In April, we launched a new competition to encourage the nation’s style conscious homeowners to showcase their flair for interior design. The Styled by Me competition ran from April to June and attracted hundreds of entries from around the country.
Through a publicity campaign run in across regional press and home interest magazines, and on Anglian’s social media channels, people were invited to share a photograph of their home that best illustrated their interior design skills.
The national winner of the £1,000 first prize was Chloe Spillett from Essex. Her entry was selected as the best by guest judge and much-loved interior stylist, Sophie Robinson, who is a regular on TV home interior shows including most recently, BBC One’s ‘DIY SOS’.
Chloe’s entry was a photograph of her daughters’ playroom. Describing the interior scheme, and the reasons why it wowed her, Sophie said: “The playroom really impressed me with the thoroughness in design. The colour scheme is strong throughout and there is just no shortage of creative ideas that set the playful tone. I was astounded by the detail and I especially loved the stripes painted on the ceiling. I’m sure it will absolutely thrill the children who are lucky enough to play in this room.”
Commenting on her win, Chloe said: “I was so excited to be selected as Anglian’s national winner. I am really passionate about interior design and I love experimenting with my home – I take a huge amount of pride in it, so I enjoy sharing photographs of the different rooms on social media. I am thrilled to have received such amazing feedback on my daughters’ playroom from Sophie Robinson. This will be a great springboard for me as I’m planning on taking my interest in home styling to the next level by launching my own interiors business, Chloe Gets Creative.”
As well as a £1,000 prize for the national winner, £500 prizes were up for grabs for winners based in all four of our Divisions.
Our Divisional winners
Vickie Nickolls from Gerrards Cross in South Buckinghamshire was the South Division’s winner. She earned her £500 prize for a photograph of a room in her home, complete with statement sofa and gallery wall.
Sophie’s verdict: “This is really lovely styling. It is a great gallery wall that feels stylish and individual, and makes an amazing focal point in this room. The green velvet sofa with geometric cushions looks perfect below.”
Bella Radcliffe from Cheshire won the North Division’s prize of £500 with a photograph of her quirky campervan interior.
Sophie’s verdict: “The campervan has been kitted out in 70’s vintage fabrics and crochet and it is a riot of fun and colour. Bella has followed the rule that more is more, and in this case it has really worked. This scheme is great fun.”
Midlands and South West
Pati Robins from Cardiff was the winner in the Midlands and South West. Pati scooped her £500 prize for her photograph of her hallway which featured dramatic black walls and a contrasting white floor as a backdrop for statement furniture pieces.
Sophie’s verdict: “This is a really high impact interior. I love the black on black for a really strong impact. Clever eclectic styling makes a clear style statement in this hallway – and hallways are often overlooked.”
London North and East Anglia
Abbi Pitt from Ely was the £500 winner in London North and East Anglia. Her entry was a photograph of an outdoor seating area complete with candy-coloured furnishings and statement walls.
Sophie’s verdict: “I loved how the designer has made a room outside, complete with wall art, co-ordinating cushions and an up-cycled sofa.”
To view more Styled By Me entries, you can view them on our Pinterest board here: