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It’s been a busy week here at, as our panel of judges have been reviewing the shortlisted bloggers in this year’s awards.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in our public vote over the last few weeks for our Home Design Blogger Awards 2015. The response was fantastic, and we hope that you have found inspiration from the excellent work of all the home tutorials and design ideas from this year’s shortlisted blogs.

Our expert panel of judges this year included co-founders Ian and Rebekah Monk, along with the businesses own Design and Installation Consultant, Lianne Boddy. . The judging panel have come together to oversee this year’s talent, including a brand new Instagram category, highlighting home DIY on social media.

After much consideration, the judging panel have come to a decision and we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 home DIY awards!


Home DIY Award


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Yasmin Chopin is an Interior designer and writer and dubs herself as a ‘property junkie’, has gained much of her experience working a range of different building interiors. Yasmin says whether it’s listed, falling down or a new concept, she enjoys the challenge of a project, transforming objects and spaces.

Runners up


Home DIY Tutorial


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Maxine Brady is an interiors stylist and has appeared in print magazines and on TV. Maxine writes about the highs and the lows of renovating her first home, acting as a great inspiration to those in a similar position. Considering that Maxine only launched her blog earlier this year, her step-by-step guides and top 10 lists are the highlight of her blog. 

Runners up


Affordable DIY Award


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Karen Clough’s blog follows the progress of taking the plunge into adulthood and renovating her and her partner’s first home in Manchester. Karen and her partner Joe are recently married and are also expecting their first baby. Karen blogs about the challenges they both face in young adulthood, posting about their home DIY progresses step by step, and more tailored posts such as decorating tips in the house in the lead up to Karen’s due date.


Runners up

Home DIY Instagram


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James and Josephine run BlogAndBuySale, which was launched to support and showcase innovative stylists and designers from all over the world. Their Instagram posts feature a range of quirky and unique design ideas and products for decorating and styling the home, including a “Wish List’ feature for followers.

Runner up 


Congratulations to all winners and runners up in this year’s blogger awards! It’s been another fantastic year for the blogging community, and we wouldn’t have had such a great blogger awards season without you, the inspirational bloggers. We’ll see you next year!

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In The Bath With… Olivia Thristan, Dungarees & Donuts

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into blogging?

I read a few blogs and I also had a friend who did a lot of blogging in the community. It seemed so lovely and other peoples blogs looked pretty so I started to feel I wanted my own space on the internet! It’s been over a year and a half now and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

Can you describe your blogging style for us? Is it easy to describe?

My blogging style is just my personality really, with my added comedy factor to shine through into my writing!

What are the key things that influence your work?

New products, Pinterest and Instagram and worldwide topics such as bullying.

Technology has made accessing inspiration a lot easier for everyone nowadays. Is there an app or gadget that you couldn’t live without?

Probably my computer as it is where I store all of pictures, work and it’s easy to access quotes, pictures and other blogs!

What are your plans for 2015 and which trends do you think will be most popular this year?

I hope for Dungarees & Donuts to get bigger as the months pass, as I put a lot of work into my blog and want to spread it to an even wider audience!

What elements of your day-to-day life inspire your posts?

I feel most inspired when I cook, doing my make up and picking out an outfit for the day. Also whenever I am shopping, I always like to think how could I fit ideas and styles into my blog!

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out blogging?  

I know it’s Cliché, but be yourself and the followers will come. Take part in the blogger chats and engage with social media and make yourself well known within the blogging community.

Do you have an inspiration hero?

It’s gotta be Demi Lovato what an inspirational woman to me!

If you could only take one possession to a desert island, what would you take?

One of my treasured MAC lipsticks! 

Want to read more about Dungarees and Donuts? Head to Olivia’s blog here





We can now reveal the Home DIY Blogger Awards 2015 shortlist…

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Voting is officially closed! Thank you to everyone who nominated a blog in this year’s competition, celebrating the best of Home DIY and interiors blogging.

The quality of entries continues to amaze us year on year, and this year’s standard has been one of the most impressive.  After reviewing some truly outstanding nominated blogs and Instagram accounts we can now reveal this year’s Home DIY Blogger Awards 2015 shortlist.


Best Home DIY

Pretty Handy Girl

Yasmin Chopin


Home DIY Tutorial

Heart Handmade

Plumbers Parts YouTube

We Love Home


Affordable Home DIY

Claire Potter Design

Well I Guess This Is Growing Up


Home DIY Instagram

Blog And Buy Sale

Emily Rollings Blog


Congratulations to everyone who has been shortlisted!

Now the shortlist has been announced our panel of judges will come together to decide a category winner, as well as an overall winner, who will be crowned with the award of’s Home DIY Blogger of 2015.

Category winners will each receive £100 along with a personalised trophy, and the overall home DIY award winner will receive £250 with a personalised trophy.

Winners will be announced on April 20th so keep an eye out on our blog and social media channels! Team



The top 50 most popular #selfie locations have been revealed!


We all know Kim Kardashian is an advocate for bathroom and bedroom selfies, but we wanted to find out where people around the world are snapping selfies.

Following a 25% spike in mirror sales, our latest research was conducted to see if there was any correlation with the selfie trend, with the study revealing that 13,700 selfies were being taken in front of mirrors.

Topping the list is ‘market’ with 31,300 selfies, ahead of other selfie hotspots including the gym and the kitchen. 

To see where your favourite selfie snapping location is, take a look at the full top 50 list here: Continue reading




After a fantastic awards showcase last year, are pleased to announce the Home DIY Blogger Awards 2015. Recognising the best in home DIY renovation, as well affordable DIY, tutorials and social media, the Home DIY Blogger Awards will showcase the work of the UK’s best interiors and lifestyle bloggers.

If you write a blog, or follow one that you think should be recognised for its inspiration and passion within the home DIY community, you can make a nomination below. It doesn’t matter if you or your nominated blog has been running for weeks or years, we would like to support anyone who has a brilliant eye for home DIY and innovative renovation for online audiences.

This year’s award categories are:

• Best Home DIY

• Affordable Home DIY

• Home DIY Tutorial

• Home DIY Instagram

Category winners will receive £100 and a personalised trophy, with the overall home DIY Award winner receiving £250 and a trophy. All winners and shortlisted nominations will feature on the Inspiration blog.

To be eligible for the nomination, blogs must include appropriate content for this year’s categories, as well featuring posts on a regular basis. The blogger awards focuses on celebrating citizen journalists within the UK. Although we accept entrants from blogs with sponsors, we cannot accept blogs owned entirely by a commercial brand.

The nomination period is open from now until April 5th and voting during this time will be open to the public. Our panel of judges will then select from the shortlisted bloggers voted by you, and will announce category finalists as well as the overall winner on April 18th 2015.

Key Dates:

• March 30th – Public nominations open

• April 10th – Public voting closes

• April 13th – Shortlisted bloggers announced

• April 15th – Judging panel select category winners and overall award

• April 20th – Winners Announced

Good luck and start nominating!

Home DIY Blogger Award Nominations 2015