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1. Spring is the best time to ride through London, especially on a blue skied, sunny day. How gorgeous is all that pink blossom?Flower-market
2. I think my permanent social media status should be: Always colour hunting!bright-bazaar-book-the-times
3. The Times newspaper named the Bright.Bazaar book as one of the best books for your ottoman. Not only that but they also wrote how the prime minster’s wife, Samantha Cameron, was recently pictured in a rare interview sitting on a mustard-yellow sofa with graphic animal cushions that’s very similar to the cover of my book, which is my old living room! They said: “If it’s good enough for the prime minster’s stylish wife, then it’s good enough for us.” It’s so exciting to see such a huge endorsement for the book a whole year after it was published – I am thrilled!Colourful-houses-in-london
4. London was on #makeyousmilestyle fire on Saturday afternoon.Paddington-bear-london
5. I randomly spotted this tiny Paddington Bear soft toy in a window box and it made me smile.Whippet
6. If I see a Whippet while walking through Primrose Hill high street (or, frankly, any high street) I will run after it and ask its owner if I can have a picture with it. This fellow is called Merlin and it made my weekend meeting him!Valspar-3d-house
7. The interview I did with the Guardian newspaper about the 3D House I designed for Valspar Paint went live.bottlecloth-tablecloth
8. I love the loose yet striking look of this Witty Conversation tablecloth, which was the result of a collaboration with talented Danish illustrator, Ulla Puggaard. 9. I’m smitten with this mini pot from Shino Takeda Ceramic. 10. I love all the colours and textures of this Tasseled Jacare Pillow.
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Back in 2006, New York City based menswear designer, Michael Bastian, launched his apparel line and I’ve been hooked pretty much ever since. I mean, this shirt is kinda everything! Naturally, then, I was delighted when I saw Michael’s latest collaboration with one of my colourful favourites from the high street, Uniqlo. It’s fair to say that Unqilo know how to nail colour in menswear – this coat was a favourite when I shared it on Instagram recently, for example.Michael-Bastian-Uniqlo-Polo-Collection-2
While a shirt from Michael’s main line will set you back $475, his range with Uniqlo is really accessible with polo shirts from £14.99/$24.90 – a bargain! I was instantly drawn to this cute shuttlecock polo because if you show me a repeat pattern/illustration and I am a happy guy!Michael-Bastian-Uniqlo-Polo-Collection-3
The red collar and sleeve trim detail gives the blue polo a graphic look that works well against the repeated shuttlecock emblems. I decided to pair the polo with white denim to give the outfit a gently nautical vibe. Red, white and blue – it’s an outfit colour combination that is hard to beat for summer.Michael-Bastian-Uniqlo-Polo-Collection-4
A dark leather belt with an anchor buckle is another nod to the nautical summer feel of the look, which is completed with comfortable brown boaters. How do you like to wear polo shirts? What do you think of this outfit?Michael-Bastian-Uniqlo-Polo-Collection-5

SHOP THE OUTFIT: POLO, UNIQLO | JEANS, J.CREW | BELT, ASOS | WATCH, (similar) TED BAKER | GLASSES, RAYBAN

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It’s no secret how much I love handmade ceramics but I audibly gasped when I discovered Suite One Studio. I was on a plane home from LA and quietly reading House Beautiful magazine when I saw these beautiful ceramics for the first time. In that moment I knew I had to learn more so I headed straight for their website when I arrived home.suite-one-studio-ceramics-2
These beautiful pieces of art – and I really do think they are just that, art – are made by the owner, designer and ceramicist behind Suite One Studio, Lindsay Emery. Based out of her studio in North Carolina, Lindsay’s aim is simple: to make mealtimes for beautiful with her porcelain pieces. Talk about ticking that box with a permanent marker, right?!suite-one-studio-ceramics-3
You know what else I love about her work? She creates her pieces in small batches as limited editions, so with each piece there’s a heightened sense that you are getting a rare piece of work from a talented designer. Every Tuesday at 7 PM EST Lindsay posts the latest batch of her new, one-of-a-kind pieces – my calendar is marked with a big red star, folks!suite-one-studio-ceramics-4
I can’t get enough of the colourful glazes Lindsay paints onto the porcelain, from rich indigos through to gentle mint and pink pastels, they are all beautiful. Which pieces from Suite One Studio are catching your eye, friends?suite-one-studio-ceramics-5

// Photography by Suite One Studio