When we last spoke on Friday, I left you poking around two very different houses; one old and one new. Then on Friday evening I put my glad rags on and went to the Vuelio Blog Awards where The Mad House was nominated for best interior design blog.
I wasn’t expecting win anything as, er, I won last year, but having been unable to attend the ceremony then it seemed only fair to go along this time and show my support for everyone else.
Also, I like these awards as they are calculated on the basis of reader engagement (that’s you lovely lot), reach and how much you post – that sort of thing. It’s not about campaigning and asking for votes which I always find excruciating and which does tend to favour those who run a good campaign.
And it’s good excuse for party frock and a pair of taxi shoes which, as the last few weekends have been spent decorating, made a welcome change. At least it did until I realised I had told the taxi to take us to The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane rather than the actual venue for the awards, which was The Brewery in Chiswell Street. Thank God for more taxis.
Well, as those of you who follow me on instagram will know I won! Which was wonderful and thrilling and all those clichés that you imagine it to be. But that wasn’t it. Right at the end, when I was deep in conversation with my friend Tania who had accompanied me to the awards, they announced the winner of the best UK Blog. Well blow me down I only went and bloody won that too.
So here’s where you come in. I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all of you for all your support and for reading this blog as much as you do. It will be five years old next February and while it has grown bigger every year, I still love my little corner of the internet and all its visitors just as much as I did when I started. It’s (another) cliché, but this blog wouldn’t still exist if it wasn’t for all of you dropping in for a read and leaving your comments and starting conversations. Thank you. All of you.
Some of you, who have been here since the start, will have seen how The Mad House has changed over the years and I thought, instead of the usual 10 Rooms post I would do 10 pictures of my house. Especially as the bedroom and bathroom have just been redecorated. You will see full posts on both of them soon but a) the bedroom isn’t quite finished although we have now agreed on the colour and b) the bathroom, which is painted in that gorgeous deep dark Down Pipe, doesn’t really lend itself to a photoshoot on a dark wet November morning. I’m trying people, I’m trying but for now you’ll have to make do with the shower and the dark wall.
Below is the library with my furniture collection with made.com in it. I will be talking about this is more detail in the next week when it finally launches but that is another thing that the blog has brought me. The chance to create a capsule collection with made, a company I admire greatly for their championing of young designers and their modern high tech approach – not to mention the affordability.
As you can see the collection consists of a navy blue velvet chair, a rug, lots of cushions and a table lamp, which was the piece that I actually designed. You will see much better pictures of it as soon as they come back from the photographer. This shot is a bit dark – it’s a sort of tease picture.
When we moved into this house it was two rental flats that we converted back into a single dwelling. To begin with we painted all the walls and floors white but gradually the shades of grey have been creeping in. In every room I have stayed true to my mantra of something new, something old, something black and something gold and I will be expanding on that during December when I know many of you will be too busy preparing for Christmas to visit as often as usual so we’re going to recap on some tips and ideas and bring lots of new inspirational pictures to show you.
Finally a picture of my loft which didn’t exist at all when we bought the house and which is now one of my favourite rooms.
Actually this is the final – a picture of me accepting the award, which I share with all of you as you make it possible. Thank you all for being my readers and my clients and my virtual friends.