I’ve always lusted after Scandi-style white wooden flooring and before we shot our flat for the Bright.Bazaar book I was finally able to get a slice of my flooring-shaped dream! I went halves with my landlord to replace the carpet in two of the rooms for white laminate flooring and it has proved to be the perfect base to layer in brighter accents, from both fundamental pieces of furniture to smaller soft furnishings and textiles. I’m excited to share the results of how it looks in my home inside my first book next year.
Today I wanted to put the spotlight on this stylish Scandi dining room as a fine example of how to make warm up whites for winter. Decorating with white in the dining room needn’t result in the room feeling cold, especially if you layer in blue accents across the space. Here we see how painting the inside of the cabinet powder blue and a series of dining chairs in cadet grey create a warmer atmosphere in the otherwise all-white space. A lone pop of yellow in the vase may seem like a small addition of colour but it plays an important role in grounding the dining furniture within the scheme. As the majority of the fundamental elements in the room are white – white washed floors and painted white walls and furniture – they could easily blur into one making the space look messy and unstructured; this shot of citrus anchors the table and draws the eye down to create a focal point. What inspires you about this stylish dining room?
// Photography by Klikk
1. I’ve been waiting all week to light the second candle on my advent trees.
2. The headboard in our bedroom received a festive makeover thanks to a simple foliage garland twisted with golden fairy lights.
3. Have you ever tried brownie mince pies? We made them for the first time this weekend and they tasted so good!
4. My new star and polka dot detail blue mugs from Leif arrived.
5. Remember my fawning after this car ornament? Well I finally purchased it from West Elm as this year’s little addition to my Christmas decorations.
6. Stain glass window cookies make excellent edible tree decorations.
7. This stylish modern Christmas crib is going to become a festive staple in our place.
8. I like how the rose gold detailing of my Daniel Wellington watch matches my engagement ring.
9. The late afternoon light looked very pretty as it fell on these frosted cranberries.
10. Sweetcorn fritters make for a super tasty Sunday brunch.
December is one of my favourite times of year because I love the festive buzz that’s in the air; London is alive with twinkling lights and beautiful store windows. Even when I was a child I remember the excitement I felt in the lead up to decorating our tree. We would head down to the local tree farm and then spend the afternoon decorating the tree together – I loved it. So I was delighted when Sofa.com invited me to their Chelsea showroom in London to bring some Bright.Bazaar festivities to their HQ – all to be filmed in a super fun stop motion video.
I decided to decorate the tree with a traditional red and white theme but with a bow tie brights twist as a nod to my love of the bow tie. My talented friend Perri made the super-sized bow tie topper (if you love craft you should check out Perri’s book), which was the perfect finishing touch that completed the bow tie theme. Amongst the smattering of candy cane bow ties I worked in several handmade paper star garlands which were ethically produced using block print techniques by communities of women in the Kathmandu Valleys of Nepal; I love their understated yet ever so festive style. The hand painted detailing on these papier mache baubles gave the tree a unique and cosy charm. With the core decorations on the tree I was able to stand back and then fill any gaps with hanging bells for a final festive touch. And don’t get me started on the candy cane and bow tie stripe gift boxes – it was love at first sight! What do you think of my bow tie brights theme, folks? I’d love to hear what festive decorating themes you have chosen this year?
// Photography by Will Taylor | Video by NutFilms