A Night to Remember at the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2014

On Wednesday evening, a culmination of almost 12 months of meticulous planning, organising and hard work came together for the inaugural Amara interior Blog Awards at Rosewood London. In attendance was the world’s (we even had arrivals from Canada!) interior blogging elite along with award’s sponsors, judges, press and of course the Amara IBA Team.IMG_3057

Gaining access to the spectacular Mirror Room from about 4pm, the team set about transforming the already impressive location into a venue fit for the most luxurious of ceremonies. Within the space of two hours, the room was complete with a main stage, step and repeat board to capture the night’s action and a fully stocked bar including classic cocktails. As a special treat the room was filled with yet to be seen (or smelled) Amara orange & clove scented candles which were new in only the day before and received numerous compliments throughout the night.

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Attendees arrived to a cocktail & canapés reception from 6:30pm onwards which was when it got really exciting. Both bloggers and the IBA team were thrilled to finally be able to put faces to names and it was wonderful to see first-hand how close the interior blogging community is, with everyone catching up with old friends and instantly making new ones.

Compered by Vanessa Brady OBE, the founder of The Society of British & International Design, the awards kicked off with an introduction from none other than Amara’s Creative Director and IBAs judge Sam Hood who handed over to our esteemed host. With twelve categories there were fifty five blogs in competition to take home a William Yeoward Crystal gong, but despite the outstanding quality of every blog nominated unfortunately only a select few could go home that evening with an award.

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The winners of the 2014 Amara Interior Blog Awards were:

Best Architecture Blog
Sponsored by Mowlem
Winner – Dezeen
Highly Commended – Decoist

Best Colour Inspiration Blog
Sponsored by Fired Earth
Winner – Little Big Bell
Highly Commended – Bright Bazaar

Best Designed Blog
Sponsored by Bang & Olufsen
Winner – Lobster and Swan
Highly Commended – Design Lovers Blog

Best Design Inspiration Blog
Sponsored by Mariska Meijers
Winner – Moon to Moon
Highly Commended – Confessions of a design geek

Best DIY Blog
Sponsored by Hotel Chocolat
Winner – Apartment Apothecary
Highly Commended – Archie & the rug

Best Fashion Inspired Blog
Sponsored by Reiss
Winner – Arianna’s Daily
Highly Commended – Bodie & Fou

Best International Blog
Sponsored by Farrow & Ball
Winner – Happy Interiors Blog
Highly Commended – My Paradissi

Best Luxury Blog
Sponsored by Missoni Home
Winner – Design Hunter
Highly Commended – Oliver Burns

Best Newcomer Blog
Sponsored by Fatboy
Winner – Sarah Akwisombe
Highly Commended – Decorenvy

Best Organisation Blog
Sponsored by Ripples
Winner – French Bedroom Company
Highly Commended – AO at Home

Best Stylist / Interior Designer Blog
Sponsored by Neom
Winner – Lucy Gough Stylist
Highly Commended – My Interior Stylist

Editor’s Choice
Sponsored by Rosewood London
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The entire Amara Interior Blog Awards team were humbled by the reactions of each of the winning bloggers who were thrilled to have received their accolades. It was a great pleasure for us to see, so a huge congratulations to every winning and highly commended blogger – you deserve it!

After the awards ceremony the guests unwound with a few more cocktails and dessert canapés which is when we got to have a chat with attendees to find out what they thought of the evening:

Lucy Gough Stylist – Winner of the Best Stylist/Interior Designer Blog Award:

‘It feels amazing, I started writing this blog to give my brand a voice when I went freelance and it’s really paid off! I’ve started to work with some really amazing clients, met some really cool people in the last 18 months and it’s been something really nice to work for – I wouldn’t say it’s been on the side as a large chunk of my time is spent on the blog – but it’s lovely to spend time on something that’s my own. It’s really exciting to be recognised for this and it’s great that people actually like reading it because, let’s face it, if people didn’t read it then I’d be talking to myself!’

William Taylor-Willis from Bright Bazaar:

‘I’m so thrilled to be shortlisted, it’s great to be recognised by a brand like Amara for my work and I’m among such esteemed company – it’s an honour’

Design Hunter – Winner of the Best Luxury Blog Award

‘I really wasn’t expecting it! Thank you to Amara, the sponsors, judges and a huge thank you to my readers. I’ve been blogging for nearly five year and  I’ll actually be my celebrating my five year blogging anniversary this month so this is just an amazing surprise and a wonderful present!’

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Kimberly Duran from Swoon Worthy & AO at Home  

‘It’s an absolute honour to be here representing both Swoon Worthy & AO at Home, it’s like my baby and my foster baby are both being recognised! Just being here is a privilege. It doesn’t matter whether I win or not, just the fact I’m with a lot of amazing bloggers in a stunning hotel is a really great and fabulous thing’

Christine Dovey from Bijou & Boheme (all the way from Canada!):

‘I think that when you write a blog and you recognise that people really like what you are doing and that they have voted for you it’s a really nice feeling. So I’m really honoured, touched and happy that people love what I’m doing. It’s like a getaway weekend for me coming to the awards and I’m thrilled to be here!’

Francis Hedges – Elle Decoration

‘Really enjoyed being here tonight at the Amara Interior Blog Awards, it’s been really great to see so many bloggers and new talents getting the recognition they deserve and we hope that the awards will grow in future and maybe we will be representing Elle Decoration next year…’

Apartment Apothecary – Winner of the Best DIY Blog Award

‘I’m super excited that I won the award, I had no idea that would happen! I only started my blog about 18 months ago and never in a million years thought I’d be winning an award in this beautiful hotel surrounded by THE most amazing bloggers, I’m just really excited!’

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Vanessa Brady – Amara Interior Blog Awards Judge & Host

 ‘It’s an amazing venue – I’ve been in the business a long time and haven’t seen other interior design events here, so Amara are leading the field in both the first interior blog awards and the first held in Rosewood London, clearly you hit the right button as everyone is so glamourous!’

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our host, the judges, the sponsors and of course all of the fantastic bloggers in attendance that made the first Amara Interior Blog Awards such a success. After the evening drew to a close and our fabulous guests had left the building, the team were able to regroup and discuss the event which meant our minds instantly turned to 2015 and we are planning an even more spectacular event… so watch this space!

 

Did you enjoy the night as much as we did?

 

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