It’s not long now until the big night itself and with the shortlist announced there is just one key date left in the Amara Interior Blog Awards calendar before the main event which is of course the Judging Day! This year our expert judging panel includes Sam Hood, Deborah Barker, Claudia Baillie, Charlotte Cosby, Wanda Jelmini, Justyna Sowa and Gabby Palumbo and on the morning of Wednesday 21st September they all met at the Terrace Suite at Ham Yard Hotel for this year’s judging event.
The judges were sent the shortlists just over a week ago leaving them only a few days to cast their expert eyes over each one before the judging day. Every judge was exceptionally prepared with notes on their favourite blogs from each category and how well they met this year’s judging criteria, and Charlotte Cosby of Farrow & Ball arrived again with her famed spreadsheet in hand with detailed notes on each blog written by her and her team.
There were thirteen categories to judge this year with the 14th category (the Blogger’s Choice Award) being decided by the shortlisted bloggers themselves. Judging 65 blogs when all are at an exceptional standard is no easy task and after a quick catch up and breakfast in the shape of Ham Yard pastries and tea & coffee, the group set about deciding this year’s winners.
Working methodically and fairly through each category, the five blogs to consider for each award were shown on the large TV screen in the suite and the judges looked at a cross section of the shortlisted blogs including the home page and individual posts to get the full scope of the writing quality and imagery. There were many categories that were extremely close with another blog only narrowly missing out on the top spot, therefore in some areas a highly commended blog has also been awarded.
The judges whizzed through their mammoth task and it wasn’t long before the winning blogs had been decided and the day wound down to a close. With less than a month to go before the winners are announced at the awards ceremony, there’s not long to wait to hear who the 2016 winners are and this year we will also be live streaming the awards ceremony via the Interior Blog Awards website for all to see!