The Amara Interior Blog Awards

This month I'm proud to be celebrating Design Hunter's fifth anniversary, and on Wednesday evening I received the best 'birthday present' I could possibly have wished for when Design Hunter picked up the award for 'Best Luxury Blog' at the Amara Interior Blog Awards at The Rosewood Hotel in London.

Winning this award is something I could never have dreamed of when I first began my blogging journey back in 2009 and I've been absolutely overwhelmed by all the messages of congratulations I've received. I floated around in a haze for most of yesterday after a wonderful evening at the awards ceremony and still haven't quite come back down to earth!

Everyone was just lovely. The atmosphere was incredibly warm, friendly and supportive and it was so nice to finally meet up with Twitter friends and bloggers I admire, along with the wonderful organisers, judges and sponsors.

A huge thank you to Amara for putting on a wonderful event in support of the blogging community, and to Missoni, the sponsors of my award category, as well as all the other sponsors, the judges and the staff at the Rosewood who looked after us throughout the night.

Thanks also to Design Hunter contributors Anna and Laurie, and to my husband Graham whose support of me throughout my blogging journey has been nothing short of amazing.

Above all though, thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for Design Hunter and to the many readers who've been in touch with such kind messages of support.

I've discovered lots of great new blogs as a result of the Amara awards, and I'll definitely be following some of them regularly from now on. There are so many talented newcomers out there. There are too many to mention them all individually, but if you haven't done so already, do head over to the Amara awards blog to discover some of the other shortlisted blogs and category winners.

Well done everyone, and thank you for making it a truly special and memorable evening.