1. This is the most gorgeous rustic gate I’ve ever seen. Add in the blue skies and seemingly endless vines, and this made for a picture perfect #mrbazaartravels moment in Menorca.Casa-Batllo-Gaudi-Barcelona
2. Casa Batllo is my favourite of the Gaudi buildings in Barcelona.Gray-Malin-Le-Meridien-Ra-Barcelona-Follow-Gray
3. If you follow Bright.Bazaar on Instagram and Twitter then you may have seen the adventures I had with Gray Malin at the absolutely stunning Le Meridien Ra Hotel and Spa in Barcelona. I’ll be blogging the full recap later this month, so stay tuned for A LOT of fun colour!Wine-Menorca
4. It felt so amazing to return to the vineyard in Menorca where my heart mate and I married last year. I’m shooting a house here for my second Bright.Bazaar book this week, and I’m so pleased we were able to share a day together beforehand on our special island.Binifadet-Menorca
5. The interior of the Binifadet vineyard is on point – love all the textures and design classics peppered throughout.Anchor-door-sitges-spain
6. The moment I saw this door in Sitges, Spain I died and went to nautical heaven!Blue-walls-sitges-barcelona-spain
7. How beautiful is this courtyard I spotted while colour hunting in Sitges, Spain? Those blues! Those greens! Love.Pretty-ballerinas-heart-building-menorca
8. I happened upon this darling house on Saturday and it seemed so perfect given it was my first trip back to the island I married my love on!Valspar-Young-Designer-of-The-Year-2015
9. Valspar Paint’s Young Designer of The Year competition is now open for entries! I’m one of the panelists judging the competition and the winner will win £5,000 towards their studies, or to invest in their interior design career. They will also have the opportunity to realise their design in a real home, working with myself and Marianne Cotterill, interiors stylist from Livingetc magazine. The winner’s work will also be showcased in the October issue of Livingetc magazine – a fantastic platform to launch your design career! You can enter here.LCDQ-Legends-2015
10. I am thrilled to be one of the social media ambassadors for this year’s Legends of La Cienega event in LA. This year’s theme is ‘Where Muses Dwell’, so I’m super excited to see all the inspirational window displays that America’s top designers create. I can’t wait to see lots of you there – you can register for the keynotes and showroom programs right here! If you can’t make it, be sure to follow along my adventures on Twitter and Instagram!
Last fall I couldn’t get enough of my polka dot shirt from Boden. The good news? It’s proving to be a staple piece in my spring wardrobe, too. For the latest post in my Bright.Style column, I wanted to show how easy it can be to layer various blue and navy shades with polka dots in a smart causal outfit.Boden-menswear-2
For this preppy look I decided to play on repetition with one of my favourite patterns – the polka dot. I built the outfit out from the shirt and then layered in the pink polka dot tie.Boden-menswear-3
It pays style dividends to layer pattern on pattern and by switching out the colour in the tie for a hot pink it adds a splash of unexpected bright colour to the outfit. The motto here: a little goes a long way! This is because a polka dot is a busy, commanding pattern so only a little splash of accent colour is needed otherwise it would compete for attention with the polka dots, rather than adding to the overall look.Boden-menswear-4
The quilted jacket adds structure to the look and helps to give a casual vibe to the shirt and tie combo underneath. I am obsessed with this jacket – it’s super comfortable, keeps out those chilly spring breezes and is versatile enough to work with many different outfits.Boden-menswear-5
The shoes! We have to discuss these shoes. This is my go-to pair for when I need a smart casual look. Sometimes formal shoes can feel kinda tight and uncomfortable, so like how these feel so easy on the feet. Plus, the contrast with the blue and navy colours of the outfit works so well. What do you like about this outfit? Do you/how do you wear polka dots?Boden-menswear-6


Diving in at the deep end with super bright hues such as lime green can seem intimidating, so I hope this post is useful for raising those colour confidence levels! Embracing lime green can pay incredible design dividends, as the wonderful home of Raina Kattleson from the first Bright.Bazaar book shows. The key to success with a lime green-focused colour palette is to take one of two routes: you can lavish key pieces with colour such as walls and floors and keep furniture and accessories neutral. Or, switch it up and use layers of lime and turquoise shades to add interest to a more neutral space.Decorating-with-lime-green-2
Raina’s open plan living space demonstrates how to get the right balance when it comes to painted lime green walls. The smooth lime green base throughout serves as the perfect backdrop to layer in small splashes of blue hues throughout the space. By letting the lime green hue take the lead in the scheme, it allows accent hues to be used as a tool to break up the strength of the dominant hue. There’s a fresh, healthy and energizing feel to this palette; I like how the lime brings a zesty kick that’s tempered by the azure blue hues. Remember that it can work to bring two strong colours together as their joint intensity can serves to bring balance to a palette, just like the lime green and turquoise blues here.Decorating-with-lime-green-3
Treat side tables and bookcases like mini stages to display accessories that coordinate with the colour scheme of the room. This turquoise vase perfectly offsets the lime green walls of the living room, while the flowers help to visually soften the look of the room.Decorating-with-lime-green-4
Colour is a great decorating element to help zone an open plan space because it provides a visual indicator to the change of purpose in the various parts of the room. The continuation of lime green across the walls here helps to tie all the sections together and offers a synergy between each area. Meanwhile the array of blues that are layered into the space to signify the zones: an ultramarine painted cabinet and tiled fireplace draw the eye along the feature wall of the room, making statements out of both in the process. The change in pace to a steel-blue denim colour for the rug and radiator pulls the far end of the space together, grouping the living room furniture. Surprise orange accents complete the scheme by inviting visual interest and echoing the clean finish of the lime walls.Decorating-with-lime-green-5
The floor-to-ceiling lime walls in Raina’s upstate New York living room brings punch to the flea market finds and weathered furniture layered throughout the scheme. Notice how the vivid turquoise throw draped on the sofa creates depth and interest – it really helps to soften the scheme and tone down the punch of the green. I hope you found this colour advice useful! If you would like to buy the book, you can do so in the following places: Amazon UK / Amazon USADecorating-with-lime-green-6

// Photography by Andrew Boyd for the Bright.Bazaar book