George Clarke crowned favourite home TV celebrity

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Presenter and architect George Clarke has a passion for restoration and tonight was crowned the nation’s Favourite Home TV Celebrity at the eighth annual House Beautiful Awards. George stole the votes in the reader-selected category, beating off competition from much-loved gardener, broadcaster and novelist Alan Titchmarsh, who was runner-up. Last year’s winner Kirstie Allsopp, along with Jamie Oliver and Nick Knowles were also shortlisted for the award.

The House Beautiful Awards 2011 was held this year in one of England’s finest Art Deco buildings, Freemasons’ Hall in London. The awards comprised 26 categories, commending not only the UK’s top TV personalities but also 2011’s best homes products and retailers.

In addition to the three reader-voted awards, an impressive panel of judges, including experts John Rocha, Jeff Banks, Sophie Conran, Naomi Cleaver, Oliver Heath, Nick Munro, Lisa Stickley, Simon Boyle, David Domoney and Tommy Walsh, joined forces with House Beautiful Editor Julia Goodwin to select a further 23 category winners.

Dunelm Mill won the prestigious Home Retailer of the Year Award. Other winners included John Lewis, which scooped Online Retailer of the Year; the Red Star range by Emma Bridgewater won Best of British; and Lisa Stickley, picked up The Editor’s Award for her outstanding design in fabrics and ceramics.

House Beautiful Editor Julia Goodwin says, ‘In tough economic times quality and value are vitally important in making good products and services stand out from the rest of the crowd. The House Beautiful Awards recognises excellence ­– pointing consumers towards the best of the best.’

THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL AWARDS 2011 WINNERS...

Best Bathroom Product

Gold Award: Asymmetric Duo Bath – Kaldewei
Silver Award:
Open Space Shower – Duravit
Shortlisted:
Rubellite All in One Shower System – Bristan; Beyond Bath - Glass Idromassaggio; Axor Bouroullec Collection – Hansgrohe; Conforto Leak-Free Bath and Bath Screen – Jacuzzi; Seasons Rain Shower - Porcelanosa Group; Elfa Bathroom Shelving - Store   

Best of British

Gold Award: Red Star Range – Emma Bridgewater
Silver Award:
AGA Total Control – AGA
Shortlisted:
'Archive' Collection of Wallpapers, Prints, Weaves & Embroideries – Morris & Co; Lexington Sofa in Sanderson Fabric – Multiyork; Highland Weaves Collection – Sanderson; Tal-y-Llyn Rug – Toast; Newton Stove - TR Engineering Ltd; Blossom – Ulster Carpets

Best Carpet

Gold Award: Wool Mississippi – Crucial Trading
Silver Award:
Lazy Days Runners – Kersaint Cobb
Shortlisted:
 Botanica - Axminster Carpets;Boulevard – Adam Carpets; Rock  ‘n’ Roll - Alternative Flooring; Lucienne Rug – John Lewis; Artwork - Kingsmead Carpets; Anatolia – Ulster Carpets  

Best Cleaning Product

Gold Award: Dish Soap Washing Up Liquid – Method
Silver Award:
 Bizzy Two Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner – Oreck
Shortlisted:
Nimble Upright Vacuum Cleaner – AEG; Sport + Outdoor Washing Detergent – Alma Win; Service-it Deep Clean – Dr Beckmann; Autoselect® Steam Mop - Black & Decker®; Dirt Devil Reach DCC038 - Pulse Home Products; D Range Vacuum Cleaners - SEBO

Best DIY Product

Gold Award: Let's Colour Studio iPhone App – Dulux
Silver Award:
 Icon H3 12v Pneumatic Hammer Drill - Worx
Shortlisted:
High Performance 10.8v Impact Driver - Black & Decker®; PMF 10,8 Li Sander – Bosch Power Tools; Silicate Masonry Paint – Earthborn Paints; Knot Block Wood Primer and Undercoat – Ronseal Ltd; 7-Year Weatherproof Wood Paint – Ronseal Ltd; AC Sonicrafter - Worx        

Best Eco Product

Gold Award: Exxcel AquaStar Dishwasher - SMS65E12GB  - Bosch
Silver Award (tie):
  Eco Bubble Washing Machine – Samsung; Seville Organic Bed Linen Collection – The Fine Cotton Company
Shortlisted:
T96699ih ProTex SensiDry Tumble Dryer – AEG; 8KG WMB81445L Washing Machine – Beko plc; EC-Eau Hot Water Cylinder Range – Dimplex Renewables; Ø4 Multifuel Stove – Morsø; SN26T295GB Dishwasher – Siemens

Best Fabric

Gold Award: Archive Collection of Embroideries – Morris & Co
Silver Award:
Window Blinds designed by Helena Karelson - Tuiss
Shortlisted:
 Scandia – Clarke & Clarke; Anoushka Collection – Harlequin; Natural Look Volume 4 – James Hare; Murani Collection – Kai; The Espirit
Collection – Montgomery; Hand Printed Collection - Vanessa Arbuthnott Fabrics

Best Flooring         

Gold Award: Engineered Wood Oiled Finishes – Quick Step
Silver Award:
Caractere Trend – Gerflor Ltd
Shortlisted:
New Collection 2011 – Amtico International; Bali - Crucial Trading; Art Select Wood Range – Karndean International; Arizona Tile Collection – Porcelanosa Group; Oak Umber Brown from the Epoque Collection – Tarkett Ltd

Best Furniture

Gold Award: Gondola in Ritz Golden Rod Fabric – Multiyork
Silver Award:
Jasper Table – Marks & Spencer
Shortlisted:
 Covet Desk – Case Furniture; Home Office - Feather & Black; Simia - Hulsta Furniture (UK) Ltd; Mr Bright Chair – John Lewis; Angelica Bed – sofa.com; Campaign Bedside Table – The Sleep Room

Best Garden Product

Gold Award: 46cm Pacesetter Mower - Worx
Silver Award:
 Sophie Conran for Burgon & Ball Garden Tool Collection – Burgon & Ball
Shortlisted:
Kneelo ™ - Burgon & Ball; Grainstore Summerhouses – Grainstore Garden Buildings; Eos Outdoor Furniture – John Lewis; Beaucourt Collection - Neptune; The Primrose Bench – Raft Furniture; Gro Your Own Herb Range – Scotts Miracle-Gro

Best Heating Product

Gold Award: Eddington Inset Wood Burner – Dimplex
Silver Award:
F163 Wood Burning Stove – Jotul UK Ltd
Shortlisted:
 Decor Suite – Dimplex; Microfire Electric Fire – Dimplex; Scan 85 Wood Burning Stove – Jotul UK Ltd; Reflection Designer Radiator – Moods Bathrooms; S10 Freestanding Convector Stove - Morso

Best Household Gadget

Gold Award: Styline Kettle (TWK8633GB/TWK8631) – Bosch Small Appliances
Silver award:
 Griddle and Grill – Cuisinart
Shortlisted:
TDS1135GB Steam Generator Iron – Bosch Small Appliances; XL900 Compact Food Processor – Dualit; Metallics Range – Kenwood; ThermoSystem Kettle – Magimix UK Ltd; Aroma Diffuser – Muji; Gaggia Gelatiera – Philips; SensioPod+ - Sensio

Best Value Kitchen

Gold Award: FAKTUM/RUBRIK Kitchen Range – Ikea
Silver Award:
Italian Walnut Gloss Kitchen – K Kitchens
Shortlisted:
 Studio Spectrum – Magnet Ltd; Suffolk Kitchen Range – Neptune; Izumi – über; Bibury Pavilion - über

Best Luxury Kitchen

Gold Award: Linear Kitchen – Harvey Jones
Silver Award:
Bespoke Kitchen - Hayburn & Co
Shortlisted:
 Artesio – Poggenpohl; G575 – Porcelanosa Group; Remo – Second Nature; Bespoke Kitchen - Tim Moss; Swing - Warendorf

Best Lighting

Gold Award: Brianna Lighting – John Lewis
Silver Award:
 HD LED Slideline Clock – Sensio Lighting
Shortlisted:
 Helena Large Spiral Ceiling Pendant – Laura Ashley; Bloomsbury Lamp Stand – Neptune; Big Boy Lamp – The Sleep Room                       

Best Soft Furnishings

Gold Award: Elegant Living Luxury Triple Border Bedding Set – Asda
Silver Award:
Fig Daisy Raspberry Cake Bedlinen – Lisa Stickley London
Shortlisted:
Zandra Rhodes - CretianLily – Ashley Wilde; Kirstie Allsopp Home Living – Miranda – Ashley Wilde; The English Heritage Bedlinen Collection  - Christy; Darcey Blue - Dorma; Hotel Bedlinen Collection – Dunelm Mill; Scotland Farm Southdown Duvet – SF Enterprises; Roman Blind Collection - Sunway

Best Storage

Gold Award:  Chiltern Display Cabinet – Ercol
Silver Award:
 Functional Coffee Table – BoConcept
Shortlisted:
Stamford Integrated Storage Bed and Library System – Aspace; Stuva Childrens Storage Range – Ikea; Suffolk Larder – Neptune; Walk
in Dressing Room - Neville Johnson; Inside Space – Sharps Bedrooms; Storage Accessories - Sliderobes

Best Tableware or cookware

Gold Award: Matti – Jamie at Home
Silver Award:
  Cook’s Collection Cast Iron Range – Sainsbury’s
Shortlisted:
 Sophie Conran for Arthur Price; Elegant Living 12-piece White Bone China Dinner Set – Asda; Really Good Rice Pot – Jamie at Home; Copper Cookware – John Lewis; Dawn Chorus – Portmeirion; Cheese Board Set - Sebastian Conran for John Lewis

Best Wallcovering

Gold Award: 1950s Line Papers Wallpaper Collection– The Little Greene Paint Co Ltd
Silver Award (tie):
Anoushka Wallpapers - Harlequin; New Colours - Farrow & Ball
Shortlisted:
 Albany Traditions Paint Collection – Brewers; Authentic Origins – Dulux; Kelly Hoppen Wallpaper Collection for Graham & Brown; Archive Collection of Wallpapers – Morris & Co; Raphael II Wallpaper Collection - Sandberg distributed exclusively by The Little Greene Paint Co Ltd; Caverley Wallpaper Collection – Sanderson

Best White Goods

Gold Award: Dual Cook Steam Oven - Samsung
Silver Award:
 ZWJ14591W Washing Machine - Zanussi
Shortlisted:
Eco Silence Logixx Dishwasher – Bosch; CBNPgb 3956 Fridge Freezer – Liebherr; G5725 SCiXXL Dishwasher – Miele; Ceiling Mounted Hood – Neff; G-Series Refrigerator – Samsung; i-Dos Washing Machine - Siemens

Best Wool Product

Gold Award: The Wool Range - Vi-Spring
Silver Award:
 The 'Isle of Skye' Collection - Prestigious Textiles
Shortlisted:
 Pure Wool Bathmat – Blacker Designs; The Organic Range – Devon Duvets; House Cushion – Donna Wilson; Scotland Farm Southdown Duvet – SF Enterprises; Real Shetland Wool Throws -The Real Shetland Company; British Wool Filled Floor Cushion – Woolsoft

Best Advertisement

Gold Award: Sanderson

The Editor’s Award

Lisa Stickley


READER-VOTED CATEGORIES

Best Home Retailer

Gold Award: Dunelm Mill
Silver Award:
 John Lewis
Shortlisted:
Homebase; Ikea; M&S; Sainsbury’s Home  

Best Online Retailer

Gold Award: John Lewis
Silver Award:
 Lakeland
Shortlisted: 
Argos; Ebay; M&S; Next

Favourite Home-Related Celebrity

Gold Award: George Clarke
Silver Award:
Alan Titchmarsh
Shortlisted:
 Kirstie Allsopp; Sarah Beeney; Nick Knowles; Kevin McCloud; Jamie Oliver

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