Seasons in Colour was this year’s recipient of the Best Colour Inspiration category and is the leading blog out there on the topic. The place to go to discover how to work chic colour combinations into the home along with everything else in the interiors world, Jenny Kakoudakis is the brain behind the blog and we caught up with her to find out what the big win meant to her…
How did it feel to win an Amara Interior Blog Award?
I’m keeping the award on my desk and find myself at times turning to look at it as I still cannot believe it. I had hopes for the night but no more than everyone else I guess. All the blogs in my category were exceptional, each one with a unique take on colour inspiration. The moment before a blog name is called there’s a certain energy in the room that it seems almost palpable. You can never guess who will win. I am so grateful the judges saw the value added by Seasons in Colour in the interiors industry.
What does the win mean for you and blog in the future?
For me personally, it is a recognition of all the hard work I have put into it over the last 18 months. Having a full time job in London’s financial district and managing the blog has been a real challenge and a lot of sacrifices were made; but sleep is for the weak, as they say, so I went on without complaining drawing inspiration from other bloggers in the same situation as me. You will not achieve much without perseverance, effort and some faith, so when I heard the blog’s name being called I felt like crying from happiness. As for the blog, the award has increased the content’s credibility which makes it easier for me to approach brands for collaborations as well as get brands to come to me directly. However, the award is not the destination, it is part of the journey. It’s a great source of motivation to go bigger and better.
I have to confess that after all this effort, the day after the awards I thought that maybe I could now take a little break. But no, I haven’t stopped at all and I am already working towards #IBA17.
As the most colourful blog out there – where do you find all of the inspiration for your posts?
I keep up to date with everything that is happening, not just by reading the magazines (and believe me I have quite a few subscriptions already) but also attending exhibitions and talking closely to PR firms. This is the only way to stay ahead of trends and talk about them before everyone else. Once I have identified a subject or concept, I research extensively, not just on Pinterest but also using my extensive library of interior design books.
What is your favourite colour combination of the moment?
Light Wedgwood blue combined with darker shades of blue is extremely popular as it is fresh and modern. It works well with wood as well as with matt black metal surfaces. It is a colour that does not seek attention and is a wonderful backdrop for a number of other colours and textures.
What new things will we see on Seasons in Colour in 2017?
There are still makeovers to be completed around my own home but I would also love to share more of the work that I undertake for clients as an interiors stylist. I am working towards my Interior Design Diploma with the KLC School of Design so I can take on more elaborate projects while giving clients the assurance that they work with someone who is properly qualified for the job. There’s more to interior design than just staging a room.
Specifically for the blog, while I am very content with the current category I am in, because I’m very competitive by nature and always need a challenge, I would love to work towards a different award category… possibly the Best Luxury Blog Award.