I needed to take a deep breath to write this: InteriorMad has been chosen a finalist in the 7th Annual SAVEUR Blog Awards!
Also thanks to your nominations, from a pool of over 30,000 submissions, my blog was selected as one of top six contenders in the Style and Design category.
I nearly fainted when I read it. I’m still shaking a bit and there is no putting on airs about it, no Renaissance sprezzatura.
I’m so happy that I’ve made it to the Final Six that I can do nothing but THANK YOU for being here with me, for reading my articles and for supporting me in fulfilling my heart’s desires.
The voting phase has just begun and will continue through Aug 31st on SAVEUR Blog Awards 2016 website.
Apparently, you can vote as often as you like. Each category will have two winners. The finalist with the most votes will be named Readers’ Choice winner; a team of SAVEUR editors will also select an equally weighted Editors’ Choice winner.
Your votes mean a lot to me. If you feel that it’s a right thing to do, please spread this news among people you care about and who might also like my blog.
In the meantime, I’ve thought that nearly two years of running InteriorMad (exactly 23 months today), is the right time for some recollections.
For those of you who have not been with me from the very beginning, here are some older posts which (in my opinion) show the diversity of this blog and the general idea behind it.
1. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
My very first post on InteriorMad. The idea for this blog has sprung in my mind when I saw a beautiful wallpaper in Joe Wright’s 2005 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel. And then I thought: “Hey! How about connecting literature, films and interior design?”
2. CARRIE ON
Rarely do you see a better set design than what Lydia Marks (from Marks & Franz) did for Sex and the City (or for Devil Wears Prada). I sent this article to Lydia and she shared it on FB: “I am always interested to learn how film set interiors influence people in their own homes. I recently found a new blog that focuses on this. Glad to see that #sexandthecity continues to inspire! Thank you Interior Mad! Now then, please Carrie on.” So I did.
My post on J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan (Peter Pan and Wendy). Walt Disney’s version (1953) was my favourite childhood movie. I’m glad that I managed to find so many inspirations for children’s room.
4. WHEN YOUR EX IS YOUR NEXT
The post on Nancy Meyer’s It’s complicated (2009). Another great set design by Beth Rubino (also responsible for Something’s Gotta Give). A comedy with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin is a good laugh; and a feast for the eyes (those croissants!)
5. WHAT LIES BENEATH
Thanks to this post I got wonderful feedback from Blenda Risteen (The Orange Chair Studio @ Etsy.com), whose nautical lamp I’d featured. In most of my posts I try to promote independent craftsmen, artists and sellers from around the world. They’re wonderful people and their feedback keeps me going.
6. CUTTING EDGE
From time to time, there is something unrelated to books or films on InteriorMad. For example, my visualization of some famous song’s lyrics (such as Suzanne Vega’s Tom’s Diner). In this post, I was moved by an ice-skating performance.
Nearly two years of writing; over 70 blogposts; countless hours spent wondering how to transform a novel into an interior; hundreds of messages exchanged with designers, artists, craftsmen, sellers and readers – interior design, book and film lovers like myself.
And here I am, in front of you – richer in so many life experiences: a new addition to the family (my second son, Franek is now 4 months old), many new friendships, a new job and a grant research project at the Institute for the History of Science, and now – a finalist of SAVEUR Blog Awards.
I won’t lie – there have been moments when I wanted to quit writing this blog, as other things in life consume a lot of my time. But this summer I’ve decided to put the blog to test – with the SAVEUR community and you, my readers. Just before the initial nomination was made, I got a message from my namesake, Barbara, whose vase I featured in my post on Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Trois couleurs:
If you’re a woman reading this – be proud of yourself. If you’re a man, remember to be proud of the women around you.
Have a wonderful week – mine will be terrific.