I received my invitation to the Amara Interior Blog Awards in the post, which cheered me up immensely, look at it, what an amazing invite. A Residence made the shortlist for the second year running, for the Best Organisation Blog category, I should stress this means best blog for Wayfair.co.uk as an organisation, not best organised – you will see why I would never win the latter in a moment.
A Residence weaves Penny Alexander’s personal blog with everything home and garden from Wayfair UK the homestore, a unique way to explore what really makes a house a home.
I was trying to take a photo of this glorious invite to the Interior Blog Awards ceremony at the Ham Yard in London (Friends who still Iive in London, am I in for a treat? Last year’s awards at the Rosewood was amazing) Suddenly I realised that rather than being an annoying distraction, the reflections were actually quite interesting and were making me see my home in a new and better light.
I am in the dog house today, I lost Mr A’s driving licence along with a parcel ticket yesterday. I feel like the walls of our house are coming in on me this week, do you ever have those weeks, where the clutter is overflowing and your poor home is crying out for some attention? It is no wonder things are going astray. But with the first clear weekend in months ahead of us, I am confident we will reclaim our lovely home.
Max the greyhound stepped into the frame at exactly the right moment, he is always there like a shadow, watching me as I go about my work at home days. It reminded me of a shot I took when we were repainting the hallway white, and he stood there, black against the bright white, and it felt like a new start.
To distract myself from the lost driving licence I decided to take some pictures of some of the projects I HAVE completed and blogged about this year so far. My son’s superhero bedroom makeover, complete with camo net and Incredible Hulk wall art.
My daughter’s room where we turned her wardrobe into a tardis.
The kitchen makeover.
And the picture you saw first, the travel themed hallway.
And my next project, finish my office!
This also reminds me of that amazing photographer who showed the truth behind her Instagrams recently, by showing the Instragram frame within the wider setting. I’ve cropped these, but you can still see that my son doesn’t make his bed, my daughter’s shelves are heaving with stuff, there are toys all over the living room floor, the tuppaware and biscuit tin ruining the look of the open shelving in the kitchen. That’s life.
I feel like we’ve come a long way this year, homes are never ending aren’t they. But as always, I am glad to have one over my head and it is very special to me. It is made all the more special by sharing what makes a house a home here with Wayfair UK, who have given me a rather lovely virtual home and are great fun to work with.
Thanks once again to Amara for having Wayfair.co.uk and A Residence in the Interior Blog Awards shortlist, it is a real honour and we can’t wait to celebrate all things interior with you. You can explore the shortlists here.
Now someone tell me I am not alone, is clutter driving you mad too?
Do you struggle to see the bigger picture sometimes when in the midst of home improvements?