Seasons. I absolutely love them. Alongside the falling leaves and refreshing temperatures (hello, layering!) it’s also the opportunity to refresh my home that fills me with joy. Of course, it’s the very change in season itself that offers up so much inspiration for a decor switch up, too. While the days here in London are still quite mild, the mornings and evenings are distinctly chilly and much darker then just a week or so ago. As soon as the sun goes down I’m hankering to head indoors and cosy up with my heartmate and my book. Of course, the moment I curl up on the couch I start to think about my interior and how I can change things up to make it work for the cold autumn days.
It’s no secret that I’m mad about blue hues. At first thought blue appears to be a more natural fit for the spring/summer season, yet if you turn your attention to the darker end of the blue colour family it becomes the ideal autumnal decorating hue. Sainsbury’s
have embraced one of my favourite dark blues, Indigo, for their lead A/W14 collection – and thank goodness they did because it’s a stunning collection. The reason this collection caught my eye from the off was because the product assortment offered a wealth of quick and easy opportunities to switch up my home for the new season. After all, who wants to (or can afford to!) change their furniture every season? I like to keep the bones of my interior fairly constant and then switch up the look with accessories, textiles and art as the season or my mood changes.
What’s catching your eye from this Indigo collection? For me it’s all about the ombre fade vase and glassware for the table; the cable knit cushion for a dash of tactile texture on my sofa; and the copper candlesticks to play host to flickering candlelight as the nights get ever darker. So dive in and pick out your favourite Indigo pieces from my edit below. I’d love to know how you would bring this look into your home?
Market Picks: Fig.1, Navy Damask Print Bedlinen, from £20 | Fig.2, Ombre Glass Votive, £4 | Fig.3, Ombre Glass Hurricane with Candle, £10 | Fig.4,Copper Effect Taper Candle Holder Large, £10 | Fig.5, Indigo Set of 3 Ceramic Tiles, £20 | Fig.6, Indigo Cushion, £16 | Fig.7, Cooking Pans, from £15 | Fig.8, Cobalt Blue Hi Ball, £3 | Fig.9, Cobalt Blue Tumbler, £3 | Fig.10, Cobalt Blue Dessert Dish, £4 | Fig.11, Set of 4 Navy & White Knobs, £8 | Fig.12, Indigo Nibble Bowls 3pk, £10 | All avaliable from Sainsburys
* // Photography by Sainsburys
I am so excited to reveal the German and Italian covers from the latest international editions of the Bright Bazaar book! It’s so surreal to see my words translated into another languge (the covers probably read ‘Beige Is Best’ – ha! Can you imagine?!) but it’s also interesting to see the cover choices for each market. I was heavily involved in the design process for the UK & American covers, but the dedicated language editions are decided by the publishers in the individual countries. I like the handwritten type on the German cover, and it’s interesting how different the book feels to hold as it doesn’t have a dust jacket like all the other editions to date.
Gosh, I have such happy memories of shooting Fjeldborg’s
stunning Norwegian home. It was pooring with rain outside alllllllllll day yet inside was so cosy and welcoming. Ingrid and Vidar’s home made the cover of the American edition of the book, too!
At first glance, Bradford’s
weekend home in upstate New York looks like the polar opposite of Ingrid and Vidar’s Norewegian home, yet the two owners actually took a similar apparoach to decorating with colour. While the Norwegian home sees a series of cheerful brights layered across a crisp white canvas, Bradford’s American home uses black and dark grey as a base for his layered brights.
and Henk’s home in the Nertherlands was a stage for Ingrid’s handmade textiles in an array of rainbow brights. I loved how light and bright their master bedroom felt – and don’t get me started on that dipped headboard!
The Italian version of the Bright Bazaar book is the first edition to feature a collage of pictures on the front – and I like it! Choosing a cover for my first book was quite tricky because the book doesn’t focus on one particular style or type of home. Rather it shows you how to decorate with colour no matter what home you live in, so I think this approach helps to show the breadth of homes that can be seen inside the book. Plus, that yellow and blue combination is visually striking!
family home in America was just that: a family home. It felt so warm and welcoming; a very happy and creative space. Raina’s two beautiful daughters, their dog and the cat were all milling around throughout the shoot and it just felt so relaxed and easy. Testament to Raina’s excellent taste and ability to use strong colours without overwhelming the rooms.
This kitchen is from an industrial warehouse apartment we shot in Copenhagen, and I love the combination of the wooden blue cabinetry against the green pendant lamps. This place was packed full of charm and character!
See that horse in the background? Well let’s just say that the old saying ‘never work with children or animals on a photo shoot’ was being banded around a lot that morning on location! It was totally worth it though as the handsome chap really lent a cool vibe to the shots we took of this rustic farmhouse in Northern Spain.
After all the hard (but enjoyable) work it really is so exciting to see my collection of Bright.Bazaar books growing. Thank you all so much for your generous support and for joining me in all my #colourhunting and #makeyousmilestyle adventures. Here’s the links to purchase the book for the relevant territories:
– America and Canada
– UK and Australia
– South East Asia
// Photography by Will Taylor-Willis | Book photography by Andrew Boyd
Stripes. They are my second favourite decorating element after colour. Remember this stunner of a striped space from 2010; or this incredible lime striped bedroom from last year; or perhaps the stripe story of my old master bedroom? It’s fair to say, I’ve long loved a stripe! Yet, combine both colour and stripes and I’m in total make-you-smile style heaven!
So for the latest post in my Three Ways series I went on the hunt for some stripe-spiration (sorry, couldn’t resist!). I found a host of inspired ideas over at Carpetright and thought it would be useful to share some tips on how to get both colour and stripes right when it comes to statement flooring. First up is Maxi Stripe, which sees the use of several thin stripes in a regular repeat pattern. This is an ideal approach if you are keen to create warmth and draw together a larger, open plan space. This example shows how an otherwise vacuous and nondescript space – in terms of architecture and existing design features – comes alive thanks to a series of thin multicoloured stripes on the floor. The second example is Wide Stripe, which shows how a monochromatic combination of thick black and grey striped wooden flooring brings visual emphasis and drama to a kitchen/dinner. By running the stripes vertically across the space, they draw the eye through the room and to the galley-style kitchen along the back wall. notice how the wall tiles are laid horizontally to provide a contrast between the two main surface areas of the room. Runner Stripe is the third way to use colour and stripes to make the most of out your flooring, especially if you have a long and narrow space to decorate. Here a colourful striped carpet runner is used to draw the eye from the darker foreground area of the hallway to the gorgeous statement window beyond; it also provides striking visual, and tactile, contrast with the polished concrete floors. Which of these three ways of decorating with colour and stripes do you like best?
* // Photography by Carpetright