack a tropical punch. From wallpaper to cushions, this guide leaves no tropical accessory unturned.
Old Fashioned Susie’s finds offer fantastic inspiration for lovers of modern vintage chic. We loved this hallway storage option which would not only organise the whole family’s bits and bobs but add chic vintage design to the space too.
Warm metallics were everywhere last year and look set to stay well into 2016, in this post Mama’s VIB demonstrates how just a few simple touches can transform your home into a luxury abode.
We have spotted even more moody blue inspiration in The Edited’s post on moving to the dark side. A bold move for any interior, if done correctly it will create an enviable look that everyone that steps into you home will covet – Erica shows you how.
Coffee table styling gathered considerable attention in 2015 and is the final finishing touch for any discerning living room. The Elgin Avenue styled three very different coffee table looks in this blog post with the help of The Hambledon’s styling team, which look was your favourite?
There are so many kitchen ideas out there, but where did they all come from and how has the use of this room adapted over the years? Smart Style Interiors delves into the history of the busiest room of the house whilst offering key ideas for contemporary kitchens.
Pineapples have long been a symbol of hospitality in the design and architectural world so what better finishing flair to add to a room than the prickly fruit. A-Gent of Style has collated a huge range of fruity decorating ideas to implement the symbol into your interior design and also provides a fascinating look at the history of tropical indulgence.
Matthew Willamson is renowned for his bold and beautiful fashion and homeware designs, so his collaboration with Hendricks to create the Pop Up Gin Bar in Blakes boutique hotel for the summer was always going to be a masterpiece. In this post Claire Garner Interiors gets a glimpse of the stylish haven.
Creating statements in your home has never been easier and more on trend than in 2015. Sarah Akwisombe is the expert on eye-catching statement design and in this post she breaks down ten of the best ways to add statement style to your interior.
Televisions can become a bit of an eyesore in a perfectly styled room, so Amy from Girl About Tech has collated the best hideaway solutions to ensure your entertainment system doesn’t take over your interior design.
Warm metallics popped up again in this post by My Warehouse Home, this time in the form of sparkling gold. From statement lighting, to chic side tables, this top trend will add sophisticated luxe to any space.
We love seeing bloggers’ own decorating projects and Patchwork Harmony’s kitchen renovation post was one of our favourites we saw in 2015. The mint green Smeg fridge is the perfect pop of colour.
Designing bedrooms for boys which still have the ‘cool’ factor is no easy task but ROCO magazine makes it look easy with these cardinal rules to follow before embarking on the tricky project.
Kitchen design took on an historic element last year with the inclusion of Georgian inspired features giving the area elegance & symmetry. The English Home created this post on the key essentials needed to turn your everyday kitchen into a Georgian influenced success.
Urban Jungle Bloggers took off this year thanks to the blog’s creators Igor (of Happy Interior Blog) & Judith (of JOELIX.com) who encourage more interior bloggers to get involved by documenting living with plants. Mel from Styled Canvas is one of the UJB gang and in this post she gathered her plant ‘gang’ for a beautifully styled shoot.
Turning your interior from drab to fab needn’t break the bank and MiaFleur exhibits this perfectly in their post from last year. Never underestimate the power of upcycling, as this accessory can be created simply using children’s toys and spray paint.
No room is complete without lighting to set the look off and Anna from Don’t Cramp My Style’s lighting guide is all you need to pick the perfect pendant or floor lamp for any room in the home.
This post from October documents the second part of Design Hunter’s collaboration with Dulux. Tackling a small bedroom project, moody blues feature again (Azure Fusion) and it also showcases the new Dulux Visualizer App which we have been playing with ever since to make sure the right colour is picked for every project!
It would appear Modern Scandi is here to stay for the foreseeable future and this delightful House Tour of a Swedish flat on BODIE and FOU shows you why the trend isn’t going anywhere. With crisp white floors and pops of pastels, it is a calming yet intriguing feast for the eyes.
When discussing interior design and inspiration, the garden can be frequently forgotten about. Needing just as much attention are your inside spaces, the garden allows you to get creative with the great outdoors and Abigail Ahern’s post stole the show with the best garden styling post of 2015.
We can’t wait to see what 2016 brings!