A Happy HOP 1st Birthday

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No, it’s not April fools! HOP Interiors, my humble little blog is one year old today – Hurray! It’s crazy to think that so much has happened in those 366 days (being a leap year). HOP began when my fashion forward friend Josie asked me to help her start her own blog. Having no idea of how to start one I grabbed the opportunity with both creative hands to attend the Style PA’s mini Intro the Blogging seminar. I remember Josie turning to me and saying “Mary, why don’t YOU start your own blog?” I hold my hands up, it never occurred to me that I could or even had the ability to blog. It’s funny because when I first started blogging like many others, I started to question my own voice, “Would people want to hear what I had to say? How would I portray my unique point-of-view?” and “How would I keep writing interesting content?” I eventually realised that it does take time to find your feet and find your own voice and as long as you’re honest and true to who you are as a writer and write about what YOU truly believe in then the rest will fall into place.
Images Credited: Left/ Right
Prior to my blogging days I always attended the trade shows like Decorex and 100% Design and enjoyed sourcing materials and interiors for my projects so it seemed like a natural progression to share my journey and passion for interior design. Fast forward a year and a few blog re-vamps later, my blog has grown and has been flourishing from strength to strength – I’m so proud of it. I’ve also vowed to blog more personally, giving you more insight into my own personal style and interior knowledge. I hope that as this year goes by my writing and personal design atheistic will shine through and my blog will evolve even further! 

AND I HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE! 
This year I would love to develop a passion of mine to write editorially for interior design. It’s something I’ve been talking about amongst my friends for some time. Throughout this year as you can see by the content of my blog, my writing ability has taken immense strides and I enjoy writing about design, interiors and the creative world. But don’t just take my word for it, my wonderful followers and readers have helped me achieve approximately 5,000 hits a month and I really appreciate all the comments/notes they leave on my blog. So if you’re a digital creative magazine, online/web or print publication and would like me to either write as a contributor or as a guest writer please do drop me a line and Say Hello

To reward myself for all my hard work *cough, cough* I treated moi to this fabulous pair of converse’s which I’ve had my eye on for months! And they’re my very first converse’s too (I know, I know – far too long). I’m completely in love with them. To mark the special occasion I will be lunching with my girls at The Folly in London. Don’t worry, I shall tell you all about it!

Now as we all know, a birthday isn’t a birthday without a fabulous birthday cake! To mark my blogs birthday I’m giving one lucky winner the chance to win a yummy box of SIX amazing cupcakes courtesy of The Primrose Bakery. To be in with a chance head over to and LIKE my Facebook page to get all the sugary details.
Top & Bottom images supplied by Primrose Bakery
I do have one birthday wish though…please do leave me a birthday message 

Rules:
  • You must LIKE then vote for one of the options on my Facebook page.
  • Competition closes on Saturday 21 April at 23:59(GMT)
  • One name will be chosen at random via a name generator.
  • One winner will receive a gift voucher to the value of a box of six cupcakes at The Primrose Bakery.
  • The voucher is non transferable or exchangeable.
  • The winner will be announced on Twitter, Facebook and on the blog shortly after the deadline.
  • As delivery is only available in the London area this competition is only open to UK London participants – sorry folks.

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