Australian House & Garden magazine’s highly anticipated Top 50 Rooms is back for the 20th consecutive year and, as usual, it features a stellar line-up of interiors inspo. A celebration of residential design, the awards feature some gorgeous bedrooms, super stylish bathrooms and inspiring outdoor rooms amongst many others.
“We were delighted by the quality and diversity of this year’s rooms. The line-up of entries was excellent, with style and comfort levels fully explored and every room in the home represented,” says editor in chief Lisa Green, who had the tough task of choosing the winners from a pool of more than 160 entries from homeowners and designers.
“The materials palettes and design ideas we are seeing are ever-more sophisticated, driven by the lifestyle expectations of increasingly design-savvy homeowners. We love publishing this annual collectors’ edition. It’s a wonderful record of residential design excellence at this moment in time,” says Lisa.
Aside from Lisa, the judging panel included Australian House & Garden houses/interiors editor Kate Nixon, Yellowtrace designer and blogger Dana Tomic-Hughes, colour expert Lucy Sutherland and Janey Ridge of Warwick Fabrics (the fabric brand was the competition’s chief sponsor). The rooms were blind judged, ensuring each one was considered purely on its merits.
The winner of Room of the Year, Louise Walsh, received a trip for two to Paris to attend the Maison & Objet fair next January, courtesy of Cathay Pacific. The competition also included a Hall of Fame award that was handed down to interior designer Meryl Hare of Hare + Klein who was a finalist in the inaugural competition 20 years ago and is a finalist this year too.
The final step in the award process is where House & Garden readers can vote for their overall favourite room online. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive $3,000 to spend at Warwick Fabrics along with a stay at Mantra Hotels & Resorts. To peruse the full list of 50 rooms, grab your copy of the latest issue which is on stands now.