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1. This gorgeous field is opposite the Bright.Bazaar cottage and I am completely in love with it!
2. Loved the exotic, vibrant and stylish packaging of Emily Fruit Crisps.
3. I felt inspired by this mix of colour and texture.
4. I’ve never owned a bin as stylish (or colourful!) as my new Mineral Mint 30L flatback bin design by Brabantia.
5. London was unexpectedly gorgeous with blue skies this weekend.
6. I was excited to see that Farrow & Ball called me ‘the Jamie Oliver of interiors’ in their review of the Bright.Bazaar book.
7. This simple brunch I made on Saturday with a wholemeal muffin topped with spinach, lean bacon, avocado, poached egg and chilli flakes tasted so good.
8. My Instagram pal, TomyK, kindly sent me a one-off watercolour cushion from his Greek boutique as a congratulations present.
9. When Mr. Bazaar sees a pink car out of the corner of his eye, he gets off the tube at the next stop and walks all the way back to take a picture of it before getting back on the tube!
10. This pink and yellow flower caught my eye on a Sunday walk – does anyone know which variety it is?

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When I was ten years old I did my end of term ‘special project’ on the history of theatre and backstage workings. Then during my GCSE years I applied to do work experience at our local theatre and subsequently worked backstage as a stage hand for Christmas Pantomimes and summer performances. So surfice to say I’ve always been interested in the backstage workings of theatre (you can read more of my dream of becoming a theatre set designer in the Living Rooms chapter (p.128) in the Bright.Bazaar book). With that in mind it will come as no surprise to read that I was delighted when Keith and Mark, the duo behind British design brand Mini Moderns, told me that their new collection was inspired by a backstage tour of the National Theatre in London.

About three years ago I, too, went on a backstage tour of the theatre and remember feeling captivated by the vast array of props, costumes and technical workings behind the scenes. I’m so inspired by how the Mini Moderns chaps have translated their similar inspirations into such a cheerful, vibrant and intriguing collection of homewares. Inspired particularly by the props they saw from iconic National Theatre productions – One man, Two Guvnors, Pravda, An Inspector Calls, Macbeth – the collection, available this autumn through the National Theatre Shop, includes cushions, coasters, tote bags, stationery and more. I love how they didn’t choose the most iconic prop for each production, instead picking items that although heavily related to their given show, aren’t so obvious that you could instantly work it out without having seen the production. Personally I love the lightbulb cushion – what’s catching your eye? Congratulations, Mini Mods guys, on another creative and original collection!

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I’ve always been a homebody. When I was a child I would relish in knowing I had a six week school holiday in the summer to rearrange the furniture in my bedroom, play tennis against the garage wall and watch Wimbledon with my family. As an adult I am fortunate enough to travel frequently with my work and, in many ways similar to how I felt when I was younger, I always look forward to returning to my home to nest. Yet as I grow older I have found myself having a deeper connection to the four walls in which I live. Not because my creative career means I’m intrenched in the latest trends or seasonal collections. Rather, I mean a connection of considered feelings and tangible differences in my growth as a person beyond the material or superficial. Over the last few years I have been thinking about the significance of how the meaning of Home has helped to shape the person I am, and the life I lead, today.bright-bazaar-living-room-1
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After my husband (then boyfriend) and I graduated we moved numerous times across the country, navigating our way in and out of different neighbourhoods and cities as graduate schemes took our work to various parts of the country. Truth be told it never felt like we belonged – we were never in one place long enough to put down roots, to create a routine or make meaningful connections with the local community. I found this period challenging as I had been so blissfully happy during the previous three years at university after trickier teenage years. In fact, at that point in my life those Uni years had undoubtably been the best years of my life to date. Home felt like Home and I felt I had the freedom to start living life free from external shackles; free from walking predetermined and expected paths. It was during my time at university, from my first little room in halls of residence to the tiny room in which my other half and I slept, ate and worked for a year, that I started to evolve from a confused and slightly suffocated teenager into a young adult.bright-bazaar-bedroom
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However, it wasn’t until we moved into this apartment that I truly felt settled again like I had felt during my time at university. In fact, it was while I lived here that I found my feet: I learned hard lessons in business and friendship; I gained the confidence to quit a flourishing career in corporate communications to pursue my freelance work full-time; I hired a book agent and subsequently signed a worldwide book deal; our home ended up on the UK cover for the book and I went on an American book tour; my heartmate asked me to marry him – I said yes, and we ended up marrying just days before we moved out. I realise now that this was the perfect way to close out this chapter of our lives together, but when we both found out that we were going to have to move out of our home just days after getting married, it was a big shock. We both felt sick to our stomachs at the thought of saying goodbye to the home we had not only lovingly built together, but had grown so much in, both personally and together as a couple.bright-bazaar-home-office
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After a sleepless night we turned to one another, hugged tightly and both said: “Here’s to the next adventure”. From that moment we embraced the change and opportunity that had presented itself to us. Two days later we had found our new place, an oh-so-charming 17th Century cottage, and have now moved in. It’s exciting to be starting our married life together in a house steeped in so much history; we often lie in bed at night musing about all the different families and generations that have called our ‘new’ four walls Home over hundreds of years gone by. I feel blessed to be building a new home with my husband in such a richly historic building, and realised that it’s because of our love for one another it already feels like a Home, not just a house. It’s because we’re here together. And nothing else in this world feels better than that.bright-bazaar-book-covers

See all of my apartment in my new book, along with fourteen other homes, which you can buy now from the following locations: Amazon USA / Barnes & Noble / Indiebound / Amazon UK.

// Photography by Andrew Boyd