Best Colour Inspiration Blog – VOTE FOR ME IN #IBA17

Best Colour Inspiration Blog – VOTE FOR ME IN #IBA17
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Right my beloved colour crew, I need your help.

I’m going to cut right to the chase, I’ve been nominated for Best Colour Inspirataion in the Amara Interior Blog Awards.

*cue fireworks and celebratory doves, but not at the same time*

Now, I’ve never really begged pushed for votes before, despite being listed in previous years in the DIY category. Of course I was completely flattered but I also felt like a bit of a fraud. Sure we did DIY. In fact, the majority of our house was done with our bare hands. You only need to see our Honest House Tour series to see how far we’ve come.

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But as I was mostly using my cameraphone and just blogging whenever we weren’t knee deep in rubble and drill bits, I felt like we just didn’t have the glamour to deserve an award!

So skipping ahead to 2017 – what’s different?

Category and confidence.

House number 1 is now complete. Let’s call it our starter home because it’s the place where we experimented with styles, textures, prices. It’s where we accepted hand me downs to “put us on” and then panic buying new stuff as we expanded from a couple to a family of 3 with a “climb on everything” toddler.

Over that time we’ve finally got to grips with our own taste. We know that we love dark walls but don’t feel like home unless there is something nerdy in there, with pops of bright colour.  We know exactly what is “us”. What gives you that “take off your bra” feeling at the end of the day when you step home.

We’ve discovered that we are 100% not into the minimalist, beige trend which has swept the nation. Not because it isn’t beautiful but because we are bloody messy people and why fight your natural hoarder state? Guilty as charged!

Instead, we’ve learned to embrace the chaos. Mastered ways to make a plastic mountain of toys look like it was almost meant to be a part of the aesthetic. And we’ve really gone colourful in this house.

The lessons learned we will take onto our new house, moving soon.

I’ve found that colour hunting in the day, wandering around my beloved city of Manchester, or anywhere for that matter, not only gives me a new lease of life for when I get home, but it helps me battle my ongoing battle with anxiety.

Read my post on colour psychology in interiors if you want to know what colours can help your mood.colour-psychology interiors

And for that reason, when I was nominated for Best Colour Inspiration in this years’ Amara’s I didn’t feel like a fraud anymore.

Overwhelmed? Yes. The talent in this category is insane, and some of these gifted beauties do it for a living so if I didn’t make it through to the shortlist round, well hey, I’d be chuffed to bits for the ones who did.

But if at any point you’ve enjoyed my colourful Instagram account, liked something we did in our house, or just read my blog and found it useful, I’d absolutely love to receive your vote. THANKS YOU BEAUTIES.

Vote for me in the Amara Interior Blog Awards.
I’ve been nominated for Best Colour Inspiration!


  • fabricofmylife

    You’re definitely a queen of colour my dear! Good luck in the awards – I’ve got my fingers crossed for ya xx

    • Ohhh thanks lovely! <3 I just want to party with all the cool kids hehe x

  • Old Fashioned Susie

    Karen I love this post- you’ve made it so personal and you’ve already got my vote! Hope to see you there!

    • Awww thanks lovely! Fingers crossed for us both! xx

  • Good luck lovely, I’ll vote for you! X

  • Stacey Sheppard

    Ah I love your quirky colourful taste. I hope you get through to the final. I’m off to vote for you!

    • Thank you so much Stacey! An acquired taste but it’s very us 🙂 thank you so much for your vote! xx

  • Rosaleen Marmion

    That is so lovely to hear, you got my vote 🙂
    And i bloody love your dino’s!!

    • Aw thank you very much lovely. Haha we do have a lot of dinosaurs!

  • Going to vote for you right now!! Absolutely love your use of colour even just in this post 🙂