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I am so excited to reveal the German and Italian covers from the latest international editions of the Bright Bazaar book! It’s so surreal to see my words translated into another languge (the covers probably read ‘Beige Is Best’ – ha! Can you imagine?!) but it’s also interesting to see the cover choices for each market. I was heavily involved in the design process for the UK & American covers, but the dedicated language editions are decided by the publishers in the individual countries. I like the handwritten type on the German cover, and it’s interesting how different the book feels to hold as it doesn’t have a dust jacket like all the other editions to date.Norway1
Gosh, I have such happy memories of shooting Fjeldborg’s stunning Norwegian home. It was pooring with rain outside alllllllllll day yet inside was so cosy and welcoming. Ingrid and Vidar’s home made the cover of the American edition of the book, too!Bradford1
At first glance, Bradford’s weekend home in upstate New York looks like the polar opposite of Ingrid and Vidar’s Norewegian home, yet the two owners actually took a similar apparoach to decorating with colour. While the Norwegian home sees a series of cheerful brights layered across a crisp white canvas, Bradford’s American home uses black and dark grey as a base for his layered brights.Neth1
Ingrid and Henk’s home in the Nertherlands was a stage for Ingrid’s handmade textiles in an array of rainbow brights. I loved how light and bright their master bedroom felt – and don’t get me started on that dipped headboard!bright-bazaar-italian-book-cover
The Italian version of the Bright Bazaar book is the first edition to feature a collage of pictures on the front – and I like it! Choosing a cover for my first book was quite tricky because the book doesn’t focus on one particular style or type of home. Rather it shows you how to decorate with colour no matter what home you live in, so I think this approach helps to show the breadth of homes that can be seen inside the book. Plus, that yellow and blue combination is visually striking!Raina1
Raina’s family home in America was just that: a family home. It felt so warm and welcoming; a very happy and creative space. Raina’s two beautiful daughters, their dog and the cat were all milling around throughout the shoot and it just felt so relaxed and easy. Testament to Raina’s excellent taste and ability to use strong colours without overwhelming the rooms.Leif1
This kitchen is from an industrial warehouse apartment we shot in Copenhagen, and I love the combination of the wooden blue cabinetry against the green pendant lamps. This place was packed full of charm and character!Spain1
See that horse in the background? Well let’s just say that the old saying ‘never work with children or animals on a photo shoot’ was being banded around a lot that morning on location! It was totally worth it though as the handsome chap really lent a cool vibe to the shots we took of this rustic farmhouse in Northern Spain.bright-bazaar-book-covers

After all the hard (but enjoyable) work it really is so exciting to see my collection of Bright.Bazaar books growing. Thank you all so much for your generous support and for joining me in all my #colourhunting and #makeyousmilestyle adventures. Here’s the links to purchase the book for the relevant territories:

- America and Canada
- UK and Australia
- Italy
- Germany
- South East Asia

// Photography by Will Taylor-Willis | Book photography by Andrew Boyd

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Stripes. They are my second favourite decorating element after colour. Remember this stunner of a striped space from 2010; or this incredible lime striped bedroom from last year; or perhaps the stripe story of my old master bedroom? It’s fair to say, I’ve long loved a stripe! Yet, combine both colour and stripes and I’m in total make-you-smile style heaven!

So for the latest post in my Three Ways series I went on the hunt for some stripe-spiration (sorry, couldn’t resist!). I found a host of inspired ideas over at Carpetright and thought it would be useful to share some tips on how to get both colour and stripes right when it comes to statement flooring. First up is Maxi Stripe, which sees the use of several thin stripes in a regular repeat pattern. This is an ideal approach if you are keen to create warmth and draw together a larger, open plan space. This example shows how an otherwise vacuous and nondescript space – in terms of architecture and existing design features – comes alive thanks to a series of thin multicoloured stripes on the floor. The second example is Wide Stripe, which shows how a monochromatic combination of thick black and grey striped wooden flooring brings visual emphasis and drama to a kitchen/dinner. By running the stripes vertically across the space, they draw the eye through the room and to the galley-style kitchen along the back wall. notice how the wall tiles are laid horizontally to provide a contrast between the two main surface areas of the room. Runner Stripe is the third way to use colour and stripes to make the most of out your flooring, especially if you have a long and narrow space to decorate. Here a colourful striped carpet runner is used to draw the eye from the darker foreground area of the hallway to the gorgeous statement window beyond; it also provides striking visual, and tactile, contrast with the polished concrete floors. Which of these three ways of decorating with colour and stripes do you like best?

* // Photography by Carpetright

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SHOP THE OUTFIT: Shirt | Cardigan | Tie | Chinos | Shoes | Socks

After getting on famously with the lovely folks over at Boden on our summer trip together to Cornwall, we decided to collaborate again! This time we swapped roles and I took Boden to Hally’s, which is my favourite London brunch spot for them to shoot Mr. Bazaar in my favourite (colourful!) outfit from their A/W14 Menswear collection. Seriously, if you live in the city or are just visiting sometime, be sure to add this place onto your itinerary.

Their bright and eclectic nature of their A/W14 menswear collection made it an ideal fit for my Bright Style series. As a self-confessed colour addict, I always like to make sure my outfits pack a punch when it comes to hue. Naturally, the turquoise trousers immediately caught my eye, so I kicked off the look from there. Keen to embrace my usual preppy style, I went for a chambray polka dot shirt and paired with a classic navy cardigan to offset the brighter lower half of the outfit. With dogs and stripes a close joint second favourite to my love of colour, I knew the Sprout tie (named after the dog belonging to the founder of Boden, Johnnie) and striped socks were ideal finishing touches. The navy suede lexington shoes rounded out the look nicely, tying in the navy top half and giving the whole outfit a more grown-up look. What do you like best about the outfit, folks? Pssst! If you are in the UK you can get 10% off and free delivery/returns with the code: LDN1. Happy shopping!