From DIYers in Houston to small space mavens in Brooklyn, there are countless creatives making beautiful spaces and inspiring designs across the country, and we’re looking to uncover the next wave of talented trendsetters.
Now in its second year, the Domino Design Blog Awards seek to celebrate the must-follow design bloggers around the world, and nominations are now open for the 2018 program. We want to showcase the diverse, passionate, innovative individuals out there bringing fun, original ideas and knock-out designs into the world.
Here’s how it works:
This is a democratic process, so anyone anywhere is able to submit a blog for consideration.
Nominations must be submitted via this form. We ask that you send a brief description of the blog and why it inspires you—the more you tell us, the better—along with basic information like the URL, which category you’re nominating it for (see below), and the contact information for you and the blog. Submissions will be open until Monday, September 3 at 11:59 pm PT.
Once we amass our submissions, Domino editors will choose five semi-finalists in each category, and then it’s up to the public: The winners will be chosen by popular vote. After the people have spoken, the 2018 class will be celebrated at a party this fall at Hotel Zachary in Chicago courtesy of the awards sponsor, Tribute Portfolio Hotels, and each winner will receive a feature profile on Domino.
Best DIY blog
Crafters, fixers, vintage upgraders, Ikea hackers—anyone out there getting their hands dirty and doing it themselves.
2017 winner: Sugar & Cloth by Ashley Rose
Best general lifestyle blog
The design blog that has a little bit of everything: DIYs, interiors, lifestyle, travel, food, wellness.
2017 winner: Room for Tuesday by Sarah Gibson
Best international design blog
Anything outside of the USA
2017 winner: My Scandinavian Home by Niki Brantmark
Best interior designer blog
While licensed designers and architects qualify for the other categories, we know there are professionals out there who *get it* when it comes to documenting their work and cultivating a loyal following. This category is for you.
2017 winner: Amber Interiors by Amber Lewis
The Modern Maverick
The design blogger whose spirit best reflects the Tribute Portfolio guest: colorful and with a sense of character all their own. A maverick who relishes in discovering and sharing new experiences that expand the imagination and foster a sense of community.
2017 winner: SG Style by Shavonda Gardner
Best new voice
Launched within the last 18 months. Instagram-only accounts qualify.
2017 winner: Anita Yokota
Best renovation blog
This is slightly different than the DIY group. We’re looking for blogs tracking ongoing renovation projects, or renovators who regularly post before and afters of their projects.
2017 winner: Chris Loves Julia by Julia and Chris Marcum
Best small space blog
The individuals making micro living look good. You must indicate the size of the space when submitting. There is no set size maximum, as “small” means something different in every city, but spaces under 1,000 square feet are preferred.
2017 winner: Reading My Tea Leaves by Erin Boyle
What qualifies as a blog?
We will consider any website that is a chronological collection of stories, videos, and images. The site needs to be updated at least once a week, and it must be a mix of writing and visuals—no photo-only blogs (i.e. Tumblrs). Vlogs are okay.
Are there any restrictions for nominations?
All of the categories, except for Best International Blog, are only open to bloggers and designers based in the United States. You can 100 percent nominate yourself, and you can definitely submit more than one nomination.
How are finalists chosen?
We will consider a number of factors when choosing the finalists in each category: the quality of the writing and visuals on the blog, the number of reader nominations, recommendations from previous winners, and nominations from Domino editors. Representatives from Tribute Portfolio Hotels will help choose the finalists for the Modern Maverick Award.
How will voting work?
Voting will take place right here on Domino, beginning near the end of August. You will be able to vote once per day over a 19-day period.