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In Autumn last year I hinted towards a big project that I had become part of, and I’m so excited to finally be able to blog about it: I’m Valspar Paint’s Brand and Colour Ambassador! The moment the Valspar Paint team approached me with the idea of the partnership I was immediately sold on the project. Entitled ‘colour outside the lines’, their campaign to launch America’s second largest paint brand in the UK market would focus on inspiring people to invite more colour into their homes and lives. If you have been reading Bright.Bazaar for a while, you’ll instantly understand how this is identical to the message I started Bright.Bazaar with six years ago. The brand’s values and aims are so well aligned with my own that felt so exciting to work alongside like-minded people who were as passionate about colour and paint as I.valspar-paint-uk-2
The first part of our partnership was to work on a nationwide TV commercial together. I really appreciated how the Valspar team and their creative agency were keen to show each person’s individual relationship with colour in the advert. It was an honour to be chosen to feature alongside talented artists who I have admired for many years. As my relationship with colour focuses around utlising social media platforms to inspire others to dive into their own colourful journeys, the advert follows me as I go ‘colour hunting’ around London. The team literally filmed me as I explored the city, discovering new-to-me colourful walls in real time – it was an incredible moment when I happened upon a yellow and blue building (by complete chance, honestly!) that matched the outfit I was wearing. See for yourself, by watching the TV commercial below:

“Your imagination, your colours, they are yours to keep.” Of course, I love the bright, bold and eclectic visuals of the advert, but it’s the voiceover words that really struck a cord and pull it all together for me. If I’m honest, the first few times I watched the finished advert there was a lump in my throat. You may have read the introduction to my first Bright.Bazaar book, in which I talk about my relationship with colour and how it’s been the foil of my life in good times and bad. The Valspar advert resonates with me on that level and reminds me of how grateful I am to be able to see and experience all of natures vibrant hues, and how much happiness colour brings to my life. It might sound ridiculous but put me in a completely colourless hotel room for more than 24hours and I genuinely start to feel sad. For me, colour is the zest of life and I really feel like this commercial portrays that for all those involved, while also helping those watching to think about *their* colours – the exact aim of the Colour Cocktails chapter in my book.valspar-paint-uk-3
One of the most awesome things about Valspar Paint is their colour match service. Of course, colour matching for paint is no new thing but Valspar do it with a difference. Instead of matching the colour of, say, your favourite pair of shoes to a colour aleady in their system, their software creates the colour from a range of two million possibilities! Plus, they can save your created colours on their system so that when you visit any B&Q store you can call up your colour and get another pot of the exact same paint that’s completely personal to you. Awesome, right?valspar-paint-uk-4
As well as the TV commercial Valspar and I have loads of exciting collaborations to come in the near future – there’s one in particular that is SUPER cool. I am itching to be able to show you guys! In the meantime, I thought I’d end with this short video interview the team did with me while on set of the commercial. I talk about the start of Bright.Bazaar, my approach to colour and what ‘colour outside the lines’ means to me. Check it out and let me know what you think!

I’ve love to know how you do/plan to colour outside the lines? What does it mean to you? Thanks so much for following along with my colour adventures, folks!valspar-paint-uk-5

// Photography by Valspar, with permission | Posted in partnership with Valspar Paints, all views my own

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Trash. Rubbish. Garbage. No matter what term you use to describe your unwanted or recycled items, there’s no longer a need to hide it away before they leave your home. No more wonky bins hanging from the cupboard door beneath the sink – no siree! Enter stage right: the fancy pants (and oh so graphic/colourful/stylish) new bin from Brabantia. I’ve been a fan of Brabantia bins for sometime (remember this mint beauty?!), but their latest collaboration with ‘Queen of prints’ Orla Kiely is one of my favourites to date. Of course, that extra splash of make-you-smile style yellow in the lid really sold it to me too!orla-kiely-brabantia-bins-2
Orla Kiely’s stem pattern is now world famous for it’s instant retro feel, which is why I feel it works so well on Brabantia’s iconic Retro Bin design. There’s a cream on charcoal with an orange lid colourway, but the black on cream with the yellow lid was my favourite! I was drawn to the graphic repeat pattern and splash of accent colour in the design. I think it’s the perfect way to dip your toes into both design elements without committing to a whole wall or scheme based on either. That’s what I love about good design, how it can transform an everyday object into something fun, stylish and notable in a space.orla-kiely-brabantia-bins-3
The smaller 12 and 20 litre Retro Bins are ideal for smaller spaces, I like to place two side by side so I have one for recycling and one for rubbish. The larger 30 litre size is a good size for the kitchen but is still compact enough that it doesn’t take over the space. I love the hit of pattern and hue it brings to this streamlined white kitchen! orla-kiely-brabantia-bins-4
The range is exclusive to John Lewis until April 2015 and if you buy one of the limited edition bins from them between 13-18 February you will be entered into a prize draw to win a £500 Orla Kiely room set. You can find out more over on Brabantia’s blog! I’d love to know where you would use these stylish bins in your home?orla-kiely-brabantia-bins-5

// Photography by Will Taylor | Posted in partnership with Brabantia, all views my own

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I’m dropping in from Mauritius to share the suitably bright and exotic new Spring/Summer 2015 collection from interiors brand, Curio & Curio. Obviously I love colour and pattern so it’s no surprise that these geometric shapes and vibrant shades instantly caught my eye. However, as I write looking out over the Indian Ocean I can’t help but think that this new range would be ideal for bringing a slice of my exotic escape back home. To me the designs reflect the senses of being by the ocean: the colours of the sun, sand and sea are all front and centre, and I love it!curio-and-curio-2
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Curio & Curio was established in Australia by UK-born husband and wife team Clair Wayman and Nick Young, who moved back to England last year to continue the brand in their home country. They make an ideal team as Clair studied textile design, painting and print-making at university before she turned to interior styling. Clair worked for UK magazines such as Living Etc and BBC Good Homes before relocating to Australia and joining the Real Living magazine team (which is my favourite interiors magazine in the world – it’s incredible!) as their Melbourne style editor and then moving into interior decoration. While her partner, Nick, is an illustrator helps to design the vibrant cocktail of homewares.curio-and-curio-4
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As winter in full swing back in the UK it’s been wonderful to have the opportunity to remember what it feels like to have the sun beating down on you here in Mauritius, and this collection perfectly encompasses that feeling. With fun, fresh colours, playful characters and contemporary hand-drawn geometrics, the range feels confident, exciting and invigorating. Bring on summer, I say!curio-and-curio-6
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The Wigwam cushions in mint and yellow are two of my favourite pillows from the range, and the ice cream, parrot and pineapple art prints really do make me smile! Which pieces are catching your eye, folks?curio-and-curio-8

// Photography by Curio & Curio, with permission