You guys, big news! Last thursday I was in London to attend the Amara Interior Blog awards, and I am so very proud and honored to say I won in my category “Best European Interiors Blog”. I was nominated alongside My Scandinavian Home, Gucki, Minoop and fellow Belgian Greet from Belgian Pearls who I’ve gotten to know because of the awards (Thanks Amara!). I think I can’t quite believe it still, because October has been a bit of a whirlwind for me and somehow this all happened in a big haze.
My mom was my date for the night!
Image (c) John Nassari
Even as I walked up on stage, the only thing I could think was “Um, wow, good thing I booked that ticket to London.” I’m such a dork sometimes. Anyway, I just wanted to take a moment and thank you guys.
I’ve hinted a couple of times that the past year and a half was far from the best time of my life. Boy it kicked my ass. I think someday I will tell you the whole story. I’ve typed it out about a year ago, but it’s not the time just yet. All you need to know right now is that life pulled the rug from under my feet and I fell flat on my face, and it took me a long time to get back up. It got really difficult, and I made some big life changes, the most important being the decision to close down my webshop Lily and the Lady.
Even though I don’t regret it, it was quite hard to let go of something that defined the past six years of my life, and I felt like I’d completely lost my identity. Slowly but surely, I’ve discovered that was actually a good thing. I now feel I had been going in the wrong direction, and this blog has helped me in so many ways. It has allowed me to shift my focus, to rediscover a passion for interiors and photography. It has given me the opportunity to experiment and grow in many ways. So I wanted to thank you. For reading, for voting, for pinning my content. For taking the time to comment on my Instagram and generally being the sweetest. Without knowing it, you have helped me back on my feet and helped me gain a different perspective on life. And that’s quite something.