#ourhabitat competition

 We’ve just announced the winners for the #ourHabitat competition, which consisted of people taking photos of their beautiful homes and uploading them to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and our website. We’ve seen all kinds of properties be it period or modern, we have seen retro, contemporary and scandinavian interiors and we love them all!

We called on Claudia Baillie- the Interiors Editor at Sunday Times Style with her years of interiors knowledge and expertise, to pick a winner!

We then caught up with Claudia to see what her thoughts were on the quality of the entries and how she whittled her favourites down from 1000+ to one winner and four shortlisters. A big thanks to Claudia for taking the time to be the judge on our second #ourhabitat competition! (you can check out the last one, here)

Claudia, how long have you been Interiors Editor at Sunday Times Style and what is your favourite part of the job?

I’ve been at Style now for 18 months, and believe it or not what I love about it is the fast pace (we have to turn the magazine around very quickly as it’s a weekly, which makes it pretty exciting and no time to over-think things) and the fact that I’m lucky enough to hear lots of great designers and creative people talk about their work at press events and exhibitions and interviews etc.

What’s your favourite Habitat product and why.

I love the Tommy desk lamp. It’s really useful, and definitely not just for desks – I’ve got a silver one on my kitchen work top as a task light. I’m a big fan of lamps in the kitchen as I think they make the space feel more lived in. The design is great as well, it’s like it has  a little personality all of its own, plus it comes in good colours too.




It was exceptionally difficult to choose a winner out of all of the amazing entries, but what I liked about this room was its simplicity. The bentwood  table and chairs are so elegant, and I love the wonderful panelled wall – a smart detail but very understated. The honey coloured dining table and chairs look really welcoming and I like the fact that the shutter and table are just slightly paler than the chairs so it’s not too matchy-matchy. Of course we’re very much into house plants at the minute, and the touches of greenery just lift the whole corner and give soul. Good combination of the very minimal, contemporary floor lamp and the big, vintage style filament bulb too. Lovely.

Runners up:

Ben Procter

Basically you can’t go wrong with an Eames lounger as it a complete design classic.  What I also like about this picture is the bold wall colour, and the fact that the shelves are painted in the same shade too, which I think always makes a room look really smart.


Lucy Pass

This is a very nicely composed shot. All the elements work together well and I adore the little cupboard with it’s roll back doors. Gorgeous graphic rug too, and if someone would be able to teach me how to play that guitar that would be cool.


Julien Leflot

There are lots of very beautiful things about this room – the buttoned upholstery, the wall panelling, the marble fireplace, the glass dome, the cast iron table and the oversized candlesticks. Its very classic but at the same time, modern which is a winning combination.


Kate Mitchell

This looks like a lovely quiet corner.  I’d like to sit there and work, read or eat my breakfast, particularly if the chicken were there to keep me company. I love the industrial pendant lights but really it was the chicken that did it for me!


Visit Claudia’s social media pages at using the following links. You can also check out SundayTimesStyle below, too!

Twitter: @claudiabaillie | @TheSTstyle

Instagram: @claudiabaillie | @theststyleinteriors

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