#InteriorInfluence19 with DFS: The Winners

By Aoife Valentine Secor 07-11-2019

Our inaugural Interior Influence Awards took place last night in association with DFS, with a packed house at the design-led Alex Hotel in Dublin.

Over 200 of the country’s leading Instagram talent gathered to celebrate this burgeoning and increasingly influential sector.

"We’ve seen a huge rise in Irish Instagram accounts celebrating interiors since we launched our #MyHouseandHome hashtag in 2017. This tag galvanized the community, and so we’ve created the Interior Influence Awards in association with DFS to reward their efforts,” said our Editorial Director, Kirstie McDermott.

“DFS is delighted to be sponsoring the House and Home Influence Awards. Over the past few years we have seen the Irish Influencer community going from strength to strength – such a super talented bunch of people with some very creative and engaging platforms. My fellow judges and I had a hard job – there were many deserving winners,” said Claire Rushton, Head of Public Relations, at DFS.

We had 13 deserving winners - check them out below!


Best DIY or upcycling account, sponsored by Fleetwood Paints

Winner: Joanne Condon of @joannecondon

Judges' comments: A colourful, bright and gorgeous account. Her feed is beautiful, very engaging and it made me smile. She has a great range of makeover projects that are easy to do yourself because she breaks down each step really well. Her account shows brilliant enthusiasm and is full of ideas.

Highly commended: @aproudhome


Best Interior Blogger, sponsored by Peppermint Grove

Winner: Darran Heaney - www.oldvictoriannew.com

Judges' comments: Interesting and entertaining mix of content and collaborations featured, which work well and are in line with his brand. He posts a great range of budget makeovers – notably a bathroom makeover. His interior decor is stunning and unique, and his posts are consistent and well put together.

Highly commended: @denoffoxes



Best Styling Skills, sponsored by Scatter Box

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Winner: Yvonne Purcell of @sixat21

Judges' comments: They have a beautifully curated grid, with a really creative and innovative take on salvaging and upcycling.What they do really resonates with their audience, and their ability to create styled pieces is second to none.

Highly commended: @bythun


Best Use of Photography, sponsored by Desenio

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Winner: Yvonne Purcell of @sixat21

Judges' comments: A consistent and creative grid. Photography resonates with audience and is loved by their followers. She has amazing photography skills and an incredible talent for using photography to make the space in her home feel bigger.

Highly commended: @wioleta_kelly


Best Use of Video, sponsored by 256

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Winner: Catherine Carton of @daintydressdiaries

Judges' comments: Her videos are professional, engaging and she is a really great video all-rounder, posting content on Stories, Grid and YouTube channel. She is using her platform to educate other people, it’s brilliant. This person is going places.

Highly commended: @vintageirishkat


Best Self-Build account, sponsored by Sonas Bathrooms

Winner: Stephanie O’Sullivan of @coallanehouse

Judges' comments: This is very cool and unusual project. It is very relevant with the housing crisis as it’s a great inspiration for people in urban locations to see that you can build in cities. So nice to see her share the entire journey in their highlights, it’s really educational, informational and interesting. Very 'Grand Designs'.

Highly commended: @thehouseinthehollow


Best Newcomer, sponsored by DFS

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Winner: Laura Magee of @deco.dwelling

Judges' comments: Seemed to emerge fully-formed. She has a beautifully curated feed with gorgeous style. A clear aesthetic and a great feel for colour, texture and accessories.

Highly commended: @20mainstreet


The Interior Designer award, sponsored by Linwood

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Winner: Roisin Lafferty of Kingston Lafferty Designs, @roisinlaffertykld

Judges' comments: She is the best in the country. She editorialises her feed, cares about their projects and the content she shares. Beautiful feed and she head and shoulders above the rest. Producing next level interiors.

Highly commended: @geri_designs


The Make a Change award, sponsored by Colourtrend

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Winner: Aisling Nugent of @vintagehillcork

Judges' comments: I love what she does, she personifies making a change. She really does live that life. She has such a beautiful aesthetic. All her belongings have a story and that’s really beautiful.

Highly commended: @phoneboxman


Best Period or Vintage Home interiors, sponsored by Roberts

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Winner: Ciara Denvir of @ormistonhousedesign

Judges' comments: She was fearless and confident in her restoration of the property. She took time to document every before and after in a clear way that educates and inspires her followers. It’s a true transformation. This was a stand-out property in every way.

Highly commended: @frieda_100


Best Before and After project, sponsored by EZ Living Interiors

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Winner: Joanne Mooney of @aproudhome

Judges' comments: Her work ethic is incredible and she is totally invested in what she does. It’s inspiring to see someone leap into a new career and just own it. Her work is creative and sophisticated.

Highly commended: @saara_mcloughlin


Best on a Budget, sponsored by Littlewoods Ireland

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Winner: Katrina Carroll of @vintageirishkat

Judges' comments: She is dedicated to her projects and the process. She has made this account her own and is an individual. She is very funny and personable and people love her. Great range of budget buys and makeovers to inspire followers.

Highly commended: @ruby.aimee


The Colour Creative, sponsored by Crown Paints

Winner: Jill Corrigan of @rowans_rainbow

Judges' comments: She is really creative and has a unique sense of style. She celebrates colour in the best way and uses it in a unique and really interesting way.

Highly commended: @mydarkhome_


The Small Space award, sponsored by Optimise Home

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Winner: Susan Crosbie of @tinyinteriorz

Judges' comments: Great example for young people trying to get onto the property market. She is doing small space living in style. Really impressive styling and clever space saving solutions. It’s incredible what she’s done with the property and the grid is beautifully curated.

Highly commended: @insect_chart and @thehousebeyondthepalms


The House and Home Grand Prix

Winner: Joanne Condon of @joannecondon

Judges' comments: She is endlessly creative and has an incredible talent for upcycling, colour and interiors projects. She brings a professional flair and finish to her projects. She inspires and educates. She is warm, welcoming and a fabulous follow.


Images by Kieran Harnett.


For all the InteriorInfluence19 nominees and to discover more amazing Irish interiors Instagram accounts, check out the full shortlists!

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