House Beautiful Awards 2014

I had the most wonderful evening last Thursday, 13th November at the House Beautiful awards ceremony held at the Science Museum in London.   It was amazing to be part of the panel of judges which included John Rocha, Nick Munro, Oliver Hrubiak and Clarissa Hulse….  I was co-judging the flooring, rugs and carpet, and best lighting categories and I also presented an award to the winners.

The highlight of my evening was, much to my surprise and amazement when I was presented with the Gold Award for Best Wall Covering by Lisa Levis, a fantastic home textiles designer.  So wonderful to be considered alongside such great design houses as Conran and Harlequin and win…

See below the results

Best Wall Covering

Gold Award: Wallpaper Collection – VANESSA ARBUTHNOTT

Silver Award: Jardin Boheme Wall Coverings – HARLEQUIN



Any Room Any Surface One Coat Paint – B&Q

Conran Tile Collection – BRITISH CERAMIC TILE

New Wave Collection – GRAHAM & BROWN

Savoy Ceramic Wall Tile – JOHNSON TILES

Aviary Garden Apple Green Wallpaper – LAURA ASHLEY

Grey Collection – LITTLE GREENE

Range of Emulsion paint – PAINT BY CONRAN

Carl Collection of Wallpaper – SANDBERG

Aegean Collection – SANDERSON

Chorus Line by Albany – WALLPAPER DIRECT

Madame Butterfly by Albany Performance – WALLPAPER DIRECT


The whole event was star studded and I sat next to Gerald Scarfe the cartoonist and his wife, Jane Asher, the cake decorating queen. Ben Hillman from the 60 Minute Makeover television programme kept me company during the awards ceremony and Nick Knowles from DIY SOS was there too.  Other celebs, such as TV gardener and broadcaster, David Domoney, designers Sebastian Conran, Sophie Conran, and Ben Hillman. TV favourites Oliver Heath and Naomi Cleaver and DIY expert and presenter Tommy Walsh….I felt like Cinderella at the ball!!! (Now back in the kitchen with the washing up…)